The perpetually embattled Atlantic Yards project—now in the cross-hairs of the state's highest court—still has die hard supporters, but even some are confessing their disappointment. Developer Bruce Ratner's plans have been dramatically downsized from what was proposed back when he was first wooing allies in 2004, and it's unclear when the promised affordable housing and jobs will materialize. Rev. Herbert Daughtry of the Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance still backs developer Bruce Ratner, but tells the Daily News he's come to accept the many shortcomings: "Everybody wishes it would be what was originally planned, but given the realities the project had to face, it's a wonder that it's still there. I think it's the best we can do at this point." Less tolerant is Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, "The promises made by this developer have disappeared like a house of cards." Last but not least is Councilman David Yassky, who initially supported the project but has since soured on it: "The MTA changing the deal just added insult to injury. This was already a bad deal for taxpayers and now it's an appallingly bad deal." Meanwhile, Ratner insists the underwhelming new renderings released last month were "premature."
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