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Atlantic Yards

  1. neighborhood news
    Park Slope Uninterested in Non-Nursing BreastsThe outrage over a proposed Hooters.
  2. atlantic yards
    Appellate Court Rebukes State Agency for Backing Atlantic YardsA ten-year estimated build time was “arbitrary and capricious.”
  3. hyperbole
    Brooklyn Barclays Center Sends Ratner, Daily News Into Frenzy An exercise in hyperbole.
  4. atlantic yards
    Chris Smith on the Atlantic Yards Documentary Battle for BrooklynIt’s often maudlin, but it proves a point about the pretense of democracy to enrich the powerful.
  5. atlantic yards
    Apartments, Parks, Mall, and Office Space May Never Get Built at Atlantic Yards, EVERBruce Ratner finally admits it.
  6. atlantic yards
    Bruce Ratner Aggravates Construction Workers by Considering Modular Buildings at Atlantic YardsWhat happened to all those jobs?
  7. Openings
    Rap Feared at Prime 6; Rhythm and Blues Promised at Gowanus Venue“Another Yo MTV Raps ‘bling-bling’ vip club” and a venue that’s “in the spirit of what’s happening now in Gowanus.”
  8. atlantic yards
    Bruce Ratner Seducing Atlantic Yards Investors With Green CardsIt’s apparently legal, but borderline sleazy.
  9. Reopenings
    Say Good-bye (for Now) to Sin Sin, and Hello (Again) to Freddy’sSin Sin’s closing doesn’t look to be permanent, and the dive displaced by Atlantic Yards finds a new home.
  10. atlantic yards
    Atlantic Yards Unveiling a Sad Echo of What Could Have BeenToday’s Ratner press conference was a letdown that was years in the making.
  11. Closings
    The Once and Future Freddy’sA history of the bar that’s being displaced by Atlantic Yards, and speculation about its future location.
  12. atlantic yards
    ACORN’s Bertha Lewis Goes a Little Nuts on Last Atlantic Yards HoldoutShe wants to have “salt poured in the soil” so that another Daniel Goldstein can never grow.
  13. atlantic yards
    Dan Goldstein, Atlantic Yards’ Last Holdout, Steps Aside for $3 MillionThat’s for a condo he bought in 2003 for $590,000.
  14. Reopenings
    Freddy’s Bar Gives Up the Fight, Will Move to New LocationThere will be no showdown with bulldozers.
  15. fight the power
    Opposition to Atlantic Yards Eloquently Expressed via Electronic Traffic SignBruce Ratner won’t be pleased by this.
  16. the cuddle muddle
    In Spite of It All, Paterson Still Has Sense of Humor at Atlantic Yards GroundbreakingI thought I was at my own funeral for a moment.”
  17. atlantic yards
    Why the Atlantic Yards Is Currently a Loser for Everyone, Even RatnerHappy Groundbreaking Day!
  18. Endangered
    Ray’s and Freddy’s Keep Fighting; Brazen Head Gets New LeaseGood news and bad news.
  19. unpleasant surprises
    Judge Who Approved Atlantic Yards Receives ‘Suspicious’ White PowderSupreme Court building evacuated after arrival of package.
  20. Endangered
    Freddy’s Continues Fighting for Right to Party As Judge Sentences It toPatrons of Freddy’s Bar in Brooklyn say they’ll go to jail before they see their dive demolished.
  21. atlantic yards
    Atlantic Yards Project Gets Green Light From JudgeBrooklyn residents will be evicted over the next few months.
  22. Endangered
    Endangered Hot DogsProtests at Freddy’s Bar and Ray’s Candy Store.
  23. real estate
    High Court Gives the Go-ahead to Atlantic Yards SeizuresEminent domain wins again.
  24. developing
    Mikhail Prokhorov May Save Ratner’s Atlantic Yards Project, But It’s Not a Sure ThingThere are several obvious hurdles to this deal.
  25. atlantic yards
    New Atlantic Yards Stadium Design ReleasedIt doesn’t look like a bunker!
  26. real estate
    Signs of Hope for a More Exciting Atlantic Yards Arena DesignSoho-based boutique architecture firm SHoP is on the case!
  27. real estate
    Ratner Will Pay Slower, Do LessThe MTA makes a new offer to Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner.
  28. real estate
    Smith: Ratner Close to Railroading MTA on Atlantic YardsA new agreement is expected to be announced on Monday.
  29. real estate
    Frank Gehry Completely Out at Atlantic YardsThe starchitect will design none of the buildings from the master plan he created.
  30. real estate
    How Many Different Ways Can Nicolai Ouroussoff Say ‘Do Not Want’?The ‘Times’ architecture critic excoriates the updated Atlantic Yards stadium design.
