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March 29, 2009

Atlantic Yards Report Looks for Media Accuracy

Atlantic Yards Report

Did you think that this would be the week when the New York Times would start giving more intense coverage to the largest single development in Brooklyn history? Dream on!

Why the New York Times needs to cover the Gehry story

Architect Frank Gehry's doubts about the Atlantic Yards project, which surfaced last week, generated widespread coverage, including in the New York Daily News and New York Post, and some creative backpedaling from Nets CEO Brett Yormark.

The New York Times ignored it. However, as DDDB reminds us, only a little more than a year ago, on 3/21/08, Forest City Ratner CEO Bruce Ratner "did say he was confident about starting construction on a $950 million basketball arena for the Nets by the end of the year."

That didn't happen. And now Yormark is promising construction this year. But there are a number of variables, and all predictions should be taken with a grain of salt. So the Times should be asking questions, rather than reprinting Bloomberg News stories based on Yormarkisms.

The Gehry born-in-Brooklyn claim may have started in the Brooklyn Paper

At one time the web site for the proposed Atlantic Yards project erroneously said that Frank Gehry (who, apparently, is no longer the architect for the project) was born in Brooklyn. The error was corrected, but what was the source of this error?

It was a tempest in a teapot last March: Forest City Ratner claimed, in legal papers and on its web site, that Atlantic Yards architect Frank Gehry was born in Brooklyn. What it was pointed out that Gehry actually was born in Toronto, FCR changed the Atlantic Yards web page.

Given that biographical information about Gehry is readily available, I think Forest City Ratner should've gotten it right, but I recently concluded that the developer doesn't deserve all the blame. The Brooklyn Paper also reported the born-in-Brooklyn claim when the project was announced nearly five years ago.

Posted by steve at March 29, 2009 8:09 AM