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July 18, 2009

Saturday Morning Trio From Atlantic Yards Report

Atlantic Yards Report

Brooklyn Tomorrow 2009: unlike previous two issues, no mention of Atlantic Yards (and it comes with the Brooklyn Paper now)

This year's version of the annual advertorial "Brooklyn Tomorrow" can now be found in current issues of the the Courier News Group's (CNG) Courier-Life as well as The Brooklyn Paper. In the previous two issues, the insert featured the proposed Atlantic Yards project and copious amounts of advertising from developer Forest City Ratner. Both are missing this year.

Why omit Atlantic Yards? Surely it remains part of the CNG vision of Brooklyn Tomorrow. Perhaps Forest City Ratner didn't want to share images of the project, either because they're not ready, or the "hangar" of a new arena is too embarrassing.

Maybe it's that there are no advertisements from Forest City Ratner, the Nets, or Barclays this time. Or maybe it's both.

As ESDC public hearing approaches, a planned protest and an opportunity to submit comments

The Empire State Development Corporation, a tool of developer Bruce Ratner, have scheduled public hearings regarding the modified project plan (MPP). Here is some anticipation of what upcoming public hearings will be be like.

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB) plans a Protest Against Ratner's Rip-Off starting at 1 pm on July 29 outside the Klitgord Auditorium of New York City Technical College.

And, I'd bet, an even larger force of project supporters, notably construction union members and those associated with Community Benefits Agreements signatories, will show up as well.

The ostensible purpose of the hearing is to comment on the 2009 Modified General Project Plan (even though we don't have an updated site plan or official renderings).

But DDDB [corrected] isn't emphasizing efforts to comment on the plan, because it's a done deal. (I had written that they weren't encouraging people to comment; actually, they are also asking people to comment, as well.) The protest, and the project supporters, will all be playing to the cameras.

Comments on the MPP may be presented in written and verbal form:

DDDB noticed the ESDC's announcement:

Written comments will receive equal consideration to testimony received at the hearing, and can be submitted via email or U.S. mail.

Email: atlanticyards@empire.state.ny.us If submitting via email, please indicate in subject line: "Public Comment for Atlantic Yards MGPP."

Mailing address: ESDC Attention: Steve Matlin, Senior Counsel 633 Third Avenue, 37th Floor New York, NY 10017

Deadline for all submission for comments is August 31, 2009 at 5:30pm.

"It's About Bringing NBA Stars to Newark" (well, for preseason games)

From the New Jersey Nets' web site, an advertisement for the two preseason games (of three total) that will be played at the Prudential Center in Newark.

And, of course, should the Brooklyn arena plan fall through, there might be a lot more NBA stars coming to Newark.

Posted by steve at July 18, 2009 7:23 AM