  31. real estate
    Frank Gehry Officially Out at Atlantic Yards StadiumThe new Nets stadium design, by a Midwestern firm, now looks like, well, a stadium.
  32. let's get civical
    Smith: Ratner’s Atlantic Yards Stimulus ShakedownAl D’Amato might prove to be Ratner’s key ally.
  33. neighborhood watch
    Atlantic Yards Turns Five Today!Kind of like if you had a 5-year-old who couldn’t read or use the toilet yet.
  34. company town
    Indicted Bear Stearns Hedge-Fund Manager’s Business Card Raking In Cash on eBayMatthew Tannin’s old business card is getting bid up, even as everything else Wall Street seems to be going down. All that and more in our daily roundup of finance, real-estate, media, and law news.
  35. neighborhood watch
    They’re Crazy From the Heat!Harlem residents suspect gentrifiers are the cause of a raccoon outbreak, a miffed man burns down his neighbor’s house on Staten Island, and government workers from separate departments deliberately, sneakily sabotage one another in the East Village. All this and more in our daily boroughs report.
  36. NewsFeed
    What Might You Eat at a Brooklyn Nets* Game?This may be the first professional-sports stadium to serve knishes and egg creams.
  37. developing
    New Port Authority Chief Not So Sure About This Atlantic YardsChris Ward, due to take over the Port Authority this month, suggests to us that he thinks Bruce Ratner should consider recruiting architects other than Frank Gehry.
  38. neighborhood watch
    The ‘Post’ and ‘Daily News’ Have Contrary Takes on the Future of the Atlantic YardsJennifer Connelly ditches the Slope, Travolta hits Dumbo, and Warhol’s former porn house in the East Village. Those are all the celeb items in today’s boroughs report, we promise!
  39. company town
    Gawker Media Spins Off Wonkette, Gridskipper, and IdolatorSting buys a new place, the West Side is in jeopardy, and Wachovia raises $7 billion in our daily news roundup.
  40. the sports section
    Big Urban-Planning Issues: How Do We Get LeBron?It’s been a bad week for massive urban-planning projects. First came news that Madison Square Garden would be renovating instead of moving into the Moynihan Station megadevelopment across Eighth Avenue.
  41. developing
    Frank Gehry: Why Do I Have to Be the One to Lie to the Papers?Of course his tower is going to be erected as part of the Atlantic Yards project, the architect explained to the Brooklyn Paper last night. Why ever would you think it wouldn’t?
  42. atlantic yards watch
    Showdown at the Brooklyn MuseumDeveloper Bruce Ratner is slated to receive an award tonight at a fancy gala, and opponents of his Atlantic Yards project will be there to make sure he doesn’t enjoy it.
  43. neighborhood watch
    Clive Campbell Wants Slavery Reparations From Jay-Z, Of All PeopleAtlantic Yards: Activist Clive Campbell has filed a $5 billion suit against Bruce Ratner, Jay-Z, and Barclay’s bank. He’s suing for slavery reparations, because of alleged slave trade ties in the history of the bank. [NYO] Bedford-Stuyvesant: Cleaning your dog’s poop is all about respect. Respecting yourself, that is. [Newyorkshitty] Dumbo: If you want your short film to play on the big screen at Brooklyn Bridge Park, now’s the time to submit it to Movies With a View. No subtitles, please. [Dumbo NYC]
  44. atlantic yards watch
    Chris Smith: Ratner Showing Fear, At Last?Here’s the argument Bruce Ratner’s lawyers won’t be making in court: “Please hurry up and make a decision on the lawsuits challenging Atlantic Yards, judges, because the delay is cutting into our profits.” But while the sentiment goes unvoiced, that’s what Ratner’s current posturing is really all about. Last week Ratner’s representatives filed papers with a state appellate panel seeking to expedite a ruling because “the credit markets are in turmoil at this time … There is a serious question as to whether, given the current state of the debt market, the underwriters will be able to proceed with the financing for the arena while the appeal is pending.”
