September 29, 2012

Atlantic Yards Deconstructed opening reception

AYCrimeScene.com

Thank goodness for digital photography. Otherwise, Tracy Collins would need a cut of Bruce Ratner's $billion-plus Atlantic Yards subsidy to pay for all the "film" he's shot over the past nine years documenting Ratner's boondoggle.

Photographer Tracy Collins has been chronicling the rapidly changing urban landscape since the Atlantic Yards project was announced in 2003. His exhibit Atlantic Yards Deconstructed traces the “on the ground” impacts of the development over the past 9 years through photography, video and other media.

Stop by for the opening reception Saturday, September 29 from 6:00 to 800PM at the Soapbox Gallery, 636 Dean Street (a block and a half from the arena).

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Posted by eric at 11:29 AM

FUREE March for Housing, Jobs and Justice

AYCrimeScene.com

Be sure not to miss today's events protesting Bruce Ratner's basketball arena bait-n-switch.

FUREE's 10th Annual Convention concludes with a 4:00pm march for accountable development starting from Bridge Street and Willoughby Street, and ending at Barclays Center.

Join FUREE and local residents for a march through communities under attack from greedy developers and their friends in government.

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Posted by eric at 11:18 AM

September 28, 2012

9/28 8pm: Battle for Brooklyn Free, Outdoor Screening Tonight. Rain is Gone.

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

8pm film screening of Battle for Brooklyn is on, free and outdoors at the Dean Street Playground. Dean Street between 6th Avenue and Carlton Avenue. [MAP]

Bring some sort of plastic sheeting to sit on the damp astroturf. Chairs not allowed. See you there.

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Posted by eric at 8:04 PM

PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY AT 11am FILM SCREENING TONIGHT 8pm Atlantic Yards – It’s A Crime! Events on September 28, 29 Brooklyn Was Promised Much More Than An Arena

As Barclays Center Opens, Series of Events Highlights Failures of Atlantic Yards and Demands for Change

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

Please note the alternate locations indicated below for rain contingency

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 (arena opening day)

11AM: Press conference @ Barclays Center
At the MTA Entrance in the Daily News Sponsored Plaza in Front of Barclays Center
NOTE: In the event of rain, the press conference will be indoors at 669 Atlantic Avenue, corner of S. Portland Avenue [ Map ]
Hear from individuals impacted by the project including former project supporters, former supporters who are now plaintiffs in federal lawsuit against Forest City Ratner and B.U.I.L.D, as well as organizers, and find out from planning experts what needs to happen at the project site going forward.

12PM - 4PM: Popup actions all around the Barclays Center

5PM: Virtual rally—tweet #BarclaysCenter and @AYCrimeScene for housing and jobs now.

4-6PM: Occupy Wall Street Guitarmy’s Teach-in in Response to Jay-Z Comments

8PM: Free outdoor screening of Battle For Brooklyn (battleforbrooklyn.com)
@ Dean Playground Ball Field, just half a block from the arena
(Dean St. between 6th Ave. and Carlton Ave. MAP)
NOTE: In the event of rain, the screening will be indoors at 669 Atlantic Avenue, corner of S. Portland Avenue [ Map ]

Posted by eric at 10:18 AM

September 27, 2012

9/28 8pm Indoor Location for Battle for Brooklyn in Case of Rain is 669 Atlantic Avenue

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

Should it rain for the Friday, September 28th, 8pm outdoor screening of Battle for Brooklyn the indoors venue is:

669 Atlantic Avenue, Corner of Atlantic and South Portland. [Map]

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Posted by eric at 9:16 AM

September 26, 2012

Atlantic Yards – It’s A Crime! Events on September 26, 27, 28, 29

Brooklyn Was Promised Much More Than An Arena. As Barclays Center Opens, Series of Events Highlights Failures of Atlantic Yards and Demands for Change

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

Click through for a full rundown of activities, which begin tonight with a screening of Battle for Brooklyn.

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Related content...

OWSNe.ws, Atlantic Yards Crime Scene Weekend

GO TO AYCrimeScene.com AND @AYCrimeScene FOR MORE EVENTS, UPDATES, AND INFO.

Posted by eric at 11:28 AM

September 24, 2012

Weekend of Events Spotlight Unfulfilled Promises at Arena

Civic News
by David Herman

With the Barclays Center arena ready to open on Sept. 28, a wide range of community groups have organized “It’s a Crime” weekend, a series of events that will draw attention to promises far from fulfilled on the surrounding Atlantic Yards megaproject.

Rather than protest the arena itself, the multiple events that kick off on Thurs., Sept. 27, will highlight what New York State, New York City, and developer Forest City Ratner Companies promised to the people of Brooklyn, and address what has to be done now to ensure critically needed jobs, affordable housing, and other public benefits are delivered.
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Events for the “It’s a Crime” weekend include:

  • Thurs., Sept. 27, 7 p.m.: a candlelight vigil with Brooklyn clergy, elected officials, and community organizations to remember people and families displaced by the Atlantic Yards project’s use of eminent domain, as well as recognize those at risk of displacement today. Gathering point will be close to the arena entrance, at Pacific Bears Community Garden, corner of Flatbush Avenue and Pacific Street. Click here for more information on exact meeting location.
  • Fri., Sept. 28 (arena opening day): 11 a.m., press conference at Barclays Center, in front of the Pacific Bears Community Garden; 12- 4 p.m., popup actions all around Barclays Center; 5 p.m., a virtual rally (tweet #BarclaysCenter and @AYCrimeScene for housing and jobs now); 8 p.m., free outdoor screening of the documentary Battle For Brooklyn at the Dean Playground Ball Field, just half a block from the arena (Dean Street between Sixth and Carlton Avenues)
  • Sat., Sept. 29: 6-8 p.m., opening reception for photographer Tracy Collins’ exhibit, “Atlantic Yards: Deconstructed,” at the Soapbox Gallery, 636 Dean St. The exhibit traces the “on the ground” impacts of the development over the past nine years through photography, video, and other media.

For more information on these and other activities, head to the AY Crime Scene website.

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Posted by eric at 8:46 PM

9/26, 7pm: 2 Days Before Barclays Center Opens, "Battle for Brooklyn" Screens in Park Slope

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

From the Park Slope Patch:

Filmwax presents BROOKLYN RECONSTRUCTED: Battle For Brooklyn

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 7:00 pm

The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
53 Prospect Park W, Brooklyn, NY | Get Directions »
$5.00 suggested donation

With the Barclays Center set to open on 2 days later on September 28th, Filmwax's screening of BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN is all the more poignant. The Filmwax series, BROOKLYN RECONSTRUCTED, continues with its 4th screening of this very important documentary.

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Posted by eric at 4:12 PM

September 18, 2012

Atlantic Yards - It's a Crime! Schedule of Events for September 26, 27, 28, 29

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

Atlantic Yards – It’s A Crime!
Events on September 26, 27, 28, 29
Brooklyn Was Promised Much More Than An Arena

As Barclays Center Opens, Series of Events Highlights
Failures of Atlantic Yards and Demands for Change

Click through for the full roster of events.

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Posted by eric at 1:32 PM

Weds, Sept 19, 6:30pm: Free Screening and Panel Discussion of Battle for Brooklyn

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

Fifth Avenue Committee Invites you to a Panel Discussion and Special Screening of:

Battle for Brooklyn

Wednesday, September 19
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Old First Reformed Church
729 Carroll Street between 6th & 7th Avenues

With the Barclays Center arena less than two weeks from opening, and promised jobs and affordable housing nowhere in sight, the battle for accountability at Brooklyn's largest development project is just getting started. Join us to find out what we can do to make sure the future of Atlantic Yards won't be like the past.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with FAC's Executive Director Michelle de la Uz as moderator, Michael Galinsky, and Suki Hawley, producers of the documentary, Rev. Clinton Miller, Brown Memorial, Gib Veconi of BrooklynSpeaks and the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council, Daniel Goldstein, co-founder of Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, New York State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Councilwoman Letitia James (invited).

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The screening is free.

Posted by eric at 11:44 AM

September 14, 2012

My Atlantic Yards tour, September 23, sponsored by the Municipal Art Society

Atlantic Yards Report

From the Municipal Art Society's list of tours: Sunday, September 23, Urban Debate: Atlantic Yards:

11:00 AM - Atlantic Yards Report watchdog journalist Norman Oder leads a walk around and beyond the controversial Atlantic Yards site, home to the new Barclays Center arena, opening on September 28. While visiting Fort Greene and Prospect Heights, Oder will discuss the history and future of the ambitious project (announced in 2003 and aimed to include 16 towers), the debates over urban design, architecture, public process, and eminent domain, and the challenge of fitting an arena into a site which offers excellent public transit access but also encroaches on an established neighborhood. Cost: $20 / $15 Members.

Note: tickets are limited; the location is provided when you pay.

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Posted by eric at 11:38 AM

September 6, 2012

Battle for Brooklyn, About Atlantic Yards Fight, To Screen Nationwide and In 5 Boroughs

Battle for Brooklyn, The True Story of How the Soon-to-Open Barclays Center Arena Came to Be, To Screen Across the Nation and In All Five Boroughs

Press Release via Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

At the 2010 groundbreaking ceremony for the Barclays Center, just one portion of the massive Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, Mayor Bloomberg intoned, "No one's going remember how long it took. They're only gonna look and see that it was done."

Battle for Brooklyn will ensure that, despite the Mayor’s wishful thinking, people won’t forget.

Amidst the growing hoopla and hype of the Brooklyn Barclays Center September 28th opening, Jay-Z concerts and the Brooklyn Nets arrival on the scene, the other story of the eight year fight and controversy that swirled around the arena and the rest of the Atlantic Yards project, the critically acclaimed, award-winning feature film, Battle for Brooklyn, will premiere at select theaters across the nation and screen in each of New York's five boroughs.
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New York City Dates:

Wednesday, September 19 -- Brooklyn
Park Slope’s Old First Brooklyn Church - presented by the Fifth Ave Committee

Tuesday, Sept 25, 9pm -- Brooklyn
Indiescreen, Brooklyn

Tuesday, Sept 25 -- Staten Island
ETG cafe on Staten Island

Wednesday, Sept 26 -- Brooklyn
Brooklyn Ethical Culture Society as part of Brooklyn Reconstructed

Thursday, Sept 27 -- Manhattan
Maysles Cinema in Harlem

Bronx and Queens screenings TBA

Nationwide Dates:

Chicago, September 24, 7pm at Facets

Fort Lauderdale, September 24, 7pm at Cinema Paradiso

Washington, D.C., September 25 at West End Cinema

Seattle, September 25 at the Northwest Film Forum

Bellingham, WA, October 1 at Pickford Film Center

Dallas, October 1 at Studio Movie Grille

Nationwide screenings of the film will include a recently filmed Q & A with the filmmakers and the film’s protagonist and a discussion after the film with the audience.

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Posted by eric at 10:10 PM

September 5, 2012

Neighborhood Protection Plan meeting tonight; I'd bet on a concession; some pending questions; AY DSC meeting Thursday

Atlantic Yards Report

Norman Oder reports on a couple imminent meetings.

Tonight, a Neighborhood Protection Plan meeting with Forest City Ratner
When: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 7:00pm
Where: Iglesia Latina Evengelica, 506 Bergen Street (between 6th and Carlton Avenues)

Protecting quality of life for residents around the arena

Join Ashley Cotton and Jane Marshall of Forest City Ratner in a discussion about protecting the quality of life of those living and working near Barclays Center once it opens. Issues include crowd control, safety, clean streets and sidewalks, traffic, parking and more. Bring your questions and concerns.

Local elected officials and civic groups have proposed a Neighborhood Protection Plan, modeled on plans of other sports facilities around the country. The plan can be read here.
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Another key meeting will be Thursday at 9:30 am at Borough Hall: the bi-monthly meeting of the Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet, which includes involves city and state agencies and offers an opportunity for elected officials, though not the public, to ask questions.

Expect an update from the "Day Two Task Force" headed by the elusively quiet Lolita Jackson, the city official tasked with coordinating city agency responses to arena events.

Also, perhaps, we'll hear about the promised but not yet implemented sub-committee on quality-of-life issues.

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NoLandGrab: Maybe it's us, but wouldn't a more effective Neighborhood Protection Plan have involved doing everything possible to stop the thing from being built in the first place?

Posted by eric at 10:45 AM

September 3, 2012

Barclays Center Neighborhood Protection Meeting

Via the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council

When: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 @ 7:00pm
Where: Iglesia Latina Evengelica, 506 Bergen St. (between 6th and Carlton Avenues)

Join Ashley Cotton and Jane Marshall of Forest City Ratner in a discussion about protecting the quality of life of those living and working near Barclays Center once it opens. Issues include crowd control, safety, clean streets and sidewalks, traffic, parking and more. Bring your questions and concerns.

To read the proposed Neighborhood Protection Plan sponsored by local elected officials and civic groups representing areas surrounding Barclays Center: http://www.atlanticyardswatch.net/node/836

Sponsored by:
Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council, www.phndc.org
Park Slope Civic Council, www.parkslopeciviccouncil.org
Boerum Hill Association, www.boerumhillassociation.org

NoLandGrab: They lost us after "Join Ashley Cotton and Jane Marshall of Forest City Ratner...."

Posted by eric at 10:19 PM

September 2, 2012

An exhibit from Tracy Collins, Atlantic Yards DeConstructed, opens Sept. 28

Atlantic Yards Report

Tracy Collins, the premier photographic chronicler of the Atlantic Yards saga, will open an exbition, Atlantic Yards DeConstructed, on Sept. 28, the day the Barclays Center opens.

The location: the Soapbox Gallery on Dean Street, right across from the arena's surface parking lot.

From Tracy Collins:

I have been documenting the changing landscape (demolition of buildings) in and around the "footprint" of the development since I moved to Prospect Heights very soon after the project was announced. I have a photo book that's a snapshot of the neighborhood in 2007. A continually updated archive of photos can be viewed on my Flickr photo site, as well as time-lapse video on Vimeo andYouTube. My exhibition, ATLANTIC YARDS: [DE]CONSTRUCTED, will be at the Soapbox Galleryin Brooklyn, New York, September 28 through October 11, 2012.

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Posted by steve at 3:36 PM

August 27, 2012

No time slot announced for liquor license board meeting Wednesday, but public can speak

Atlantic Yards Report

Will the State Liquor Authority (SLA) issue any curbs on the Barclays Center liquor license, such as not permitting service for VIPs at three venues for an hour after events, including until 2 am?

(There will be a total of 30 bars with full liquor service and 23 with beer only.)

After an administrative law judge heard public testimony at two meetings in June, the SLA will consider the Barclays Center liquor license at its August 29 board meeting. It will be held at SLA offices in Harlem, beginning at 10 am, and should be webcast.

There's no timetable for the meeting; items are called in the order for which they are signed in. My bet is that the applicants, Levy Premium Food Service and Brooklyn Events Center, will do their best to get there early.

The report compiled by Administrative Law Judge Raymond Di Luglio has not been made public and likely will not be released until the SLA renders its decision.

"Members of the public and elected officials will have the opportunity to address the Board," SLA spokesman Bill Crowley said yesterday.

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Posted by eric at 9:11 PM

August 21, 2012

What time will Barclays Center liquor license application be heard on August 29? Unclear, but I'd bet early

Atlantic Yards Report

When during its Aug. 29 meeting (at its Harlem office) will the State Liquor Authority (SLA) board address the application for the Barclays Center liquor license? Unclear.

SLA spokesman William Crowley states:

The Full Board hearing starts at 10 am, the items are called in the order in which they are signed in for in the morning. The length of this case will be dependent on the number of individuals wishing to testify, as well as the issues brought before the Board. As you probably know, the meeting is open to the public, as well as webcast live.

I'd bet that the interested parties from the Barclays Center (the official applicants are Brooklyn Events Center and Levy Premium Foodservice) will not want to wait the whole day, and will try to make sure everyone's signed in first.

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Posted by eric at 11:27 AM

August 17, 2012

Community meeting set for September 5 on effort to establish Neighborhood Protection Plan around arena

Atlantic Yards Report

Beyond the meeting at the 78th Precinct regarding Barclays Center security issues, set for August 22, the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council announces another community meeting:

Neighborhood Protection Plan meeting with Forest City Ratner
When: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 7:00pm
Where: Iglesia Latina Evengelica, 506 Bergen Street (between 6th and Carlton Avenues)
What progress has been made toward the goals of the Neighborhood Protection Plan sponsored by local elected officials and civic groups representing communities surrounding the Barclays Center arena?
Join us for a discussion of what's left to be done with Ashley Cotton of Forest City Ratner and other invited guests, and bring your questions and concerns.

As I wrote recently, there have been a couple of quiet meetings regarding the plan--which requested garbage cans, new signage, and funding for two parks positions nearby, among other things--but no results yet. Council Member Steve Levin said it was essential to address traffic, crowd management, and sanitation issues before the arena opens.

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Posted by eric at 10:19 AM

August 14, 2012

TONIGHT 7pm: double-screening of The Vanishing City and Battle for Brooklyn

NYUFASP & StandUp4NYC

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Posted by eric at 1:06 PM

August 8, 2012

TONIGHT: Arena Community Impacts meeting with Councilmember Levin

This meeting notice came to us via email...

The next Arena Community Impacts Meeting with Councilmember Stephen Levin will be on Wednesday, August 8, 6:30pm at the YWCA (second floor gallery), corner of Third Avenue and Atlantic Avenue.

HOT TOPICS...
1) Transportation. Chris Hrones from NYC Department of Transportation will attend to explain the upcoming changes, construction and answer all DOT questions.
2) Police Precinct lines. The borders have changed... what are they, and how will that affect our neighborhoods?
3) Brief updates on Sanitation, Rats, and Liquor.

INVITED....
Chris Hrones from NYC Department of Transportation
Arana Hankin from NYS ESDC
Sam Pierre from the Mayor's Task Force on the Arena

Posted by eric at 11:02 AM

August 7, 2012

State Liquor Authority will consider Barclays Center liquor license at August 29 meeting; administrative law judge's report not yet public

Atlantic Yards Report

After an administrative law judge heard public testimony at two meetings in June, the State Liquor Authority is set to consider the Barclays Center liquor license at its August 29 board meeting, according to state Sen. Velmanette Montgomery's office.
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Several things about the license and board meeting remain unclear, however. The report compiled by Administrative Law Judge Raymond Di Luglio has not been made public.

Yesterday, the SLA told me it was "an inter-agency document that is not a final determination of the State Liquor Authority," thus not subject to a Freedom of Information Law request.

"It will be part of the record before the Members of the authority, consequently, when they render a determination, it may be released," said spokesman William Crowley.

At the meeting

According to Montgomery's office, elected officials will be able to address the board at the hearing, but it's not clear if the public will be able to speak.

The meeting will be held at SLA offices in Harlem, beginning at 10 am, and should be webcast. The schedule for the meeting, which usually addresses numerous applications, should be released later in the month.

It's not clear if the SLA at that meeting will also address the application from Kemistry, a lounge planning highly-contentious bottle service.

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Posted by eric at 11:05 AM

July 27, 2012

Closing Bell: Brooklyn Film Series Explores Gentrification

Brownstoner

Yesterday Film Wax kicked off a monthly film series called “Brooklyn Reconstructed.” It explores “gentrification, eminent domain, public subsidies for luxury developments, political corruption, rising rents and neighborhood revitalization [as] underlying themes in most Brooklynites’ day-to-day lives.” The first film in the series was My Brooklyn, which will be followed by The Domino Effect, Battle for Brooklyn, The Vanishing City, Made in Brooklyn, Gut Renovation, and Last Summer in Coney Island. All films are screened at The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture at 53 Prospect Park West. See the full schedule of events here.

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NoLandGrab: If you missed Wednesday's screening of My Brooklyn, it's being shown again locally on Tuesday, July 31st, at 6:30 p.m., at Park Slope United Methodist Church, 410 6th Avenue at 8th Street.

Posted by eric at 10:51 AM

July 24, 2012

Brooklyn Reconstructed

Battle for Brooklyn via Kickstarter

Update #88

Battle continues to roll across the country and we are gearing up for dozens of screenings timed to the opening of the Arena. Mayor Bloomberg says at the end of the film, "No one's gonna care how long it took. They are just going to look and see that it was done." We think that the film is helping to disprove this idea, and we are working robustly to make it less true everyday.

I am also writing to let you know about a series that starts tomorrow at the ethical culture society in Brooklyn with My Brooklyn. It's called Brooklyn Reconstructed and it features at least 7 films (one a month). Battle for Brooklyn plays on Sept 26th - 2 days before the arena opens. There's a nice article in the L magazine about the series. All of the films are extremely thoughtful and well made. Before Isabel Hill made Brooklyn Matters she made "Made in Brooklyn". You'll laugh, you'll cry, you punch a politician in the eye.

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Posted by eric at 10:05 PM

The Brooklyn Gentrification Film Series

The L Magazine
by Henry Stewart

Tomorrow night, with My Brooklyn, Filmwax kicks off its documentary screening series Brooklyn Reconstructed, featuring seven films about development and gentrification that will be screened one a month through January at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture in Park Slope. We spoke to Filmwax's Adam Schartoff about development in Brooklyn, and why there are so many documentaries about our borough.

Why put on a series like this now?

The films are all movies that were made over many years, and documented a changing city in ways that the "media" has been unable to. In large part I think they were inspired by a wave of "development without representation." In each case the filmmakers observed a government/business effort to push through zoning changes that brought massive revenue to developers in ways that denied any real input to those citizens most affected by the plans. Gentrification and development are nothing new. But what's taken place in neighborhoods like Williamsburg and Downtown Brooklyn, to name just two, are the results of a very different phenomena. While being floated as normal change, in fact what we've seen in the past decade is not organic gentrification, but a remarkably calculated land grab designed by our mayor, the City Planning Committee and a few greedy developers. These folks are owning both sides of the argument. It's rather impressive, really.

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Posted by eric at 7:41 PM

July 22, 2012

A film series, Brooklyn Reconstructed, takes on changes, including Atlantic Yards

Atlantic Yards Report

A press release about BROOKLYN RECONSTRUCTED, a film series that includes Battle for Brooklyn, not coincidentally two days before the Barclays Center opens:

Gentrification, eminent domain, public subsidies for luxury developments, political corruption, rising rents and neighborhood revitalization are underlying themes in most Brooklynites’ day-to-day lives. With that in mind, a new screening series, BROOKLYN RECONSTRUCTED, by Filmwax’s Adam Schartoff, taps into the borough’s zeitgeist, its wealth of local filmmakers and their recent output of documentaries that address these issues. Each film in the series, to be screened at The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture at 53 Prospect Park West, will deal with the themes of gentrification & development in Brooklyn. Within those themes is a conversation about race & class in a city undergoing a startling transformation. In order to cultivate a rich conversation about the above issues, a discussion led by a panel of regional activists, scholars, civic leaders and the filmmakers will accompany every screening.

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BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN (2012) [Sept. 26], by Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley, follows the story of reluctant activist Daniel Goldstein as he struggles to save his home and community from being demolished to make way for a professional basketball arena and the densest real estate development in U.S. history. Along the way, he falls in love, gets married and starts a family while living in a vacated building located at the heart of the project site. Over the course of seven years, Daniel spearheads the movement against the development plan as he and the community fight tenaciously in the courts, the streets, and the media to stop the abuse of eminent domain and reveal the corruption at the heart of the plan.

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Posted by steve at 9:55 PM

July 17, 2012

Tomorrow! HDC hearing on $92 mln in bonds for Brooklyn Atlantic Yards

Good Jobs New York Subsidy Alert

Sorry for so many updates to the July subsidy alert. But, in addition to the new information released by the Industrial Development Agency last week, we recently learned of a hearing related to Brooklyn Atlantic Yards.

