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January 15, 2010

‘State’ of security at Atlantic Yards? ESDC won’t tell us

The Brooklyn Paper
By Stephen Brown

Everyone’s been talking about the drastic security measures at the new $106-million Long Island Railroad Terminal on Flatbush Avenue — but state officials still won’t talk about whether a similar security blanket will envelop the proposed Barclays Center across the street.

Current renderings of Bruce Ratner’s basketball arena near the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic avenues show a line of thin, metal, waist-high security bollards — quite unlike the massive stone tomb-like blocks that wall off the entrance to the new LIRR terminal.

Much smaller, bench-like bollards were in earlier renderings of the terminal, but were dramatically enlarged after secret discussions among the LIRR, its architect and the NYPD, officials confirmed.

Atlantic Yards watchers think the same thing will happen if the Barclays Center is built, but the Empire State Development Corporation won’t talk.

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Posted by lumi at January 15, 2010 5:30 AM