It’s handy to overlook the part.
The New York Occasions, reporting on the controversy over whether or not the time period “blighted” actually describes the colourful neighborhood round Penn Station, omitted the Occasions Firm’s personal messy historical past in its chronicle of controversial condemnations.
Gov. Kathy Hochul needs to tear down a number of blocks round Penn Station and Madison Sq. Backyard to make means for brand spanking new workplace towers that will presumably pay for a “new” Penn Station.
The Occasions cited some hotly contested makes use of of eminent area, resembling Brooklyn’s Barclays Middle, West Harlem’s Columbia College and “a stretch of Occasions Sq. … as a part of a long-running effort to redevelop and sanitize the district.”
However guess what the story did not point out? That the complete Eighth Avenue entrance got here underneath state condemnation shortly after 2000, when many viable retailers, companies and residents had been evicted to make means for the Occasions’ personal new headquarters between West fortieth and forty first Streets for an workplace tower.
These seizures had been fully separate from the Occasions Sq. condemnations that preceded it.
The land seize was opposed by many landlords and tenants, though the Occasions, its growth companion Bruce Ratner and the state received in courtroom.
The numerous Occasions editorials in opposition to “company welfare” by no means point out the breaks the corporate and Ratner loved, nor the low value the Occasions and Ratner had been allowed to pay the ousters.
As I wrote in 2010, omissions just like the Occasions smack not of amnesia however of “a deliberate technique to maintain readers in the dead of night.”