Atlantic Yards

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Creators of Atlantic Yards film, Battle for Brooklyn, Talk Opening of Barclays Center, Jay-z, Corruption, and More (Pt. 2)

    Yesterday we introduced you to Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley, co-directors of the film Battle for Brooklyn. The film follows Brooklyn apartment owner Daniel Goldstein and his fight to save his home from real estate developer Bruce Ratner and other powerful New York City figures and officials see ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Brooklyn Soon To Be Home To World's Most Humongous Barclays Logo

    The indefatigable Norman Oder -- at least, we've never seen him defatigued -- reported yesterday on his Atlantic Yards Report that Brooklyn's new Nets arena is about to get a "honking big" Barclays logo on its roof. This is normal and expected for roofed sports facilities these days (check out the l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Live: Darcy James Argue's Secret Society Gets Palindromic At Galapagos

    Secret Society Big Band Galapagos Art Space Friday, March 9 Better than: A certain big band that snoozed its way through the blues uptown a couple of nights earlier. Darcy James Argue's Secret Society—an impeccably appointed 18-wheeler of a jazz group in top shape—made only its second ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Marty Markowitz Is Retiring

    ​Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn borough president, friend to the people (and Atlantic Yards), enemy of bike lanes, guy who had once considered replacing Mayor Bloomberg in 2013, is no longer thinking he wants to be mayor, according to the New York Post. Markowitz can't run again for borough preside ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Park Slope "Rap Club" Update: The Community Board Meets, And Jennifer McMillen Stays Suspiciously Silent

    Any excuse to repost this logo again though​For the past week, the controversy over Prime 6, an in-the-works "Yo MTV Raps 'bling-bling' vip club" set to open on 242 Flatbush Avenue, has stayed at the top of our Google Reader and Twitter feeds since "Jennifer McMillen," a woman who claims to li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Park Slope Citizens Decry Plans To Open A "Yo MTV Raps 'Bling-Bling' VIP Club," Suggest Making It An "Indie" Club Instead

    ​So there's a hot new club/bar/live-music venue called Prime 6 in the works down in the Atlantic Yards nexus at Flatbush and Sixth in Brooklyn, inciting the usual neighborly trepidation, because this club might play rap music. There is now a petition circulating, not to stop Prime 6 from openi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Freddy's Bar to Reopen February 4 in New Fifth Avenue Location

    Freddy's Bar/facebookFreddy's II team.​Freddy's Bar, which closed last year to make room for the multibillion-dollar Atlantic Yards project, is reopening in its new location February 4. The new Freddy's, at 627 Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn, is already lining up acts, including Les Sans Culottes, B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Smashburger Sets Its Sights on Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Et Al

    A Smashburger.​We've known for a few months that Smashburger has set its sights on Brooklyn, but now Metromix has a few more details about the Denver-based burger chain's intentions. In an interview with the site, Jim Denburg, the guy who intends to bring the chain to Brooklyn, said he's pla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Ground Zero Mosque Story Confirms It: Conservatives Are The Honky Party

    Last week we considered whether conservatives and their host body, the GOP, were attacking non-white Americans so much that they now constituted America's Honky Party. We did not then spend much time on the almost-not-quite-at-Ground Zero Mosque controversy. But President Obama's recent defense of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    Pressuring 'Rat'-ner in Brooklyn

    ​Either this rat really can't wait to get shop at Best Buy, or somebody hasn't negotiated with the union. It is of course the latter. Local 79 was protesting this morning outside of the old Circuit City in the Atlantic Mall in downtown Brooklyn, which went belly-up last October. Like the Cir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Freddy's Gets Filmed: The Shuttered Brooklyn Bar Is Featured in a New Documentary

    Freddy's, the bar, begets Freddy's, the movie.​Freddy's Bar & Backroom fought a long, hard fight against Bruce Ratner and his Atlantic Yards project. That fight came to a rowdy, bittersweet end on April 30, when the bar bid its patrons farewell. A reincarnation, Freddy's Next Bar, is expected ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    MSG Reno to Exile Liberty ... to Newark?