The New York City Housing Development Corporation is holding a hearing tomorrow, July 18 at 1:00 pm at 110 William Street, 4th Floor conference room regarding a proposed $92 million bond offering for the Brooklyn Atlantic Yards project. Because the website of the New York City Housing Development Corporation has no details of the proposal, much less a mention of the hearing (now that's an "F" for transparency!) the only details available are on Norman Oder's "Atlantic Yards Report" website and below. Unfortunately, the lack of transparency means we don't have materials to share with you. GJNY will attend the hearing tomorrow and post on our website any materials that are made available.

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Posted by eric at 11:36 PM

July 11, 2012

Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet meeting tomorrow: "Day Two" task force; DOT parking study; updates on jobs, construction, operations, first tower

Atlantic Yards Report

Y'know those bi-monthly Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet meetings, where Forest City Ratner shares updates with involved agencies, and provokes few questions beyond (usually) Council Member Letitia James? The ones where video and photographer are banned?

The next one is 9:30 tomorrow at Borough Hall, and Borough President Marty Markowitz's office, for the first time, decided to share the agenda with the press. I've interpolated commentary in italics.

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Posted by eric at 1:45 PM

July 10, 2012

Film Review – Battle For Brooklyn

Reel Review Roundup
by Julian Wright

Oy! Loyal Down Under NoLandGrab readers won't want to miss this upcoming screening in Perth — on Friday the 13th, no less.

Battle For Brooklyn

Directed by: Suki Hawley, Michael Galinsky

Starring: Daniel Goldstein, Shabnam Merchant, Letitia James, Bruce Ratner

Four stars

What would you do if you discovered the land your house sat on was earmarked for a commercial development? Not only your house would be demolished to make way for it, but hundreds of other people’ s homes and businesses as well. Would you take the money offered to you by the developer and relocate? Or would you stay and fight? Daniel Goldstein stayed and fought a long, exhausting and drawn out fight in this familiar David versus Goliath story of a community that would not lay down to a conglomerate that wanted to bulldoze an old and established section of Brooklyn full of history for a sports arena and a few skyscrapers.

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Posted by eric at 10:35 AM

June 27, 2012

Court Rejection of Appeal Means Atlantic Yards Will Undergo New Environmental Review

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

Bruce Ratner has lost his fourth court decision in a row. Today NY State's high court, the Court of Appeals, rejected the developer's (and the Empire State State Development Corporation's) request to appeal the lower court's unanimous upholding of the Supreme Court order that Atlantic Yards must undergo a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS).

The suit, originally brought by Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn and other community organizations, has had a long and winding path. At the core the case is about the State's bogus claims (and subsequent impact study) that the project build out would be 10 years, when in actuality it will likely be 25 years at minimum, and thus the attendant impacts will be substantially different then the ones studied.

The ruling today and the previous ones show, thankfully, that NY courts can actually be a check against public agencies running amok on behalf of private interests.

The ruling also means that the bulk of the Atlantic Yards project will undergo an SEIS, which will include a public hearing.

The time is now for ESDC and Governor Cuomo to intervene to insure that Forest City Ratner doesn't hold a huge chunk of Prospect Heights hostage for the next generation.

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Posted by eric at 12:01 AM

June 20, 2012

State Liquor Authority Hearing on the Barclays Center Liquor License Application, Wednesday, June 20

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

This Wednesday, June 20th, at 7 p.m., the New York State Liquor Authority will be holding the second of two public hearings on the application by Brooklyn Events Center LLC and Levy Premium Foodservice for the liquor license for the Barclays Center. While the hearing is taking place in Harlem, if you live anywhere near the arena site, you might want to consider making the trip.

As with just about every other aspect of the Atlantic Yards project, the liquor license application is yet another bait and switch. From our friends at BrooklynSpeaks:

Barclays Center has applied for a license that would allow it to keep serving alcohol into the early hours of the morning. At a public meeting in April, arena representatives described an intent to serve patrons in accordance with NBA rules that require liquor sales to end after the third quarter. But after Barclays Center received conditional support from Community Boards 2 and 6, it was revealed that the arena plans to keep open clubs with a capacity of 1,800 up to an hour after events have ended—as late as 2:00 AM. And the recent announcement of one of Jay-Z's 40/40 Clubs being located in the arena raises the possibility of bottle service for hundreds of late-night customers.

Tomorrow night, we need your help to let the New York State Liquor Authority know Barclays Center's plans to sell liquor won't work for Brooklyn.

Here are the details on the hearing:

SLA hearing on Barclays Center Liquor License Application
Wednesday, June 20th, 7:00 p.m.
New York State Liquor Authority
317 Lenox Avenue
Manhattan [Map]
Take the #2 or #3 subway to 125th Street

From Bergen Street and 6th Avenue, the subway trip is barely more than 30 minutes, and the SLA headquarters is a stone's throw from the 125th Street station.

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Posted by eric at 11:46 AM

June 12, 2012

June 19th 7pm: Kickoff Meeting to Plan Demonstration at Barclays Arena Opening

On Tuesday, June 19th Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, BrooklynSpeaks, the Brown (Memorial Baptist Church) Community Development Corporation and Occupy groups invite you to a kickoff meeting to organize a protest demonstration at the Barclays Center opening.

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

Atlantic Yards promised jobs, housing and hoops. All we're getting is hoops, parking lots, a demolition zone, a traffic/parking fiasco, rats, and the Borough's biggest bar. An arena alone nets nothing for Brooklyn.

Amidst all the hoopla around the arena opening in September and various big act bookings, we must not allow the public, the press and elected officials to forget how Bruce Ratner and Mikhail Prokhorov's billion dollar arena came to be and all the bait-n-switching that has gone on enabling Ratner to control, and hold hostage, 22 acres in the heart of Brooklyn for an illegitimate project.

On June 19th join us and participate in planning for the September 28th demonstration at the arena opening.

Spread the word, we want your ideas and your active participation.

Details:
Tuesday, June 19 at 7pm
at Brown Memorial Baptist Church
484 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn
[Map]

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Posted by eric at 10:45 PM

Meeting June 26 on Barclays Center operations: security, sanitation, and on-site parking lot; expect some debate over Forest City Ratner's scope of commitment

Atlantic Yards Report

After public meetings on transportation issues regarding the Barclays Center arena, Borough President Marty Markowitz's office has announced a meeting June 26 for community stakeholders:

Your organizations are invited to Brooklyn Borough Hall to join Kenneth Adams, President and CEO of Empire State Development, FCRC, and elected officials (or their representatives) to discuss Barclays Center arena operations with a focus on security, sanitation and the parking lot (Block 1129).

This meeting will be held:

Tuesday, June 26th @ 6pm
Community Room
Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street

Following the format of Transportation Working Group meetings, participation in this round-table discussion of arena operations is limited in order to keep the meeting size manageable.

Only one representative from each group was supposed to RSVP to Luke DePalma, Director of Policy and Planning.

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Posted by eric at 10:12 PM

June 9, 2012

Church, Civic Groups to Rally Sunday Over Atlantic Yards 'Broken Promises'

Prospect Heights Patch

More than two dozen churches have teamed up with Atlantic Yards watchdog groups to demand that state and city officials step in to make sure the developer delivers the jobs and affordable housing he promised.

The coalition has organized a rally on Sunday, June 10 at 3 p.m. at the corner of Atlantic and South Portland avenues to make their concerns heard.

“The assembly will demand the promised housing and jobs from the developer, Forest City Ratner Companies, which has received over $200 million in subsidies to date without equal public benefit or investment,” said a press release from Brown Memorial Baptist Church, which organized the rally along with 25 other central Brooklyn churches and Atlantic Yards watchdog groups Brooklyn Speaks and Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn.

“Hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, zoning overrides, and the power of eminent domain were given to developer Forest City Ratner in exchange for affordable housing, permanent and construction jobs, and public benefits," said a news release from Brooklyn Speaks, a coalition of neighborhood groups.

"More than five years after the project’s approval, New Yorkers still aren’t close to getting what we were promised,” the release continued.

Area politicians, including Councilwoman Letitia James and state Senator Velmanette Montgomery, are slated to speak.

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Posted by steve at 7:06 PM

June 7, 2012

As protest approaches June 10, another protest will be planned for the arena opening

Atlantic Yards Report

DDDB reports on "a church organized demonstration near the arena site June 10th and a June 19th planning/brainstorming meeting to kick off organizing for a demonstration at the arena opening."

Both involve Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Clinton Hill, which is stepping up its role in the Atlantic Yards fight. The rally June 10 is at 3 pm, at the corner of Atlantic and South Portland. (Here's my preview.)

On June 19 at 7 pm, Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, BrooklynSpeaks, the Brown (Memorial Baptist Church) Community Development Corporation and "Occupy" are holding a kickoff meeting to organize a protest for September 28, when the arena opens.

The meeting's being held at Brown Memorial Baptist Church, 484 Washington Avenue [map].

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Posted by eric at 10:21 PM

June 5, 2012

Arena Community Impacts Meeting

Prospect Heights Patch

The next Arena Community Impacts Meeting with Councilmember Levin will discuss the newly-released transportation plan.

Additional speakers include a guest official from the department of sanitation.

25 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217 (Pacific Street Library - Brooklyn Public Library)
June 6, 2012
6 p.m.

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Posted by eric at 1:03 PM

May 31, 2012

May 31st, One Night Only: Battle for Brooklyn at Brooklyn Heights Cinema

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

If you haven't seen it yet, Thursday is your chance to see the critically acclaimed and Oscar short-listed documentary about the fight against Atlantic Yards on the big screen.

Battle for Brooklyn will screen on Thursday, May 31st, at 8:30pm at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema (70 Henry Street).

The film is more important than ever as Forest City and some elected officials are making every effort to bury the controversial history of the project with happy talk of successful arena shows and ticket sales (see open letter to Barbra Streisand and Leonard Cohen).

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Posted by eric at 1:02 PM

May 30, 2012

Churches organize "Justice at Atlantic Yards!" protest for June 10; accountability and oversight might come before housing and jobs

Atlantic Yards Report

In a sign of a new configuration of Atlantic Yards criticism, a group of churches, mostly from central Brooklyn and led by Rev. Clinton Miller of the Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Clinton Hill, is organizing a "Justice At Atlantic Yards" protest on June 10.

Protesters, including parishioners from some 25 congregations, as well as others from the overall Brooklyn community including some active Atlantic Yards critics from BrooklynSpeaks, will gather at 3 pm at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and South Portland Avenue, just north of the Barclays Center arena.

Several elected officials are expected to speak, though the line-up isn't yet set. Miller has a longtime close relationship with Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, who joined state Sen. Eric Adams and Assemblyman Karim Camara at a press conference in January expressing their outrage at the lack of results.

Listed after Miller on the poster are the Rev. Mark Taylor of Church of the Open Door in Fort Greene and the Rev. Conrad Tillard of Nazarene Congregational United Church of Christ in Bed-Stuy. Some of the church leaders involved have previously expressed concern or opposition, while others have not. Project opponents Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn are promoting the rally, too.

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Posted by eric at 11:13 AM

May 29, 2012

June 10th: Clergy Led Demonstration for Justice at Atlantic Yards

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

Sunday, June 10th at 3pm, at the Corner of Atlantic and South Portland...

Join the Committee for Arena Justice*, community members, religious leaders and local elected officials to demand stronger oversight and the housing and jobs promised by Ratner:

*Committee for Arena Justice is a coalition of Central Brooklyn Clergy including Rev. Clinton M. Miller, Rev. Mark Taylor, Rev. Conrad Tilard, Rev. Lemuel Mobley, Rev. Washington Lundy, Rev. Dr. Cleotha Robertson, Rev. Dr. Clive Neal, Rev. Michael Sniffen, Rev. Ivan Washington, Rev. John Merz, Rev. Linda Bell, Rev. Shaun J. Lee, Rev. Daran H. Mitchell, Rev. Reginald L. Bacchus, Rev. Willie Wade Jr. and others.

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Posted by eric at 10:57 AM

May 28, 2012

Press conference announcing Barclays Center Neighborhood Protection Plan

Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council

Start Date:
May 29, 2012 - 9:30am

Sponsored By:
Council Members Stephen Levin, Letitia James, Senator Velmanette Montgomery, other elected officials and community leaders

Location:
Corner of Atlantic Avenue and South Portland Ave., Brooklyn United States

Description:
Elected officials and community leaders will propose a nine point "Neighborhood Protection Plan," and will call on Mayor Bloomberg and developer Forest City Ratner to meet and endorse plan to protect the communities around the Barlcays Center arena.

Who:

Council Members Stephen Levin, Letitia James, Senator Velmanette Montgomery, other elected officials and community leaders

What:

Press Conference to call for a real plan to mitigate Arena impact on neighboring communities

When:

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 9:30a.m.

Where:

Corner of Atlantic Avenue and South Portland Ave., Brooklyn

Why:

The Barclays Center arena is opening in less than four months and there is still no acceptable plan to mitigate the impact of the arena and its thousands of patrons on the surrounding neighborhoods. We have put together a 9-point “Neighborhood Protection Plan” to address what our neighborhoods need to mitigate the impact of Barclay’s Arena. The Bloomberg Administration and Forest City Ratner have not explained to our communities how the impact of foot traffic and neighborhood disruptions will be handled after Barclays events. We have not heard a real plan to address parking and transportation needs. Council Members Levin and James are calling for a public meeting with the Mayor’s office and Forest City Ratner to present the Neighborhood Protection Plan and allow for the community to have real input in the decisions that will forever change our communities.

Open to:
General public

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Posted by steve at 10:15 PM

May 26, 2012

Deeming transportation plan inadequate and other issues not addressed, local officials, PHNDC will propose "Neighborhood Protection Plan"

Atlantic Yards Report

There's lots of reason to think that the Transportation Demand Management plan announced this week by developer Forest City Ratner will not do enough to discourage drivers from seeking free, on-street parking. And there's much reason to wonder how other arena operations will be handled.

In the absence of such plans, the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council, backed by several elected officials on Tuesday will propose a nine point "Neighborhood Protection Plan."

I haven't seen the details, but presumably it draws in part on the example of Wrigley Field in Chicago.

As I wrote three years ago, in 2004, in exchange for being able to play 30 rather than 18 night games, the City Council approved the Wrigley Field Neighborhood Protection Ordinance. The Cubs agreed to "fund and operate expanded remote parking, print residential parking permits, and expand trash pick-up in and around Wrigley Field, as detailed in the annual report (also below).

Press conference details

From the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council:

Press conference announcing Barclays Center Neighborhood Protection Plan
Atlantic Yards
Start Date:
May 29, 2012 - 9:30am
Sponsored By:
Council Members Stephen Levin, Letitia James, Senator Velmanette Montgomery, other elected officials and community leaders
Location:
Corner of Atlantic Avenue and South Portland Ave., Brooklyn
Description:
Elected officials and community leaders will propose a nine point "Neighborhood Protection Plan," and will call on Mayor Bloomberg and developer Forest City Ratner to meet and endorse plan to protect the communities around the Barlcays Center arena.
Where:
Corner of Atlantic Avenue and South Portland St, Brooklyn
Why:
The Barclays Center arena is opening in less than four months and there is still no acceptable plan to mitigate the impact of the arena and its thousands of patrons on the surrounding neighborhoods. We have put together a 9-point “Neighborhood Protection Plan” to address what our neighborhoods need to mitigate the impact of Barclay’s Arena. The Bloomberg Administration and Forest City Ratner have not explained to our communities how the impact of foot traffic and neighborhood disruptions will be handled after Barclays events. We have not heard a real plan to address parking and transportation needs. Council Members Levin and James are calling for a public meeting with the Mayor’s office and Forest City Ratner to present the Neighborhood Protection Plan and allow for the community to have real input in the decisions that will forever change our communities.

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Posted by eric at 10:09 AM

May 22, 2012

Disincentives to drive? Many questions raised by Atlantic Yards Watch before meeting tonight on arena transportation plan

Atlantic Yards Report

There's a big meeting tonight at 6 pm at Borough Hall for the public to respond to the belated release about the Barclays Center Transportation Demand Management (TDM) plan, and Atlantic Yards Watch points out many questions to raise about fitting an arena into a residential area.

How much will we learn from Forest City Ratner consultant Sam Schwartz and associated government agencies? Unclear. But some questions might be answered earlier in the day at the Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet meeting at 9:30 am at Borough Hall; I hope to have at least a preliminary report up by the afternoon.

Disincentives to drive?

The biggest questions regard disincentives to drive, which have not been mentioned so far in official plans: will Forest City, and the involved city and state agencies support an arena parking tax surcharge? will they support residential permit parking? how will they otherwise restrict arena patrons from parking on streets near the arena?
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AYW lists several questions and issues, which are expanded on in their post:

  1. Does the TDM program apply to all arena events at all times of day?
  2. Setting of real performance goals.
  3. Parking controlled by FCRC.
  4. Protection of local streets.
  5. On-going monitoring and enforcement.
  6. Stronger data collection.
  7. Effective transit incentives.
  8. Utilization of shuttle and other buses.
  9. Bicycle incentives.
  10. Cross-marketing plan.

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Posted by eric at 11:22 AM

The Day: Everything the Traffic Will Allow

The Local [Fort Greene/Clinton Hill]

Today’s another big day in the Atlantic Yards project, with the state releasing its long-awaited “Transportation Demand Management plan” for the Barclays Center. The details will be unveiled this morning at a meeting of local pols at Borough Hall, then later at a public hearing also at the people’s house. Norman Oder’s Atlantic Yards Report provided the deepest preview (but, hey, what else is new?), but our Kyle Thomas McGovern is on the case and will file later today.

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Posted by eric at 10:45 AM

May 16, 2012

EYE ON THE COMMUNITY WITH "OLA"

The Lafayette Gardens

Justice at Atlantic Yards! Justice for Brooklyn!
Join residents, clergy, community leaders and elected officials for a rally to demand the promised housing, jobs and stronger oversight.
June 10, 2012, 3pm - c/o Atlantic & South Portland Aves.

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Posted by eric at 12:26 PM

May 15, 2012

THIS JUST IN: Big Barclays Transportation Meeting Next Week

The Local

Set your calendar for the most important meeting of the spring: Tuesday’s release of the transportation mitigation plan for the 18,000-seat Barclays Center.

Community members have been long awaiting this plan, which was supposed to have been revealed in December. The delay has frayed nerves for residents of the low-rise, residential communities around the basketball arena and proposed 16-tower development.
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Transportation Demand Management Plan hearing at Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street between Adams and Court Streets in Downtown, (718) 596-5410, May 22, 6 p.m. For info, contact Arana Hankin, director of the Atlantic Yards project for the Empire State Development Corporation, at AtlanticYards@esd.ny.gov.

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Posted by eric at 11:02 AM

May 14, 2012

Public meeting May 22 on Transportation Demand Management plan for Barclays Center

Atlantic Yards Report

As previously reported, there will be a public meeting on May 22 at Brooklyn Borough Hall to hear presentations on the Atlantic Yards/Barclays Center Transportation Demand Management plan, aimed to reduce driving to the arena.

The plan is about six months late, presenting a schedule that concerned elected officials, like Council Member Steve Levin, say is too tight. The plan will first be unveiled publicly that morning, at a bi-monthly meeting of the Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet, scheduled for 9:30 am at Borough Hall.

Representatives of developer Forest City Ratner, namely consultant Sam Schwartz, will make a presentation, and representatives of the MTA and LIRR, though not on the notice below, were said by state officials to be presenting.

The meeting is sponsored by Empire State Development, the state agency overseeing Atlantic Yards, in association with Brooklyn Community Boards 2, 6, & 8.

Community residents will have 30 days to file comments, after which state officials promise a response in 30 days.

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Posted by eric at 11:27 AM

May 4, 2012

Tonight: eight years of Atlantic Yards distilled into 20 minutes (and a few laughs)

Atlantic Yards Report

There are still a few tickets left for nerd nite nyc tonight at Galapagos in DUMBO, starting time 9 pm. My presentation, in about 20 minutes, will be more entertaining than this blog. That was a requirement....

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NoLandGrab: God, we hope so.

Click the link for more info on Norman Oder's talk, which actually will be quite entertaining — no, really — and visit JaneJacobsWalk.org for details on the Atlantic Yards tour Oder will be leading on Saturday.

Posted by eric at 11:36 AM

April 28, 2012

Brooklyn Heights Cinema Showcases ‘Rumur Films’ Thursdays In May

Brooklyn Heights Blog
By Chuck Taylor

The Brooklyn Heights Cinema will showcase the “Rumur Films Retrospective” each Thursday evening in May, featuring five flicks by Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley, the pair behind Brooklyn-based production studio Rumur.

Galinsky & Hawley have been making innovative social documentaries for two decades, including 2011’s “Battle for Brooklyn” (showing at BHC May 31), a 93-minute doc that, according to New York magazine, shows “how Atlantic Yards used the pretense of democracy to enrich the powerful, but also energized actual citizens to fight the good fight.” Their other films comprise 1994’s “Half-Cocked” (May 3), 1999’s “Radiation” (May 10), 2002’s “Horns and Halos” (May 17) and 2005’s “Code 33” (May 24).

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Posted by steve at 5:23 PM

April 25, 2012

Public hearing tomorrow on plan for Bergen Tile site at Flatbush and Dean

Atlantic Yards Report

A committee of Brooklyn Community Board 6 will hold a public hearing tomorrow at 6 pm regarding the application for an apartment building at the Bergen Tile site, at the corner of the north side of Flatbush Avenue and Dean Street opposite the Barclays Center (which is referred to as the southeast corner).

The applicant wants to waive required parking, which has caused community pushback, given the expected arena-related parking crunch, with no provision for residential permit parking. Then again, as surely will be argued, the site is very close to public transit, and parking requirements are increasingly seen as antiquated.

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Posted by eric at 11:36 AM

April 15, 2012

A (free) Atlantic Yards walking tour May 5, 2 pm, part of Jane's Walks

Atlantic Yards Report

The Municipal Art Society and Jane Jacobs Walk, which catalog a whole weekend of walks in honor of the famed urbanist, offer on Saturday, May 5, Atlantic Yards: Brooklyn’s Most Controversial Development:

Time: 14:00 – 16:00 Walk Host: Norman Oder, author, Atlantic Yards Report blog, and founder of New York Like a Native tours Accessibility: Fully Accessible
Description: Jane's Walkers will learn the context of Brooklyn’s most controversial development project with Norman Oder, the journalist behind the Atlantic Yards Report blog and founder of New York Like a Native tours. The walk will begin near Atlantic Terminal, in front of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank, Brooklyn's iconic tower. Walkers will then dip into the revitalized Fort Greene community before traversing the area around the Barclays Center arena and the rest of the unbuilt Atlantic Yards footprint in Prospect Heights.
Meeting Place: The Williamsburgh Savings Bank/One Hanson Place (near the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush Ave.)
Ending Place: Corner of Dean Street and Vanderbilt Avenue, Prospect HeightsV

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Posted by steve at 9:45 PM

April 4, 2012

St. Louis Humanities Festival April 13 and 14

Local institutions partner to launch first annual event

Washington University in St. Louis
by Liam Otten

A heads-up to all our loyal readers in St. Louie...

Later this month, the Center for the Humanities at Washington University — in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council, Webster University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis’s Center for the Humanities — will present the first annual St. Louis Humanities Festival.

The two-day event, which takes place Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14, will feature talks by Shelton Johnson, a novelist and Yosemite park ranger, who is featured in Ken Burns’s film series The National Parks; and Brian Turner, an Iraq War veteran-turned-poet.

Rounding out the schedule will be a screening of the controversial documentary Battle for Brooklyn, followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Michael Galinsky.

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Posted by eric at 11:28 AM

March 21, 2012

BK Gateway Transportation Workshop March 31 aims to address existing challenges and future ones, including those posed by Barclays Center

Atlantic Yards Report

New York City Council Member Letitia James, the Boerum Hill Association, the Park Slope Civic Council, the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council, and The Tri-State Transportation Campaign are sponsoring the BK Gateway Transportation Workshop on March 31. RSVP required.

