Atlantic Yards

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Court Rules that Atlantic Yards Project Needs More Review, Developers Will Still Open Arena This Fall

    In a feat for community groups that have been critical of the controversial Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn, a judge has ruled that the project needs further review. But that's not stopping the developers from pushing forward with a central part of their plan: a new arena for the Nets, whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Valery Jean, Executive Director of Families United for Racial and Economic Equality, on FUREE's 10th Anniversary Party

    Caleb Ferguson​It's the holidays and time for nightly benefit parties. This month, we're be circling back to non-profits and art groups we've talked to through out 2011 as they gear up for their annual shindigs. Today we're talking to Valery Jean, Executive Director of Families United for Rac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Brooklynites Who Once Supported Atlantic Yards Switch Sides, Claiming Broken Promises

    ​Across the street from the under-construction Atlantic Yards stadium, the future home of the Nets in Prospect Heights, a group of about 100 Brooklynites gathered yesterday to protest several large development projects in the neighborhood which they say have not delivered the promised job and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Ratner's Green-Card Fundraising Scheme: Is This a Scandal, or What?

    ​The ever-epic Norman Oder of Atlantic Yards Report today closes out his epic series on Bruce Ratner's bizarre green-cards-for-financing scheme with a (wait for it) epic FAQ on exactly how the New Jersey Nets Brooklyn New Yorkers co-owner plans to take advantage of an obscure federal job-promo ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 1, 2010


    An eminent domain showcase

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Plein Sud; Sarah DiGregorio at Cienfuegos

    This week in The Voice, Robert Sietsema finds the food looks amazing, but tastes terrible at Plein Sud. Sarah DiGregorio reports hits and misses at Cienfuegos, but gives a nod to the champagne punch. Sam Sifton approves of Tamarind Tribeca, which: "might rate a pleasant shrug [in Indian cuisine-hap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2010

    Atlantic Yards is a Go: Streets Close March 8, Evictions Expected Soon

    ​Get those shackles ready, Freddy's: Judge Abraham Gerges has denied what appears to be the last big appeal of the eminent domain seizures for the Atlantic Yards project. Several businesses, including Freddy's, are denied all relief; others, including condo owner Daniel Goldstein, may file c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    Downtown Brooklyn -- Where It's All Happening, Eventually, Baby!

    ​The New York Post has the surprising story: that the newest Hot Nabe is -- Downtown Brooklyn! Yes, the zone of borough offices, courts, the Transit Museum, and crappy delis is "Brooklyn's fastest-growing residential neighborhood" -- its population has tripled in just 10 years. That still l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Anticipating Atlantic Yards Eviction, Freddy's Bar Wraps Itself in Chains

    Photos by Lisanne McTernan. The locals at Freddy's Backroom -- a cozy Prospect Heights bar with a rabble-rousing clientele -- could be found getting sloshed at an especially early hour on Sunday. At high noon, and with the assistance of a group of mildly drunken onlookers, manager Donald O'Finn wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    ​ Twitpic via DPixel. It was a short week but a merry one, with or without a vodka infused turkey. Now that Thanksgiving has been properly ruined, thanks to the diabolical War on Thanksgiving, and Black Friday has passed without fatalities, we descend into Xmas, which has apparently been mad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2009

    Yet Another Atlantic Yards Lawsuit!

    ​It seems Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards boondoggle was getting another lawsuit just yesterday (it was in October, actually -- an appeal by local landholders whose property is being seized to make the big Brooklyn hole that was supposed to be a sports arena/shopping complex by now even bigger) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    3rd Atlantic Yards Design Emitted

    ​ Today developer Bruce Ratner unveiled a third design for his stalled Atlantic Yards project. (The first had been done by architecture superstar Frank Gehry; when it was scrapped for "value engineering" reasons, Ratner engaged Ellerbe Becket, who delivered a Pee-Wee's Playhouse set; SHoP Arc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2009

    Atlantic Yards Scales Back; Gehry's Playhouse Gives Way to "Airplane Hangar"

    Ratner's Atlantic Yards project continues to shrink. Now architect Frank Gehry's ambitious $1 billion vision for the sports-'n'-more complex has been dumped in favor of a $800 million sports-'n'-less plan. The New York Times quotes officials who say the new rendering, out of architects Ellerbe Becke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    Atlantic Yards Resists Court Challenge; More to Come

