Some even took the opportunity to call out the Brooklyn native rapper for not sticking up for the average Brooklynite.
While protestors mentioned their displeasure with the stadium itself, the focus of the protest was on the lack of jobs and housing that was promised during the Atlantic Yards deal. Protestors held signs with pictures of the Barclays Center reading “This is not a home.”
“It’s built we understand that,” said Candace Carponter, a member of Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB). “We will live with that and people will enjoy it the best they can. However, I will not step foot in the arena.”
Protestors noted that Forest City Ratner received over $300 million in taxpayer dollars, hundreds of millions more in subsidies, zoning overrides, and utilized eminent domain because they promised to create affordable housing.
“We are having small business owners pushed out because landlords are speculating on the boom times they think this arena will bring, which we don’t expect to happen,” said DDDB member Daniel Goldstein, whose own home once stood in the arena footprint.
Goldstein called for the completion of a supplemental environmental impact statement, which was ordered by a state court, “that is a timely, transparent, truly impartial study of alternatives to the current Atlantic Yards plan.”
“We need to adopt a new plan that prioritizes the creation of housing affordable to working families in Brooklyn,” said Goldstein. “We need to bring in other developers to reduce project risk, create more living-wage jobs, and accelerate the delivery of the public benefits we are promised.”