The announcement

The neighborhoods of Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, downtown Brooklyn, Carroll Gardens, Red Hook, Northern Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights face significant transportation challenges. Existing traffic and parking congestion, demands on transit service and dangerous roads for cyclists and pedestrians already pose hurdles for residents, businesses and the environment.

The opening of the Barclays Center at Atlantic Yards will further compound these challenges. The BK Gateway Transportation Workshop will lay the groundwork for developing community driven solutions to the transportation issues facing the area.

· Discuss transportation issues affecting your neighborhood
· Share ideas with transportation experts
· Learn about strategies to increase pedestrian and cyclist safety, reduce congestion, and improve transit
· Help develop a plan for the future of transportation and transit in our community

Click below for additional info.

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Posted by eric at 10:47 AM

March 14, 2012

District Service Cabinet meeting tomorrow; questions about police, modular plan, Carlton Avenue Bridge, parking, and more

Atlantic Yards Report

The next Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet meeting will be at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Thursday, March 15, from 9:30-11. The meeting, which never quite gets to all the substantive Atlantic Yards issues out there, still typically generates some important information.

I don't have the agenda, but here are a couple of the issues I hope/expect to be addressed.

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Posted by eric at 12:06 PM

March 1, 2012

Battle for Brooklyn: Upcoming Screenings in The Bronx, Manhattan, Minneapolis, Boise, & Boston

Battle for Brooklyn

You don't have to be Canadian to see Battle for Brooklyn in the next three weeks...

March 3, 2:00pm - Salem, Massachusetts
Salem Film Fest - Cinema Salem

March 6, 5pm - Columbia University, Upper Manhattan
Rosenfield Building, Hess Commons (722 W. 168th St.)
Sponsored by Group for Community Recovery at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health
Q&A Follows with Mike Galinsky & Daniel Goldstein

March 8, 7pm - Bronx, New York
Bronx Documentary Center (614 Courtlandt Avenue (@ 151st St.)
Sponsored by South Bronx Unite: Stop FreshDirect
Panel with Mike Galinsky & Daniel Goldstein, and Bronx activists

March 12 & 13 (2 screenings each night) - Minneapolis, MN
Trylon Microcinema

March 18 - Boise, Idaho
The Flicks

March 19, 8pm - Boston, MA
The Docyard (Brattle Theatre)

March 20, 7pm - Boston, MA
The West End Museum, Preservation Film Festival (150 Staniford Street)
Q&A Follows with Michael Galinsky

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Posted by eric at 10:00 AM

February 27, 2012

Next Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet meeting: March 15, not March 1 (and ESD's Ken Adams will be there); Transportation Focus Group to meet March 8

Atlantic Yards Report

The Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet meetings, held about every two months, are usually interesting, since they provide an opportunity for involved agencies interact, and for Forest City Ratner to undergo questioning by the few elected officials (and their designated staffers) who care.

And some news--such as plans for Transportation Demand Management, or affordable housing--tends to surface.

At the last meeting, held 1/26/12, it was announced that the next meeting would be Thursday, March 1. That date, less than two months away, has now been pushed back to Thursday, March 15, from 9:30 to 11 am at Brooklyn Borough Hall.
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One key issue is transportation, and the next meeting of the Atlantic Yards Transportation Focus Group--which incorporates community members in an advisory role, with representatives of ESD and the Borough President's Office present--will be held March 8 at 6 pm at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

The meeting is open to the press and public, but the only participants in the round-table discussion are designees from invited community groups.

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Posted by eric at 9:39 AM

February 15, 2012

BlockParty 2012 Auction Preview

Urban Omnibus

Can't get enough of Atlantic Yards? Then this auction is for you.

We’re two weeks out from our second annual Omnibus fundraiser, the Urban Omnibus BlockParty 2012, this year taking place at the St. Patrick’s Youth Center on Mulberry Street. Following up on the success of last year’s event, we are thrilled to offer again a silent auction of artwork donated by artists, architects, thinkers and doers we have featured on Urban Omnibus or whose work we think our readers will find compelling.

Here, we offer a preview of the paintings, photographs, illustrations, prints, tickets, experiences and more that you will see offered at the party on February 28th. Check them out below and then buy your tickets to the event here. Don’t wait — tickets will be more expensive at the door.
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Norman Oder (journalist, editor, tour guide, author of watchdog blog Atlantic Yards Report, contributor to UO)
A two-hour private walking tour of the Atlantic Yards site and environs for up to 8 people
bidding starts at $80

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Posted by eric at 10:16 AM

February 13, 2012

Atlantic Yards in Court as State/Ratner Appeal Ruling Requiring New Review

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

DDDB issued the following media alert today.

Tuesday, February 14, 2pm**
Oral Argument in State Appellate Court on Atlantic Yards Case

Valentine's Day Oral Argument in Ratner/NY State Appeal Of Ruling Requiring New Atlantic Yards Environmental Review

NEW YORK, NY—What better day than Valentine's to further discuss, in court, the sweetness of Bruce Ratner's sweetheart deal?

On Tuesday, February 14, oral argument will be heard in State Appeals court on an appeal filed by Forest City Ratner and the Empire State Development Corporation. The partners in the Atlantic Yards project are attempting to overturn a July 2011 ruling, in favor of a community coalition led by Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn and BrooklynSpeaks, requiring a new Environmental Impact Statement for the bulk of the Brooklyn development project, which has been floundering over the two years since groundbreaking took place for the arena portion of the project.

Should the Ratner and ESDC appeal fail, the state agency and Forest City Ratner will have to issue a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, hold a public hearing on that review, and vote to approve or disapprove the new review. The fundamental issue in the ruling under appeal is whether a 25 year (or more) build out of the project will have new and different impacts than the now discredited claim by the developer and the state that the entire project (16 towers and the arena) will be built by 2019. (Most of the project site is expected to be parking lots and vacant lots for up to a decade.)

Details below:

Tuesday, February 14th at 2pm**
Appellate Division of New York State Supreme Court
27 Madison Avenue in Manhattan (between 25th and 26th Street)

(**The day's argument calendar begins at 2pm. This appeal argument is 8th on the calendar. So we can only estimate when the argument will take place. It is likely to start between 3:30 and 4, and not too likely before 3:30. If you plan on attending we suggest arriving shortly after 3pm.)

The back-story to the ruling, which ordered the ESDC to conduct a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, now under appeal is long and tortured. For more about that we recommend reading Norman Oder's Atlantic Yards Report account of the case history. Mr. Oder has also provided these in-depth reviews of the State and Ratner's appeal brief and the reply from the community coalition defending against the appeal.

What is the significance of this lawsuit and the appeal?

In early December Forest City Ratner and the Empire State Development Corporation filed legal papers appealing last July's ruling in the community's favor that the state agency acted irrationally, and misled the court and public, when it approved the modified project plan for Atlantic Yards. The court ordered the agency to undertake a supplemental environmental review of the project.

While the arena construction moves ahead for a September 2012 opening, the rest of the project is a huge question mark, which requires some semblance of a meaningful environmental review, something it has yet to receive. This review must include a public hearing.

Should Forest City and ESDC prevail in their appeal, the supplemental review and public hearing will not occur and the project will, yet again, evade a proper review of the impact it is having and is going to have on Brooklyn.

As long as Forest City Ratner continues to fail to deliver on its promises while maintaining its stranglehold on 22 acres in the heart of Brooklyn, the community must demand its opportunity to have a say in what happens to our neighborhoods; upholding this ruling is one important step towards that goal.

Posted by eric at 11:34 AM

January 29, 2012

FILM SCREENING + PANEL DISCUSSION

Gowanus Institute for Research, Planning & Development

FILM SCREENING + PANEL DISCUSSION

Gowanus Institute + Rooftop Films present
BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN
a documentary film about Atlantic Yards
Details at rooftopfilms.com

TUE 31 JAN 2012 7:00P [Note: This is a REVISED date]
Doors Open 7:00p. Screening 7:30p. Run time 93 min.
Panel discussion and Q&A to follow
Free admission

THE OLD AMERICAN CAN FACTORY
232 Third St corner Third Ave
Gowanus Brooklyn NY 11215

BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN follows the story of reluctant activist Daniel Goldstein as he struggles to save his home and community from being demolished to make way for a professional basketball arena and the densest real estate development in U.S. history. Along the way, he falls in love, gets married and starts a family while living in a vacated building located at the heart of the project site. Over the course of seven years, Daniel spearheads the movement against the development plan as he and the community fight tenaciously in the courts, the streets, and the media to stop the abuse of eminent domain and reveal the corruption at the heart of the plan. More at battleforbrooklyn.com

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Posted by steve at 10:19 PM

January 26, 2012

A couple of big Atlantic Yards meetings today

Atlantic Yards Report

The first meeting today (as I previously wrote) is the bimonthly Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet meeting, is open to the public, at Borough Hall at 9:30 am. The expected topic is the long-awaited Transportation Demand Management plan.

The second, at Borough Hall at 6 pm, is an invite-only event regarding community groups' response to general traffic/transportation issues.

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Posted by eric at 10:40 AM

January 13, 2012

Two Atlantic Yards Meetings January 26th

Atlantic Yards Watch

There will be two meetings addressing Atlantic Yards issues taking place at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Thursday, January 26th.

The next Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet will meet from 9:30 am to 11 am. Members of the public may observe the meeting. The agenda has not yet been announced, but given the meeting's timing, it is likely to focus on the transportation demand management plan for Barclays Center.

The second meeting is a follow-up to the December 12, 2011 meeting on traffic issues related to Atlantic Yards. The meeting has the format of a roundtable discussion in which invited community groups can each appoint one representative to participate. Representatives of FCRC and NYCDOT will join the group. The meeting will begin at 6 pm.

Both meetings will be held in the Community Room at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street.

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Related coverage...

Atlantic Yards Report, From AYW: Two Atlantic Yards on January 26: District Service Cabinet and transportation group

I'd add that there was considerable concern at the meeting last month over the content and timing of the much-promised Transportation Demand Management plan.

Posted by eric at 11:31 AM

January 10, 2012

“Battle for Brooklyn” playing this weekend. Meetup?

Market Urbanism
by Emily Washington

A heads-up for NoLandGrab readers in the District...

For readers in the DC area, the movie Battle for Brooklyn is playing at the Dome Theater in Arlington this weekend. The film explores eminent domain in the Forest City Ratner development at Atlantic Yards. It will be playing Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with a Q&A with the directors Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley after each screening.
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Battle for Brooklyn has received positive reviews and has been shortlisted for and Oscar. The film follows the work of Daniel Goldstein, the Jane Jacobs-style community activist who has been leading the losing battle against eminent domain.

I’m planning to attend the movie this Sunday, January 15th at 6:00 pm. If any of you would like to go to that showing as well, would you like to meet up for drinks before or after? I would suggest Galaxy Hut but I’m open to somewhere closer to the theater also. If you’re interested, please comment or send me an email at emilybwashington@gmail.com.

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Posted by eric at 9:32 PM

December 28, 2011

Battle for Brooklyn | Dec 27-29 at 8pm

indieScreen

Battle for Brooklyn is playing tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. at indieScreen in Williamsburg — your last chance to see the Oscar-contending film in 2011.

tickets / more info

You also have until 9:43 p.m. this Thursday to make a pledge to Battle for Brooklyn's Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the Academy Awards push. A $35 donation will secure a signed pre-release DVD — your last chance to grab a DVD for some time.

Posted by eric at 11:24 AM

December 20, 2011

Battle for Brooklyn | Dec 27-29 at 8pm

indieScreen

Catch Battle for Brooklyn at Williamsburg's indieScreen next week.

Dirs. Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley.
93min | Doc | US | 2010.
Brooklyn Film Festival’s Grand Chameleon Award 2011.

BATTLE for BROOKLYN is an intensely intimate look at the very public and passionate fight waged by owners and residents facing condemnation of their property to make way for the controversial Atlantic Yards project, a massive plan to build 16 skyscrapers and a basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets in the heart of Brooklyn. Shot over seven years and compiled from almost 500 hours of footage, BATTLE for BROOKLYN is an epic tale of how far people will go to fight for what they believe in.

link / tickets

Posted by eric at 11:59 AM

December 13, 2011

Exclusive Hawaii Premiere: Battle for Brooklyn, Academy Award Contending Documentary About Eminent Domain

Inverse Condemnation

Aloha to our loyal Hawaiian readers — Battle for Brooklyn is coming your way.

A reminder: on January 3 and 4, 2012, at 1:00 and 7:30 p.m. each day, the Honolulu Academy of Arts Doris Duke Theater is presenting the Hawaii premiere of Battle For Brooklyn, the Academy Award-contending documentary about the Atlantic Yards eminent domain fight. We are lucky enough to have the exclusive Hawaii showing of this important, informative, and entertaining film. More information (and ticket purchase) from the Academy of Arts web site here.

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Posted by eric at 1:03 PM

December 7, 2011

ROOFTOP FILMS PRESENTS “FILMS FOR THE OCCUPATION” SERIES

Rooftop Films
by Lela Scott MacNeil

We have exciting news. Next week, December 13-16, in conjunction with several of New York City’s finest film venues, we’ll be bringing you a series of four film programs that continue the conversation that was started at Zuccotti Park.
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Thanks to the generosity of all filmmakers, distributors, and venues, all screenings will be free for all audience members. Seating for all screenings is limited, audiences are encouraged to arrive early.
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Wednesday, December 14 – Screening of Battle for Brooklyn (2012 Oscar shortlist)
Directors: Michael Galinsky & Suki Hawley (directors present for Q&A)
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture in Park Slope at 7:30PM

Just as the new home for the New Jersey Nets (soon to be the Brooklyn Nets) is rising up into the Downtown Brooklyn skyline, Galinsky & Hawley released their film Battle for Brooklyn, which documents the shady business dealings that uprooted families and local businesses from their longtime homes. Films for the Occupation will screen the film, which was just shortlisted for the Best Documentary Oscar, just blocks from the Atlantic Yards site.

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The Huffington Post, The Occupy Wall Street Film Series By Rooftop

Stranger than Fiction, BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN

The IFC Center will also be screening Battle for Brooklyn next Tuesday as part of its Stranger than Fiction series. Click the link for more info.

Posted by eric at 11:38 AM

December 6, 2011

Rooftop Films Gives Occupy Wall Street Its Own Film Series

The New York Times
by Felicia R. Lee

Not going to be in Portland this weekend? Here's an upcoming Battle for Brooklyn screening closer to home.

As a political movement, Occupy Wall Street has attracted plenty of headlines, buzz and creative energy. Now, this being New York, it has its own film series. Rooftop Films, in partnership with several movie houses throughout the city, is presenting a free series of four films from Dec. 13 to 16 featuring issues that ignited the demonstrations.

Rooftop Films is a nonprofit best known for showing movies outdoors (hence the name). In a statement released on Monday, Dan Nuxoll, the program director for Rooftop, said the series was prompted by a public outpouring over the events surrounding Occupy Wall Street.
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On Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. the screening will be “Battle for Brooklyn” at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture in Park Slope. The directors Michael Galinksy and Suki Hawley will be available for a Q. and A. session about their 2012 Oscar-nominated documentary film about families and businesses uprooted in Brooklyn by the construction at Atlantic Yards of the Barclays Center, the new home for the New Jersey Nets (as they morph into the Brooklyn Nets).

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Indiewire, Rooftops Films Brings "Films for the Occupation" to NYC

Indiewire has the full press release.

Rooftop Films will present "Films for the Occupation," a series of four film programs set to run December 13-16 in New York.

Films to be screened include Emily James' "Just Do It: A Tale of Modern-Day Outlaws," Michael Galinsky & Suki Hawley's "Battle for Brooklyn," David Singleton's "The Flaw" and various short films.

Posted by eric at 12:29 PM

Battle for Brooklyn Q&A with Eminent Domain Activist Randal Acker Following Screening

Hollywood Theatre

Here's a heads-up to our loyal readers in Portland, OR.

Sunday, December 11th at 7:30pm I Q+A with local eminent domain activist Randal Acker following screening.

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Posted by eric at 12:23 PM

December 1, 2011

ATTN, NYC Reasonoids: Reason.tv urban renewal doc and Battle for Brooklyn screening tomorrow

Reason Hit & Run
by Jim Epstein

Tomorrow night Tonight, my Reason.tv documentary short, The Tragedy of Urban Renewal, will open for Battle for Brooklyn (which was recently shortlisted for the Oscars) at Maysles Cinema in Harlem. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with me, Jim Torain (who's featured in my film), Battle director Michael Galinsky, and Columbia University professor Mindy Fullilove, who's the author of Root Shock: How Tearing up City Neighborhoods Hurts America, and What We Can Do About it.

We'll be talking Robert Moses, Atlantic Yards, and eminent domain abuse in the 1950s vs. today.

WHAT: Screening of The Tragedy of Urban Renewal and Battle for Brooklyn.

WHEN: Tomorrow Tonight, December 1, at 7:30PM.

WHERE: Maysles Cinema at 343 Malcolm X Blvd/Lenox Ave (Between 127th and 128th) in NYC. Suggested admission is $10.

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Posted by eric at 10:54 AM

November 28, 2011

ATTENTION: Additional Screenings of Battle for Brooklyn; Documentary In Oscar Running

Team Tish
by Aja Worthy-Davis

If you have not yet seen the much. talked. about. Battle for Brooklyn, now is your time to do so. The documentary, co-directed by Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky and produced by David Beilinson, chronicles the seven-year long fight between the Prospect Heights community and one of the largest real estate developers in the country. It features Council Member Letitia James as well as activist Daniel Goldstein and Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn.

Upcoming Screenings:
Maysles Center, 343 Lenox Avenue (between 127 & 128 Streets), New York, NY
Dec 1, 7:30pm: Q&A with filmmakers
Dec 6, 7:30pm: Q&A with Mindy Fullilove and local community
Dec 9, 7:30pm: Q&A with Dan Goldstien

Brooklyn Heights Cinema, 70 Henry Street, Brooklyn, NY
Nov 23, 6:00pm
Nov 30, 6:00pm
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The Academy recently announced that Battle for Brooklyn is one of 15 films listed for an Oscar in the Documentary Feature category. The five final nominees will be announced in January 2012.

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Posted by eric at 11:38 AM

November 16, 2011

Tonight, 11/16, 6pm at Cardozo Law School: Battle for Brooklyn Screening and Panel Discussion

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

Tonight at 6pm the Cardozo Real Estate Law Association presents a screening of Battle for Brooklyn followed by a panel discussion including, for the first time, both Daniel Goldstein and Matthew Brinckerhoff:

Daniel Goldstein, co-founder of Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB), the film's protagonist and lead plaintiff on the eminent domain lawsuit at the core of the film;

Matthew Brinckerhoff, Emery, Celli, Brinckerhoff & Abady, DDDB legal counsel and attorney for the Atlantic Yards eminent domain case;

Michael Galinsky, Co-Director (with Suki Hawley) of "Battle for Brooklyn," partner of Rumur Films;

Steven Polivy, Chair, Economic Development & Incentives Practice, Akerman Senterfitt LLP.

The film just premiered in Pittsburgh and that city's Post Gazette movie critic called Battle for Brooklyn a "movie for our times," as it captures the zeitgeist like no other film screening today.

The film and panel discussion are free and open to the public. An RSVP is required. RSVP here.

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"Battle for Brooklyn" captures the circus that typically erupts over developments that will wipe out the homes and businesses of the little people: community groups that noisily take to the streets and council chambers under red-hot TV lights, finger-pointing, lawsuits, war chests and passions running as high as the proposed skyscrapers.
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"Battle for Brooklyn" is illuminating, inspiring, discouraging and even predictable -- funny how those promised local jobs never materialize -- and a movie for our times.

Posted by eric at 11:56 AM

November 11, 2011

Here’s Reminder: Map For Saturday’s Occupy Brooklyn 2:30 PM March To Evict “Corporate Greed” (And Maybe Ratner's “Crony Capitalism”)

Noticing New York

(Above, map of route for Occupy Brooklyn's 2:30 March tomorrow, Saturday the 12th, to “evict corporate greed.” )

Maybe you already know about Occupy Brooklyn’s planned march tomorrow at 2:30 to “evict corporate greed.” If you do, then the map of the proposed march tomorrow should serve as a reminder for that event and also for the teach-ins that begin at 10:00 AM at the Korean War Veterans Plaza at Cadman Plaza which is near Brooklyn Borough Hall, at Cadman Plaza West/East between Tillary and Johnson. If you didn’t know about it before, this is your opportunity to put it in your calendar.

The map of the proposed march should be a reminder of something else: The vastness of Forest City Ratner’s government-assisted mega-monopoly on some of the most valuable and densely zoned real estate in Brooklyn. It is interesting to note how much of the march, which will be 2.5 miles of walking in all, will involve going either over the property of Forest City Ratner or will be tightly flanked by Forest City Ratner’s property.

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Posted by eric at 9:48 PM

November 4, 2011

REMINDER: Tonight — Battle for Brooklyn at the Park Slope Food Coop

Just a quick reminder that Battle for Brooklyn, the critically acclaimed documentary film chronicling the fight to stop Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards project, will screen for free tonight at the Park Slope Food Coop.

Battle for Brooklyn
Park Slope Food Coop
Friday, November 4th, 7 p.m.
782 Union Street
[Map]
(free, and open to both Coop members and non-members)
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with protagonist and Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn co-founder Daniel Goldstein.

And don't forget the two screenings this weekend at indieScreen!

Posted by eric at 3:56 PM

November 1, 2011

Battle for Brooklyn | Nov 5 and 6 at 5pm

indieScreen CineClub

Battle for Brooklyn is screening at Williamsburg's indieScreen this weekend.

Dirs. Suki Hawley & Michael Galinsky | 93min | Doc | US | 2011

2011 Brooklyn Film Festival’s Best Documentary

Cast: Daniel Goldstein, Shabnam Merchant, Patti Hagan, Letitia James, Norman Siegel, Marty Markowitz, Bruce Ratner, Michael Bloomberg, Bruce Bender

BATTLE for BROOKLYN is an intensely intimate look at the very public and passionate fight waged by owners and residents facing condemnation of their property to make way for the controversial Atlantic Yards project, a massive plan to build 16 skyscrapers and a basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets in the heart of Brooklyn. Shot over seven years and compiled from almost 500 hours of footage, BATTLE for BROOKLYN is an epic tale of how far people will go to fight for what they believe in.

link / tickets

Posted by eric at 12:19 PM

October 4, 2011

Hearing tomorrow at 2 pm on bollard plan for arena block

Atlantic Yards Report

The bollard plan for the Atlantic Yards arena block will be the subject of a standard public hearing--which also will address three other "revocable consents"--held by the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) on Wednesday, 10/5/11.

The hearing will be held at 55 Water Street, 7th Floor, Room 707, beginning at 2 pm. "Revocable consents," which grant permission to install structures on city property, typically start for a term of ten years.

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Posted by eric at 12:07 PM

September 29, 2011

Screening: Battle for Brooklyn (2011, USA, 93 min.)

BMW Guggenheim Lab

Saturday, October 1, 2011, 2–4 pm

The critically acclaimed film Battle for Brooklyn is an intimate look at the community fight against the Atlantic Yards megaproject. Filmed over seven years, it follows opposition leader Daniel Goldstein, whose home sits in the way of the proposed basketball arena. Tackling issues of urban planning, eminent domain, community, and the nexus of developers and government, the epic tale will open your eyes and put you on the edge of your seat.

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Posted by steve at 2:14 PM

September 26, 2011

A belated invite to a now-open Community Forum with Kenneth Adams

Atlantic Yards Report

Remember the behind-closed-doors community meeting with Empire State Development CEO Kenneth Adams scheduled for tonight?

