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January 15, 2009

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz: Ratchet down Yards arena

Daily News
By Jotham Sederstrom

This article reflects the effort by Borough President Marty Markowitz to keep the proposed Atlantic Yards project alive by echoing ideas that the developer proposed a week earlier.

The glitzy, world-class pro basketball arena slated for the Atlantic Yards project is now likely to be merely "functional," Borough President Marty Markowitz told the Daily News Wednesday.

In his strongest language yet, Markowitz called on developer Forest City Ratner to eliminate the costly flourishes and glassy facade of the Frank Gehry-designed NBA basketball arena in the face of an economic meltdown.

"We don't have to be rocket scientists to know that the awe-inspiring arena project designed by Frank Gehry has now become ... It's just not doable," said Markowitz.

The final, bizarre touch is a quote from Forest City flack Joe DePlasco, who implies that calls to change the proposed arena design originated with Markowitz, when it's clear to those following the Atlantic Yards fight that proposed changes come from Ratner:

"We look forward to discussing the borough president's proposal with him and continuing to work with him and others to bring this project to fruition," said DePlasco.


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Norman Oder adds this observation on what the proposed changes in the Daily News item might mean:

Maybe that that would make the AY arena more like Madison Square Garden and less like Newark's Prudential Center, and thus not pose dangers that require street closings.

Posted by steve at January 15, 2009 6:56 AM