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December 31, 2007

Best & Worst of 2007

Preservation Nation

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Brooklyn Under Siege

Atlantic Yards is clearly in the "worst" category in this look back at U.S. building preservation issues in 2007.

Brooklyn is becoming too cool for its history. New York City’s largest development, the Atlantic Yards project, made headway this year, erasing the 1910 Ward Bakery building. Developer Forest City Ratner has put at least six more historic buildings on the chopping block to make way for its 22-acre project, whose main feature is a basketball arena designed by Frank Gehry. Neighbors say the new construction is inappropriate next to their quiet historic brownstones.

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NoLandGrab: Forest City Ratner has done its "worst" to "erase" the Ward Bakery building, but so far, they've only managed to topple the parapet and perform some "pre-demolition" work.

Posted by steve at December 31, 2007 6:33 AM