Well, now it's open to the press. So I'll be there.

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Posted by eric at 5:08 PM

September 23, 2011

DOT sets hearing on bollard plan for arena block: Oct. 5 at 2 pm

Atlantic Yards Report

The bollard plan for the Atlantic Yards arena block will be the subject of a standard public hearing--which also will address three other "revocable consents"--held by the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) on Wednesday, 10/5/11.

The hearing will be held at 55 Water Street, 7th Floor, Room 707, beginning at 2 pm. "Revocable consents," which grant permission to install structures on city property, typically start for a term of ten years.

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NoLandGrab: It's with great wistfulness that we recall those halcyon days, before threat of terrorism became the norm, and bollards par for the sidewalk — in 2007.

Posted by eric at 4:59 PM

September 22, 2011

Speak Up For Brooklyn on October 13 with Majora Carter!

BrooklynSpeaks

BrooklynSpeaks is holding a fundraiser, presumably to help defray legal costs sure to be incurred fighting the ESDC's planned appeal of Judge Marcy Friedman's ruling that the state must prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Atlantic Yards.

Join BrooklynSpeaks for a special benefit to fight for accountable, sensible development at Atlantic Yards, and enjoy some great spicy flavors from Prospect Heights' favorite southwestern kitchen!

You'll hear about how other communities are working for sustainability from Majora Carter, internationally-recognized authority on community development, environmental justice, and green job training, a MacArthur “genius,” and host of the NPR series, “The Promised Land.” And you'll have a great time with friends sharing a vision for community engagement in Brooklyn's biggest development project.

Speak Up For Brooklyn!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

7:00PM

Piquant NYC
259 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Limited space available! Get your tickets NOW!

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Atlantic Yards Report, BrooklynSpeaks plans benefit October 13 "to fight for accountability at Atlantic Yards"

However, the state and Forest City Ratner are appealing, so the case faces a potentially lengthy appeals process, even as the state does produce a Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement.

Posted by eric at 9:10 PM

September 13, 2011

Film Screening: Battle for Brooklyn

AIA New York

When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

Where: At The Center

“Don’t miss Battle For Brooklyn, a terrific film version of the sorry tale of Atlantic Yards, a cautionary tale for all cities.”
— Roberta Gratz, author The Battle For Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs. Mayor Bloomberg 2003 Appointee NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission

The biggest and longest lasting urban development controversy in the United States during the last decade was the struggle over the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, NY.
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The filmmakers, Mike Galinsky and Suki Hawley, along with Daniel Goldstein, will participate in a Q&A following the film.

Cost: $10 for members; $15 non-members.

Organized by the Center for Architecture as a program of Urban Design Week.

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Posted by eric at 9:25 PM

September 5, 2011

Darker Than Blue

ConsciousnessNYC

Here's what you get when a hip hop artist brings it with a social conscience rather than luxury branding.

llumiNessence EYE2025*(aka Ness of the hip hop group A-Alikes) brings the soundtrack to our future with his first solo project, EYE2025*Chapter1. Set in Ratner Heights, (the area formerly known as Fort Greene/Clinton Hill/Downtown Brooklyn, now owned entirely by construction mogul/re-gentrification king Bruce Ratner) EYE2025 Chapter1 is a dystopic vision of the future, a future that is rapidly approaching. Started as an idea for a screenplay, the project turned into the eerie but psychedelic sound of 2025*. Blurring the lines between genres, the album twists and turns through sounds, creating a musical fusion like no other.

Click thru for details about Friday's live show, and get a free download via Eye2025*'s blog.

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NoLandGrab: In 2025, Ratner Heights may well be an arena, sports bars and a gigantic surface parking lot.

Posted by eric at 9:18 AM

August 15, 2011

The Day: Urban Outfitters Threads A Deal With Pratt Students

The Local [Fort Greene/Cllinton Hill]
by Kyle Thomas McGovern

A good reminder that tonight affords the last chance (for now) to see Battle for Brooklyn at Ken Lowy's Brooklyn Heights Cinema.

The wet weather is expected to continue through the evening, so why not hide out in a movie theater? Today is the last chance to see the Atlantic Yards documentary “Battle For Brooklyn” for the next few weeks, according to Michael Galinsky, the film’s co-director and a regular contributor to The Local. Mr. Galinsky and his co-director Suki Hawley are taking their film print to Los Angeles to debut the documentary there, but it will run again in New York City when they return, Mr. Galinsky wrote in an e-mail. “Battle For Brooklyn” is playing at Brooklyn Heights Cinema tonight at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A with Mr. Galinsky.

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Posted by eric at 1:14 PM

August 9, 2011

Update on my Galapagos lecture Thursday night: admission is free (but it helps to RSVP)

Atlantic Yards Report

As noted in my updated post: admission for the even Thursday (7:30 pm start, 6:30 doors) at Galapagos is free, but those who want to ensure a seat should RSVP to gargi[at]galapagosartspace.com.

The title of my talk is "Why Atlantic Yards Makes Me Angry (and Makes Me a Better Journalist)".

Note that Galapagos is much more like a nightclub than, say, a bookstore or library lecture hall. There will be libations, and entertainment beyond the three "Get Smart" lecturers, as noted below.

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Posted by eric at 11:59 AM

Braininess & Burlesque

Brooklyn Based

Take it off! Take it off! Will Norman Oder reveal all?

DUMBO: Raise the level of your cocktail party conversations at Thursday night’s edition of Get Smart. Galapagos’ lecture series marries intellectual-chic talks by experts with evocative performances courtesy of Floating Kabarette and cocktail pairings. This week, featured speakers include Norman Oder, who’s written extensively about Atlantic Yards including on his blog Atlantic Yards Report; Sam Moree, an award-winning holographer; and Malia Mason, a TEDx speaker and social psychologist.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 11th, 2011
Details: 7:30pm

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Here's Oder's own preview. Doors open at 6:30.

Posted by eric at 10:21 AM

August 3, 2011

On August 11 at Galapagos, my (brief) lecture: "Why Atlantic Yards Makes Me Angry (and Makes Me a Better Journalist)"

Atlantic Yards Report

On August 11, at the Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO (directions), I'll be participating in the "Get Smart" lecture series. Doors open at [updated times] 6:30 pm and the event starts at 7:30 pm.

The title of my talk is "Why Atlantic Yards Makes Me Angry (and Makes Me a Better Journalist)".

(The entrance fee is $20. I expect to have some free tickets, and will announce later in the week if they're available.)

Here's one example of something that sparked my anger and pushed me to do a better job: the New York Times's inadequate coverage of the Barclays Center naming rights agreement, and my unsuccessful effort, at least with the newspaper's Public Editor, to challenge the claim that the deal is still worth "nearly $400 million."

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Posted by eric at 9:01 AM

July 26, 2011

DDDB PRESS RELEASE: Weds, July 27. 9:30-11:00 Rally for Jobs

We Need Jobs, Not Broken Promises

Rally Called by People for Political and Economic Empowerment to Protest Lack of Promised Jobs at Atlantic Yards Project Site and Other Greater Downtown Brooklyn Area Development Projects

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn would like to bring your attention to the announcement at this link (www.scribd.com/doc/59878819/PPEE-Protest-July-27-2011) from People for Political and Economic Empowerment (P.P.E.E).

P.P.E.E. has called a rally for tomorrow, July 27th from 9:30 to 11:00, to protest the lack of promised jobs at Forest City Ratner's Atlantic Yards site and other development sites in the greater Downtown Brooklyn area.

(Please note that the rally is announced on the flyer to start at the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues, but we have been told it will start at the corner of Atlantic and 6th Avenues, next to the under construction Atlantic Yards arena.)

Today on his Atlantic Yards Report Norman Oder wrote about the planned rally and the organizations and individuals who've organized it.

Posted by eric at 1:38 PM

July 8, 2011

This Week: Must-See Arts in the City

WNYC
by Carolina A. Miranda

194X - 9/11: American Architects and the City, at the Museum of Modern Art In recent years, many American cities have been rethinking elements of their urban fabric: reconsidering mobility, re-inhabiting once abandoned urban centers, creating mixed-use developments that allow citizens to live, work and eat in the same neighborhood, thereby lessening the use of a car. These issues of redevelopment are pressing -- especially in cities like New York, where space is limited, and behemoth projects such as the new World Trade Center site and the proposed Atlantic Yards project, consume entire neighborhoods. In what promises to be a thought-provoking new exhibit organized by architecture and design curator Barry Bergdoll, MoMA is examining more than a half century’s worth of urban renewal schemes by architects both famous (Mies Van der Rohe) and unknown (James Fitzgibbon). It's an excellent way of surveying ideas that have worked, and those that haven't. As part of a related design project, Bergdoll is also spearheading Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream, a workshop series devoted to the relationship between architecture, suburbanism and the foreclosure crisis. In other words, a lot of food for thought. Through January 2, in Midtown.

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Posted by eric at 10:28 AM

June 21, 2011

A meeting to address the rodent problem will take place June 23rd

Atlantic Yards Watch

At Council Member Letitia James' initiative, a meeting addressing the rodent problem in the vicinity of the Atlantic Yards site is to take place this coming Thursday.

Many residents believe construction at the Atlantic Yards site is the origin of the problem, through a combination of disrupted nests, neglected abatement and new food sources. Sources for food and water that sustain the rodents are also available in the nearby residential community, most particularly as a result of improperly contained garbage. The problem cannot be addressed unless the many contributing factors are addressed.

Time: Thursday, June 23rd, 6 to 7 pm

Place: Soapbox Gallery, 636 Dean Street (please note this is a new location)

Sponsors: Council Member Letitia James, Dean Street Block Association, 6th Avenue to Vanderbilt

Invited: NYC Department of Health, NYC Department of Sanitation, Empire State Development Corporation, Forest City Ratner Corporation

All are welcome. Tell your friends and neighbors.

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Atlantic Yards Report, Meeting on rodent problem in blocks near AY site to be held June 23 at 6 pm

Brownstoner, Closing Bell: Rats! A Meeting About Rodents Near AY

Posted by eric at 2:25 PM

June 15, 2011

UNITY 4

Brooklyn Based

The Nets arena is underway, but plans for the rest of Ratner’s 22-acre site remains a mystery, aside from a mammoth, interim parking lot. Rather than lie in wait, Develop Don’t Destroy and roughly 20 other civic groups and politicians including Letitia James and Velmanette Montgomery are inviting the public to The Commons at 388 Atlantic Ave. tonight at 7 to gain some voice and control over the development, using the UNITY Plan as a starting point.

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Posted by eric at 10:52 AM

June 14, 2011

REMINDER: Community Forum on Atlantic Yards Traffic Changes Tonight

From the "Community Notice" issued by the Empire State Development Corporation on May 23rd:

The public is invited to a forum sponsored by Empire State Development and Community Boards 2, 6 and 8 to discuss the above traffic changes. The forum will take place on Tuesday, June 14 at Brooklyn Borough Hall (209 Joralemon St) in the courtroom from 6:30pm until 8:00pm.

There will be a presentation detailing the changes and the public will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Posted by eric at 11:09 AM

June 13, 2011

Two Atlantic Yards related meetings this week

Atlantic Yards Watch

Following the meeting by BrooklynSpeaks about Atlantic Yards governance on Saturday, there are two more Project related meetings as detailed from their announcements this week:

1). Forum: Sam Schwartz Traffic Mitigation Plan

Tuesday, June 14 at Brooklyn Borough Hall, (209 Joralemon Street), from 6:30 to 8:00 pm

The public is invited to a fourm sponsored by Empire State Development Coroporation and Community Boards 2, 6, and 8 to discuss the Sam Schwartz traffic mitigation plan that will begin to be implemented July 24th and will be complete before the anticipated opening of the Barclays Center in the fall of 2012.

There will be a presentation detailing the changes and the public will be given the opportunity to ask questions.

2). Unity 4 Community Meeting -- We Can Do Better Than Than an Arena, A Big Parking Lot

Wednesday, June 15 at Atlantic Commons, (388 Atlantic Avenue between Hoyt and Bond), at 7:00 pm

The meeting will include a presentation by UNITY Plan designers and architects Marshall Brown and Ron Shiffman, a discussion of the current and future status of the site and Q &A with a panel including elected officials. Your ideas, thoughts and input will be invaluable to the meeting.

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Posted by eric at 10:20 AM

2011 BrooklynSpeaks Atlantic Yards Community Forum

threecee via flickr

Tracy Collins was on hand with his camera at Saturday's BrooklynSpeaks-sponsored neighborhood forum on governance.

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Posted by eric at 9:21 AM

June 11, 2011

Atlantic Yards Watch: keeping track of rats, parking, traffic, and oversight (meeting today)

Atlantic Yards Report

This week there are three public meetings, one today, on traffic, governance, and the future of the Atlantic Yards site.

Atlantic Yards Watch is keeping track of several ongoing issues, as well as promoting the community forum today on reform of Atlantic Yards oversight.

When rats are a neighborhood problem, a coordinated response is required

Is the law finally going to be enforced in relation to illegal construction worker parking on Pacific Street? Answer: Not for the moment

More stories of rats in the area of arena construction come forward; Community continues to believe the source of rodent infestation is project construction

Two accidents occur within an hour on Dean Street Monday morning

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Posted by steve at 9:56 PM

June 10, 2011

See the Atlantic Yards docu-ganda tomorrow!

The Brooklyn Paper

Look, we’re not going to lie to you: Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky’s exhaustive new docu-ganda about the Atlantic Yards mega-project (eight years and counting!) is not the best documentary you’ll ever see. But the “Battle for Brooklyn” filmmakers get major points for their painstaking approach to illuminating the horrendous process that created Bruce Ratner’s Frankenstein.

Sure, a little less hagiography on Dan Goldstein and a lot more Kelo could’ve made this an Oscar contender, but it’s worth seeing if only to relive one of the most-important chapters in the living history of Brooklyn.

Tomorrow, catch it at IndieScreen in Williamsburg.

“Battle for Brooklyn,” at IndieScreen [289 Kent Ave. at S. Second St. in Williamsburg, (347) 227-8030], June 11, 8 pm.

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NoLandGrab: Calling it a "docu-ganda" does the film a disservice, since a) everything in the film is true and actually happened, and b) even Errol Louis has called it "fair" (in the "not unfair" sense).

Posted by eric at 12:36 PM

June 9, 2011

TONIGHT’S SCREENING OF BATTLE OF BROOKLYN WILL GO ON AS PLANNED

Rooftop Films
by Lela Scott MacNeil

After looking at tonight’s weather forecast, we believe that the forecasted storm will be brief, and that it will be over by the time that the show in Fort Greene Park is scheduled to begin (at 8:30 p.m.) As a result, we are still planning on going ahead with the free screening of Battle for Brooklyn as planned.

If the storm does materialize during the time when the show is scheduled to start, we will delay it slightly, and begin as soon as the rain has stopped. We have looked at the radar, and believe that the storm will be brief.

Please check the website or call 718-417-7362 for more information closer to the time of the show.

We recommend bringing a blanket or a plastic bag to sit on, as the grass may be wet following the forecasted rain.

On the plus side, it looks like a brief rain shower might cool things down a little!

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Posted by eric at 5:15 PM

Battle For Brooklyn

Brooklyn Based

FORT GREENE With construction of the new Barclays Center underway, and the upcoming traffic diversion along Flatbush and Fourth Ave. set to happen July 15 [NLG: actually, July 24], many of us are now seeing the ramifications of the Atlantic Yards project. But for an excellent primer on how we got here, and who tried to prevent this eminent domain abuse, see Battle for Brooklyn tonight at Fort Greene Park. The documentary by local couple Michael Galinksy and Suki Hawley traces Develop Don’t Destroy’s seven-year fight against AY on the streets and in hearings, and provides an intimate character study of Daniel Goldstein, the apartment owner-turned-activist who wages a heroic fight against Forest City Ratner. Rev. Billy will deliver a sermon at 8:30 before the free, 9pm Rooftop Films screening, followed by a Q&A with the directors and Goldstein. It then opens at Cinema Village and indieScreen on June 17.

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Rooftop Films, 2011 SUMMER SERIESSCHEDULEBATTLE FOR BROOKLYN

At Rooftop Films, we are constantly working with local communities and city officials to try to use more of our city buildings for arts programming, and to keep these programs affordable for everyone. Battle for Brooklyn is a film that speaks close to our hearts and we are honored to be screening this film free in Fort Greene Park, only blocks away from the Atlantic Yards site.

Screen Daily, Standing up for Brooklyn

Over six years ago I was living in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, when I found out I had to vacate my prized apartment rental to make way for a new basketball stadium project. It so happened I was already moving to London within the month, but it was sad to know my old building on Vanderbilt Avenue – full of local character, great families who had been in the neighbourhood for decades, not to mention a unique painted advertisement for a now-defunct fried chicken restaurant – was headed for destruction.

Of course, some of my old neighbours didn’t flee the country when the neighbourhood was under threat. And their stories are chronicled in a new documentary, Battle For Brooklyn, by Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley (who I know from their earlier films including Half-Cocked, Radiation and Horns and Halos).

Prospect Heights Patch, 5 Things to Know: 'Battle for Brooklyn' Showing, Silly Dilly Band and Elisa Flynn (not together), More

You need to find out how Atlantic Yards became the Barclays Center. Head to Fort Greene to see an outdoor showing of Battle for Brooklyn 8:30pm. Fort Greene Park, Corner of DeKalb Ave. and Washington Park. Free. (And bring lots of cold drinks. It's supposed to be hot tonight.)

Posted by eric at 10:53 AM

June 8, 2011

Battle for Brooklyn

The Leonard Lopate Show [WNYC Radio]

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Filmmakers Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky, talk about their documentary “Battle for Brooklyn.” It’s an intimate look at the very public and passionate fight waged by residents and business owners of Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights neighborhood facing condemnation of their property to make way for Forest City Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project—16 skyscrapers and a basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets. “Battle for Brooklyn” has its theatrical premiere in New York City on June 17; it opens this year’s Brooklyn Film Festival on June 3; and will screen in the Rooftop Films summer series on June 9 in Fort Greene Park.

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Related coverage...

The Sports ITeam Blog [NYDailyNews.com], Blogger Oder reviews Atlantic Yards doc

Atlantic Yards Report blogger Norman Oder knows more than anybody about Bruce Ratner's plans to build a massive real estate project in Brooklyn that includes an arena for the NBA's Nets, so I was eager to hear what he thought about "Battle for Brooklyn," the AY documentary that made its U.S. premiere at the Brooklyn Film Festival on Friday.

Here's the nut graf of a review Oder wrote for Dissent:

"Having observed much of the story in real time, I found 'Battle' most valuable in the camera's witness to the palpable insincerity and cold-blooded indifference of the developer-government alliance. Though Atlantic Yards may not directly evoke the Robert Moses era, when massive numbers of people in New York City were displaced by large public projects, the film shows that the powers today are less blatant but still relentless. 'Battle' pays off with riveting crosscut scenes on the day of the ceremonial arena groundbreaking, March 10, 2010. Goldstein tells an interviewer, 'We should not be celebrating it today, we should be investigating it today.'"

Scene Magazine, New Film Documents Activists’ Fight with Forest City Over Atlantic Yards

Cleveland’s history is hog-tied to a number of companies, but one in particular has shaped and re-shaped the region over the course of the last century, a company that appropriately takes its corporate moniker from the 216’s shorthand: Forest City Enterprises.

Long-steered by the Ratner family, the company, which started out as a local lumber yard, is now global real estate player. But one branch of the corporate tree has been front and center in recent years: Forest City Ratner Companies, Bruce Ratner’s NYC real estate firm. This outfit is behind the Jay-Z-fronted, Bloomberg-backed, Russian billionaire-greased Atlantic Yards project, a massive facelift of downtown Brooklyn that includes the Net’s new home, the Barclay Center.

But despite the official narrative, the sailing hasn’t been smooth. The Brooklyn community fought a near-decade against the project, a righteous NIMBY struggle the size of Normandy. The quixotic push from community activist against Forest City and New York politicos was ready-made for the movies, and a new documentary on the struggle has recently been released, “Battle for Brooklyn.”

Posted by eric at 7:41 AM

June 7, 2011

June 9th: Battle for Brooklyn to Screen in Fort Greene Park, Steps Away Ratner's Folly

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

This Thursday Rooftop Films brings Battle for Brooklyn outdoors to Fort Greene Park, just blocks away from Ratner-Bloomberg-Markowitz-Pataki-Spitzer-Schumer-Paterson's disaster in progress. Details follow:

Thursday, June 9th
9:00PM Film Begins
Live performance at 8:30 by Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir
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No admission for this show. More information at:
http://rooftopfilms.com/2011/schedule/battle-for-brooklyn/

Venue:
The Myrtle Avenue Hill in Ft. Greene Park, Myrtle and N. Portland, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Enter the park at Myrtle and N. Portland and walk up the path.
Subway: G to Fulton, C to Lafayette, 2,3,4,5 to Nevins or B,M,Q, R to Dekalb

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Related coverage...

Overlooked or Ignored, THE BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN: 90 Minute Documentary Film

Go see the film THE BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN. It is powerful and it does star my son Daniel. Wish he was just an actor and the film a fictional story. But this is unfortunately a real story of 7+ years, the misuse of Eminent Domain which brought great pain and misery to so very many.

Historic Districts Council, Atlantic Yards Film to Debut in Manhattan

The film is essential viewing for experts and laypeople on the issues of urban planning, eminent domain and community organizing. At the same time it has vast popular appeal as it focuses on the activists at the center of the opposition and the life changes they encounter while challenging the project on various fronts.
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Battle for Brooklyn will make its theatrical debut starting June 17th at Cinema Village in Manhattan. If it does well that opening weekend, the film will be booked all over the country and the story, and lessons from it, will be viewed by a wide audience.

Posted by eric at 12:48 PM

Atlantic Yards 2011: Real Governance Matters

Our Streets — Our Stories
Dean Street Block Association (6th to Vanderbilt Avenues)

It’s been more than a year since Atlantic Yards broke ground, and more than four years since the project was approved. Now construction may take 25 years or longer. Promised jobs and affordable housing haven’t materialized, while hundreds of millions of tax payer dollars have been spent already.

Join the BrooklynSpeaks sponsors , Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery and other local elected officials Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 2:00PM at Atlantic Terrace for a community forum on real reform of Atlantic Yards oversight. Find out what community organizations and local legislators are doing to make Forest City Ratner and the Empire State Development Corporation accountable to Brooklyn and to New York City.
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June 11, 2011 – 2:00pm
Atlantic Terrace
673 Atlantic Avenue
(corner of South Portland Street)

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Related coverage...

phndc.org, Atlantic Yards 2011: Real Governance Matters

Posted by eric at 12:29 PM

June 4, 2011

BrooklynSpeaks sets community forum for June 11, presaging official meeting on traffic June 14, UNITY plan meeting June 15

Atlantic Yards Report

Beginning in a week, there will be three Atlantic Yards-related meetings, with the latest announced yesterday by BrooklynSpeaks, involving Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, who, it should be noted, is not listed as among those involved in the updated UNITY plan.

Meeting June 11: BrooklynSpeaks

An announcement from BrooklynSpeaks:

Atlantic Yards 2011: Real Governance Matters
A Community Forum
2:00 PM, Saturday, June 11, 2011
Atlantic Terrace
673 Atlantic Avenue
Corner of South Portland St.

It’s been more than a year since Atlantic Yards broke ground, and more than four years since the project was approved. Now construction may take 25 years or longer. Promised jobs and affordable housing haven’t materialized, while hundreds of millions of tax payer dollars have been spent already. And in the near term, most of what Brooklyn may end up with is an arena and a massive surface parking lot.

How did this happen? And, more importantly, what can be done now to ensure that promised public benefits are delivered and construction impacts are reduced?

