Not For Sale

Not For Sale
Protest at the Brooklyn Museum real estate jamboree

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Disgrace at CB9

Text of my letter to Borough President Eric Adams today: "I am a resident of Stoddard Place, a quiet street I know you know, hard by Empire Boulevard. I am very interested, intrigued and mostly concerned about what happens there, as are all my neighbors. We turned out in huge numbers for the last meeting at Medgar Evers, which spilled out onto the street and was then canceled. I attended the re-scheduled meeting, at SUNY Downstate, far from the ground zero in this matter. On the CB site, the announced address for the meeting was 450 Clarkson with a click for details link. In the link, it was revealed that the actual entrance was at 395 Lenox Road. Wouldn't want to make it easy for people to find. Distance and difficulty was reflected in the attendance; the auditorium was not close to full. As I recall, the link also displayed a bold red line reading "This Meeting is Convened for Public Comment" or words to that effect. What actually happened was that the evening wound on with discussions of speed bumps, slow zones, liquor license applications, some kind of stone monument and was then summarily adjourned by your newly installed president, Mr. Nicholson, who displayed an appalling lack of knowledge of parliamentary procedure throughout. Perhaps he could take an online course; put a better face on his ambition. The conduct of CB9 in this matter has been and continues to be contemptuous of the desperation of your former constituents, the most immediate of them, in particular, those who live close by the state senate office. They know what they have here, what beautiful housing stock and access to the park and gardens they have that has the developers salivating. They know that they got it as a consequence of white flight, too, and that Whitey has changed his mind. I say Whitey because I am one and so I can. I moved to this area for love 2 years ago, to a man, also white, who has been here for thirty (30) years. I was raised in Park Slope and returned there in 1985. I don't care to live there anymore. A city slated to become a playground for the global oligarchy with 20% of us waiting on them hand and foot is not what anyone ever had in mind for, or ever loved about, New York, much less Brooklyn, a city with its own legends and place in the world's imagination. Obviously, if you play ball with the shadow government that is real estate, then the indictment will never come down and you can come out of the seclusion you've maintained since your election and more enjoy the fruits of your winnings. We'll be your mirror."