Judge Rules Against Atlantic Yards Opponents

The state of New York has taken title to property owned by Daniel Goldstein and other holdouts living in or running businesses in the footprint of the future Atlantic Yards basketball arena.

Judge Abraham Gerges of state Supreme Court in Brooklyn said that all rules were followed when the Empire State Development Corporation moved to condemn the properties. The homeowners had raised a number of objections, one of which was that the project had changed substantially since getting state approval three years ago.

The ruling authorized the state to take title to the properties that remained in private hands but are needed for the arena. But it still could be weeks or months before the state compensates the owners and residents are ordered to leave.

A longtime opponent to Atlantic Yards, Goldstein told WNYC he's hoping courts will rule in his favor in two other lawsuits, which could disrupt the project and allow him to continue living in the footprint.