Join the BrooklynSpeaks sponsors, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, and other local elected officials Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 2:00PM for a community forum on real reform of Atlantic Yards oversight. Find out what community organizations and local legislators are doing to make Forest City Ratner and the Empire State Development Corporation accountable to Brooklyn and to New York City.

Meeting June 14: Traffic

From the Empire State Development Corporation:

In addition, ESD will be hosting a public forum with Community Boards 2, 6 & 8 on Tuesday, June 14 from 6:30-8:00pm at Borough Hall in Brooklyn to discuss the traffic changes and answer questions from the public.

Here's the community notice posted at AtlanticYards.com.

Meeting June 15: UNITY Plan updated

An announcement posted by Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn:

June 15: UNITY 4 Community Meeting -- We Can Do Better Than an Arena, A Big Parking Lot

Forest City Ratner is constructing the arena, but the rest of the demolished 22 acre site is a big question mark...except for enormous "interim" surface parking lots. We, as a community, need to fix this future for the coming decades.

In order to plan, set a better framework, and change the dynamic for the future development of the site Councilmember Letitia James, Senator Velmanette Montgomery and Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn invite you to UNITY 4, a community meeting on Wednesday, June 15th to discuss the community's plans for the Atlantic Yards site, with the UNITY Plan and its principles as a jumping off point.

Please mark your calendars.

Wednesday, June 15. 7pm
at Atlantic Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt and Bond)
[MAP]

The meeting will include a presentation by UNITY Plan designers and architects Marshall Brown and Ron Shiffman, a discussion of the current and future status of the site and Q&A with a panel including elected officials. Your ideas, thoughts and input will be invaluable to the meeting.

The UNITY 4 community meeting is sponsored by:
Assemblyman James Brennan, Senator Bill Perkins, Senator Eric Adams, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Councilmember Brad Lander, Councilmember Stephen Levin, District Leader Chris Owens, Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods, Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, Park Slope Neighbors, Park Slope Greens, Four Borough Neighborhood Preservation Alliance, Prospect Heights Democrats for Reform, Park Slope Civic Council, Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats

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Posted by steve at 11:23 PM

June 1, 2011

At Soapbox Gallery, an exhibition of Atlantic Yards photos, clips, emphemera

Atlantic Yards Report

At the Soapbox Gallery, a window space at 636 Dean Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt Avenues, the current exhibit (through June 8) is "When the Ground Breaks," by Elaine Angelopoulous.

(Click on photo to enlarge)

Here's her description:

A giant window map with arranged artifacts and ephemera loaned from residents of the neighborhoods surrounding Atlantic Yards pays homage to the local community dedicated to challenge big business and government dealings surrounding the Atlantic Yards Project. Elaine Angelopoulos will conduct public events that focus on the construction project in process and in direct view across the street of Soapbox Gallery. Local residents are invited to record their stories to serve as an archive of their experiences on how the neighborhood has changed.

Ok, but the real kick comes from seeing the juxtaposition--hinted in the photo but more clear when you visit--of Forest City Ratner's happy Atlantic Yards brochures (and AY ephemera like basketball keychains) with documents and photos that suggest the larger controversy.

The video installation

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Posted by eric at 10:17 AM

May 26, 2011

June 15: UNITY 4 Community Meeting -- We Can Do Better Than an Arena, A Big Parking Lot

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

Forest City Ratner is constructing the arena, but the rest of the demolished 22 acre site is a big question mark...except for enormous "interim" surface parking lots. We, as a community, need to fix this future for the coming decades.

In order to plan, set a better framework, and change the dynamic for the future development of the site Councilmember Letitia James, Senator Velmanette Montgomery and Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn invite you to UNITY 4, a community meeting on Wednesday, June 15th to discuss the community's plans for the Atlantic Yards site, with the UNITY Plan and its principles as a jumping off point.

Please mark your calendars.

Wednesday, June 15. 7pm
at Atlantic Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt and Bond)
[MAP]

link

Posted by eric at 11:16 AM

May 4, 2011

Love New York? Walk the Talk this Weekend In the Spirit of Jane Jacobs

The Municipal Art Society of New York

MAS is looking forward to hosting this weekend’s Jane’s Walk in New York City, a series of free neighborhood walks and bike rides throughout all five boroughs, celebrating the legacy of Jane Jacobs. This is the first year MAS is coordinating Jane’s Walk in New York City, and we have more than 20 walks lead by local residents and urban enthusiasts planned for the weekend.

Among other Jane’s Walk NYC highlights: tour Atlantic Yards with journalist Norman Oder or bike around the Rockaways with former Yolanda Garcia Community Planner Award winner Jeanne DuPont.

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Posted by eric at 11:34 AM

May 1, 2011

Coming Saturday, May 7: a Jane's Walk around the Atlantic Yards site and environs

Atlantic Yards Report

The Municipal Art Society, along with Jane's Walk USA, is sponsoring a series of free walking tours in New York City on the first weekend in May, including a walk I'll lead of the Atlantic Yards site and environs. (I co-led such a tour in 2007.)

What's a Jane's Walk?

Jane’s Walk USA is a series of free neighborhood walking tours that helps put people in touch with their environment and with each other, by bridging social and geographic gaps and creating a space for cities to discover themselves. Since its inception in 2007, Jane’s Walk has happened in cities across North America, and is growing internationally.

Jane’s Walk USA honors the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs who championed the interests of local residents and pedestrians over a car-centered approach to planning.

The description

Atlantic Yards, Brooklyn’s Most Controversial Development

Understand the context of Brooklyn’s most controversial development project, with Norman Oder, the journalist behind the Atlantic Yards Report and veteran New York City tour guide. The walk begins at the edge of Downtown Brooklyn, where one of the borough’s tallest buildings has been converted to luxury condos, dips into revitalized Fort Greene, and looks at decades of urban redevelopment before traversing the Atlantic Yards footprint itself in Prospect Heights.

The Barclays Center arena is going up, but the rest of the project remains in question. Thus, the tour provides an opportunity to discuss the challenge of fitting an arena into an area that bridges low-rise Brooklyn and edge of Downtown Brooklyn, and the plans for space adjacent to the arena. Beyond that, the tour will traverse the 22-acre site beyond the arena block, looking at, among other things, a planned superblock, historic preservation and conversion in the area, and plans for indefinite interim surface parking.

The history of Atlantic Yards also will be discussed, including the initial designs by Frank Gehry, the legal challenges, and promises of jobs/affordable housing.

Date: Saturday May 7, 2011
Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm

Begin: outside One Hanson Place (aka Williamsburgh Savings Bank), near the intersection of Hanson Place and Flatbush Avenue. (Take 2/3/4/5/D/N/Q/R to Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street stop.)

End: Dean Street and Vanderbilt Avenue, within walking distance of 2/3 stop at Grand Army Plaza or A/C stop at Clinton/Washington.

Host: Norman Oder
Host Organization: Atlantic Yards Report/New York Like a Native

Contact info:
No need to sign up for this event . . . just show up at the meeting place listed above.

For questions please email:
AtlanticYardsReport@hotmail.com

Note: because there's no cap on the audience, the crowd could be large. We'll be making several stops to look around, so as attendees will be reminded, please be respectful of others using the sidewalks and streets.

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Posted by steve at 10:23 PM

April 28, 2011

Project Update #71: It's live!!!- get your tickets to BFF now June 3rd

Battle for Brooklyn via Kickstarter

Brooklyn Film Festival US premiere - click link to get info and tickets.

June 3rd- Brooklyn Heights Cinema.

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Posted by eric at 12:40 PM

April 26, 2011

Another chance to see the documentary on Freddy's Bar and Backroom

Atlantic Yards Report

Vicente Rodriguez Ortega's documentary Freddy's debuted last year (review), and it will be shown tomorrow, April 27, at indieScreen, 85 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, as part of the Brooklyn Film Festival.

The blurb:

Freddy's Bar & Backroom was a thriving cultural hub situated in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Open since prohibition, the bar featured a unique and colorful history. It was destroyed in 2010 to make way for the Atlantic Yards development project. This charming documentary had its World Premiere at the 2010 Brooklyn Film Festival, and captures the diverse set of characters in Freddy's community - the bartenders, the regulars, the artists and the musicians. Freddy's recently reopened in Park Slope, Brooklyn, but this film provides a window into an era of Brooklyn's history that has been permanently demolished.

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Posted by eric at 10:47 AM

March 30, 2011

Reconsidering Jane Jacobs: a program tomorrow at the Museum of the City of New York

Atlantic Yards Report

No direct Atlantic Yards angle here, but a nice discount for readers of Atlantic Yards Report for what sounds like an interesting event.

Tomorrow, Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 pm, the Museum of the City of New York will host a panel titled Reconsidering Jane Jacobs.
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Reservations required: 917-492-3395 or e-mail programs@mcny.org
$6 museum members; $8 seniors and students; $12 non-members
$6 when you mention Atlantic Yards Report

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street

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Posted by eric at 12:29 PM

February 10, 2011

Fordham Law School Conference on Eminent Domain in New York

Lawkipedia
by Ilya Somin

This Friday, I will be speaking at an academic conference on eminent domain in New York at Fordham Law School, 140 W. 62nd Street. The event is sponsored by the Fordham Urban Law Journal. My panel will be at 10 AM, and I will be speaking about the New York Court of Appeals controversial recent blight condemnation decisions in the Atlantic Yards and Columbia cases.

The conference will also include presentations by many well-known property scholars, including Michael Heller, Lynne Sagalyn, Chris Serkin, and my colleague Steve Eagle.

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More info via the Fordham School of Law.

Posted by eric at 10:35 AM

February 1, 2011

Development of Barclays Center Arena & Atlantic Yards

Via Crain's NY Business

WHEN
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

WHERE
Cornell Club
6 East 44th Street
Midtown / Park Ave. South, NY 10017
Directions | Subway

DESCRIPTION
MaryAnne Gilmartin, executive vice president, Forest City Ratner Companies, will speak at the B’nai B’rith Real Estate Unit luncheon on Wednesday, February 2, 12:00 noon, at the Cornell Club, 6 East 44th Street. Her topic is “Development of Barclays Center Arena & Atlantic Yards.”

Call Aracelis Kuilan at 212 885 7239 to secure your reservation for the February 2 luncheon. You can also fax her at 212 885-8118, e-mail akuilan@bdo.com. Admission is $60 up to two days in advance and $70 at the door. It is advisable to reserve in advance to secure a place.

There's a separate note on the page that says "this is a free event," which doesn't comport with "$70 at the door." But it does feature an executive from Forest City Ratner, home of "15,000 construction jobs," "2,250 units of affordable housing" and "the arena will open in 2006," which might explain the oxymoronicness. Best to contact the hosts.

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Posted by eric at 11:31 AM

January 26, 2011

Tomorrow, 1/26: Gregg Pasquarelli, SHoP Architects

Urban Omnibus

"Tomorrow" is now today.

Tomorrow night, Wednesday, January 26, the League is hosting a Current Work lecture featuring Gregg Pasquarelli, founding partner of the New York firm SHoP Architects. SHoP’s work is highly recognizable in New York City — current projects include the Barclays Center Arena at Atlantic Yards, a two-mile esplanade and park for along the East River Waterfront, projects at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Porter House in the Meatpacking District, 290 Mulberry Street and designs for the development of South Street Seaport.

From the lecture description:

As both practitioners and educators, SHoP’s commitment to challenging the process of building seeks to prove that “beauty and technological proficiency are not mutually exclusive.” They state: “We look at an entire project and consider the site, the cultural and economic environment, a client’s physical needs and budget constraints, as well as construction techniques, branding, marketing, and post-occupancy issues…Great architecture demands that design, finance, and technology work together – we’re combining these forces in innovative ways to create a new model for the profession.”
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Tickets are still available for the lecture and can be purchased on the League’s website. As always, tickets are free for Architectural League members and are $15 for non-members. Full details and information about reserving tickets can be found here.

Current Work
Gregg Pasquarelli
“Out of Practice”
Moderated by Mark Robbins
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

7:00 p.m.
The Great Hall, The Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street

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Posted by eric at 11:21 AM

December 9, 2010

2010 PHNDC Atlantic Yards Traffic Forum

threecee via flickr

Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council
December 8, 2010
P.S. 9
80 Underhill Avenue
Prospect Heights
Brooklyn, New York

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Posted by eric at 4:30 PM

December 6, 2010

Dec. 9th: "In The Footprint" Performance to Benefit DDDB Legal Fund

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

This Thursday night, December 9th, at 8pm join DDDB for a special benefit performance of The Civilians' extraordinary "In the Footprint", to help support the DDDB legal fund (please see the item below regarding that legal fight).

Just follow this link and enter the promotional code "DDDB" to purchase your tickets.
The benefit ticket is just $5 more than the regular price, but half of the promotional ticket price will go towards DDDB's legal fund. Please note that if you want to see the play and cannot make it to the December 9th performance, the Fort Greene world premiere run ends on December 11th (see calendar here.)

DDDB's co-founder Daniel Goldstein will join Stacey Sutton, Urban Planning Professor at Columbia's Architecture Grad Department, after the performance to discuss the issues raised in the play with, and take questions from, the audience.

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Posted by eric at 9:47 PM

Join BrooklynSpeaks for The Civilians’ 'In the Footprint'!

BrooklynSpeaks

If you want to have a great night at the theater, hear the latest in the fight for public engagement on Atlantic Yards, and help the cause all at the same time, join BrooklynSpeaks for

a special benefit performance of

In the Footprint

Monday, December 6
7:00PM
The Irondale Center
85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn

Click here for tickets and enter code “FUTURE”!
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A portion of the ticket cost will support continuing legal action challenging the Atlantic Yards development process.

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Posted by eric at 12:58 PM

November 13, 2010

In The Footpring/The Battle Over Atlantic Yards - World Premiere

The Civilians

In the Footprint begins its run.

November 12 – December 11, 2010
Irondale Center
Fort Greene, Brooklyn

In the Footprint, a new play with music, tells the story of Brooklyn's largest development project in history. The play examines the conflicts that erupted in the case of Atlantic Yards through to their current resolution in an attempt to discover how the fate of the city is decided in present-day New York and what can be learned from this ongoing saga of politics, money, and the places we call home. The play is constructed from interviews with real life players in this Brooklyn epic, including local residents, business owners, Daniel Goldstein, political leaders such as Letitia James and Marty Markowitz, activists, union members, and community leaders.

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Posted by steve at 6:03 AM

November 12, 2010

Civilians' In the Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards Begins Nov. 12

Playbill.com
by Adam Hetrick

The production will run through Dec. 11 at the Irondale Center, which is located two blocks from the Atlantic Yards, the proposed real estate project that would erect high-rise commercial and residential buildings in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, as well as a basketball stadium for the New Jersey Nets. The project has met with both resistance and support from community members and public officials.
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For single tickets, priced $35, visit Irondale. The Irondale Center is located at 85 South Oxford Street in Brooklyn.

Posted by eric at 9:32 AM

November 8, 2010

ATLANTIC YARDS

ArtsEmerson, Rob's Blog
by Rob Orchard

We just hosted a two week workshop of a piece about the “repurposing” of a 22 acre tract of land in Brooklyn. It’s called, IN THE FOOTPRINT:The Battle for Atlantic Yards. The company creating the work, THE CIVILIANS, will begin previews this Friday in New York and open to the press on November 22nd. They then return to Boston for a week of performances here beginning on January 19th. They gave an informal run-through in the rehearsal room yesterday and the progress made in these past two weeks was palpable. I can’t wait for you to see the results. Like everything the CIVILIANS do under the direction of Steve Cosson, it’s a wonderful mix of story telling, irony, wit, intellectual rigor, movement and music (by Michael Friedman currently represented on Broadway with his music for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON). Here we have another example of a young, pioneering company re-imagining the theater for their own times.

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Related coverage...

The New Yorker, Talk of the Town

IN THE FOOTPRINT: THE BATTLE OVER ATLANTIC YARDS
The Civilians première a play with music about the controversial Atlantic Yards development, in Brooklyn. Written by Steven Cosson and Jocelyn Clarke, with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman. Cosson directs. Previews begin Nov. 12. (Irondale Centre, 85 S. Oxford St., Brooklyn. 866-811-4111.)

Posted by eric at 8:52 AM

October 29, 2010

Preview of Civilians’ Atlantic Yards Musical In the Footprint at BHS

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

“Investigative” theater company The Civilians will stage their evocative new production, In the Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards, at the Irondale Center in Fort Greene, beginning Nov. 12.

The site of the future Atlantic Yards Project is two blocks from the theater, where In the Footprint will chronicle the conflicts surrounding the largest land development project in Brooklyn’s history. The piece, which includes original music, was inspired by interviews with the real-life players in the controversy, representing many different perspectives.

On Monday, Nov. 8, a lucky audience will be treated to a preview of the show at the Brooklyn Historical Society on Nov. 8, with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. Seats are limited and can be reserved on a first come, first served basis. To reserve, call The Civilian’s office at (718) 230-3330, or e-mail Civilians managing director Marion Young at marion@thecivilians.org.

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Posted by eric at 11:59 AM

October 15, 2010

IN THE FOOTPRINT announces cast and opening night, 11/22

OffOffBroadwayWorld.com
by Robert Lawlor

The renowned investigative theatre company, The Civilians has announced casting and opening night for its world premiere of IN THE FOOTPRINT: THE BATTLE OVER ATLANTIC YARDS, a new play with music, beginning previews November 12 prior to an official opening night on November 22 at the Irondale Center (85 South Oxford St.) in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Written and directed by Steven Cosson ("Gone Missing," "This Beautiful City,"), co-written with Jocelyn Clarke and with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman ("Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," "This Beautiful City"), IN THE FOOTPRINT is a lively theatrical chronicle of the widely-publicized conflicts surrounding the largest land development project in Brooklyn's history at the Atlantic Avenue rail yards.

Featured in the cast of IN THE FOOTPRINT are Matthew Dellapina (The Civilians' "(I Am) Nobody's Lunch"), Greg McFadden ("The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial" on Broadway), Colleen Werthmann ("Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" at The Public Theater, The Civilians' "Gone Missing"), Billy Eugene Jones ("Passing Strange," "A Raisin in the Sun" on Broadway), Donnetta Lavinia Grays ("In The Next Room," "Well" on Broadway) and Simone Moore.

article

Click here to buy tickets.

Posted by eric at 10:46 AM

October 12, 2010

IN THE FOOTPRINT TIX ON SALE

This email message hit our in-box this afternoon.

IN THE FOOTPRINT tickets are on sale! Click HERE to purchase now!

Check out video from our workshop production and take a peek at our Investigation Photos HERE!

In the Footprint tells the story of Brooklyn's largest development project in history, examining the conflicts that erupted in the case of Atlantic Yards through to the current resolution in an attempt to discover how the fate of the city is decided in present-day New York and what can be learned from this epic and ongoing story of politics, money, and the places we call home. The play is constructed from interviews with the real life players in the story of Brooklyn, including local residents, business owners, political leaders such as Letitia James and Marty Markowitz, union members, and community leaders.

IN THE FOOTPRINT
at The Irondale Center
85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn
November 12 through December 11, 2010
Tuesday - Saturday at 8PM
Monday November 22 & 29, December 6 at 7PM
Saturday Matinees, November 20 & December 4 at 2PM
$35 General; Student and Group rates available
Click here to purchase!

Posted by eric at 3:41 PM

September 29, 2010

TONIGHT: "Public Information Meeting" for the Plaza Design at the Barclays Center

The company that claims that "when it comes to sharing information with the public and governmental bodies, there’s no such thing as too much, as far as we are concerned," will present its plans for the plaza at Atlantic and Flatbush avenues to the public this evening.

Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, with Council Members Letitia James, Brad Lander and Stephen Levin, Empire State Development Corporation, Brooklyn Community Boards 2, 6 and 8 present a PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING for the Plaza Design at the Barclays Center.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street (at Court Street)

Representatives will be present from Forest City Ratner Companies to brief interested residents on plans for the public plaza in front of the arena. There will be a Q&A session.

Posted by eric at 9:18 AM

September 28, 2010

This Week's Off-Broadway Openings: September 27th-October 3rd

City Guide NY

In the Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards

Presented by The Civilians, this lively theatrical production chronicles the conflicts surrounding the largest development project in Brooklyn's history and is inspired by interviews with the real-life players in the controversy. The culmination of a two-year-long company investigation, In the Footprint examines the conflicts that erupted in the case of the Atlantic Yards through to their current resolution in an attempt to discover how the fate of the city is decided in present-day New York and what can be learned from this epic and ongoing story of politics, money, and the places we call home.

Posted by eric at 11:25 AM

September 23, 2010

Public information meeting on plaza design for arena will be held September 29 at Borough Hall

Atlantic Yards Report

Well, there won't be the Urban Room Frank Gehry promised, but there will be an "urban plaza" or "urban experience." And we'll learn more about it next Wednesday.

(There's also a formally unrelated--but conceptually related--meeting next Tuesday about streetscape improvements on Flatbush Avenue, from Atlantic Avenue to Grand Army Plaza.)

From a notice distributed by Community Board 6:

Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, with Council Members Letitia James, Brad Lander and Stephen Levin, Empire State Development Corporation, Brooklyn Community Boards 2, 6 and 8 present a PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING for the Plaza Design at the Barclays Center.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street (at Court Street)

Representatives will be present from Forest City Ratner Companies to brief interested residents on plans for the public plaza in front of the arena. There will be a Q&A session.

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Posted by eric at 10:42 AM

September 9, 2010

Friday, Sept. 10: The Civilians Present "Atlantic Yards" at Joe's Pub, One Night Only

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

The Civilians presents
Let Me Ascertain You: Atlantic Yards
Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater
Friday, September 10 at 9:30 PM
425 Lafayette Street, New York
Tickets: $15. Purchase HERE!

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Posted by eric at 11:50 PM

August 24, 2010

Atlantic Yards: And Now, the Musical

In the Footprint Scheduled For Irondale in Fort Greene

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

The Civilians, a theater company that describes itself as a center for investigative theater, plans to present In the Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards, a new play with music, at the Irondale Center in Fort Greene from Nov. 12 to Dec. 11.

The site of the future Atlantic Yards Project, including the Barclays basketball arena, is located two blocks away from the theater, where In the Footprint will chronicle the conflicts surrounding the largest land development project in Brooklyn’s history.
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In the Footprint is written and directed by Steven Cosson (Gone Missing, This Beautiful City), co-written by Jocelyn Clarke, with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, This Beautiful City).

In the Footprint is part of Exchange NYC 2010-11, a city wide season of new work by America’s most innovative theatre companies. Tickets for In the Footprint are available as part of the X-Pass, Exchange NYC’s flexible season pass. For more information and to purchase the X-Pass: www.exchangenyc.org.

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Posted by eric at 10:31 AM

August 13, 2010

Justin Bond, The Civilians, Lea DeLaria, Kenny Mellman, et al. Added to September Schedule at Joe's Pub

TheaterMania

A new set of performances has been announced for Joe's Pub in September.

The Civilians will be performing at the venue, offering three performances of Let Me Ascertain You: Atlantic Yards (September 10-12), which is the group's multi-year investigation into the controversial Atlantic Yards development project. The evenings will feature songs and monologues taken from interviews with Brooklyn residents, business owners, community activists, politicians, and students, among others.

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Posted by eric at 9:50 AM

August 9, 2010

In court Tuesday, a continuation of the lawsuit charging that AY benefits have changed so much the eminent domain findings should be reissued

Atlantic Yards Report

It looks like not one but two judges will have to grapple with a fundamental charge regarding Atlantic Yards: that the project has changed so much since its approval in 2006 that the findings at that time--regarding both the environmental impact of the project and its expected benefits--are no longer valid.

That doesn't mean the judges will rule in favor of those challenging the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC). That, we've learned, is not exactly how courts in New York State work.

But it does mean they have to think about it. And tomorrow, in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, Justice Abraham Gerges--however distracted and uninterested he was during the first part of the case on August 6--should not think the issues were resolved in similar case he dismissed in March.

