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March 26, 2009

Atlantic Yards: Back from the dead edition

NY Daily News, Frank Gehry, Atlantic Yards officials backpedal on architect's comments project is dead

Frank Gehry was "just venting."

Forest City Ratner and Nets officials scrambled Wednesday to downplay the famed architect's comments that the controversial $4.2 billion Atlantic Yards project may not be built.

New Jersey Nets CEO Brett Yormark said Gehry was still heading up the massive project - and said it would go up.

"Frank Gehry is still the architect of this project," Yormark insisted on WFAN radio. "He loves it. It's very dear to his heart, no different than it is to all of us."

"Frank was just venting probably," Yormark added later.

The Brooklyn Paper, Gehry says he was ‘misconstrued’ over predicting Yards demise

Starchitect Frank Gehry quickly recanted — sort of — a statement he made earlier in the week that the Atlantic Yards project is dead.

In a statement issued by his Los Angeles-based firm, the architect described his earlier comment, made in what he called a “free-flowing interview,” as being “misconstrued as a prediction of the future of the Atlantic Yards development.”

“All of us at Gehry Architects New York are immensely proud of our work with our client Forest City Ratner on the Atlantic Yards Project and remain hopeful that it will come to fruition in the very near future,” the statement concluded.

Atlantic Yards opponents reminded that some people define a gaffe as when a newsmaker slips up and actually tells the truth.

NY1 News, Gehry Expresses Doubts Over Atlantic Yards' Future

With video.

WNYC Radio, Atlantic Yards Architect: Project May Be Dead

Posted by eric at March 26, 2009 7:48 AM