November 3, 2007
The bonsai Bryant Park and other fudges from the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership's video
Atlantic Yards Report also enjoyed the accents and accidents of the Brooklyn 2012 video, with Sir Ian's repetitive reference to the tree-lined "boo-levard" Flatbush Avenue, and the comparison of the proposed 1.25 acre Willoughby Square park to the 8 acre Bryant Park:
Near the beginning of the video, we're told Atlantic Yards "will transform acres of railyards" into an arena, office towers, and housing, a common fudge about which the New York Times, at least, has confessed error, since the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Vanderbilt Yard would less than 40% of the site. Also note that in the video we only see two of the 16 towers.
Atlantic Yards is described as having "signature office buildings," though likely just one (or maybe two) of the towers would include office space. And that statement in the script obscures how the project morphed from including 2 million square feet of office space to just 336,000 square feet (and perhaps 375 new jobs), less than one new building in Downtown Washington.
Posted by amy at November 3, 2007 7:45 AM