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February 1, 2010

Fifth Avenue, at least temporarily, remains open, despite the DOT's unchanging signs; (update) signs should be turned off

Atlantic Yards Report

Despite signs from the Department of Transportation (DOT) indicating that Fifth Avenue between Flatbush and Atlantic avenues would be closed today for the Atlantic Yards project, the street this morning remained open, after a state judge last Friday refused to transfer title, as the Empire State Development Corporation had sought.

Below is a video I shot early this morning (around 7:30 am) as I walked north toward Flatbush along Fifth Avenue. The DOT's digital signs--visible on both Fifth and Flatbush avenues--continued to state that the street would be closed today.

Update: I'm told that the signs were not placed by the DOT but instead by Forest City Ratner.

Update 11 a.m.: ESDC spokeswoman Elizabeth Mitchell states, "ESDC has been informed that the signs are being turned off and the streets are remaining open."


NoLandGrab: Shouldn't the signs be placed and managed by DOT and paid for by Forest City Ratner? Or are we just abdicating all functions of government to real estate developers?

Posted by eric at February 1, 2010 11:46 AM