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June 3, 2007

At Atlantic Yards site and environs, a shifting and ghostly landscape

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Atlantic Yards Report

Yesterday, I helped lead a tour of bloggers and photographers around the Atlantic Yards footprint and beyond. (It was the brainchild of Lumi Rolley of NoLandGrab.) You can see some photos at the Flickr Atlantic Yards photostream. In trying to explain the evolution of the site and its environs, it's important to consider what came before.
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One contentious issue involves the outline of the Atlantic Yards footprint, notably the 100 feet of the block between Pacific and Dean streets, just east of Sixth Avenue. Is that because the buildings are, in fact, blighted, and the rest of the block is in much better shape, as a lawyer for the Empire State Development Corporation argued last month in court? Or is it because the developer needs that plot of land for parking and construction staging?

I took the photo at right last August. Today, visitors on the Brownstone Brooklyn Garden District Garden Walk will get a chance to see gardens in the backyards of two properties slated for demolition.

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Posted by amy at June 3, 2007 11:47 AM