(The hearing will be at Kings County State Supreme Court, IAS Part 74, 320 Jay Street, Room 17.21, Brooklyn. Here's the map.)*

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NoLandGrab: Is it really too much to ask that Judge Gerges pay attention to the arguments?

* The hearing is scheduled to commence at 10 a.m.

Posted by eric at 10:18 AM

August 6, 2010

Friday, August 6, 9:30AM. Atlantic Yards Oral Argument

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

Friday, August 6.
PLEASE NOTE: Time has changed to 9:30 AM, not 10AM.

Kings County State Supreme Court
IAS Part 74
320 Jay Street, Room 17.21
Brooklyn
[ MAP ]

Oral argument on: Peter Williams Enterprises, Inc et al. v. Empire State Development Corporation

Article 78 Petition to Compel the ESDC to Issue New Determinations and Findings Under the New York State Eminent Domain Procedure Law
(Filed January 19, 2010 in Manhattan State Supreme Court)

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Posted by eric at 9:05 AM

July 9, 2010

The Kickstarter Film Fest's Tomorrow Night Tonight in Brooklyn. Be There.

Papermag.com
by Lauren Kelly

Yancey Strickler and Perry Chen's Kickstarter.com, the innovative startup that allows anyone and everyone to help back a creative idea through micro-funding, is now celebrating a selection of its successful film projects with the Kickstarter Film Festival.

The shindig, held in collaboration with Rooftop Films, will screen 90 minutes of 12 films. Narrowing it down, Stickler told us via-email, was tough.

"We've had well over 5,000 projects on Kickstarter at this point, so there was a lot to choose from," Strickler said. "The festival lineup is weighed towards early favorites. Many of these are some of the earliest Kickstarter projects, some of the first to stun us with their passion and creativity."

The chosen few include stop-motion film Little Brass Bird by way of Chicago, Battle of Brooklyn, about a Brooklyn neighborhood's resistance to the Atlantic Yards development project, and the extended trailer for The Woods, Matthew Lessner's Lord of the Flies take on the digital age. Some will be shown in their entirety, but most of the screenings are extended introductions at four to twenty minutes long.
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Presale sold out, and though additional tickets will be for sale at the door, we suggest you get there early. And don't head out before the afterparty.

Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd St., Gowanus, Brooklyn, (718) 237-4335. Friday, July 9. Doors 8 P.M. Films 9 P.M. Afterparty 11:30 P.M. $10.

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Posted by eric at 9:56 AM

July 5, 2010

screening the first 20ish minutes at rooftop on friday july 9th

Battle of Brooklyn via Kickstarter

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kickstarterfilmfest/the-kickstarter-film-festival...

at the kickstarter film fest in conjunction with rooftop films.
hope to see you there.

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NoLandGrab: The Kickstarter Film Festival needs to raise another $220 by 6 p.m. tomorrow in order to secure $2,000 in matching funds. A pledge of as little as $10 will get you a ticket. Here's the lowdown:

On Friday, July 9th, Kickstarter and Rooftop Films are hosting the first annual Kickstarter Film Festival on the roof of the OId American Can Factory in Brooklyn.

The festival will feature 90 minutes of film and video from a dozen Kickstarter projects, including feature films, stop-motion animation, documentaries, art, and dance. All of them amazing.

Posted by eric at 10:36 AM

June 24, 2010

REMINDER: Today, Noon Press Conference and Protest of NBA's Approval of Prokhorov as Nets Owner

WHO:
Rev. Clinton M. Miller, Pastor, Brown Memorial Baptist Church; elected officials; Brooklyn residents

WHAT:
Protest and rally

WHEN:
Thursday, June 24 at 12:00 p.m.

WHERE:
The Theater at Madison Square Garden W. 33rd St. and 7th Avenue, Manhattan

More info

Posted by eric at 10:39 AM

June 7, 2010

"Freddy's", the Documentary, to Screen on June 9 and 11. Find Out What's Been Lost

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

On June 9th and June 11th the Brooklyn International Film Festival will screen the World Premiere of "Freddy's"—the documentary about the world's best bar which has been confiscated and shuttered forever by the State of New York for Bruce Ratner and Mikhail Prokhorov's billion dollar arena.

Many have heard that Freddy's was taken by eminent domain but may be wondering what the big deal is about this bar, this cultural hub. This film will help you understand what has been lost.

More on the film from Norman Oder here.

Details and tickets: http://www.brooklynfilmfestival.org/films/detail.asp?fid=1079

Screenings:
Wednesday, June 9th at 7pm at Brooklyn Heights Cinema (70 Henry Street, Brooklyn)
Friday, June 11th at 6pm at indieScreen (285 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn)

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Posted by eric at 11:37 AM

June 4, 2010

“Freddy’s” Showing Next Friday at BIFF

Videology

A documentary about Freddy’s bar in Prospect Heights; victim of the Atlantic Yards project. See the world premiere next Friday at Williamsburg’s new cinema: indieScreen (Kent & S. 2nd St.)

FREDDY’S
World Premiere

Director: Vicente Rodriguez Ortega
United States, 2010, 99min
Documentary

showtime: 6:00 pm | Friday June 11 | indieScreen

synopsis
Freddy’s Bar & Backroom was a thriving cultural hub situated in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Open since prohibition, the bar featured a unique and colorful history. This documentary chronicles the diverse set of characters in Freddy’s community - the bartenders, the regulars, the artists and the musicians. Through their barside reflections, both hilarious and poignant, we see the true importance of this Brooklyn institution. Beyond the late nights and naked Mondays, Freddy’s was a vital part of the neighborhood. Unfortunately, it also sat in the footprint of a controversial real estate deal that has threatened to radically transform Brooklyn’s character.

notes
Donald O’Finn and other members of Freddy’s staff will be available for Q&A after the screening.

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Posted by eric at 12:48 PM

June 2, 2010

2010 Brooklyn International Film Festival

Nathan Kensinger Photography

The 13th Brooklyn International Film Festival (BiFF) takes place this June 4th to 13th, 2010. This year, BiFF will present over 100 films from 26 different countries. As the Director of Programming for this year's festival, I led a team of screeners and programmers to select these films from a field of more then 2,400 submissions coming from 92 different countries.

While all of the selected films merit equal attention, several have subjects related directly to this website's themes, especially in the documentary category. Locally, Our House documents an illegal Christian Anarchist squat in an abandoned Williamsburg warehouse, while Freddy's tells the story of a historic bar in Prospect Heights that was recently closed by the controversial Atlantic Yards development.

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Posted by eric at 10:23 AM

May 21, 2010

Friday, May 21st: Atlantic Yards Art

Brooklyn Based

Students in Brooklyn College’s Performance and Interactive Media Arts MFA Program have spent the past semester creating visual interpretations of the Atlantic Yards controversy. Now they’re inviting the community to participate in their art-based conversation as they present their work in “A Question of Domain: Art About Atlantic Yards.” The exhibition begins at 6:30pm in the playground located on 6th Avenue between Dean and Bergen Streets (look for the U-Haul parked on Bergen) and then moves indoors to the lower level of Southpaw at 8pm.

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Posted by eric at 2:21 PM

April 17, 2010

THIS SATURDAY NIGHT, APRIL 17th Fightin' Freddy's night ~ Screening of FBR Eminent Domain Standoff at 8 pm!!!

Freddy's Brooklyn Roundhouse

Freddy's is located at: 485 Dean Street Brooklyn, NY
That's the corner of Dean Street and 6th Avenue in Brooklyn.

This Saturday, April 17th, Nick Shimkin of the Kings County Cinema Society will be hosting a Fightin' Freddy's night with readings, live music, short films, and a midnight movie…

As part of the Fightin' Night Freddy’s Brooklyn Roundhouse will screen it’s latest TV show that covers the eminent domain protests at Freddy’s from the last several months.

Freddy's Brooklyn Roundhouse (FBR) was conceived at Freddy’s bar as a BCAT and MNN public access TV show in March 2006. The show’s purpose has always been to provide a forum for the community’s voice, which had no say in the Atlantic Yards project in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, and to win the fight to demand community input for the local Brooklyn neighborhood, businesses and residents, and to stop dubious, wasteful, & unsustainable over-development and eminent domain abuse. For the past 5 years FBR has strived to turn the train of eminent domain around by focusing on community leaders, artists, musicians and activists from Brooklyn all against Atlantic Yards. Roundhouse refers to a circular building for housing and switching locomotives, and lent itself nicely to the community’s desire to turn things around. Since its conception FBR has grown to cover other local & national issues threatening everyone’s civil liberties. Issues range from the use of Special Administrative Measures (SAM’s) to incarcerate and torture U.S. citizens here in NYC, to corporate industrial threats to our water supply; bridging borough, city-wide and national topics that infringe upon everyone’s constitutional rights and threaten our communities placing these topics into local historical context and tunneling into action.

We hope you will join us this Saturday as we celebrate Freddy’s bar and give thanks to our media endeavors that sprang from Freddy's wondrous backroom. Whatever happens, Freddy's Bar and the Fightin' Freddy's will continue to fight against the corruption that has come to Prospect Heights.

Posted by steve at 8:12 AM

April 12, 2010

TODAY: April 12, 9:30 AM. Oral Argument in Atlantic Yards Eminent Domain Related Case - NOTE VENUE CHANGE

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

Please note that the venue has changed to 60 Centre, Room 335 (NOT 80 Centre)

Legal arguments in the following lawsuit will take place on Monday, April 12th, at 9:30 AM in Manhattan.

PETER WILLIAMS vs. NYS URBAN DEVELOPMENT CORP
9:30 AM
New York County Supreme Court
60 Centre Street
[Map]
Manhattan

Oral argument on Article 78 lawsuit seeking to compel the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) to make new Eminent Domain Procedure Law (204) findings and determinations.

A number of property owners and tenants in the footprint brought this lawsuit in January 2010 arguing that the eminent domain takings were based on a 2006 approved plan that no longer exists. If the property seizures are going to occur, they must be for the drastically altered current plan—a basketball arena and one building—not for the project originally conceived with the promise of 2,250 affordable housing units, 16 towers and 10,000 jobs. The case argues that the ESDC must make new findings and determinations under the States's Eminent Domain Procedure Law.

Posted by steve at 7:47 AM

April 11, 2010

Local Group Works to Improve Community One Flower at a Time

Undaunted neighbors of Atlantic Yards work together on Neighborhood Beautification Day

WHO: Dean Street Block Association, 6th Avenue to Vanderbilt; Councilmember Letitia James invited.

WHEN: Saturday,April 17th, 11:30 AM

WHERE: Dean Street between 6th Avenue and Carlton, Brooklyn

VISUALS: Residents will be distributing free window boxes and planters, as well as planting flowers and hand building wooden guards in street tree beds. Local residents and young children dressed as flowerswill work on a street tree bed.

WHY: The beautification day is part of the Love Your (NYC) Block Campaign. The campaign is a partnership between neighborhood groups, Citizens Committee for New York City and NYC Service. As part of the campaign, the Dean Street Block Association received a cash grant along with direct support from the Departments of Parks, Sanitation, and Transportation. These city agencies worked with the block association on tree planting and cleaning up a city-owned lot. In addition, the block association has requested studies to improve traffic and pedestrian safety, as well as a replacement light fixture for Dean Playground.

The members of Dean Street Block Association work collectively to address many community concerns and interests,with a focus on making their neighborhood safer, greener and more livable. They have had success in difficult circumstances, from helping raise 1.4 million dollars of private money for Dean Playground to bringing attention to Atlantic Yards construction safety problems. They have held a publicized public meeting every month since 2004.

For More Information Contact:
Peter Krashes
Dean Street Block Association, 6th Avenue to Vanderbilt
917-699-2003

Posted by steve at 7:49 AM

April 8, 2010

April 12, 9:30 AM. Oral Argument in Atlantic Yards Eminent Domain Related Case

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

Legal arguments in the following lawsuit will take place on Monday, April 12th, at 9:30 AM in Manhattan.

PETER WILLIAMS vs. NYS URBAN DEVELOPMENT CORP
9:30 AM
New York County Supreme Court
80 Centre Street
[Map]
Manhattan

Oral argument on Article 78 lawsuit seeking to compel the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) to make new Eminent Domain Procedure Law (204) findings and determinations.

A number of property owners and tenants in the footprint brought this lawsuit in January 2010 arguing that the eminent domain takings were based on a 2006 approved plan that no longer exists. If the property seizures are going to occur, they must be for the drastically altered current plan—a basketball arena and one building—not for the project originally conceived with the promise of 2,250 affordable housing units, 16 towers and 10,000 jobs. The case argues that the ESDC must make new findings and determinations under the States's Eminent Domain Procedure Law.

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Posted by eric at 10:26 AM

March 25, 2010

Oren Safdie Presents THE BILBAO EFFECT At Center for Architecture, Previews 5/12

BroadwayWorld.com

Atlantic Yards, the play?

"The Bilbao Effect" became a popular term after Frank Gehry built the Guggenheim Museum in Spain, transforming the poor industrial port city of Bilbao into a must-see tourist destination. Its success spurred other cities into hiring famous architects and giving them carte blanche to design even more spectacular buildings in hopes that the formula could be repeated.

In Mr. Safdie's play THE BILBAO EFFECT -- the second play of a planned trilogy focusing on contemporary architecture -- Erhardt Shlaminger is a world famous architect who faces censure by the American Institute of Architects, following accusations that his urban redevelopment project for Staten Island has led to a woman's suicide. The play tackles controversial urban design issues that New Yorkers have recently encountered in Brooklyn as a result of the hotly-debated plans to redevelop the Atlantic Yards into an architecture-star mega-development. THE BILBAO EFFECT explores whether architecture has become more of an art than a profession, and at what point the ethics of one field violate the principles of the other.
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Performances of THE BILBAO EFFECT run May 12-June 5 at The Center for Architecture (536 LaGuardia Place, between Bleecker Street and West 3rd Street in Greenwich Village); Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8pm. Tickets are $18. For tickets call (212) 352-3101 or (866) 811-4111 or visit www.theatermania.com.

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Posted by eric at 10:17 PM

March 17, 2010

MEDIA ALERT: Bobbleheads Attack - Doing Lunch With Andrew Cuomo

Atlantic Yards Bobbleheads Take on Cuomo Over Tainted Campaign Contribution

This just in from NY Bobbleheads.

WHAT: Bobblehead Lunch Hour Press Conference

WHO: Bobbleheads of Governor Paterson, Former Governors Pataki and Spitzer, Senator Charles Schumer, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Mikhail Prokhorov, Bruce Ratner, Mayor Mike Bloomberg, and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

WHERE: Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's Office, 120 Broadway, Manhattan. Outside.

WHEN: Thursday, March 18, 12 Noon

Come to 120 Broadway, outside Andrew Cuomo's office for this highly photogenic event.

One week ago, Thursday, March 11, 2010, the controversial groundbreaking for Bruce Ratner’s Barclays Arena project took the headlines. Yet, just about all of Brooklyn politicians except the borough president avoided the ceremony. This is a strong public indication that Bruce Ratner and his bait and switch boondoggle—Atlantic Yards—is not politically favored beyond close cronies.

Nine bobbleheads, seen last week on television and in the top five political photos in The New York Times and the Washington Post, will be visiting Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo will be asked, by the bobblehead likeness of himself, to do his job for the people of New York by investigating Bruce Ratner and his company Forest City Ratner. An investigation is absolutely necessary because the evidence is nine blocks up the street at the Federal Courthouse.

But first, Cuomo must return the $5,000 contribution he has received from Bruce Ratner.

This contribution gives the appearance that Cuomo is favoring Ratner by his unwillingness to investigate Ratner, or anyone at his company, for alleged involvement in an alleged conspiracy that led to a bribe and a federal indictment of a city council member in Yonkers who flipped her vote in favor of Ratner’s Ridge Hill project.

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Posted by eric at 11:34 PM

March 9, 2010

March 10 at Freddy's: Screening of Footage and Clips from "Battle of Brooklyn"

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

On the eve of Ratner's ceremonial groundbreaking, the Kings County Cinema Society, "an informal organization devoted to the unfettered, unbiased love of film and the moving image in the borough of Brooklyn, and occasionally beyond" presents:

Wednesday, March 10
Wed. 3/10, 8:30pm SHARP.
Locally-made docs at Freddy's

Freddy’s Bar & Backroom, 485 Dean St. @ 6th Ave, 2/3 to Bergen, any train to Atlantic Pacific.
freddysbackroom.com

Total program totals under 90 minutes

Join us Wednesday March 10th for three homemade docs from Brooklyn filmmakers:

Michael Galinsky will be on hand with interview footage and clips from a rough cut of their investigation into the politics of the massive Atlantic Yards/ Barclays Center development, Battle of Brooklyn.

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Posted by eric at 11:58 AM

March 3, 2010

Skip Work to Protest and Disrupt Ratner's March 11th Barclays Center Groundbreaking

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

Lots of us are angry, no...mad, and lots have already said 'I'll be there.'

THIS IS THE MOMENT.

Skip work or take a long lunch...

Join us to Protest and Drown Out the Barclays/Ratner Boondoggle Ceremonial Groundbreaking
Thursday, March 11. Reportedly 1:30pm.
Exact location yet to be determined

ALL HANDS ON DECK

Next Thursday, March 11th, at 1:30pm, Forest City Ratner will stage a “groundbreaking ceremony” for the money-losing Barclays Center Arena, we presume in the Atlantic Yards project site though we do not yet know exactly where. Note there will be no groundbreaking for any "affordable housing" and the Barclays Billion Dollar Boondoggle will not house a single Brooklynite.

We use the term “stage” knowingly, since the “Atlantic Yards,” as currently conceived, cannot be built.

The ceremony of dirt shoveling pols will signify the start of prepping to eventually build an arena, not the promised affordable housing Bruce Ratner still claims he is going to build. It is a ceremony to celebrate a money-losing arena and at least 25 years of blight and interim surface parking where a neighborhood once stood.

This is why we ask you to join us Thursday to loudly protest at Ratner’s/Bloomberg's/Markowitz's/Paterson's “groundbreaking."

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Posted by eric at 10:02 PM

February 8, 2010

Public-Private Partnerships: Process, Plans, and Opportunities

Bisnow.com

Here's an event not to be missed, with a keynote speech by the New York City Economic Development Corporation's Seth Pinsky and a "panel of experts" featuring Forest City Ratner's MaryAnne Gilmartin.

While development has slowed due to the financial environment, some development, mainly large development, has moved on. Many of these large projects share a common trait – ties to the city and state government. What plans does NYC have for future development in the city and how will that effect job growth? What will it take to get future development started sooner? What is planned for large scale projects like Atlantic Yards?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010
NY Bar Association
42 W 44th Street

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Posted by eric at 10:30 PM

January 27, 2010

COALITION TO PRESERVE COMMUNITY PRESS RELEASE: Protest at Paterson/ESDC Offices Tomorrow, 1/28/10

On Thursday, January 28, 2009, from 11:30 AM until 1:00PM, members of Coalition to Preserve Community (CPC) and its supporters will gather in front of the offices of Governor David Paterson and the Empire State Development Corporation at 633 3rd Ave. (between 41st and 40th Streets) to demand that ESDC reverse its decision to appeal the historic ruling of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division against the State’s seizure of private property for Columbia University’s expansion of its 116th street campus into West Harlem. Representatives from various neighborhoods facing development plans using eminent domain will join CPC members to call on Governor Paterson to declare a moratorium on eminent domain. Letters supporting both demands will be delivered to his and ESDC’s offices.

On December 3rd the Appellate Division by a 3-2 vote ruled “the exercise of eminent domain power by the New York State Urban Development Corporation (d/b/a ESDC) to benefit a private elite education institution is violative of the Taking Clause of the U.S Constitution, article 1 & 7 of the New York Constitution and the first principles of the social contract.” In a scathing decision, the court detailed a riveting account of Columbia University’s collusion with the State to gain 100% of a 17-acre parcel between 125th St. and 133rd St. and 12th Ave. and Broadway for an expansion projected to cost 6 billion dollars.

Two separate lawsuits challenging the eminent domain determination were filed by property owners in the development footprint, Nick Sprayregen, Parminder Kaur, Amanjit Kaur, and P.G. Singh. Sprayregen was represented by noted civil rights attorney Norman Siegel and attorney Philip Van Buren. Protesters will offer their continued support for property owners whom Columbia is smearing as selfish hold-outs preventing progress rather than owners entitled to decide the future of their own properties. CPC will point out Columbia’s elitist agenda and its manipulation of its political and financial connections.

Siegel and Sprayregen will address the audience. Invited speakers also include State Senator Bill Perkins, who within a day of the court ruling called on Governor Paterson to order a statewide moratorium on the use of eminent domain pending legislative revision of the much-abused New York State condemnation laws. Support will be offered by and for businesses and residents in East Harlem, Queens, Brooklyn and elsewhere who are facing eminent domain abuse as part of huge gentrification developments.

Members of CPC will be picketing to support this historic victory for neighborhoods throughout New York City decimated by eminent domain abuse and to show their vital resistance to oppression by both private and government institutions. We demand NO APPEAL; NO EMINENT DOMAIN; NO DISPLACEMENT OF RESIDENTIAL TENANTS AND WORKERS; NO BIOHAZARD LEVEL 3 LABS; FULL DISCLOSURE OF PAYMENTS BY COLUMBIA TO ESDC AND RELEASE OF FOIL DOCUMENTS ORDERED BY THE COURT.

Posted by eric at 12:42 PM

January 22, 2010

Best of Brooklyn: Guitars and Glasses

Three muses of the fight to stop Atlantic Yards — John Pinamonti, RebelMart's Scott Turner, and Field of Schemes's Neil deMause — take to the Rocky Sullivan's stage tonight in a fabulous, free triple bill.

The show marks the final Brooklyn performance by the Seattle-bound RebelMart.

More info here.

And don't forget, Friday is Lobster Night at Rocky Sullivan's.

Posted by eric at 12:09 PM

January 18, 2010

TONIGHT: MLK Night Family Shelter Vigil

What: MLK Night Family Shelter Vigil
Where: in front of 603 Dean St., Brooklyn, NY
Who: F.U.R.E.E, Councilmember Letitia James Office, Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, Fightin' Freddy's
When: 10pm till Midnight, January 18
Contact: Amyre Loomis, (646) 201-8183

Posted by steve at 5:18 AM

December 18, 2009

Senator Perkins hosts public meeting on eminent domain Saturday, schedules public hearing for January 5

Atlantic Yards Report

Tomorrow, state Senator Bill Perkins will hold a Community Meeting on Eminent Domain at Manhattan Pentecostal Church, 541 W. 145th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam; map), from 9:30 am to 12 noon.

He will discuss the recent Appellate Division ruling which blocked the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) from using eminent domain for the Columbia University expansion--a decision that will be appealed.
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Also, Perkins, who held a public hearing in September 2008 on eminent domain, will announce plans to initiate legislation regarding eminent domain.

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Posted by eric at 4:57 PM

December 16, 2009

Community Update: Report on the Columbia University Development Project

PLEASE NOTE: The correct address is 541 West 125th Street

Posted by eric at 11:40 PM

December 14, 2009

Today 12/14: Demonstration and Trashing of Ratner's Junk Yard Bonds

Today, December 14. Noon.

Demonstration to Protest, Expose and Trash Ratner's JUNK YARD BONDS For His Atlantic Yards Arena

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

At noon today, December 14th there will be a demonstration protesting the Junk Yard Bonds New York State is about to sell for Forest City Ratner's junk arena, at great risk for New York State.

We will be selling Junk Yards Bonds.

The demonstration will conclude with a ritual dumping of the Junk Yard Bonds into a Garbage Truck—the best place for these bonds—from Willets Point, Queens (where they are also fighting eminent domain abuse).

Questions will be raised. Investigations will be asked for.

