Atlantic Yards

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    September 29, 2012

    Jay's First Concert at Barclays, a Movie Opposed to Barclays, And a People Not So Divided

    A couple hundred people sat quietly on wet astro-turf watching a movie in a dark park about a man and his community's fight to keep an arena out of their neighborhood. A few blocks over, thousands of people waited eagerly under shimmering lights to see Brooklyn's favorite rapper baptize that arena ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011
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    March 17, 2011

    Japanese Nuclear Crisis Continues; It's St. Patrick's Day; Employees Fired for Shrink-Wrapping Coworker

    ​• The nuclear crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Tokyo continues. Americans within 50 miles of the plant have been told to evacuate. The Japanese government has issued an evacuation zone of 12 miles, and says that those within 20 miles should "take shelter." Meanwhile, officials are s ... More >>

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    March 15, 2011

    Park Slope Anti-Rap-Club Petition Probably A Hoax, Definitely Unhelpful

    ​Kudos to Capital New York for writing the most thorough piece yet on the great Prime 6/Yo! MTV Raps/Park Slope-is-racist controversy. You recall the online petition, circulated by one Jennifer McMillen, suggesting that Prime 6, a soon-to-be-opened club near the Atlantic Yards nexus, consider ... More >>

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    December 10, 2010

    Brooklyn Nets Want to Woo Subway Riders With Free Beer

    Drink up.​The Nets have one of the worst records in the NBA right now (6-17), so fans have good reason to drink. Lucky for them, a beer might be on the house if they start taking the train to the game. The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council is looking to ease traffic that will b ... More >>

  • Theater

    November 24, 2010

    In the Footprint's Hoop Schemes

    The Civilians charge into the Atlantic Yards project

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    November 24, 2010

    This Week's Voice: Winter Arts Guide, Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday, Iron & Wine, the Dipset Reunion, and More

    Nicki Minaj, the O. Henry of rap. Photo by Howard Huang.​In this week's Village Voice, we present our Winter Arts Guide, featuring Mikael Wood on Iron & Wine's new record, Aaron Hillis in conversation with British actress Lesley Manville, James Hannaham's winter books picks, Ben Davis on artis ... More >>

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    June 11, 2010

    Open & Closed: Say Hello to Moutarde, Le Bistro de la Rue; Goodbye to Tavern on Dean

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Prospect Heights mainstay Tavern on Dean is closing at the end of the month after 10 years in business. The Atlantic Yards project may be to blame. [Eater] West Village Philippe spin-off Phili ... More >>

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    April 11, 2010

    Sanction-busting Investigation Could Threaten Nets Deal, Atlantic Yards

    ​Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ) tells the Post that he's requesting a Treasury Department investigation to see if Mikhail Prokhorov, the russian investor who's trying to buy stakes in both the Nets and the planned Nets Arena in Brooklyn, has violated Bush-era sanctions against doing business wi ... More >>

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    January 12, 2010

    Atlantic Yards Brings "Permanent" Street Closings; Ratner Writes a Letter; Haier In On Barclays Center

    Atlantic Yards Report reproduces a notice that says, starting on February 1, stretches of Pacific Street and Fifth Avenue within the footprint will be "permanently closed," presumably in preparation for work on the Ratner megacomplex at Atlantic Yards. Dan Goldstein of Develop Don't Destroy Bro ... More >>

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    January 6, 2010

    Yonkers Pol Sandy Annabi Charged With Corruption in Ratner (Atlantic Yards) Project

    Yonkers pol Sandy Annabi, accused of corruption.Yonkers Democratic pol Sandy Annabi and two others were charged today with conspiracy, bribery, and extortion in connection with the startling reversal in 2006 of Annabi's opposition to a Forest City Ratner project in Westchester County. Forest City ... More >>

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    January 3, 2010

    Atlantic Yards, Bloomberg get national bad press

    The press in other places have​ discovered the Mayor's pet Atlantic Yards project, with a scathing AP piece on the human cost of eminent domain and a firebreathing George Will column on how much the Founding Fathers would have disapproved. Neither mentions the mayor, but both make it far more ... More >>

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    December 21, 2009

    Whole Foods Sells Bad Nuts; Drew Nieporent's Lazy Sunday

    ​Whole Foods CEO John Mackey talks about his supermarket chain returning its roots: health food. He's pulling things like the chocolate fountain and many indulgent foods, and adding more features like salad bars with oil-free dressing. [AP] Meanwhile, Whole Foods is recalling several products ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009

    Freddy's Bar To Install Chains for When Bruce Ratner Tries to Evict Them

    ​The fight to keep homes and businesses from being eminent-domained for the Bruce Ratner Atlantic Yards boondoggle goes badly. So the management at Freddy's Bar -- the fun watering hole and longtime Voice favorite imperiled by the land grab -- is installing chains. Bar manager Donald O'Finn ... More >>

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    December 4, 2009

    As Atlantic Yards Gets Pricier, How Much Red Ink Can Ratner Absorb?

