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May 6, 2008

Decoding the FCR press release on Site 5, the arena, and "Building 1"

Atlantic Yards Report

Who killed Site 5?

The Forest City Ratner press release that followed yesterday's Daily News exclusive confirms some things only hinted at in the coverage.

Notably, the building at Site 5 seems to have vanished, the arena would be surrounded with more metal than glass, and the billing of Building 1 (formerly called Miss Brooklyn) as slimmer still doesn't obscure the fact that it would be nearly twice as bulky as the Williasmburgh Savings Bank, one foot taller at 512 feet.

And Frank Gehry, under the control of the developer's p.r. department, gushes about the potential for the flagship tower, though he avoids calling it, as he did two years ago, "my ego trip."

Also, despite developer Bruce Ratner's statement in a press release that "we mark a significant chapter in Atlantic Yards’ progress," the new image gallery released yesterday is significantly less ambitious than the one released nearly two years ago, in May 2006, given that it includes only three buildings, omits Site 5, and omits any designs for Phase 2.

The failure to produce any more images casts further doubt on the developer's plans for the project at large.

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Posted by eric at May 6, 2008 10:15 AM