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Posted by eric at 10:49 AM

Demonstration today against Ratner's bonds targets not the underwriter but the ratings agencies (which need reform)

Atlantic Yard Report

From a DDDB press release:

Join Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn in a Demonstration to Protest the extremely risky tax-exempt bonds New York State is preparing to sell for Ratner's arena. We will highlight S&P and Moody’s questionable bond ratings. Lacking in normal due diligence, the bond ratings were set just a “notch above junk.’ These “Junk Yards Bonds” create enormous risks for New York State, its taxpayers and the investment community, at a time when the State's budget gap is in crisis. While the Governor is making huge cuts in crucial sectors such as health and education, the State continues to back Atlantic Yards—a financial house of cards.

So, why exactly are the bonds "lacking in normal due diligence"? DDDB says to stay tuned.

And how do they "create enormous risks for New York State"? Well, maybe they do and maybe they don't.

The demonstration will take place at noon, not outside the office of underwriter Goldman Sachs but outside the ratings agency Standard & Poor's. Interestingly, S&P was somewhat more cautious than rival Moody's regarding the tax-exempt bonds; the latter took the projected 225 arena events a year as gospel, while S&P considered 220 events "aggressive."

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Posted by eric at 10:39 AM

December 11, 2009

VICTORY DEMONSTRATION AND MARCH ON PRESIDENT BOLLINGER’S 116TH ST. MANSION

Coalition to Preserve Community

Saturday, December 12th at 12 Noon
Rally starts in front of Floridita Restaurant (125th St. & Broadway).
March to Bollinger’s Mansion 12:30 PM.

New York State Supreme Court (Appellate Division) Rules in Favor of West Harlem Against Columbia University’s use of Eminent Domain! The court determined the approval of eminent domain to benefit a “private elite educational institution” violates the U.S. and N.Y. State Constitutions.

COMMUNITY TO BOLLINGER: DON’T APPEAL THIS DECISION, DROP EMINENT DOMAIN, RESPECT THE COMMUNITY PLANNING PROCESS

Posted by eric at 11:42 AM

December 8, 2009

screening thurs dec 10 - cantor center 7pm

Battle of Brooklyn via Kickstarter

REMINDER- SCREENING- FIRST 30 MINUTES OF THE FILM

December 10, 2009 at 7 P.M.
Cantor Center at New York University
36 East 8th Street
New York, New York 10003
Doors Open at 6:45 P.M.

Followed by panel discussion on eminent domain in New York City.

The screening--a sneak peak at the first portion of the film--will be followed by a panel discussion about the use and abuse of eminent domain in New York, featuring:

Mindy Fullilove, PhD, professor at Columbia University and author of Root Shock
William Stern, former CEO of New York State's Urban Development Corp.
Daniel Goldstein, lead plaintiff, Goldstein v. Empire State Development Corp.
Michael Galinsky, producer, Battle of Brooklyn
Norman Siegel, civil rights attorney
Robert McNamara, attorney, Institute for Justice

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RSVP to LKurcab@ij.org.

Posted by eric at 10:58 PM

November 18, 2009

BROOKLYNSPEAKS MEDIA ADVISORY

Event: Brooklyn Community Organizations and Elected Officials Announce Filing of a Lawsuit against the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) and Forest City Ratner Corporation (FCRC);  Seeking to Reverse ESDC’s Approval of  Atlantic Yards’ Modified General Project Plan

Date/Time: Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 11 am

Location: City Hall steps

Contact: Jo Anne Simon – 917.685.3747; Linda Gross, LCG Communications - 718.853.5568; 917.767.1141

Prominent civic and community development organizations and local elected officials who represent the communities surrounding the Atlantic Yards project will gather on the steps of City Hall on Thursday, November 19th @ 11am to announce the joint filing of a lawsuit that will challenge the ESDC’s approval of the Atlantic Yards Modified General Project Plan.

The suit contends that the plan was approved without sufficient study of the impacts of its extended construction schedule and completion risks. It also alleges that the ESDC has illegally delegated to FCRC much of its governmental power to determine the future content and configuration of the Project. Groups and elected officials filing suit include the Atlantic Avenue LDC, the Brooklyn Heights Association, the Boerum Hill Association, the Fifth Avenue Committee, the Park Slope Civic Council, the Pratt Area Community Council, the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council and State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Assemblyman Jim Brennan and City Councilmember Letitia James. Attorney Albert K. Butzel of the Urban Environmental Law Center is representing the plaintiffs.

As sponsors of the BrooklynSpeaks initiative, the organizations have tried for three years to engage the ESDC regarding impacts of the Atlantic Yards project on the surrounding communities. This includes putting forth a thoughtful proposal for the governance of the project which proposed a strong advisory role for local elected officials and community residents currently excluded from any meaningful participation.

“Given the agency’s inability to follow through on commitments to provide transparency and oversight to the largest single-source development project in the City’s history, we have found no alternative than to bring suit in order to require a realistic assessment of the long-term impacts of Atlantic Yards before further irreversible action is taken,” says Jo Anne Simon of the Boerum Hill Association.

Posted by eric at 11:49 PM

November 3, 2009

South Portland Avenue Block Concert to benefit DDDB

South Portland Avenue Block Association

Sunday, November 8th, 2009
5:30 - 7:15 p.m.
61 South Portland Avenue, Parlor floor

A wonderful quintet of musicians, our neighbor Ahling Neu [Brooklyn Philharmonic] and her friends, will play the Mozart Clarinet Quintet. There will be refreshments, wine, a speaker from DDDB. Don’t miss this opportunity to gather with your neighbors and friends to hear fine chamber music in a beautiful space, and support the legal fund of Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn.

The suggested donation is $20.00, but any contribution is welcome.

To help with refreshments, please call Richard at 718-522-7081. For other information call Joan at 718-624-1516; Hali at 718-858-6151; or Kathy at 718-596-7627.

Posted by eric at 10:25 AM

October 29, 2009

WHERE TO GO: EDITORS’ PICKS

The Brooklyn Paper fondly plugs a reading by Courier-Life reporter Stephen Witt, although he once committed an unspeakable act.

Witt’s end

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5: Look, we take no responsibility for our Courier-Life colleague Steve Witt. He once hugged Bruce Ratner. He aggressively covered the Little People convention. And his stand-up routines sometimes bomb. But you know what? We like the guy. And better still, he’s finished a novel (something we never did). Hear him read from “American Moses,” his cross between “On the Road” and the Bible.

7 pm. Steve Witt at MoCADA [80 Hanson Pl. at South Portland Avenue in Fort Greene, (718) 230-0952].

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Posted by eric at 12:49 PM

October 23, 2009

Development, Displacement, Leisure: Capital and Community Interests

This came our way via the NYC Grassroots Media Coalition:

"DEVELOPMENT, DISPLACEMENT, LEISURE: Capital and Community Interests"
Co-sponsored by the NYC Grassroots Media Coalition, Red Channels and Paper Tiger Television

When: Monday, October 26, 2009 at 7:30pm
Where: Brecht Forum, 451 West Street (Btwn Bank & Bethune), (212) 242- 4201
How much: Suggested donation of $6 - $15, with no one turned away.

Film Screening:
The Case Against Lincoln Center - Newsreel, 1968, 12 mins
Rezoning Harlem - Natasha Florentino & Tamara Gubernat, 2008, 40 minutes
Brooklyn Boondoggle - Meerkat Media Collective, 2009, 11 minutes
The Right to the City - Paper Tiger Television/IndyVideo, 2009, 28 minutes
Total Running Time: 91 minutes | Digital Projection

"Brooklyn Boondoggle" explores the highly controversial Atlantic Yards project, questions the trend of top-down urban development and asks, what if we were allowed to decide the future of our own neighborhoods?

Posted by eric at 12:48 PM

October 20, 2009

Prospect Heights town hall with elected representatives

The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council is sponsoring a town hall meeting with local elected officials this Thursday, October 22nd, at 7:00 p.m.

Venue:
P.S. 9 Auditorium

Location:
80 Underhill Avenue (between St. Marks Avenue and Bergen Street)

Description:
Join PHNDC for a town hall-style meeting with State Senator Eric Adams, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries and City Council Member Letitia James. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Traffic and transportation (mass transit, street conditions, MTA)
  • Local economy (jobs, housing, small business)
  • Atlantic Yards (revised plan, new impacts)

Please bring your questions and concerns for your elected representatives!

link

NoLandGrab: Here's a question — hey, Assemblyman Jeffries, what gives with that letter to Bruce and Proko?

Posted by eric at 10:01 PM

October 19, 2009

Gilly Youner: Walk Don't Destroy Walkathon on Saturday

Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn

Park Slope activist Gilly Youner posted photos of Saturday's Walk Don't Destroy 5 to OTBKB.

link

Posted by eric at 11:37 PM

Walking Against the Bulldozers

The Local [NY Times blog]
By Nicholas Martinez

At 2 p.m., the masses gathered at Borough Hall with poster-board placards, metal cowbells and parachute-size banners in hand. After numerous pep-rally like speeches and the group’s picketing of the building (headquarters of Borough President Marty Markowitz, the project’s biggest champion), Ms. James and the organizers, along with a police escort and a seven-piece marching band, took the crowd on a walking tour of the Atlantic Yards site on the northern edge of Prospect Heights.

Along the way, she pointed out homes and businesses marked for seizure under the city’s exercise of eminent domain, which is being challenged in court.

The walk ended with an after-party at Habana Outpost on Fulton Street. According to Atlantic Yards Report, it raised $40,000 for the fight against the project.

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Posted by lumi at 5:47 AM

October 8, 2009

DDDB MEDIA ALERT: Save the Date

October 14th Press Conference and Court of Appeals Argument on Landmark Atlantic Yards Eminent Domain Case

ALBANY, NY— At 2pm on October 14, Brooklyn residents and business owners will hear their case argued in New York's high court, the Court of Appeals. They will hold a press conference beforehand, outside the court, at 12:30.

Their landmark case (Goldstein et al. v. Urban Development Corp) challenges New York's Empire State Development Corporation’s (ESDC) attempt to use eminent domain to seize their properties and hand them over to developer Bruce Ratner to assemble land to build the controversial Atlantic Yards project—a basketball arena and 16 skyscrapers—in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

Ratner cannot construct the project without the State seizing these properties by this abusive use of eminent domain.

The Court of Appeals has been asked to decide:
> The meaning of "public use" in the State Constitution's eminent domain clause;
> Whether a Constitutional clause requiring srtictly low income housing for a "slum clearance" project subsidized by the state applies to Atlantic Yards (the project proposes mostly market rate housing);
> Whether a "public use" can be ascertained when the private developer's benefit is unknown and the "public benefit" appears to be incidental to that private benefit.

All case briefs are at: www.dddb.net/eminentdomain

(The Institute for Justice released a report yesterday documenting widespread eminent domain abuse in New York State. The report stresses the importance of the Goldstein case. It can be downloaded at: http://tinyurl.com/buildingempires)

WHAT:
Court of Appeals Eminent Domain Argument and Press Conference Prior to Argument

WHEN:
Wednesday, October 14
Press Conference: 12:30pm
Argument: 2pm

WHERE:
Across the Street from the Court of Appeals
20 Eagle Street
Albany, New York

WHO:
Press Conference
Brooklyn residential and business owners and tenants challenging New York State's use of eminent domain for the Atlantic Yards project.
Brooklyn citizens and elected officials supporting the property owners and tenants in their legal challenge.

Argument
Attorney Matthew Brinckerhoff

Posted by eric at 11:25 AM

October 7, 2009

Brooklyn Utopias? Artists Explore a ‘Perfect’ Borough At the Brooklyn Historical Society

More Than 30 Contribute to Exhibit

Brooklyn Daily Eagle
By Phoebe Neidl

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Overdevelopment and the feared “Manhattanization” of Brooklyn were recurrent themes [at the Brooklyn Utopias exhibit], and few things highlight the conflicting visions of Brooklyn’s future better than the Barclay’s Arena/Atlantic Yards project. Photographer Tracy Collins displays photos of the surrounding Prospect Heights neighborhood taken over the past five years, since the controversial project’s inception. Contrasting with the images are quotes that the artist pulled from the developer’s promotional literature: “A Garden of Eden grows in Brooklyn” and “Almost everything a well-equipped urban paradise must have” -- a reminder of the hyperbolized and often-failed promises made by real estate developers.

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Posted by lumi at 5:43 AM

October 5, 2009

At the Atlantic Antic, DDDB takes on Bloomberg; FCR sits it out; The Brooklyner and Avalon Fort Greene get a push

Atlantic Yards Report

Norman Oder was taking in the sights at yesterday's Atlantic Antic street fair, where one local mega-developer was nowhere to be found.

While Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB) maintained its presence yesterday at the annual Atlantic Antic, Brooklyn's biggest street festival, Forest City Ratner was conspicuous in its absence, with no new Atlantic Yards brochure to distribute.

Given that the developer is hardly letting up on Atlantic Yards, I assume it's a temporary, strategic retreat, just as Atlantic Yards and FCR advertising were absent for this year's edition of the Community Newspaper Group's Brooklyn Tomorrow. They don't need to win over the locals right now.

If Atlantic Yards proceeds, expect a big presence at subsequent Atlantic Antics.
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One lingering visitor at DDDB's booth was Steve Levin, the winner of the Democratic primary in the 33rd Council District and almost certainly the next Council Member, replacing David Yassky.

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Posted by eric at 9:40 AM

October 1, 2009

At Saturday's Dreamland Pavilion conference, "Atlantic Yards: The Politics of P.R. "

Atlantic Yards Report

Norman Oder is on the roster for Saturday's Dreamland Pavilion conference, and he'll be talking about the marketing of the Atlantic Yards project. He's also got some news about admissions.

Some people have asked me about attending the Atlantic Yards panel at the Dreamland Pavilion conference, held at 1:30 pm Saturday at Kingsborough Community College.

While admission to the day-long conference is $25 (plus $5 for on-site registrants), including lunch, I'm told that people who wish to attend a single panel will not be charged.

The Atlantic Yards session will be held in M-146/47, in the MAC Building.

link

Posted by eric at 10:20 AM

Cannes do! Two film festivals this weekend show that Brooklyn is ready for a close up

The Brooklyn Paper

Two acclaimed film festivals will take place on different ends of the borough this weekend, and both will pay homage to the neighborhoods — and the county — they call home.
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[T]he Red Hook International Film and Video Festival will screen movies about, filmed in, or related to South Brooklyn.
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Fittingly, the festival will end with a screening of “Brooklyn Boondoggle,” a documentary about the controversial Atlantic Yards development.
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Red Hook International Film Festival at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Screening Room [499 Van Brunt St. south of Reed Street, (718) 596-2506]. Oct. 3–4. For full schedule, visit www.redhookfilmfest.com.

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Posted by lumi at 7:10 AM

Dreamland Pavilion: Brooklyn and Development Conference

Kingsborough Community College
The City University of New York October 2-3, 2009 (If you plan on attending just this panel below, it is free.)

Program:

Saturday, October 3
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.: Afternoon Session I

Atlantic Yards ( M-146/47)

“Who’s Planning Brooklyn? An Alternate Point of View”
Eve Baron, The Municipal Art Society of New York

“The Yards Development Workshop Unity Plan”
Marshall Brown, Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture

“Atlantic Yards: Brooklyn’s Most Controversial Development through the Lens of Public Relations and News Coverage”
Norman Oder, Independent Journalist

“Atlantic Yards and the Cultural Logic of Monopoly Rent”
Stuart Schrader, CUNY Graduate Center

Moderator: Ted Hamm, Brooklyn Rail

Kingsborough Community College,
2001 Oriental Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY
Directions

Posted by lumi at 7:01 AM

September 30, 2009

The Awl Voter Guide For September 29, 2009

AWL

Though the results are in — Bill de Blasio beat Mark Green for Public Advocate and John Liu defeated David Yassky for NYC Comptroller — it's worth noting that one blog had previously not endorsed de Blasio, solely because of his pro-Atlantic Yards stance.

PUBLIC ADVOCATE
In our previous voter guide we explained that we were disinclined to vote for Bill de Blasio due to his support of the Atlantic Yards project. However, that was when there were several other alternatives to Mark Green. Today there are not. We endorse Bill de Blasio.

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Posted by lumi at 5:22 AM

September 22, 2009

DREAMING OF BROOKLYN: DEVELOPMENT RECONSIDERED

An art exhibit and conference looks at what development has meant—and will mean—for New York's most romanticized borough.

CityLimits.org
by Robert Neuwirth

"Dreamland Pavilion: Brooklyn and Development," a conference on October 3rd at Kingsborough Community College, and a related art exhibit on the campus, "The Soul is the Size of Elsewhere," are attempts to capture this inchoate reality.

Eben Wood, an assistant professor of English at Kingsborough and one of the prime movers behind the conference and exhibition, suggests that the concept of development is more complex than we generally admit—particularly when seen against the borough's diverse cityscape of 2.5 million people. "The word 'development' at the same time represents actual changes in the borough and is supposed to express the meaning of those changes," he says.
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The exhibition aims at creating a documentary portrait of the rapidly changing fabric of Brooklyn. Shards of steel scavenged from the Ward Bakery—a building demolished to make way for the Atlantic Yards project—cascade across several pedestals.
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Norman Oder, whose blog on the Atlantic Yards development has been a key resource for information and analysis of that real estate deal, will present his view of the PR war over the project.
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'Dreamland Pavilion' will be held in the Rotunda of the Marine and Academic Center building at Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard in Manhattan Beach) on Saturday, Oct. 3rd. Admission is $25 ($30 at the door; discounts available for students; and organizers insist, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.) 'The Soul is the Size of Elsewhere' can be seen in the gallery on the ground floor of the nearby Arts and Sciences Building.

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Additional coverage...

Atlantic Yards Report, On October 3, Atlantic Yards will be part of the "Dreamland Pavilion" conference at Kingsborough CC

From the program:

Atlantic Yards

“Who’s Planning Brooklyn? An Alternate Point of View”
Eve Baron, The Municipal Art Society of New York

“The Yards Development Workshop Unity Plan”
Marshall Brown, Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture

“Atlantic Yards: Brooklyn’s Most Controversial Development Through the Lens of Public Relations and News Coverage”
Norman Oder, Independent Journalist

“Miss Brooklyn, Tough Kids, and Digital Project™, or, Atlantic Yards and the Cultural Logic of Monopoly Rent”
Stuart Schrader, CUNY Graduate Center

Moderator: Ted Hamm, Brooklyn Rail

Posted by eric at 10:45 AM

September 20, 2009

NYC: Film and panel discussion on "Rezoning, Displacement & Building Community Power"

Activist Resource

Date : 20 September 2009
From : 6:00pm To : 9:30pm

Event Description:

Reclaiming Our Communities: Rezoning, Displacement & Building Community Power

Three documentary films and a panel discussion on the gentrification of poor neighborhoods, and the political aspects and human cost.

Featured Films:

"Brooklyn Boondoggle" (2009, 12 mins, http://meerkatmedia.org/goingson/movie-premiere-brooklyn-boondoggle/)

This short documentary explores the highly controversial Atlantic Yards project, questioning the trend of "top-down urban development" and asks, "what if we were allowed to decide the future of our own neighborhoods?"

"Some Place Like Home" (2008, dir Kelly Anderson, 40 mins, http://Furee.org/film/)

A documentary telling the stories of community residents and small businesses that are displaced to make way for high-end retail and luxury condominiums in New York City's Fort Greene and Downtown Brooklyn. From the film blurb: "It reveals practices and policies used to support massive real estate projects as the historical, economic and cultural fabric of the area is torn apart. It follows the battle of community residents and small businesses as they fight for some place like home." Winner of the 2009 PATIOS International Film Festival Rise Up Award.

"Rezoning Harlem" (2008, dirs Natasha Florentino & Tamara Gubernat, 45 mins, http://RezoningHarlem.com/)

The film follows longtime members of the Harlem community as they fight a 2008 rezoning. From the film blurb: "... [The rezoning] threatens to erase the history and culture of their legendary neighborhood and replace it with luxury housing, offices, and big-box retail. A shocking expose of how a group of ordinary citizens, who are passionate about the future of one the city's most treasured neighborhoods, are systematically shut out of the city's decision-making process, revealing New York City's broken public review system and provoking discussion on what we can do about it."

Panelists:

  • Maisha Morales: Furee Board Member and Small Business Owner (featured in film).
  • Joy Chatel: Furee Board Member, Executive Director of Friends 227 Abolitionist Place Museum and Cultural Center, Director of 4 Boroughs Preservation Society (featured in film).
  • Raul Rothblatt of Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn
  • Tom Angotti: Urban planner and author of "New York for Sale"

Cost: $7-$10 sliding scale.

Location: The Tank 354 West 45th Street New York, NY 10036

Contact: 718 852-2960 x. 301, or via the email address below.

Sponsored by: Families United for Racial & Economic Equality (FUREE) & Harlem Rezoning.

Posted by steve at 9:56 AM

September 10, 2009

Francis Morrone on WNYC: New Arena design for Atlantic Yards

According to the web site, Francis Morrone, architectural historian and author of An Architectural Guidebook to Brooklyn, will be a guest on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show, today to discuss the Barclays Center v3.0.

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Posted by lumi at 6:18 AM

August 22, 2009

New York Like a Native’s Atlantic Yards Footprint Tour

Time Out New York

Here's an opportunity to take a look around some the areas that would be most affected by the proposed Atlantic Yards project on a walking tour led by the expert on all things Atlantic Yards, Norman Oder. The tour takes place today rain or shine.

Meet at the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Building, 1 Hanson Pl at Ashland Pl, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (718-393-7537, nylikeanative.com). Sat 22 1:30–4pm, $15.
The gist: Journalist Norman Oder is uniquely qualified to lead this tour, which traverses the area around the controversial Atlantic Yards site in Brooklyn: He covers the proposed development since on his blog, Atlantic Yards Report (atlanticyardsreport.blogspot.com). “You can’t understand Atlantic Yards unless you walk around and know the history of the contested land,” says Oder. The walk begins in Fort Greene, with a look at the real-estate development, before heading into Prospect Heights, which will change greatly if the proposed arena and high-rise apartments are actually built. Oder will also touch on concerns about urban blight and affordable housing.
Join the walk if… You’re an urban affairs nerd, or if you loathe Bruce Ratner.

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Posted by steve at 7:22 AM

August 15, 2009

DSBA Meeting This Monday

Dean Street Block Association

Here's an announcement of a meeting of the Dean Street Block Association that serves as a reminder that the ESDC, the tool of developer Bruce Ratner, is accepting public comment until August 31st on the Atlantic Yards Modified Project Plan.

Monday, August 17th at 7:30-9:00

PLACE: 618 Dean Street Apt 1B (btwn. Carlton and Vanderbilt)

ATLANTIC YARDS: THEN AND NOW

Last Meeting Before End of Comment Period on Changes to Atlantic Yards

Atlantic Yards in 2009 is not the Atlantic Yards of 2006. Discuss the differences and help us prepare comments. What do we know? What don’t we know? All written comments are due August 31st! Please attend this very important meeting to discuss the concrete things each of us can do for our community.

YOUR INPUT IS ESSENTIAL PLEASE INVITE YOUR NEIGHBORS

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Posted by steve at 7:15 AM

August 2, 2009

CBN, FGA set AY informational meeting for August 6

Atlantic Yards Report

CBN, FGA set AY informational meeting for August 6 The Fort Greene Association and the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods have announced an informational meeting August 6 "on what will possibly be your last chance to respond to this ill conceived project." (Comments to the Empire State Development Corporation are due at the end of August.)

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Posted by steve at 9:36 AM

July 26, 2009

Rally - Last Chance to Save Coney Island

Save Coney Island

News from another Brooklyn land grab (click on the image to see a larger version):

Local activist group Save Coney Island is holding this Sunday (7/26) at 1 p.m. in the plaza in front of Brooklyn Borough Hall.

