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December 31, 2011

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of 2011

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Missing from this review of Atlantic Yards news, is the admission by developer Bruce Ratner that the affordable housing long promised as part of the project is not possible.

Love it or hate it, 2011 was the year the Atlantic Yards project really got under way. Construction has been moving rapidly on Barclays Center – future home of the Nets basketball team -- and the physical fact of the arena’s presence in the Brooklyn landscape began to overshadow the project’s use of eminent domain and other controversial development practices in the news coverage this year. But construction has not been without strife. (A so-called “rat tsunami” was one of the unpleasant side effects of the large construction site).

And the years-long community struggle against the project will not soon be forgotten thanks to Battle for Brooklyn , a documentary released in 2011 about the Atlantic Yards project that is reportedly on the short list of possible Oscar nominees.

In other Atlantic Yards news, the project’s developer, Bruce Ratner, announced in November that they planned to use prefabricated, modular construction for the residential towers planned for the site – meaning that the majority of construction would take place in a factory and the pieces would be assembled on site. If the plan goes forward, Brooklyn will be home to the tallest prefabricated or modular steel structure in the world.


Posted by steve at December 31, 2011 5:10 PM