Last Atlantic Yards Holdout Agrees to Move

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

After seven years of fighting the Atlantic Yards Project in Brooklyn, the last remaining holdout is leaving.

Daniel Goldstein was a website designer when he moved into a converted warehouse in Prospect Heights. That was just months before one of the largest developers in the city, Forest City Ratner, announced that it wanted to build a $5 billion, 22-acre complex on the site. Goldstein's apartment would be somewhere in the seats of the basketball arena. He refused to sell, and became the voice and force of the opposition. Goldstein founded the group Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, which filed several lawsuits to halt the project.

In March, the state took title to his apartment. He reached a final agreement to move during a break in a court proceeding that would've set his date for his eviction. He's getting $3 million to get out. Goldstein says he'll leave May 7.

Forest City now says it has reached agreements with all eight remaining residents. The developer held an official ground breaking in March and plans to lay the foundation for the basketball arena later this year.

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