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July 12, 2011

As Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet meeting approaches Thursday, Atlantic Yards Watch keeps track

Atlantic Yards Report

I got an email this morning from a Prospect Heights resident telling me--without detail--that construction on the Atlantic Yards site was continuing at 12:30 a.m.

The second shift at the arena site is only supposed to go to 11 p.m., however. I suggested that she contact Atlantic Yards Watch, which has a link for reporting incidents. It's unrelated to this blog--which is aimed at reportage, analysis, and commentary--and set up to maintain an archive of reports.

In fact, Atlantic Yards Watch stands as a daily response to those, like the Empire State Development Corporation's Arana Hankin, who say they're not sufficiently informed of community complaints.

A few of the latest are below, concerning parking and dust.

AY District Service Cabinet

Every two months--it used to be three--representatives of developer Forest City Ratner, the ESDC, the three affected Community Boards, city agencies, and others meet at Borough Hall for a meeting of the Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet.

The meeting this week is Thursday at 9:30 a.m. The meetings are open to the public and press, but, curiously enough, not advertised. Nor is videotaping permitted.

Visitors cannot ask questions but questions, including community complaints, can be submitted beforehand via the Community Boards, elected officials like Council Member Letitia James (who's generally the only person to publicly challenge the developer/state), and the Borough President's Office.

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Posted by eric at July 12, 2011 10:33 AM