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"Why should people get to see plans? This isn't a public project."
Bruce Ratner in Crain's Nov. 8, 2009

Selective Nostalgia

The photo above is from the Daily News' coffee-table book, Summer In The City, about New York's presumed Golden Age of Baseball -- the 1950s.

The photo depicts a Brooklyn Dodger outpost -- "a bar on Dean Street and 6th Ave., Brooklyn" -- just after the Yankees have defeated the Dodgers in the 1952 World Series.

The Daily News' editors and and a single dishonest columnist use the paper's pages to endorse the destruction of this little bar. But in their sepia-colored coffee-table book, the News presents Freddy's as shining symbol of Dodgers nostalgia -- the same nostalgia Bruce Ratner, Marty Markowitz, Charles Gargano, Mayor Bloomberg, et. al. are exploiting in order to, among many other things, destroy the bar.

Freddy's, worthy of nostalgia and many visits, has a chock full calendar of events, a great crowd and is standing up for itself and its constitutional rights as a plaintiff on the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of eminent domain for the "Atlantic Yards" project.

Unlike the Dodgers who left town on their own volition, Freddy's is fighting to stay in the town it loves and that loves it.

There is no nostalgia for a TGIFridays.

Fans For Fair Play, expert on all things sports, Freddy's and counterfeit nostalgists, has a thing or two to say about the picture above vis a vis Ratner the pushers of his plan. Here is a sampling:
A Picture

...Freddy's serves working people from Prohibition days 'til now. Before the Eighteenth Amendment is repealed, Freddy's is a speakeasy. There is also bowling for a spell. Freddy's is for factory people, including the pressmen from the Daily News plant around the corner -- Freddy's wets striking whistles during the tense 1990 strike. Closer to now, Freddy's is a cop bar. These days, everyone from punk rockers to firefighters to opera singers to local barflies call Freddy's home.

This photo appears in Summer In The City, a nice coffee-table photo book put out by the New York Daily News and written by Daily News columnist Vic Ziegel. The Daily News fails on many levels, but it has the city's best and most forward thinking sports columnists -- Mike Lupica, Filip Bondy, Michael O'Keefe, Lisa Olson, T.J. Quinn, Christian Red.

Those smarts do not extend to the paper's publisher and editors. The publisher is a man whose bloated wealth comes from real estate. The editors, who can know where they get their ideas? Maybe it's powerful types whispering in their impressionable ears.

One thing is clear: the Daily News wants to see Freddy's Bar torn down to make way for Ratner's obscene and wasteful project. Much like the New York Times, the Daily News is a business partner with Bruce Ratner. The paper is in the cross-promotion game with Ratner's Nets basketball team, an enterprise that needs all the promotion it can get.

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