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April 28, 2007

Project Halted in Brooklyn for Inquiry Into Accident

New York Times once again refuses to name its baby's daddy:

One day after the partial collapse of a building being prepared for demolition to make way for the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, the state and the developer announced that work would be stopped pending the outcome of the city’s investigation into the accident.

Workers for the developer, Forest City Ratner, were removing asbestos from a former industrial bakery on Thursday morning when a 200-foot parapet on top of the building fell five stories onto Pacific Street. No one was hurt, but several cars were damaged, and a homeless shelter next door was evacuated for much of the day.

Opponents of the project had tried in vain to have the 97-year-old building at 800 Pacific Street, known as the Ward Bread Bakery complex, designated a city landmark. The bakery’s planned destruction had been cast as a symbol of the changes that the project — 8 million square feet of high-rise housing, office space and a basketball arena — would visit upon the neighborhood, which is near Downtown Brooklyn.

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Maybe the Times needs a disclose-o-matic machine to help them remember to give shout-outs to their Very Important business Partners...

Posted by amy at April 28, 2007 11:12 AM