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May 21, 2009

It came from the Blogosphere...

Curbed, Nets Begin Pitching Barclays Center Tickets at Atlantic Yards

Nothing gets basketball fans more hot and bothered than an eminent domain court ruling and affordable housing — "Courts Rule in Favor of Atlantic Yards — Secure Your Spot in Brooklyn":

While most NBA teams are using the excitement of the playoffs or the promise of the NBA draft to get their fans excited about next season, the Nets are taking a different approach, as exhibited in today's e-mail blast sent out to potential ticket buyers. Can't you just feel the excitement bursting out of this update on the appellate court's eminent domain ruling?! It's like a Vince Carter dunk in an opponent's face, converted to legalese!

Atlantic Yards Report, "Secure your spot in Brooklyn," urge the Nets, a tad prematurely

Norman Oder got the same email as Curbed, only his was branded with The Barclays Center, instead of the NJ Nets. Scouring AtlanticYards.com, he found one page that hadn't been updated yet.

Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn, The 33rd Candidates Meet Up In Williamsburg

Louise Crawford has been doing a great job reporting from local candidate forums. One candidate in the 33rd District has been in the trenches from the beginning in the fight against Bruce Ratner's massive eminent domain-abusing development scheme:

Ken Baer, who often had a smile on his face, is the only one of the group who seemed to be having fun. As usual he was having trouble with his microphone and suffered for a speaking style that is less than engaging. He is not, however, an equivacator. A longtime environmentalist, Baer was an early opponent of the Atlantic Yards and now supports superfund status for the Gowanus Canal.

plannyc.org, Developer Says Atlantic Yards Arena Construction Will Start in 2009

Forest City Ratner Cos. chairman and chief executive and New Jersey Nets owner Bruce Ratner said that ground will be broken on the team's new Atlantic Yards arena this year. He also said that the arena will be ready for the National Basketball Association's 2011-2012 year.

Property | Properties, Atlantic Yards Will Face More Lawsuits; Will It Face Eternal Delays?

This is a repost of our post excerpting yesterday's Brooklyn Daily Eagle article on the next steps in the litigation against Atlantic Yards.

Pardon Me for Asking, 'City Limits' Takes An In-Depth Look At Councilman Bill DeBlasio's Political Career

Councilman and candidate for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio's mediocre record with his own constituents goes beyond lip service on Atlantic Yards. Blogger Katia Kelly is quoted in a City Limits article, recalling the time when de Blasio practiced doing nothing on the local school board.

Puckchaser.com, NBA chatter up at Sprint Center? Really?
A Kansas City hockey fan puts a damper on his fellow sports fans' hopes of wooing the Nets to the Sprint Center arena, which has no anchor tenant:

Don’t even give the Nets moving to KC another thought unless the Atlantic Yards project completely falls through.
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So many things would have to fall in place for KC to even sniff the Nets.

-The Atlantic Yards project would have to fall through. -Same as the NHL, the team would have to be put up for sale, it isn’t right now, and the new owner would have to want to move to KC. -The new owner would have work out a lease deal at Sprint Center. -That lease deal would have to be better than one the team would get from the Pru.

Posted by lumi at May 21, 2009 5:28 AM