Empire State Development Corporation

  • 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

    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

    February 21, 2012

    Andrew Cuomo's Empire State Fellows Program: Get Rich From Public Service

    Sure, only a little bit more than half of the nation's youth have jobs these days, but that's no reason to feel down. If you're a young person in New York, you can get a real nice job with Governor Andrew Cuomo that pays up to $72,765 per year -- and will train you to be a politician! Who knew that ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    (Most) Brooklyn Bridge Park Vendors on Track to Open in July

    Looks even better with lobster rolls and wieners.​Early last month, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corp. announced its line-up of summer food and beverage vendors. A rep from Empire State Development told us that the vendors would probably be up and running by mid-July. According to Grub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Brooklyn Bridge Park Announces Its Summer Food Vendor Line-Up

    Now with lobster rolls, organic ice cream.​In March, the newly constructed Brooklyn Bridge Park was launched with a ceremony at Pier 1 attended by a lot of city politicians who stood around shivering in the drizzling rain. It was but a prelude to sunnier and more well-fed times: today, the Bro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2010

    Happy MLK Day

    ​If your boss is part of the 28 percent who gave you the day off, congratulations! In The Bronx, some church groups are doing volunteer work in celebration and would love to have you; if they can't accommodate you, there's the Corporation for National and Community Service. Bronx assemblyman ... More >>

  • News

    January 5, 2010

    Bloomberg and Thompson: The (Really) Odd Couple

    Now it can be told: The surprising ties between the billionaire mayor and the poor slob who ran against him

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Court Deals Blow to Columbia's $6.3 Billion Harlem Land Grab (Updated)

    A State Court of Appeals decided this afternoon that New York State was wrong to grant Columbia University eminent domain rights that enabled it to seize land from property owners whose businesses were located in the footprint of the university's expansion. This ruling marks the culmination of a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2009

    Did Atlantic Yards Ruling Pass the Buck on 'Blight'?

    Tuesday's Atlantic Yards decision, in which New York's highest court upheld the right of the state to seize private property on behalf of a mega-developer, will doubtlessly impact the lives of thousands of Brooklyn residents and be discussed for years to come. But the court backed off from a cen ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Ratner Wins Atlantic Yards Eminent Domain Appeal (Updated)

    Bruce Ratner has dodged another bullet. The eminent domain challenge made by landholders in the footprint of Ratner's Atlantic Yard boondoggle has been tossed by the Court of Appeals. The business- and home-owners are being forced to accept hilariously low amounts of compensation to surrender thei ... 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

    October 23, 2009

    Meadowlands to Swap Nets to Newark for Concerts?

    ​Rumors of the Nets moving to Newark to join the Devils are as old as Jason Kidd's knees, but hoops-by-the-Ironbound may finally be a reality, as early as next season. After the Newark Star-Ledger reported yesterday that unnamed team sources were saying the Nets would consider a temporary relo ... 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

    February 18, 2009

    Columbia Expansion: The University Alienates Another Friend

    [Go here for our previous reporting on the perils of Columbia's expansion plans.]As recently as one year ago, the owner of the Cuban restaurant Floridita had allowed Columbia University to use his business as a poster child of its grand expansion into West Harlem. The owner, Ramon Diaz, even let the ... 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

    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

    April 28, 2008
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    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 >>

  • News

    July 10, 2007

    Big in Yonkers

    Columbia foe buys house organ, ponders playing it

  • NYC Life

    March 20, 2007

    Roman Holiday

    New York's ambassador lives high, large, and loose

  • News

    February 6, 2007

    The Magician's Nephew

    The goods on Gargano: A seamy tale of nepotism on the Brooklyn waterfront

  • 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

    November 10, 2006

    Harlem Suit: State Keeps Secrets

    A group of West Harlem business owners and activists sued the Empire State Development Corporation on Thursday, alleging that the agency violated the state's Freedom of Information Law by refusing to divulge documents related to Columbia University's plan to take over 17 acres north of 125th Street. ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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

    September 14, 2006

    Price Your Pork

    Common Cause has crunched the numbers on the member items inserted in this year's state budget. New York County is the largest recipient, with $17 million or 33 percent of the total. Albany, Brooklyn, and Queens are next, with Nassau, the Bronx, and Suffolk also in the top ten getters. (The rankings ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    July 25, 2006

    Life in the Footprint

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

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2006
  • Blogs

    January 19, 2006

    Mets to Pay Nearly Nothing for New Stadium

    Last Wednesday's endorsement of the Yanks and Mets stadium deals by the board of the Empire State Development Corporation wasn't really news: As a wholly owned subsidiary of Governor Pataki's office, the ESDC is a lock to back anything coming out of Albany. Nor was it exactly a shocker when the ESDC ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    August 9, 2005

    'Times' to Commoners: Go Elsewhere

    Don't soil our publicly subsidized new HQ with your riff-raff

  • News

    June 7, 2005

    A Queens Ransom

    The Mets are in and the Jets are out, but where do the taxpayers fit in?

  • News

    November 16, 2004

    The Times' Sweetheart Deal

    The paper gets huge subsidy, then sells old headquarters building for a huge profit

  • News

    November 9, 2004

    The Jets' End Run

    Will Bloomberg and Pataki spend billions without legislative approval?

  • News

    March 30, 2004

    Ratner Rules

    Brooklyn Nets Plan Spares Developer Shaya Boymelgreen's Project

  • NYC Life

    March 11, 2003
  • News

    January 28, 2003

    Pataki's Man in Harlem

    How Randy Daniels Helped Put Chain Stores and Market Prices Uptown

  • News

    June 18, 2002

    The Paper of Wreckage

    The 'Times' Bulldozes Its Way to a Sweetheart Land Deal You Will Pay For

  • News

    April 30, 2002

    Malloy's Mess

    Pataki, Spitzer Protect Construction Union Biggie

  • News

    February 12, 2002

    Rebuilding at Ground Zero

    Will Any of the Possibilities Really Be Considered?

  • News

    December 19, 2000

    Property Rights and Wrongs

    East Harlem Suit Challenges Eminent Domain

  • News

    June 13, 2000

    Making Money Like Crazy

    Out With the Poor, in With the Rich . . . and Into Lazio’s Coffers

  • Long Island Voice

    December 28, 1999
  • News

    August 10, 1999

    Joe Rose in Spanish Harlem

    Planning Commissioner Weighs Options for Factory Site

  • News

    October 27, 1998

    Pataki's Favorite Conservatives

    Mike Long's party is feasting at the state trough

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