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January 6, 2010

MYTHS & BARRICADES: Grand opening of the Atlantic Terminal entrance

AtlanticTerminalComp.jpg It took the Metro photographer's wide-angle lens to get a clear shot of the façade of the new Atlantic Terminal entrance, which the photo from the Brooklyn Paper shows is defended by a barricade of granite coffins that were deemed necessary by the MTA, even though they add a touch of hostility to Brooklyn's newest public space.

Meanwhile, the MTA is doing its best to sell the entrance as the gateway to Atlantic Yards.

TransitBlogger.com, New LIRR Atlantic Terminal Pavilion Opens

From the MTA press release:

Work on the project, begun in 2002, was done in two phases in order to coordinate improvements with MTA New York City Transit work on their subway facilities and a private developer, Forest City Ratner.
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The new Atlantic Terminal building marks an early milestone in the overall effort to transform this area of Brooklyn. A recent court decision cleared the way for a new sports center that is to be the new home of the Nets basketball team. Additional residential and commercial buildings also are planned nearby.

NoLandGrab: To call this a milestone related to the new arena is folly. The Terminal project was started in 2002, Atlantic Yards was announced in 2003.

The Brooklyn Paper, Pols say ‘All aboard’ at new LIRR gateway

According to security experts at the NYPD, bollards would not be necessary at Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards project, though details have not been released to the public. In light of the sarcophagus-like bollards at the new Atlantic Terminal entrance, the public should be skeptical:

Long Island Rail Road President Helena Williams agreed with James that the bollards are unattractive, but said that they are necessary “in this day and age.”

“We worked with the NYPD and the MTA police, who assess the risks and tell us what kind of security we need,” she said. “Do these bollards lack elegance? Yes. But they are necessary.”

NoLandGrab: Interesting that "in this day and age," the MTA head acknowledges the necessity of increased security, though these measures do not need to be identified in the formal assessment of megaprojects like Atlantic Yards.

AP, via NJ.com, Brooklyn has new transit terminal near Atlantic Yards project that will host N.J. Nets

Here's a fascinating bit of revisionist history:

The neighboring 22-acre Atlantic Yards project would include a new arena for the New Jersey Nets. The pavilion would better accommodate a surge in riders for the arena.

NoLandGrab: The planning of the new terminal did not take into account a new arena and surge in ridership.

MetroNY, Riders hail new Atlantic pavilion

City Councilmember Letitia James combats the revisionist myth:

“This area has been scheduled for renovations for years,” said James. “This has nothing to do with the possibility of that project that will overwhelm us.”

Posted by lumi at January 6, 2010 6:46 AM