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March 16, 2008

Atlantic Yards Report: Plaintiffs, Paterson, Newswalk

Atlantic Yards Report

The plaintiffs on Pacific Street see their block get lonelier

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When I took the photo at right of Pacific Street east of Fifth Avenue in December 2005, the low-rise buildings--garages and a warehouse--were intact, more or less. The building at right was soon demolished as part of an "emergency demolition."

The building to its left was demolished in June 2006, as contractors admitted using a backhoe rather than hand tools for part of the work. Despite the contractors' denials, a judge found that the workers also used the backhoe adjacent to the four-story residential building at 624 Pacific Street.

Now, as the photo below by Tracy Collins suggests, the remaining residents of the two residential buildings--plaintiffs in pending lawsuits-- are increasingly isolated as demolition continues around them.

Paterson will continue support for Atlantic Yards

From today's Daily News article about Governor-designate David Paterson: He expects to carry on Spitzer's support for major development projects such as Moynihan Station and the Atlantic Yards/basketball arena in Brooklyn.

That's not a shock, given the other things on Paterson's plate and the fact that the state has already invested much time and an initial portion of money in the project. Still, it will disappoint a good number of Brooklynites, such as CBID.

And shouldn't Paterson square his support with his 2005 call for a moratorium on eminent domain?

Is Newswalk really in Downtown Brooklyn?

From the On the Market page of today's New York Times Real Estate section: DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN DUPLEX

$1,200,000

BROOKLYN: 535 Dean Street (between Sixth and Carlton Avenues), #322

A two-bedroom two-bath duplex in a converted printing plant with a full-time doorman, a health club and free indoor parking. Stefan Hiller, Prudential Douglas Elliman (917) 539-0210; www.prudentialelliman.com

Newswalk is in Prospect Heights, not Downtown Brooklyn, as the Times's most recent "Living in... Prospect Heights" coverage, on 12/18/05, confirmed.

More errors

It further adds, as "Cons": On the border of Prospect Heights but not in a residential neighborhoods, the nine-story building faces the site of the proposed Atlantic Yards project, which would involve extensive residential and commercial construction.

Dean Street, home to the main entrance to Newswalk, is very much a residential neighborhood. See image by Tracy Collins.

The hint about "extensive" construction means lots and lots of noise and traffic.

Posted by steve at March 16, 2008 8:38 AM