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November 22, 2007

The 87% discrepancy in arena setbacks doesn't make the print Times

Atlantic Yards Report

AYR decries The New York Times's failure to print the truth in today's edition about just how close the planned Nets arena would be to two of Brooklyn's busiest thoroughfares, and points out how the newspaper considered a much smaller "cutback" worthy of front-page treatment:

Consider that, on 9/6/05, the Times published a front-page lead story (in the New York editions) that overhyped a rumored "six to eight percent" cut in the bulk of the Atlantic Yards project. It took a few weeks for the Times to say definitively that the cut would bring the project back to the original square footage announced.

Earlier this month, the Times in print estimated that the arena would be set back 75 feet from Flatbush Avenue and 150 feet from Atlantic Avenue. Actually, segments of the arena would be as close as 20 feet.

A reduction from 75 feet to 20 feet represents a difference of 73%.

A reduction from 150 feet to 20 feet represents a difference of 87%.

That's news.

NoLandGrab: News, perhaps, to everyone but the arena developer's development partner.

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Posted by lumi at November 22, 2007 8:36 AM