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May 11, 2007

It came from the Bloggiestsphere?

The Empire Zone, Out of Brooklyn, Endlessly Blogging
The Times sent a couple reporters to last night's Brooklyn Blogfest and posted an account on its own political blog — along with a defense of the paper's coverage of Atlantic Yards.

Ms. Rolley credited several other bloggers for diligently poring over the plans for Atlantic Yards and said that the news media had failed to report the “unprecedented sale [sic] and historic scale of this project.”

(She was particularly critical of The New York Times. Forest City Ratner is the development partner building the new Midtown headquarters of The New York Times Company. Business executives involved with that effort have played no role in the news coverage of Atlantic Yards, which a recent article about new legal challenges noted was “one of the biggest construction projects in the city’s history.”)

NoLandGrab: If by reporting the "unprecedented scale, the historic scale" of Atlantic Yards, you mean calling it "one of the biggest construction projects in the city's history," then readers can just give up on the Times.

By all accounts, Atlantic Yards is THE LARGEST PRIVATE SINGLE-SOURCE PROJECT IN THE CITY'S HISTORY and, if built, will become THE DENSEST RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY IN THE NATION.

Perhaps the Times doesn't think that distinction is fit to print.

Some other bloggers are hoping for more diversity next year. Hear, hear — if only Bruce Ratner would give in, then all the Atlantic Yards static could go away, and we all could talk about stuff we like!

Clinton Hill Blog, Blogfest Recap
Last night, Clinton Hill Blog stepped up to the open mic and pointed out that she has managed to help local merchants increase their business.

The speakers were largely tipped towards development, politics and Atlantic Yards. These are all very crucial issues, of course, but I hope the Third Annual BlogFest will feature one of each type of blog: a neighborhood blog, a real estate blog, a personal blog, an environmental blog, a design blog, etc.

runs brooklyn/brooklyn runs, Notes on the Brooklyn Blogfest

First, at several points during the first half, the proceedings threatened to devolve into a rally against local developer/bogeyman Bruce Ratner. (To be sure, Ratner's Atlantic Yards project is one of the biggest and most controversial stories unfolding in Brooklyn right now, and I'm certainly no fan of zillionaire developers getting even wealthier through tax subsidies and incentives and the propagandistic manipulation of public opinion, but still.) Moreover, and on a somewhat related note, the invited speakers seemed to represent a relatively narrow cross-section of the local blogging community.

Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn, BLOGFEST: A GREAT EVENT
Here's the account from the tireless blogger who put it all together.

Dope on the Slope, Brooklyn Blog Fest 2007: Top 10 Observations
Check out the "'morning after' impressions of last night's event in no particular order."

Dopey Slopey posted yearbook photos here.

Posted by lumi at May 11, 2007 4:58 PM