Nets vs. Knicks rivalry continues… off the court? Dolan Backer in Nassau Bidding War Criticizes Ratner

Bruce Ratner

The Brooklyn Nets & Manhattan/New York Knicks have a budding on-court rivalry, after splitting their first season series playing home games in the same city 2-2, but the rivalry doesn’t just exist on the basketball court. Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner and Madison Square Garden/New York Knicks owner James Dolan both placed a bid to […]

New York mayoral candidates threaten Forest City Ratner over “outrageous” housing delays

Bruce Ratner (AP)

Five New York City Mayoral candidates spoke out at a forum this week in Park Slope against Forest City Ratner, for FCRC’s failure to build promised housing at the Atlantic Yards project site. John Liu, Bill Thompson Sal Albanese, Bill de Blasio, and George McDonald threatened to penalize FCRC for the delays:

Morning Shootaround: Nets Links & Notes

Morning Shootaround: Nets Links & Notes

Andray Blatche, livin’ the life. The NBA news of the day: The Oklahoma City Thunder trade James Harden, along with Cole Aldrich, Lazar Hayward and Daequan Cook, to the Houston Rockets for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks (one guaranteed lottery) and one second-round pick. The Thunder chose to trade Harden rather than give […]

New York Islanders joining Nets in Brooklyn

Barclays Center

Barclays Center released information regarding a “major announcement” at 1 P.M. today, and it appears that announcement is that the New York Islanders, who currently play on Long Island, will join the Nets in Brooklyn and play their home games in Barclays Center in 2015. From the NY Post: Developer Bruce Ratner has scored a […]

A Guide to the Atlantic Yards Controversy

LEADING OPPONENTS OF ATLANTIC YARDS Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn : A coalition of civic activists, writers Jonathan Lethem, Jonathan Safran Foer), musiscians, actors (Steve Buscemi) and area residents opposed to the project. The press release they issued September 28 declared, “Atlantic Yards – It’s A Crime!
Community Organizations Join to Call for a 
New Plan at […]

Gladwell on the Nets and NBA Economics

Today, Malcolm Gladwell published a must-read piece for Grantland on the Nets and NBA economics. A few bullet points Gladwell highlights: Bruce Ratner never cared about basketball. We all knew that already, but it’s a good reminder that Ratner’s only goal was to take over Atlantic Yards, and he needed a stadium to do that. […]