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3 million Atlantic Yards holdout

It’s moving day for Daniel Goldstein.

He’ll leave his Pacific St. home for the last time today after fighting a losing battle to save his apartment, which sits at what will be center court in Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards arena.

“But as far as the moment, I’m walking out the door and we can’t come back in here again. I have to turn over keys, and leave a street I know we oakley sunglasses can never walk down again. I know I will feel sad about that.”

Goldstein, 40, whose $3 million settlement two weeks ago drew both praise and criticism, spoke to the Daily News from his seventh floor apartment in a living room piled high with moving boxes.

For nearly five years, he and his family have been the only residents living in the nine story former warehouse.

He and his wife, Shabnam Merchant, 43, who he met as a fellow anti Yards activist, and their baby daughter, Sita, will move to a rental a few blocks away while they search for a permanent place and try to steer clear of Ratner’s mega project.

“We sometimes feel we never want to walk oakley sunglasses past this street,” said Merchant. jackhammering that often kept him and his wife up at night.

“She’s happily oblivious to pretty much anything,” he said, adding there is at least one thing he wants to make sure Sita knows about.

“I have had some people say they’ll make sure she knows what her parents did,” he said. “I would hope . she would be pleased to know that we did this.”

One upside of the move will be a more normal childhood for his daughter.

“It’s nice when you have a child if there are other children around,” the dad said.”I’m happy for Sita that we can go live in a more typical Brooklyn situation, which is where there are neighbors around.”

Goldstein, a former Web designer, wasn’t much of an activist when he moved to Prospect Heights in 2003, drawn by the picturesque renovated warehouse and easy access to surrounding Brooklyn neighborhoods.

“I expected to be here a very long time, maybe have a family here,” he said. “It was a place I thought I was oakley sunglasses going to put down some roots.”
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But when he found out his new home would be torn down to make way for a new arena for the NBA’s Nets and 16 residential and office towers, he got mad.

“The more angry I got about that, the more angry I got about everything else wrong with the project,” said Goldstein, who lost his mother, a social worker, suddenly in 2004.

“She worked all of her life, hands on in social justice and education. And in my mind I was fighting the injustices of this project in her memory.”

He said the long fight has taken its toll.

“We were living basically under uncertainty every day,” he said. “The ups and downs are a drain . and it causes tension in a family and stress in a family.”

The uncertainty ended March 1, when the state took ownership of his home through eminent domain. Facing eviction, he accepted the $3 million settlement to leave by today.

Though his building will soon be demolished and the Atlantic Yards project will go forward, he said it was all worth it.

“I looked for years for a place to live and I ended up in this one. . I don’t necessarily believe in fate, but this was a calling for me,” he said. “We don’t regret any of it.”

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