    ​Uberdeveloper-turned-Nets-owner Bruce Ratner better have some good meds, because this is rapidly shaping up to be a month of rapid mood swings for him and his Atlantic Yards project. While Tuesday's granting of a desperately needed investment-grade rating for the Nets arena bonds must have be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2009

    Quick hits

    The Obama administration is suggesting a voluntary ban on lobbyists serving on 915 Federal Advisory Committees which consult with federal agencies on government policy. The lobbyists, one of whom helped write the legislation which created the Committees when he was a Republican Senate staffer, are n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    Helsinki "World Design Capital" for 2012; New York Lags Badly

    ​ The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design has announced at their World Design Congress that Helsinki is the "World Design Capital" for 2012. Fast Company has a nice photo series of design highlights from the Finnish capital, and they are dazzling. Eindhoven was the runne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    Atlantic Yards "Cloud" Lifted, But Fog Remains: What About the Bonds?

    So is the long-heralded arrival of Atlantic Yards finally at hand, or what? According to the front page of today's Times (echoed on its sports page), the answer is yes: Following yesterday's appeals court ruling, which dismissed challenges to the state seizing private land for the Nets-arena-and-oth ... More >>

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    November 20, 2009

    Cheek, In Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    ​ Kristen Stewart, New Moon premiere. Twitpic via KriisStewart_. Our Man of the Week is Rudolph Giuliani. He started off with confused but belligerent comments about the KSM trial, making him look like a candidate for something. Then word leaked that he would not run for Governor, then that ... More >>

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    October 16, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    ​ Twitpic via DanaBoscorelli. Up, Up and Awry! The Balloon Boy and his wacky father helped keep our minds off the real world, which sucked even more than usual. In national news, the Nobel Peace Prize continued its deadly rampage across America. But don't despair, rightbloggers: President O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    As Appeal Goes Forward, MTA Hit With New Atlantic Yards Suit

    Bruce Ratner and his Atlantic Yards project are really getting it in the neck this week. Tomorrow an appeal by landholders of the eminent domain seizure of their properties for the sports, shopping, office and residential mega-plan gets going in court. And now Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, state s ... More >>

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    June 22, 2009

    Ratner Avenue! Developer Gets MTA Atlantic Yards Windfall -- and Subway Station Naming Rights

    Just when you think Bruce Ratner and his cockamamie Atlantic Yards project are down for the count, they get back up again -- assisted by the city's moneyed interests. The MTA just cut Forest City Ratner an amazing deal. As expected, he'll pay $100 million for the Vanderbilt Railyards -- but he on ... More >>

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    June 5, 2009

    Cheek, In Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    President Obama graciously escorted GM into bankruptcy.Enemies decried his kind words and big speech to the Muslim world, but it still went over big. Can't touch this! We're beginning to think that Obama's letting total lunatics attack him on a government website just for the laughs. Patriots ... More >>

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    March 10, 2009

    New Bronx Beep Lives in Brooklyn, "Mixed" on Atlantic Yards

    As regular readers will have noticed, we are a little slow on the uptake sometimes, and didn't realize before now that new Bronx Beep Earl Brown (who replaced Adolfo Carrion, gone to join the Obama Administration) is actually a resident of Brooklyn, specifically Prospect Heights, the neighborhood th ... More >>

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    December 12, 2008
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    December 4, 2008
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    November 24, 2008

    Pols Suggest MTA Deal Land for $; Still Seeks Missing Report

    Councilmembers Eric Gioia and David Yassky held a press conference yesterday to suggest the MTA could save some money -- which it desperately needs -- by better managing some of its real estate, specifically its Madison Avenue headquarters and a "largely vacant" building on Jay Street that it leases ... More >>

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    November 18, 2008

    Coney Ideas include Nudie Bar, Hole to China

    Yesterday's "Imagine Coney" conference at BAM heard a lot of suggestions in the whiteboard session, including a "Nudie Bar" ("remember when adults were allowed to have adult fun?"), "Dig Hole to China," and "Interspecies Friendship." The sponsors, the Municipal Arts Society and the Center for an Urb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2008

    Grim Signs for Brooklyn Nets from Media, Spike Lee

    Buried in a Bergen Record story about Nets "superfan" Frank Capece, Atlantic Yards Report notices, is a bit about "one longtime Nets’ official" who "is telling people that the move to Brooklyn will never, ever happen." AYR also lists some reports that Bruce Ratner is trying to sell the Nets, perha ... More >>

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    October 1, 2008
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    September 25, 2008

    Yankee Fan Builds Stadium Out of Legos

    The Mets are in their now-traditional year-end death spiral, but the Yankees playoff hopes are officially nil, so their fans will need something to occupy their time. River Ave. Blues directs our attention to one fan who got an enormous head start: artist Sean Kenney, who has constructed a scale mod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008

