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September 30, 2010
Monstrosity of a design only a mugger could love
by Steve Cuozzo
One of the Post's hyper-angry columnists lambastes the Barclays Center plaza design.
What a travesty in the name of bringing Brooklyn its first major-league team since the Dodgers left. Sure, the Barclays Center Plaza shown yesterday by developer Bruce Ratner is an improvement over today's barren site.
But it's still so singularly malevolent in its ugliness, it might actually rehabilitate Walter O'Malley's reputation.
You don't need a degree in architecture to hate the triangular mugging ground of "environmentally conscious landscaping, intimate seating areas" and a goofy, planted-roof subway entrance -- a "flexible open space" more conducive to hosting a Crips-Bloods scrimmage than the intended upscaling of the neighborhood.
Cuozzo's mad at a lot of people for this...
But the chief culprit is Daniel Goldstein, the activist who held up Ratner's Atlantic Yards for as long as it took to score a $3 million payout to move out of its way.
Goldstein failed to stop the project in the end, but delayed it long enough for Ratner to lose any chance of financing Gehry's vision.
NoLandGrab: Say what? We'll let Gothamist's John Del Signore handle that last bit of crazy talk.
The best part? When "He Who Yells At Cloud" lays the blame for this "travesty" at the feet of the project's biggest opponent.
"The chief culprit is Daniel Goldstein, the activist who held up Ratner's Atlantic Yards for as long as it took to score a $3 million payout to move out of its way," sprach the Cuozz. "Goldstein failed to stop the project in the end, but delayed it long enough for Ratner to lose any chance of financing Gehry's vision." Let this be a lesson to all those who would stand in the way of taxpayer-abetted boondoggles: Resistance only makes matters worse. Don't struggle. Submit. Open wide and let your rulers shove whatever they want down your neighborhood's throat. Cuozzo, of course, leads by example by warmly embracing the Bloomberg administration's changes to the neighborhood by his office.
Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, We Blame the Post's Steve Cuozzo For Ratner's Atlantic Yards Failings (And Many Elected Officials)
What a buffoon. Perhaps if columnists such as Cuozzo didn't willingly keep their head in the sand for the past 7 years we wouldn't have the current mess at Atlantic and Flatbush.
Blame yourself Steve.
Right, it's all Goldstein's fault. No one else cared.
Was Gehry's vision ever finance-able? The initial plans were for four office towers around the arena. There wasn't a market in 2003 for such office jobs, and there isn't now.
Posted by eric at September 30, 2010 11:46 AM