    Don't rule out Atlantic Yards builder Bruce Ratner yet: though recent events show time is not on his side, the courts certainly have been. Today the Observer reports that another court challenge by opponents went Ratner's way: a suit against the state, charging that it improperly used eminent domai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    Atlantic Yards Continues to Not Get Built

    If you're wondering what's going on with the troubled Atlantic Yards development project, the answer is nothing much and nothing good for developer Forest City Ratner. Back in 2007 a judge ruled that the way a long-term tenant of Henry Weinstein's Pacific Street building transfered his lease to Ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Dark Days, Press-Wise, for Atlantic Yards

    As Ward Harkavy pointed out this morning, Atlantic Yards architect Frank Gehry's admission in regard to the project ("I don't think it's going to happen") must chap developer Bruce Ratner's ass, despite Gehry's walkback. Project foes such as Atlantic Yards Report are emboldened; today AYR strangel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    Times Finds Ft. Greene "Serene," Misses Housing Projects

    The Times did a "Living In" feature on Fort Greene yesterday, portraying it as a "busy, blooming hybrid whose slate-sidewalk streets somehow retain their serenity" despite waves of gentrification -- though a starting rent of $1,600 for a 1BR will make any neighborhood serene. (We are interested to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Stimulus for Atlantic Yards? New Depression Suggests Not

    New York state will get some kind of stimulus money, but as a final bill hasn't been written yet, sources vary on how much assistance we'll get. Newsday says "at least" $20.5 billion; the Times says "more than $21 billion." The Jamestown Post-Journal says "$12.6 Billion in Direct Budget Relief," rem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Markowitz Weakens on Atlantic Yards

    The normally development-friendly Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz actually said something almost critical of a developer yesterday. He suggested Forest City Ratner, despoilers of Atlantic Yards, should look at a "more economically feasible" plan for the Nets stadium/luxury complex than th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Atlantic Yards Foes Say Nets Not Much of a Draw

    These aren't great days for the Atlantic Yards project. Earlier this month Forest City Ratner stopped work at the Vanderbilt Railyards, though it's way behind schedule, and Atlantic Yards architect Frank Gehry let go a bunch of workers who were on the case. Now critics are saying that the Nets, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    What Decrepit Brooklyn Nabe Gets (In Dreams) This Gleaming Waterfront Park?

    One of the bright sides of a collapsing economy is that developers -- who normally treat us peons like, well, peons -- are getting their asses kicked. Forest City Enterprises, the home office of Atlantic Yards villain Bruce Ratner, has lost 93 percent of its share value this year. Brooklynites are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008
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    October 22, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008

    Anti-Development Rumblings in Brooklyn

    No Land Grab and Atlantic Yards Report ride herd on rapacious developers every day. But other Brooklyn blogs are doing their bit. Gowanus Lounge keeps us posted on the campaign to prevent Bill Stein from building a 70-foot edifice in Carroll Gardens. (Stein suffered a reversal from the local Communi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2008

    Weekend Peek-In: Pre-Primary Report (Updated)

    Kevin Powell, whose challenge for Ed Towns' Congressional seat is covered in the current Voice, unveiled a lengthy policy statement on Friday. It proposes legislation that would give high school students "paid internships that will earn them college credits and income," reduce the impact of negative ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2008

    Supreme Court Declines to Hear Atlantic Yards Challenge

    In an unsurprising move, the U.S. Supreme Court today denied the petition to grant a hearing to 11 property owners and tenants opposed to the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn. The plaintiffs had turned to the High Court after a lower federal court dismissed their challenge to the state's use of em ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2008

    Atlantic Yards Showdown Over the Slowdown

    Accusations are flying from all sides of the Atlantic Yards debate over the apparent slowdown in developing the Prospect Heights mega-project. In the four and a half years since the project was announced, delays, lawsuits and controversy have dogged the plan, and some are eying a potential endgame f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2008
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    April 16, 2008

    Atlantic Yards Subsidies Might Total $2 Billion

    A simulated view of the Atlantic Yards behemoth from the corner Sixth Avenue and Dean Street. Images Copyright 2006 Jonathan Barkey The NY Post did the math earlier this week on Atlantic Yards subsidies to developer Forest City Ratner and came up with a remarkable result: the company stands to rece ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2008