    Blogs Note Yankee Stadium Report, Taxpayer Rip-Off

    Assemblyman Richard Brodsky's negative review of the new Yankee Stadium's impact on taxpayers -- which report cites Runnin' Scared's own Neil deMause -- has stirred comment at development-watchdog blogs. Atlantic Yards Report finds it curious that Economic Development Corporation president Seth Pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008

    Local Outrages: Ratner's Wake-Up Call, Starbucks Cover-Up, Car Trouble in W'm'sburg

    The author of the Footprint Gazette lives on a part of Dean Street undergoing heavy construction related to Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards project. The author was away on business when, at 4:30 one morning, he got a cell phone call from a construction worker, asking him to come downstairs and move hi ... More >>

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    August 19, 2008

    NYC RFD: The Downfall of New York, Continued

    Along with subway ceilings and panes of glass, citizens must now cope with chunks of falling L-train, reports Williamsburg is Dead. "A 10-inch plastic component of the subway advertisement in front of me fell off," says correspondent The Driggs, "landing squarely on a little girl's head and then bou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2008

    Exclusives Roundup: John Gotti, Atlantic Yards and Dog Poo

    Apparently our intrepid tabloid reporters were hard at work over the weekend putting together exclusive scoops for our Monday morning commute. Some are serious (the fate of Atlantic Yards), while others are fluffy (OMG, the first review of the Sex and the City movie!). Here's a quick roundup: For t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2008

    Tony Avella is Mad as Hell (And Running for Mayor)

    Days before City Councilmember Tony Avella (D-Queens) officially declared his candidacy for mayor on Sunday, he released a video in which he compared his position to that of Howard Beale in the 1976 film, Network. The character, a ratings-challenged news anchor turned anti-corporate crusader portray ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2008

    Let’s Do the Time Warp Again: Atlantic Yards as Interpretive Dance

    Photo Simulation Copyright 2006 Jonathan Barkey Already confusing because of its opaque public costs and shady financing, this week the perplexing Atlantic Yards proposal for downtown Brooklyn revealed another bizarre element: an evolving completion timeline. The latest knot was uncombed on Mond ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2007

    Questions Await New Atlantic Yards Ombudsman

    Projected view of the Atlantic Yards project from Dean Street and Sixth Avenue courtesy of More than half a year after announcing the position, the Empire State Development Corporation has hired an ombudsman for the controversial Atlantic Yards project. The ESDC tapped Forrest R. Tayl ... More >>

  • Specials

    October 16, 2007
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    February 15, 2007

    Mystery of Stadium Funds Continues

    Nearly a month after Mayor Bloomberg issued his preliminary capital budget, the mystery over cost overruns for the city's stadium projects remains. The mayor, it now appears, has attempted to tack on somewhere between $140 million and $226 million in added spending for the Nets, Mets, and Yankees p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2006

    Donate Your Steel!

    Maybe we could use Legos instead?(FCR) Like a juggler who's finally put all his balls in the air, New York City's development rage hit full-speed this week with the approval of the Atlantic Yards project. The massive arena and residential complex joins Yankee Stadium, the new Mets stadium, all the ... More >>

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    December 20, 2006

    Cloudy Atlantic Yards Passes, Thanks to Silver Lining

    Atlantic Yards is all over but for the lawsuits. The Public Authorities Control Board—where the West Side Stadium died about 18 months ago—let Bruce Ratner's vision for Brooklyn live with a vote in Albany today that approves nine-figure government subsidies to one of the largest developmen ... More >>

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    September 28, 2006

    Ratnerville: What Economic Impact Study?

    It was right there in the General Project Plan for the Atlantic Yards project that the state-run Empire State Development Corporation released back on July 18: Bruce Ratner's arena/condo/office tower complex would "generate $1.4 billion in net tax revenues in excess of the public contribution to the ... More >>

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    September 19, 2006

    Duck! It's Ratner Season in Brooklyn

    The first two installments of the public hearings on Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards project were less than hugely informative—the first, on August 23, quickly deteriorated into a yellfest, while the second, on primary night, was mostly attended by people disguised as empty seats. So yesterday's rub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2006

    Roaring Over Ratner

    If you showed up to last night's public hearing on Atlantic Yards looking for enlightment on the pros and cons of the mammoth, 22-acre, eight-million-square-foot, 60-stories-at-its-tallest development that Metrotech developer and New Jersey Nets owner Bruce Ratner has planned for the northern edge o ... More >>

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    July 18, 2006

    State: Ratner Plan Won't Raise Rents

    The State Economic Development Corporation surprised Brooklyn activists today by releasing—earlier than expected—its Draft Environmental Impact Statement on developer Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards plan. The DEIS is a key step in the state approval process because it forms a framework for p ... More >>

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    June 30, 2006
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    June 16, 2006
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    February 21, 2006
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    January 18, 2006

    Nets Foes Shoot Suit

    The battle over developer Bruce Ratner's plan to build a Nets arena and a set of high-rise residences at Atlantic Yards could be headed to court. A coalition of groups opposing the Ratner plan has filed suit against Forest City Ratner and the Empire State Development Corporation, alleging that a pla ... More >>

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