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February 18, 2010

A Little Less Frank: The Evolving Design of Atlantic Yards

d|visible magazine
by Murrye Bernard

Quite a few errors in this Frank Gehry-focused history of the Atlantic Yards project.

Atlantic Yards. Say those two words to any resident of Fort Greene, Prospect Heights, Park Slope or Downtown Brooklyn and they are likely to be met with a glare. This abandoned rail yard along Atlantic Avenue was snapped up by developer Forest City Ratner, in some instances by eminent domain, to create a mixed-use development comprised of residential towers containing units at both market rate as well as those for moderate to low income households, commercial space, and the Barclay Center, an arena for professional basketball team New Jersey Nets.

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NoLandGrab: The "abandoned rail yard" is the Long Island Rail Road's Vanderbilt Yard, a working train yard key to the LIRR's operation. It's only "abandoned" in the sense that New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority has agreed to sell it to developer Forest City Ratner for a fraction of its value, with sweetheart payment terms, to boot.

Posted by eric at February 18, 2010 8:45 PM