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March 28, 2008

If you read only the dailies, you're missing Atlantic Yards news

Atlantic Yards Report

The headline for this item is hardly news for regular readers of NoLandGrab and the Atlantic Yards Report.

New Yorkers who limit themselves to newspapers--as opposed to, say, online compendiums and coverage at No Land Grab and AYR--might wind up with a very skewed view of the current status of the Atlantic Yards project, since they sure haven't read about the Empire State Development Corporation's (ESDC) generous deadlines, 6+ years to build the arena, then 12+ years to build the first five towers.

Think about it. The New York Times broke the big news last Friday about the Atlantic Yards stall, but hasn't followed up with reporting about the ESDC's willingness to give developer Forest City Ratner a very long leash (though reporter Charles Bagli mentioned it on the Leonard Lopate show yesterday), nor the developer's plan to sell luxury suites.

The New York Post followed up Saturday with a brief article but Monday offered a much longer article about the suite deal. Nothing about the deadlines.

The New York Daily News offered no news article on the stall but ran two sympathetic columns, then a short article Monday about the suites. Nothing about the deadlines.

Norman Oder goes on to show how coverage from on-line sources and newspapers provide the facts you would otherwise miss when you only consult The New York Times, New York Post and Daily News.

Read this post and see what you've been missing.


Posted by steve at March 28, 2008 6:43 AM