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May 12, 2008

It came from the Blogosphere...

Blogosphere116.jpg Here's what they're saying about all things Atlantic Yards:

Daily Gotham, Pimping for Ratner?

The Brooklyn Papers has an interesting revelation that one of the people leading the pro-Ratner counter rally to Community opposition to Ratner's Atlantic Yards is an admitted pimp:

One of Bruce Ratner’s boosters at the pro–Atlantic Yards rally on Saturday is a former strip club manager who used to arrange for dancers to have sex with NBA stars.

This comes as no surprise.... Ratner's whole scheme is about buying favors, so he and a pimp would get along just fine.

The Gowanus Lounge, Upcoming: Brooklyn Songwriters Against Atlantic Yards

There’s a benefit concert coming up at Southpaw for Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn on Thursday, May 15 featuring Clare & The Reasons, John Wesley Harding, Richard Julian and special. There’s a screening of the documentary Brooklyn Matters at 7PM and the show starts at 8PM. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Doors open at 6:30.

Nets Daily, Architecture Critics Mixed on New Plans for Nets Arena

The Nets are admit to marketing their new Brooklyn arena more as a “destination” than an oversized gym. With new designs for the arena and surrounding Atlantic Yards just out, what are critics saying? James Gardner of the Sun is disappointed in the arena, but likes the new design for the adjoining skyscraper, “an unruly and asymmetrical mountain of rectilinear boxes”. Local architects think it’s the reverse.

The Knickerblogger, Not So Sure About This Atlantic Yards
According to NY Magazine, the newly appointed head of the Port Authority "thinks Bruce Ratner should consider recruiting architects other than Frank Gehry for the Atlantic Yards."

When the chief of one of the worst boon-doggler/eminent domain abusers in the city is 'not so sure' about atlantic yards, you can bet its a lousy idea. Really, other than Ratner, people Ratner has bribed or stand to benefit directly, financially from it...and of course, the truly foolish does anyone think this is a good idea?

vous lisez... you are reading..., Forest City Unveils Frank Gehry’s New Atlantic Yards Designs
One blogger ran the press release for the new renderings, which begins more like a movie trailer:

“Powerful. Distinguished. Energetic. Iconoclastic."

Lucid Culture, Welcome to the FantasyDome: Frank Gehry’s New Atlantic Yards Renderings

A "slightly edited repost from the DDDB email list," which doesn't sound like a movie trailer.

cuz produces, Collapse of complex real estate projects

In keeping with the previous post (two in one day!), I also see that yet again the large, complex Hudson Yards development has fallen through. This follows the collapse of the Penn Station project and the massive slowdown at Atlantic Yards. Certainly, this has much to do with the declining economy, but I wonder how much of it has to do with the increasing complexity of arrangements among an ever-wider number of actors involved in these contemporary mega-projects. Does their complexity make them less stable than earlier mega-projects?

Sustainable Flatbush, Brooklyn Blogfest 2008
This year's Blogfest had less Atlantic Yards:

When I attended last year’s Brooklyn Blogfest at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Sustainable Flatbush had been online for only a few weeks. Most of the names and people and language of the blogging world were very new to me, everyone at the event seemed to be from Fort Greene or Prospect Heights, and covering Atlantic Yards was the primary reason for many of the blogs’ existence.

This year’s Blogfest (held at the Brooklyn Lyceum) was much larger and more diverse, and the one topic we could all agree on was that the word “blog” has become inadequate to describe the many different forms an online journal can take.

unwakeable, D.B.A Brooklyn Grand Opening
At least one retailer believes Bruce Ratner's timetable:

D.B.A (Doing Business As) will be opening their doors Friday May 5th from 5p.m to 10p.m. D.B.A is a sneaker/lifestyle store that will carry a very diverse array of items including limited edition sneakers from Nike, Adidas and others.

D.B.A is located for on 454 Dean St in Brooklyn across the street from Atlantic Yards, the home of the 2010 Brooklyn Nets.

NoLandGrab: Most experts believe the 2010 Nets will still be playing in NJ.

Posted by lumi at May 12, 2008 4:49 AM