Forest City Ratner Companies

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    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 >>

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    June 15, 2011
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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 >>

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    April 23, 2010

    Posts of the Week

    With approximately two and a half hours to go until the onset of the weekend, it's time to take a fond look back at the best posts to hit the website since Monday: We ranked the 10 Worst Things to Eat Around Times Square, NY. Chasing the White Dog author Max Watman talked hooch, cocktologists, and ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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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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    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 >>

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    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 >>

  • Columns

    July 1, 2009

    Senate Coup Plotters' Hidden Agenda

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

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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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    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 29, 2009

    Ratner Projects Among Beneficiaries of Union-Management "Compact"

    The Building and Construction Trades Council, representing unions, and the Building Trades Employers' Association, representing contractors, say they've formed a "historic compact" on 12 New York building projects that will save between 16 and 21 percent on labor costs. Under the Obamaish-named "Eco ... More >>

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    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

    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 >>

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    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 >>

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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 >>

  • 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 3, 2008

    Newell Late $ Surge Brings Him Within $2.9M of Silver

    Paul Newell, one of the young challengers to Sheldon Silver for his Assembly seat (Luke Henry is the other), made a shocking announcement yesterday: he raised much more than Silver -- $40,015 vs. $19,575 -- in "the most recent filing period." Most of these Silver donations, his campaign points out, ... 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 >>

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    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 >>

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    April 17, 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 >>

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    April 3, 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

    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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • News

    January 22, 2008

    Who's Buried in Atlantic Yards?

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

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    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

    August 21, 2007
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    August 14, 2007

    NIMBY Love

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

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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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    August 22, 2006
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    August 8, 2006
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    August 1, 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 >>

  • 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 >>

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    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

    August 9, 2005

    'Times' to Commoners: Go Elsewhere

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

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    July 12, 2005

    The Battle of Brooklyn

    Grassroots groups split on whether arena plan scores for borough

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    November 16, 2004

    The Times' Sweetheart Deal

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

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    July 29, 2003
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    September 17, 2002

    The New Harlem

    Who's Behind the Real Estate Gold Rush and Who's Fighting It?

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    June 18, 2002

    The Paper of Wreckage

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

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    May 28, 2002

    BAM's Boom

    Is It Good for Fort Greene?

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