    ​Proving the old line that the best way to find real news in the Times is to read the stories end-to-beginning, the Paper of Record offers up a classic buried lede in its article today about the upcoming renovations to Madison Square Garden. Round about the sixth paragraph, sportswriter Richar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Jay-Z Gave Press Conference, Helped Break Ground at Brooklyn's Barclays Center Today

    At the press conference. Photo by Elliott Wilson.​Bowing out of one big municipal project one day, and breaking ground on another the next: can't knock Jay-Z's political hustle. Brooklyn's most famous son was on hand to both shovel dirt for the future Nets arena in Atlantic Yards and to join M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2010

    New Yankee Stadium Helps Lift Bronx to Poorest, Hungriest Place in America

    Our own Neil deMause, who literally wrote the book on the subject, has repeatedly tried to show what a boondoggle stadium-building can be for cities and neighborhoods. Here's new evidence of what the new Yankee Stadium has brought to The Bronx. Not only is the borough home to one of the poorest con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    Why This Decade Sucked, Reason #8: New York Turned Into America

    ​ We will, in the closing days of this wretched decade, list the Top Ten reasons why it sucked. Previous reasons here and here. ​9/11 was a tough hit on everyone, especially New Yorkers. But everyone, even people who hated this city, wanted to see the city come back from it. And so we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    Freddy's Bar, Threatened by Atlantic Yards, Executes Dummy with Beer Cans, Vows Resistance

    Mayor Bloomberg remains bullish, or should we say Nettish, on the Atlantic Yards project: "While the rest of the country wrings its hands about the national recession," he says, "we're building our way out of it." The patrons of Freddy's Bar, who last week showed resistance to their impending evic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    Judge Dismisses Willets Point Suit (Updated)

    It's been a bad week for New Yorkers trying to keep their property. First there was the Atlantic Yards decision, which upheld the seizure of citizens' homes and businesses for the Ratner boondoggle. Now Brooklyn Federal Judge Edward Korman has thrown out a complaint by Willets Point landholders w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    Primary Over But -- Questions Remain!

    Now that the poorly-attended primary election is over, what droplets of meaning can be wrung from it? Some people think Mark Green (pictured), who finished second to Brooklyn councilmember Bill de Blasio in the public advocate race and will face him in a runoff on September 29, is played out in New ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    ​ Dancers from InSpirit beckon passers-by to enter a new store on Broadway near 13th Street. Labor Day, with its West Indian American Day Parade, was the high point of the week. The low point was, let's see... the rest of it. 9/11 was a popular topic. It was oddly related to a Twitter Festiv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    In Interview, Bloomberg Praises Gehry, Approves Parking Tickets

    That Bloomberg interview referred to in yesterday's papers is out now in the Brooklyn Paper. In it, the Mayor continues to defend the Atlantic Yards project against what he calls "this small group of people" who oppose it, and to pine after the Frank Gehry design that might have been. With a modish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    Times Blogger Accused of Karaoke Bias (Updated!)

    ​As silly season coincides with political candidates' realization that they better do something besides get on the ballot (speaking of that, congrats to Alan Gerson for getting back on his!), you may expect many more stories like this: Back in March, a correspondent from the Times' Fort Green ... More >>

  • Columns

    July 1, 2009

    Senate Coup Plotters' Hidden Agenda

    Tabloids call it a circus, but the lobbyists' goal is to squelch reforms

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    Twitpic by moises. The spectre of death stalked the nation. We were all shocked by the death of a great American musician: Sky Saxon. Also, Michael Jackson. We looked at his fans, press reactions, his good works and his weird headlines. And let's not forget Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMahon. Presid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2009

    Today Barclays-Atlantic Avenue, Tomorrow Disney-Times Square? MTA "Very Open" To Selling Subway Naming Rights

    That resounding "Ewwwww!" you heard emanating from Brooklyn was the sound of locals discovering that as part of Bruce Ratner's revamped deal with the MTA for the Atlantic Yards site, he's set to get naming rights to the Atlantic Avenue subway station. If it's approved by the MTA board tomorrow as ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2009

    Atlantic Yards Combatants Finally Forced To Sit Through State Senate Hearing

    The footprint. Image via Atlantic Yards or Atlantic Lots. Yesterday was the long-awaited — like, six years long — first state legislative hearing on Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards project, with State Senator Bill Perkins convening his Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions Committee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    We know how you feel, kid. Via Craftser via urlesque. We suspect Obama got that Iranian-American reporter released, and he's certainly trying to help refugees and rescue us from financial criminals. But does he get credit? No -- because he he laughed at Wanda Sykes, just like all the newly-reclas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    Noobs Flood the City; We Propose a Screening Process

    For years we had this place all to ourselves, it seemed; feebs and hayseeds hated New York and, as the old saying went, wouldn't want to live here. Now the Times finds that between July 2007 and July 2008, our population grew by nearly 54,000 -- a "stunning" reversal, say demographers. 76,000 citize ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Panel Rejects Anti-Atlantic Yards Suit; Plaintiffs Will Appeal

    Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn's legal challenge to the contentious Atlantic Yards project has been rejected, 3-0, in an Appellate Division panel ruling. According to the New York Law Journal, DDDB contended that officials improperly judged some properties "blighted" so that they could be seized for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2009

    Quiet Hammerman Up for de Blasio's Council Seat

    Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn alerts us that Craig Hammerman has declared for the city council seat presumably to vacated by Bill de Blasio, who is running for Public Advocate. Hammerman has for 15 years been the District Manager of Community Board 6, and is a member of the New York Hall of Fame. Non ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2008

    Bloomberg Third Term Reax

    People have been speaking out on the Bloomberg third term try since before his announcement today that he's working with the city council to overturn the law that would prohibit it. "The editorial boards of newspapers are more important that the public's will?" says Forest Hills 72. "Mayor Bloomber ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2008

    Are You Living in Pete Hamill's Brooklyn, Or Ours?

