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March 24, 2009

Gehry on Atlantic Yards: "I don’t think it’s going to happen" (ask him May 11 in NYC)

Atlantic Yards Report

Atlantic Yards architect Frank Gehry has finally expressed serious public doubts about Atlantic Yards, which leads to the following questions:

  • how much does he know?
  • what led to his candor?
  • can the Barclays Center be built without him?

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While the New York Daily News said Gehry declared the project "dead," he didn't speak with complete certainty, so we should expect a statement soon from developer Forest City Ratner.

After all, Mayor Mike Bloomberg said yesterday that he thought the project could get built without the Gehry design.

If so, the Barclays Center naming rights deal, already under fire because of the AIG connection, might be reconsidered by the bank, since it was signing on to a Gehry arena, not a generic one. That raises major question marks about the developer's capacity to build an arena.

Gehry vs. Ratner

The Daily News probably was correct, however, in observing that "The comment suggests the troubled relationship between Gehry and developer Bruce Ratner is over."

On February 6, I suggested that Gehry wasn't talking about AY because he didn't want to jeopardize his relationship with Ratner, the developer of the Beekman Tower.

Now that the Beekman Tower may be compromised, Gehry may feel more free to talk.

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Posted by eric at March 24, 2009 10:17 PM