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February 5, 2007

Times, Daily News pass on $205M story; Doctoroff says construction costs could up city contribution

Atlantic Yards Report sums up the media coverage of the Bloomberg administration's more-than-doubling of the direct cash subsidy for Atlantic Yards, and follows up with Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff:

On the media:

The New York Sun and New York Post thought it was news. So did the online components of New York magazine, the New York Observer, and the Village Voice, as well as the online Gotham Gazette. The three Brooklyn weeklies--the Brooklyn Paper, the Courier-Life chain, and the Downtown Star (my story)--have covered it.

The New York Times and the New York Daily News have ignored the story so far. That's inconsistent, given their willingness to prominently play stories that were merely speculative. For example, a 9/5/06 Times article on a rumored six to eight percent cut in the size of the Atlantic Yards project ran on the front page--the lead story in the local edition. And a 12/22/06 Daily News story on the still sketchy possibility of a new Brooklyn Technical High School ran on page 2.

The Doctoroff is in:

...after the symposium on Robert Moses last Thursday, I asked Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Dan Doctoroff a couple of Atlantic Yards questions. I already covered the discussion of public dialogue and Community Benefits Agreements, but I also raised the funding issue: "You probably know there's a $205 billion capital plan for Atlantic Yards--

"Much of that," he intervened, "was stuff that was going to be done in the area regardless."

"Then why is it under the rubric of Atlantic Yards?" I asked.

"Because it happens to be in the area surrounding Atlantic Yards," he responded.

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Posted by lumi at February 5, 2007 8:13 AM