    In this week's New York magazine, Pete Hamill talks about Brooklyn -- the Brooklyn of his codgerrific past, mostly, when people talked about "that son of a bitch Hitler" and "de scaw" of the Dodgers' game. Blinking in the sunlight of 2008, Hamill mournfully notices that rents have gone way up, no o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2008

    Setback for Atlantic Yards: Motion to Dismiss Denied

    Goldstein et al. v. Empire State Development Corporation is an eminent domain challenge filed against ESDC by a consortium of Brooklyn property owners and tenants who don't want to get booted by Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards project. (ESDC is the public authority that's trying to grab the land for R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2008

    Bill Opening Workplaces to Bikes is a Lock, Says Sponsor

    It may seem like it's all Clinton Global Initiative here at Runnin' Scared, but we're also keenly interested in bicycles. Councilmember David Yassky says this time for sure he's going to get his "Bikes In Buildings" Bill passed in the City Council. The bill would require commercial property owners ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2008

    Making Local Politics Marginally Less Dull (Updated)

    We commend Atlantic Yards Report for taking a portion of the transcript from last Saturday's* environmental-impact hearing on the proposed development and presenting it as a dramatic text with "echoes of absurdist playwright Samuel Beckett." Sample: THE HEARING OFFICER: -- this hearing is now close ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 20, 2008
  • Blogs

    March 4, 2008

    Freezing Tenants Put Heat on Landlord With Takeover Action

    A sign outside 1849 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx labels the building a shelter in the event of nuclear fallout, but residents in this recently privatized building say that they have received scant protection from more immediate harms: mold, rodents, and New York City winters. “Over the last six ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2008

    Could the Bond Market Hurt Atlantic Yards Affordable Housing?

    Could the limited pool of affordable housing bonds jeopardize the 2,250 units of subsidized housing that developer Bruce Ratner pledged as part of his Atlantic Yards mixed-use stadium project? Norman Oder, of the Atlantic Yards Report, seems to think so. Ratner seeks $1.4 billion in such bonds, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 8, 2007

    Atlantic Yards Eminent Domain Fight Back in Court

    Photo by ThreeCee via Flickr A handful of Brooklyn property owners and longterm renters who are trying to stop developer Bruce Ratner from using eminent domain to take their property will have what could be their final shot in court on Tuesday. Beloved Dean Street watering hole, Freddy's Bar and B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2007
  • News

    August 21, 2007
  • Blogs

    July 25, 2007

    MTA Gets Set to Raise Fares

    When it comes to subway and bus fare increases, it isn't looking so much as a question of "if" but questions of "how much" and "when." Facing looming budget deficits, MTA executive director Eliot G. Sander said on Wednesday that the agency would seek to increase revenues from trains and buses, comm ... More >>

  • News

    July 24, 2007

    Hot Dog With Relish

    Cyclones put Markowitz on a bobblehead doll. Now he'll pop up even more.

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2007

    Yanks Reach First Place ... In Stadium Subsidies

    The House That Your Taxes Built: The new Yankee Stadium and the old, soon to be demolished one Photo by Christopher Pierro One of the enduring questions about the new Yankee Stadium, now rising like a supersized doppelganger in the former public park across the street from the House That Ruth Buil ... More >>

  • Music

    March 13, 2007

    No Sleep for Brooklyn

    Indie-rap fireplug El-P returns, as bombastically bleak as ever

  • NYC Life

    January 30, 2007
  • News

    December 26, 2006

    Kick Out the Jams

    Will a toll booth at the corner of 60th and Fifth solve midtown's traffic nightmare?

  • News

    August 15, 2006
  • Blogs

    December 23, 2005

    New Development Battle in Harlem

    There's a thread through New York's history linking the stories of neighborhood folks who fought development they didn't like, from the losing battle to Robert Moses over the Cross Bronx, to the win on Westway, to defeating the Jets stadium and debating Atlantic Yards. The latest chapter might be wr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2005

    City PILOTs Go Off Course

    It's fair to say the Bloomberg administration is not a fan of using the normal channels to do the people's business. To some—particularly fans of the mayor's successful bid to wrest control of the schools from the board of education—that's a plus. Opponents of the failed West Side Stadium ... More >>

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