Today's NY Times has more on the Atlantic Yards arena debacle:
Barclays Arena Deal Raises a Reputed Link to Slavery
To paraphrase an interesting letter to the editor of the Brooklyn Papers:
Citibank was also founded on money from the slave trade. In November 2002, a lawsuit was filed against Citigroup and 19 other companies for reparations because of alleged support to the apartheid regime that ruled South Africa. Citibank also trafficked in Nazi gold.
Where was the indignation when the naming rights to the new Shea Stadium were sold to Citibank over the border in a borough boasting its first black president?
Yes, and why is the Queens skyline dominated by a building with the Citibank name on top of it?
Why does the official website of the Queens Borough President pay homage to Queen Catherine of Braganza, a monarch who profitted from the slave trade? Her portrait was removed from borough hall on Helen Marshall's first day in office. Why are we perpetuating the lie that Queens was named after Catherine when there is absolutely no documentation that it was?
Citifield illustration from Gothamist