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July 12, 2007

Would AY be finished by 2015? The Times resists a correction

Atlantic Yards Report

Would the Atlantic Yards project be finished by 2015, rather than the officially projected 2016 or a more-likely later date? That's what a reader could conclude after reading the 7/1/07 New York Times Metro section article headlined (online) Official Sees Possible Risk in Big Project in Brooklyn.

One paragraph in the article stated:

The project’s 16 towers are scheduled to open in several increments, beginning in July 2009 with the completion of the signature tower, known as Miss Brooklyn, at Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues, and concluding in April 2015 with a condo tower at Dean Street and Carlton Avenue.

Despite the fact that the official web site for Atlantic Yards pegs the date of completion in 2016, and that inside sources and industry experts believe it will take even longer, The Times declined to correct the record.

From The Times's reponse:

The documents we relied on cite the dates in question, and our entire story is an extrapolation and analysis of those documents. Before diving into the details, we make clear that the documents “represent only one snapshot of an ever-evolving, much-delayed project.”

Do Times readers deserve a correction, or is the "Mad O" just letting language and facts get him down?

You be the judge: link.

Posted by lumi at July 12, 2007 9:55 AM