  45. developing
    School Principal Single-handedly Stops Ratner DrillersBruce Ratner has plans to build Brooklyn’s tallest structure using air rights from CUNY’s NYC Technical College. The City Tech tower, to be designed by Renzo Piano, is being built with the collaboration of the school — and in return, they’ll get a new class and lab building, built by Ratner. But there’s one loser in this deal: George Westinghouse High School, which uses an auditorium and parking lot on the CUNY site where Ratner will be building. School officials only received a fax with the announcement a couple of days before a crew arrived to start work for excavation. “The principal asked the workers to leave the property, and they did,” a community activist explained later. The school has rented the space from CUNY for years, and administrators have tried since September to learn what will happen to it. “They had one sit-down with construction people that ended poorly,” says the activist. The school’s PTA will meet with representatives of both Ratner and the Department of Education on January 19 (which would seem to make them more influential than dozens of celebrity protesters against Ratner’s other Brooklyn projects, who can’t seem to get a meeting with him). Ratner spokesman Lorin Reigelhaupt promises to restore lost parking spaces on-site or nearby, but neither Reigelhaupt nor the DOE will comment on the future of the auditorium. —Alec Appelbaum
  46. neighborhood watch
    Renzo Piano Forgot the Bike RacksTimes Square: If the New York Times building is so green, how come there’s nowhere to park a bike? [Streetsblog] Atlantic Yards: Will the Yards eventually feel more like Madison Square Garden, or Newark? This blog captures the debate from the Brian Lehrer Show. [Atlantic Yards Report] Brooklyn Heights: The Wandering Stranger of Schermerhorn Street has disappeared! And has earned himself a poetic blog elegy. [Deep in the Heart of Brooklyn via Brooklyn Heights Blog]
  47. intel
    Housing Advocate Brad Lander to Run for DeBlasio’s Council SpotBrooklyn City Councilman Bill DeBlasio plans to run for borough president, and the guy who wants to replace him is part of the borough’s urbanist next generation. “I’m running,” said Brad Lander, 38, who directs the nonprofit Pratt Center for Community Development. Lander, neighbors might remember, got the Bloomberg administration to include affordable-housing incentives when rezoning the Williamsburg waterfront two years ago. A savvy political operator, Lander is also popular with the brownstone-bourgeois crowd — the Atlantic Yards Report quotes him approvingly. Even Steven Spinola, president of the Real Estate Board of New York, has battled with Lander and admits grudging respect. “He’s a bright individual,” Spinola says. Having successfully fought last year to bring those affordable-housing incentives to parts of all five boroughs, Lander now wants to expand them to the entire city and require public amenities in all development. He also wants to save rent stabilization. “What I feel a lot of passion about is, shouldn’t this growth and development bring us new parks and affordable housing and jobs?” he told us. “It seems like all they bring is luxury condos.” —Alec Appelbaum
  48. developing
    Markus Dochantschi to Blend Luxury With Affordable Beside BAMBack in April, we told you how a city competition had produced attractive, ecohealthy, and affordable housing in the South Bronx. When architect Markus Dochantschi, Zaha Hadid’s onetime U.S. point man, finished second in that competition, he vowed to find another spot for his utopian plans. His sights were set on the ritzy city-owned site next to BAM, where another similar competition was running. This time, he won. Dochantschi, working with German architect Stefan Behnisch, will design 187 units, including 30 for-sale apartments and an unspecified number of affordable ones, above a retail and performance space where Fulton Street meets Ashland (near Frank Gehry’s modern explosion over the Atlantic Yards). He says the scheme scatters for-sale and low-income units throughout the tower to ensure that no one section becomes less desirable than others. Instead, as the above rendering shows (and another more clearly after the jump), he “twisted the orientation” to make sure the north-south exposure was no less enticing than the east-west. As a result, he says, “hotspots” throughout the building will ensure plenty of nice light and air. He hopes the building opens by 2010. —Alec Appelbaum Local Planner Gets the Big Job [Brooklyn Papers] Related: Mr. Ratner’s Neighborhood [NYM]
  49. atlantic yards watch
    Ratner, Lopez Do Business the Old-Fashioned Way Major decisions and policy changes often seem to come out of nowhere in Albany, thrown together in the late-night rush to beat the close of a legislative session. But when it comes to Bruce Ratner and Atlantic Yards, the foundation for such maneuvers has been quietly in the works for years. And last night, the savvy stroking paid off for him yet again. It’ll cost you, though.
  50. it just happened
    Bruce Ratner Wins a Round in Atlantic Yards Legal Battle A federal judge this afternoon dismissed Goldstein v. Pataki, the key eminent-domain case seeking to block Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards megadevelopment. It’s a major setback for the Develop Don’t Destroy crowd, right? Wrong, says Matthew Brinckerhoff, DDDB’s lead lawyer. Indeed, he calls it good news. “There was an initial ruling by the federal magistrate saying we didn’t belong in federal court, and now a district court has said we belong in federal court but dismissed the claim,” Brinckerhoff told us. Now, he says, his clients can focus their appeal on the merits of the case — that public officials delivered the massive project to Forest City Ratner when it should have gone to multiple bidders in a public process — rather than on jurisdictional technicalities. “Given where we were, we are not worse off,” Brinckerhoff said. Of course — and we’re not lawyers — one would imagine it would be even better not to have to appeal at all. But Brinckerhoff is standing firm and tossing off sound bites. “This is far from over,” he said. —Alec Appelbaum
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