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February 7, 2010

The Observer points to the 2006 "historical delusion" perpetuated by those pushing Stuy Town; weren't similar delusions behind AY?

Atlantic Yards Report

The purchase of Stuveysant Town by Tishman Speyer Properties and BlackRock Realty turned out to be a disaster due to overly-rosy projections. A more critical look at unrealistic projections for the proposed Atlantic Yards development could avert a disaster before it happens.

In a New York Observer article this week headlined The Selling of Stuy Town, Eliot Brown and Dana Rubenstein write:

To flip through the pages of the 2006 offering book for potential buyers of the 11,200-apartment Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village-a deal that has devolved into the largest individual property default in modern history-is to immerse oneself in an historical delusion, one that, from today's privileged vantage point, appears as likely as Iraqi WMDs.

The book wove the strands of possible Stuy Town revenue into a real estate dreamscape, one in which the largely rent-regulated complex could become a wealthier community, complete with an elite private school, gourmet grocery shops, private spas, gated communities, Santa Cecilia granite countertops in every apartment.

Well, there were other historical delusions put forth in that heady year, perhaps not of the precise magnitude, but significant nonetheless.

How about the projected Atlantic Yards timeline, which in April 2007 I suggested might be a fantasy?


Posted by steve at February 7, 2010 8:28 AM