Atlantic Yards Project: Another Brooklyn Holdout Emerges

Last week, infamous opponent to Brooklyn's much-maligned Atlantic Yards development project, Daniel Goldstein, surprised some of his supporters when he took a $3 million settlement from the developer who took ownership of his property through eminent domain. (Those who waxed cynical about his cash infusion apparently wanted him to martyr himself by trying to find a decent place to live in the ever-inflated South Brooklyn real estate market).

But Goldstein, it turns out, is not the last resident of the area to refuse to leave. Out of the rubble -- literally -- of the Atlantic Yards construction zone, another family has emerged, according to the NY Post. A woman named Aisha Ahmed, whose ex-husband bought 481 Dean St. in 1988, is asking for $170,000 more than she has been offered -- or $85,000 for each child -- to vacate her property. We don't know what the previous offer was, nor do we know if the property has been officially sold, since no records have been found.
We do know that the state, the developers, and probably even the members of Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, the organization that Goldstein led (until he retired as spokesperson after receiving his settlement) were unaware of the Ahmed family's presence. They are described by the paper as "elusive" and perhaps the building is in bad enough shape that it fits the definition of blight that Forest City Ratner, AY's developer, fought so hard to establish. (Update: Goldstein reports that they have known about the family for years, DDDB has tried to assist them, and that their house is not blighted.)

If these are officially the very last holdouts, then Goldstein surrenders his title as ultimate holdout. And his $3 million cash settlement confirms what some anti-eminent-domain activists feared: that large lump of cash he got won't inspire people to keep fighting the fight; it'll convince them to hold their ground until they get a better offer.

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