    Formal Opposition: Protesters Dress Down Brooklyn Museum Over Bruce Ratner Honor

    Some cleverly dubbed it a “dung deal.” Others slyly suggested that “Ratner is a ‘con’ artist.” And still more dismissed it fundamentally as a “shame.” Chants creative and classic poured from the crowd of protesters assembled behind NYPD barricades on Thursday evening outside the Bro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2008
  • Blogs

    March 14, 2008

    Atlantic Yards Opponents Look With Hope to Gov. Paterson

    Copyright 2006 Jonathan Barkey In the war of attrition that characterizes the epic struggle against the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, opponents feel guardedly optimistic that the unexpected ascension of Lieutenant Governor David L. Paterson to New York’s highest office might allow them to m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2008

    Spitzer Sex Scandal and YOU: How Prostitutes Impact Congestion Pricing and More

    Congestion pricing for downtown Manhattan, already nearing the "endgame" now looks more at risk than before, according to Second Avenue Sagas. The Wonkster took the pulse of City Council members and found support fading fast for the deal. Mayor Bloomberg, the plan’s biggest proponent, did himse ... More >>

  • News

    January 22, 2008

    Who's Buried in Atlantic Yards?

    A resistance movement drowning its sorrows during a pub quiz in Red Hook

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2007

    Not Everyone is Sad to See Doctoroff Go

    By John DeSio The announcement of the resignation of Dan Doctoroff last week was a moment of reflection for Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Doctoroff’s official title in the Bloomberg administration was deputy mayor for economic development and rebuilding, though, to many New Yorkers, he represented the ... More >>

  • Specials

    October 30, 2007
  • News

    August 14, 2007

    NIMBY Love

    Fighting Atlantic Yards takes hard work and . . . wedding vows?

  • News

    May 22, 2007

    On the Outs in Brooklyn

    The city's complicity behind the borough's soaring eviction rate

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2007

    All Quiet on the Western Yards

    It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like ... Basketball?: A pile of torn-up asphalt is all Bruce Ratner has to show so far for his Atlantic Yards groundbreaking. Approaching the proposed site of the Atlantic Yards complex in Brooklyn on the day after developer Bruce Ratner's much-ballyhooed announcement ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2007

    Bloomberg Adding $226 Million for Nets, Mets, Yanks?

    Buried in the nether reaches of the preliminary capital budget that the mayor released last Thursday are some curious details on the three new sports facilities—that's Yanks, Mets, and Nets, for those scoring at home—that the city has in the works. Namely, total city capital funding ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2006

    Atlantic Yards: Silver Makes a Deal

    . . . Trade the horse, at left, for this rubber stamp Critics of Bruce Ratner's enormous development plan for Atlantic Yards, including the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Municipal Art Society, and the Regional Plan Association, had called on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2006

    Atlantic Yards Foes Hope for a Silver Christmas

    It isn't every day that a bunch of good-government groups hold a press conference to demand that an undemocratic, unelected state panel intervene to delay a public project. That was the scene today at City Hall, though, as several elected officials and budget-watch groups called on state assembl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2006

    Secrets of the Ratner Plan Revealed! (Not)

    Under pressure from Assemblymember Jim Brennan, the Committee on Open Government, and us, the state Empire State Development Corporation has finally released its economic impact study of Bruce Ratner's proposed Atlantic Yards project . . . kinda. What the ESDC actually made public yesterday was ... More >>

  • News

    August 22, 2006
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    August 8, 2006
  • NYC Life

    July 25, 2006

    Life in the Footprint

    Voices of the fading community in the shadow of the Atlantic Yards

  • NYC Life

    July 25, 2006

    BAM Goes the Neighborhood

    While Atlantic Yards grabs the headlines, an art attack quietly transforms downtown Brooklyn

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2005

    Ferrer and the Two Rats

    The inflatable rat is one of the great players on New York's stage—a well-recognized tool for exposing and embarrassing non-union job sites, low wage payers, and employers who've been struck. (The rat is so popular a figure it can be hard to obtain one; when the union at a certain New York news ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2005

    Is Gotbaum Master of Her Domain?

    Public Advocate candidates dispute what's eminent and imminent in the Atlantic Yards deal What's worse, feigning ignorance or being ignorant? That is the question raised by the latest attack by public advocate candidates Andrew Rasiej and Norman Siegel on the woman they each want to unseat, incumbe ... More >>

  • News

    July 12, 2005

    The Battle of Brooklyn

    Grassroots groups split on whether arena plan scores for borough

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