We are expecting a large crowd of New Yorkers to join us in urging the Bloomberg administration to fix its flawed rezoning plan for Coney Island. With the City Council set to vote on the plan this coming Wednesday, this rally is the public's last chance to make its voice heard.

We are calling for more acres to be devoted to outdoor amusements, for the removal of the four high-rise hotel towers proposed for the south side of Surf Avenue, and for the preservation of Coney Island's historic buildings. We share the hope and expectation expressed at the landuse committee hearing by Council member Recchia, Katz, and others that the City will address our concerns through negotiations before the full council vote.

Please join us in our rally to preserve Coney Island as a beloved "People's Playground" for all New Yorkers.

Coney Island is an American treasure. It should be developed the right way. We need your help.

WHAT: Rally to Save Coney Island
WHEN: Sunday July 26, 1 p.m.
WHERE: Columbus Park, by the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall

For more information, please contact Save Coney Island spokesman Juan Rivero at 646.229.6609.

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Posted by steve at 10:00 AM

July 23, 2009

Protocol for Public Hearing on the 2009 Modified General Project Plan for the Atlantic Yards Project

Empire State Development Corporation

Given the great susceptibility of Atlantic Yards hearings to devolve into sideshows of building trades-led chants of "Build it now!," heckling by a certain member of the clergy, and occasional outbursts by frustrated project opponents, the Empire State Development Corporation has actually laid out a "protocol" for next week's two-day hearing on the Modified General Project Plan.

In order to help facilitate an orderly and productive public hearing ESDC will employ the following protocols for each session:

  • Interested speakers will be asked to sign-up prior to speaking. Speakers will be asked to identify their respective position (in favor or against the project) and to the extent feasible speakers will be alternated between those in favor and those opposed.

  • Speakers can sign-up at the hearing location, starting one hour prior to each session, and will generally be heard on a first come basis. The only exception will be given to elected officials who will be given deference to speak when available.

  • In order to expedite the sign-in process, persons desiring to speak can complete the form below and submit at the hearing location on the date of the hearing.

  • ALL speakers will be limited to three (3) minutes. Speakers WILL BE CUT OFF when their time has elapsed.

  • Any attendee who disrupts the proceedings will be escorted off the premises.

Click thru [PDF] with instructions on how to submit comments via snail- or e-mail and a short form that you can fill out in advance to expedite the sign-up process if you wish to give testimony at the hearing.

NoLandGrab: This hearing might be worth attending if for no other reason than to see how effectively the ESDC is able to enforce its "protocol."

Posted by eric at 2:20 PM

July 29: SAY NO TO ATLANTIC YARDS - PROTEST Against Ratner’s Rip-off

From Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn:

Wednesday. July 29. 2pm.
Start Gathering at 1pm.
Outside Klitgord Auditorium of NYC Technical College
285 Jay Street, Near Tillary
[Map]
(A/C to Jay St./Borough Hall. 2/3 to Borough Hall)

The Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC, which is the state agency overseeing the Atlantic Yards proposal) is holding a public hearing on the Atlantic Yards project on July 29th.

Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn urges you to join a protest against Ratner’s destructive project outside the hearing and then to testify at the hearing.

This is it: there will be no more public hearings on Atlantic Yards or protests like this one.

This is the community’s chance to tell ESDC and Ratner:

We Don’t Want Atlantic Yards.
We Want Development That Works for the Community,
Not at the Expense of the Community.
Atlantic Yards Must Be Scrapped!

Posted by lumi at 5:23 AM

July 22, 2009

TONIGHT: Atlantic Yards Informational Meeting

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Please join Brooklyn Community Boards 2, 6 & 8 at an Informational Meeting to hear an updated presentation on proposed modifications to the Atlantic Yards Development General Project Plan. At this meeting proposed modifications to the plan will be presented by representatives for the New York State Empire Development Corporation and Forest City Ratner Companies. Following the presentation there will be an opportunity for questions (to be submitted in writing) and answers.

Meeting will be held 6:00-9:00pm on July 22, 2009 at Long Island University's Zeckendorf Health Sciences Center, Room 107 (enter Dekalb Avenue, off Flatbush Avenue).

Click here [PDF], or use the following link for meeting notice: http://www.brooklyncb6.org/calendar/#22

Posted by lumi at 6:11 AM

July 21, 2009

As informational meeting approaches, echoes of November 2004, and some pending questions

Atlantic Yards Report

More than four-and-a-half-years after their first informational meeting on Atlantic Yards, Community Boards 2, 6, and 8 tomorrow will sponsor another informational meeting, at Long Island University from 6 to 9 pm, under similar conditions, but with a different lineup.

The 11/29/04 meeting, held at the Klitgord Auditorium of New York City Technical College, was essentially The Plucky Jim Show,"to quote the Brooklyn Downtown Star, which reported on the polished answers of Forest City Ratner's now-departed Atlantic Yards point man, Jim Stuckey.
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While I haven't seen the rules for Wednesday, CB 6 District Manager Craig Hammerman, who had the unenviable role of moderating in 2004, said that the meeting will run in much the same manner. Project representatives will make a presentation, then attendees will be able to submit questions on index cards.
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Questions should be "closely tethered to the subject," he said, though, I suspect that the subject of the Modified GPP still points to a lot of potential questions.

Click through for Norman Oder's list of potential questions.

Posted by lumi at 5:05 AM

July 19, 2009

Important Meeting- Monday, July 20th at 7:30 – Spread the word!

The Dean Street Block Association

The Dean Street Block Association invites concerned community members to prepare for ESDC's hearings on the modified general project plan for the proposed Atlantic Yards project scheduled for July 29 and 30

Learn what you can do for the upcoming public hearings on Atlantic Yards – join us!

When: Monday, July 20th at 7:30-9:00

Where: 535 Dean Street #313 (Newswalk)

The Atlantic Yards Project is about to proceed through a set of important hearings and new approvals. What is Atlantic Yards now? The city, the state and the MTA have changed the structure of their agreements with Forest City Ratner so that the only parts of the project guaranteed to happen are an arena designed by an architecture firm from Kansas City and the start of two more buildings within five years of the vacant property being delivered to the developer. As of this moment no official illustrations of the site plan of the project exist. With the exception of the addition of some interim open space, images produced last year show the most likely outcome in our lifetimes:

www.atlanticlots.com

The state continues to argue the project will be built in full, although they concede it will take decades. No independent feasibility studies of the project have been released to the public, and nothing obligates the developer to cover the remaining 2/3 of the rail yard, build underground parking, create the lion’s share of the affordable housing or create any permanent public outdoor space. The environmental analysis of the project still assumes a ten year timetable to full build out and no additional impacts, even though we will almost certainly live within an incomplete or abandoned project for decades.

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Posted by steve at 9:11 AM

July 13, 2009

Community Boards Call Atlantic Yards Meeting for ESDC and Ratner

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

The agency that gives very little information will be joined by the developer which falsely prides itself on its "information sharing" to let you, the public, know what is going on with their Atlantic Yards debacle.

More coverage...

Atlantic Yards Report, Forest City Ratner to answer (written) questions at "informational meeting" July 22; when will new arena design be released?

In other words, don't expect Forest City Ratner representatives to be pressed to answer questions. Remember, they refused to attend the May 29 state Senate oversight hearing at Pratt Institute.
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Forest City Ratner has promised that the renderings of the arena that have emerged are preliminary, and that new designs will be released.

The question: will the new designs be released just on the eve of the informational meeting, or just on the eve of the public hearing?

Posted by eric at 10:49 PM

Atlantic Yards Informational Meeting

This notice came to us via Brooklyn Community Board 6 District Manager Craig Hammerman.

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Please join Brooklyn Community Boards 2, 6 & 8 at an Informational Meeting to hear an updated presentation on proposed modifications to the Atlantic Yards Development General Project Plan. At this meeting proposed modifications to the plan will be presented by representatives for the New York State Empire Development Corporation and Forest City Ratner Companies. Following the presentation there will be an opportunity for questions (to be submitted in writing) and answers.

Meeting will be held 6:00-9:00pm on July 22, 2009 at Long Island University's Zeckendorf Health Sciences Center, Room 107 (enter Dekalb Avenue, off Flatbush Avenue).

Click here [PDF], or use the following link for meeting notice: http://www.brooklyncb6.org/calendar/#22

Posted by eric at 12:01 PM

June 22, 2009

June 22, 23, 24: Three Key Atlantic Yards Meetings

From Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn (dddb.net):

Monday, June 22. 11:45am
MTA Finance Committee Meeting
at MTA Headquarters, 347 Madison Avenue (44-45), 5th Floor Board Room.

The committee is expected to present a renegotiated agreement with Ratner for the rights to the rail yards, and approve passing the agreement to the Board for its approval.

Tuesday, June 23. 9am
Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) Board Meeting
at ESDC offices, 37th Floor, 633 Third Avenue (40-41) in Manhattan.

The ESDC Board is expected to present and adopt a modified General Project Plan for Atlantic Yards, triggering a 60-day comment period.

Wednesday, June 24. 9:30am
Full MTA Board Meeting
at MTA Headquarters, 347 Madison Avenue (44-45), 5th Floor Board Room.

It is expected that the Board will be presented with a new Ratner rail yard deal and vote on it, if the Finance Committee recommends such action to them.

For further details on meeting rules and requirements for attendance, please check out http://www.dddb.net/php/latestnews_Linked.php?id=2131.

Posted by lumi at 5:46 AM

June 13, 2009

Tonight - Screening of "Brooklyn Boondoggle" At Freddy's

Meerkat Media Collective

Documentary:  Brooklyn Boondoggle

Freddy's Bar & Backroom (485 Dean St.)
Saturday, June 13th
Mixer from 5-8pm, Screening at 7pm

On Saturday, June 13th at 7pm The Meerkat Media Collective's new short film, BROOKLYN BOONDOGGLE will screen at Freddy's Bar & Backroom (485 Dean St.)

Exploring the highly controversial Atlantic Yards project, BROOKLYN BOONDOGGLE questions the trend of top-down urban development and asks, what if we were allowed to decide the future of our own neighborhoods?

The 11 minute film takes to the streets and talked to our neighbors about their feelings about the project. We talked to folks who are being kicked out of their homes, business owners hoping for increased sales, young people hoping for jobs and families concerned that the development would lower their quality of life.

Since there are already a lot of people doing good, in-depth investigative work into the project such as Norman Oder's Atlantic Yards Report Blog and Isabel Hill's long form documentary "Brooklyn Matters", this film simply tries to start a dialogue about this kind of top-down, corporate-led development, and use the example of Atlantic Yards as a case study that can be used in any city that is experiencing these kind of issues to begin to rethink this model and imagine alternatives.

While the story of the Atlantic Yards has been raging on , as it has already been widely debated, we hope to use this film as a cautionary tale and do what only a short doc can do best- inspire insight and action.

Posted by steve at 1:47 PM

The short documentary Brooklyn Boondoggle screens tonight at Freddy's

Atlantic Yards Report

The 11-minute documentary Brooklyn Boondoggle, which I described last month, will be screened tonight at 7 pm at Freddy's Bar & Backroom, which is slated to demolished for the Atlantic Yards project.

Though the title signals the film's general posture, it includes some ambivalent voices not heard much in the AY debate.

The screening is part of the Meerkat Media Mixer, which starts at 5 pm. According to the producers, many of the community members interviewed in the film will be there, as well as representatives from organizations involved in the ongoing conflict. The event lasts until 8 pm. There's no charge.

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Posted by steve at 10:49 AM

June 8, 2009

June 9th Community Meeting on the Fight Against the Atlantic Yards Project

Develop Don't Destroy Broklyn

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Posted by eric at 2:01 PM

May 24, 2009

June 9th Community Meeting on the Fight Against the Atlantic Yards Project

Develop Don't Destroy Broklyn

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Posted by steve at 9:12 AM

May 23, 2009

Brooklyn Exchanges, an exhibit on AY and more, is well worth a look

Norman Oder gives us his impressions of "Brooklyn Exchanges". For those who wish to see this exhibit for themselves, it is on through June 1 at Metropolitan Exchange, 33 Flatbush Avenue (at Livingston), and is open Wednesday-Saturday 12-6 p.m.

Particularly valuable is a historic timeline of Brooklyn--it's best to enter the gallery, go past the Atlantic Yards images, and walk counterclockwise to start with the timeline.

In each of the three major sections of the exhibition, the renderings of planned developments (e.g., CityPoint, the Irondale Theater at Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church), several of which are on hold, are juxtaposed with current views of the sites as well as historical photos.

Especially valuable are views of the theaters that once occupied the area near BAM. There's also an effort, with variable success, to intersperse text from interviews with residents and other interested parties.

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The segment of the show devoted the Vanderbilt/Atlantic Yards gives attention to the alternative UNITY plan, as well as interviews with photographer Tracy Collins (whose photos offer perspective on the AY footprint), and Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn legal chair Candace Carponter. (No, there are no interviews with plan boosters.)

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Posted by steve at 6:53 AM

May 21, 2009

Brooklyn Exchanges

Brooklyn Exchanges

Brooklyn Exchanges

The Brooklyn Exchanges exhibit, an interesting blend of past and future, is the result of work by Pratt architecture students exploring different facets of development in and near downtown Brooklyn, including the proposed Atlantic Yards project.

Many historical photographs, discovered as part of the research into history of the area, are on display. Students have contemplated the future, ranging from the gargantuan, developer-driven visions of Atlantic Yards and City Point, to the community-based UNITY Plan, to more futuristic ideas that might never be proposed but are meant as a way to achieve a more open approach to imagining what might be built.

An online component of the exhibit is available to anyone who wants to give their ideas as to what they would like to see happen in the following areas:

The Exhibit continues through June 1 at Metropolitan Exchange, 33 Flatbush Avenue
Gallery Hours: May 16-June 1, Wednesday-Saturday 12-6 p.m.

(Click on the pics for larger images.)

Posted by steve at 11:21 PM

April 29, 2009

Filmmakers’ Discussion Panel at Galapagos

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

A documentary about Atlantic Yards will run next week at the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) film festival:

On Tuesday, May 5 during the “Brooklyn Current” program (7 to 8:30 p.m.)... Brooklyn Boondoggle takes a close look at the community voices surrounding the Atlantic Yards project....

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Posted by lumi at 4:52 AM

March 24, 2009

RESCHEDULED: Meet ESDC CEO Marisa Lago Now April 8th

Via Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

CITY HALL Newspaper invites you to April's "On/Off the Record" Breakfast:

A breakfast with the CEO of the Empire State Development Corporation, Marisa Lago.

Wednesday, April 8. 8:30am -- 10:00am
TD Bank
317 Madision Avenue
(Corner of Madison and 42nd Street)

Moderated by Edward-Isaac Dovere, Editor of City Hall
Breakfast will be served.

Please RSVP to: 212.268.0441 or RSVP@manhattanmedia.com

Space is limited.

Posted by eric at 4:22 PM

March 5, 2009

The Documentary Bodega Series presents The Civilians: Brooklyn at Eye Level

UnionDocs

The Civilians: Brooklyn at Eye Level
Directed by Steven Cosson
March 8 | 7 pm
322 Union Avenue, Williamburg, Brooklyn

The Civilians most recent production, Brooklyn at Eye Level, was presented this past December at the Lyceum: “From debates over Atlantic Yards to the construction of high-rise condos, the future of central Brooklyn is being decided right now. The Civilians investigate—at eye level—the people and places that make this place what it is and what it will be.”

UnionDocs has invited director Steven Cosson and others from The Civilians to come screen some of this performance and to talk further about their unique methodology.

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Posted by eric at 12:55 PM

February 8, 2009

At CBN meeting Wednesday, the ESDC ombudsman will answer questions

Atlantic Yards Report

On Wednesday, February 11, the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods, at its General Membership Meeting, will host an Atlantic Yards Update, featuring Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) project ombudsman Forrest Taylor.

Among the questions that might be posed (though somehow I think comprehensive answers might be scarce):
--how much of the train trestle has been completed?
--why did the ESDC reverse itself, as DDDB points out, on whether the project was "shovel-ready"?
--for what federal stimulus money might the project be eligible?
--why did the ESDC let the city give the developer Forest City Ratner three years to rebuild the Carlton Avenue Bridge?

The meeting will start at 7:30 pm. It will be held at St. Cyril of Turau Belarusian Cathedral, Atlantic Avenue at Bond Street.

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Posted by amy at 10:43 AM

February 7, 2009

Empire State Development Corporation To Answer Atlantic Yards Questions

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

WHAT: Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods Hosts Q&A re Atlantic Yards

WHEN: Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 7:30 PM

WHERE: St. Cyril of Turau Belarusian Cathedral, Atlantic Avenue at Hoyt Street, Brooklyn, NY
Map and Directions

WHO: Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods, ESDC Atlantic Yards Ombudsman Mr. Forrest Taylor, local elected officials, Brooklyn community residents, media representatives

The Empire State Development Corporation's Atlantic Yards Ombudsman, Forrest Taylor, will be at the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods' bi-monthly general meeting next week to field questions about the stalled mega-development project.
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If you're curious about when the ESDC expects the Carlton Avenue Bridge to be rebuilt; why the Governor has been slashing budgets on just about every state-funded program while remaining mum about Atlantic Yards; just what the heck is going on with security plans for the planned basketball arena; or anything else having to do with the project -- this is your chance. CBN has also extended invitations to several Brooklyn elected officials, who may welcome the chance to pin down the ESDC on the many unaddressed issues and unanswered questions hanging over the Atlantic Yards project.

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Posted by amy at 12:32 PM

January 28, 2009

Columbia Law School Eminent Domain Forum, Today

Susette Kelo, the plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court eminent domain case Kelo vs. New London, and Jeff Benedict, author of Little Pink House, which chronicles the legal battle, will appear this evening at a forum hosted by the Columbia University School of Law's Federalist Society.

Also attending will be Nick Sprayregen, owner of Tuck-It-Away Self Storage, who is fighting Columbia University’s effort to take his generations-old family business to make way for a private development plan, and Sprayregen’s attorney, Norman Siegel, former Executive Director of the New York ACLU.

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
4:30 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.
Columbia University School of Law
William & June Warren Hall
Amsterdam Avenue & West 115th Street
(Entrance on Amsterdam Avenue between 115th & 116th Streets)
Room L107 (on Lower Level)
#1 Subway to 116th Street [map]

Click Here for more info.

Posted by eric at 10:43 AM

January 12, 2009

This Week At Maysles Uptown Cinema - SOUTH BROOKLYN

Duffed Out

Please join us this week as we focus on South Brooklyn in our series, Rent Control: New York Documented and Imagined, a six-month long examination through film and conversation between diverse communities of a city in flux.

On Thursday we screen Brooklyn Matters and Subprimed, two films highlighting the Atlantic Yards project and the foreclosure crisis in East New York that are must-see’s for all New Yorkers who care about the future of two important Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Maysles Cinema
343 Lenox Avenue between 127th & 128th
tel: 212 582 6050
www.mayslesinstitute.org

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Posted by eric at 4:42 PM

December 21, 2008

TODAY: Dec. 21 DDDB Holiday Party - You're Invited!

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

DDDB Holiday Party 2008

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Posted by steve at 11:30 AM

December 20, 2008

Yards party

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The Brooklyn Paper

Sunday, December 21: Opponents of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project aren’t all walkathons and charette reports. These people know how to have fun, too. Case in point, the Develop Don’t Destroy holiday party today at Freddy’s. Not only is it a chance to hang out with people who don’t like Bruce Ratner, but you can also have a few drinks in a historic bar.
4–7 pm. Freddy’s Bar & Backroom [485 Dean St., at Sixth Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 622-7035].

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Posted by amy at 4:40 PM

December 14, 2008

Daniel Sagarin Atlantic Yards Photography at Prospect Perk

Daniel Sagarin's photography exhibit will be on display at Prospect Perk Cafe until December 25. If you missed the Footprints: Portrait of a Brooklyn Neighborhood show, now is your chance to see some of the photographs.

Prospect Perk Cafe
183 STERLING PLACE
BROOKLYN, NY

Photo by Steve Soblick

Posted by amy at 11:30 AM

December 13, 2008

TODAY: BROOKLYN WOMEN'S ARTISAN HOLIDAY SALE

Shop local - and get your DDDB t-shirts!

Featuring
Words On Clothes --- Hand-sewn art wear with a special message
Erica's Rugelach & Baking, Co --- Brooklyn's own award-winning gourmet rugelach & specialty cookies
Aunt Ethel's --- Vintage button magnets & jewelry
Carnelian Knoll --- Distinctive silver & glass earrings
Silver Tao --- Asian fusion handbags & vintage kimonos
PLUS MUCH MUCH MORE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LIVE MUSIC! by classical guitarist Robert Secrist

FREE FOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DECEMBER 13th, Saturday, 11 am - 6 pm

137 St. Felix (between Hanson Place & Lafayette)
Brooklyn, New York
Just around the corner from BAM
All major subways to Atlantic & Pacific stop

DDDB's Holiday Shopping Guide is here...

Posted by amy at 11:19 AM

Rumble in Brooklyn: The Civilians’ Brooklyn at Eye Level

Brooklyn Rail
Aurin Squire

The fight over the Atlantic Yard Development is a battle for the heart and soul of Brooklyn. It is a part of the larger war being waged around the issues of gentrification vs. stagnation and progress vs. authenticity.

The award-winning theater company The Civilians takes on this issue and several others in a new docudrama with music, Brooklyn At Eye Level, which had a workshop production December 4-7 at the Brooklyn Lyceum. Based off of testimonials and interviews from all sides, The Civilian actors collected a wide scope of opinion on the Atlantic Yards, the protests, the backroom dealings, and the people on both sides.

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Posted by amy at 9:48 AM

December 9, 2008

Media Advisory--CBN calls for city and state audit of Atlantic Yards on 5th Anniversary

What: Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods marks 5th Anniversary of Atlantic Yards design reveal: calls for complete state and city audit of stalled project

Who: Confirmed speakers include NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery and NYC Councilmember Letitia James.

When: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 9:30AM

Where: Dean Street and 6th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Contact: 718-638-3349

Five years since Forest City Ratner debuted its plans for an arena and skyscraper complex in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn, hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars have been spent, hundreds of residents have been displaced, historic buildings have been destroyed, businesses have been driven out, and profound blight has been created by the developer. Now the developer has announced that all work on the project has stopped and there is no timetable for future activity.

Please join the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods for an inspection of the stalled project and to learn more about the call for a complete audit of public monies directed to the Atlantic Yards Development Project.

Posted by amy at 11:19 PM

December 6, 2008

The multiple visions (and gaps) of Brooklyn at Eye Level

Atlantic Yards Report reviews Brooklyn at Eye Level:

Perhaps the key quote comes from an unnamed character, an Atlantic Yards opponent: “The corruption and the greed of our so-called leaders was a shock. I come from a class where you don’t get fucked over in such an obvious way.”
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Missing, however, is a full sense of the public passions--there’s only one scene from the epic 8/23/06 hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, with a chorus of characters cheering and booing.
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And missing is any representative of the developer. While it’s likely that no one from Forest City Ratner cooperated, there is much evidence from former AY point man Jim Stuckey, a Brooklyn guy (from Bay Ridge) himself, on which to base a character.

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NoLandGrab: Maybe they left out Stuckey because although they could replicate the dialog, they could never replicate the hair.

Posted by amy at 11:07 AM

Brooklyn Neighborhood Acts Out On Development Plan

WNYC

At the Public Theater, the hip hop artist Danny Hoch recently put gentrification on stage in his show called "Taking Over." A similar project has been in development by the theater company The Civilians.

Their project is called "Brooklyn at Eye Level." It brings performers together with community residents to discuss development projects in Brooklyn, centering on the Atlantic Yards project.

The actors spent the past 2 months interviewing people around Brooklyn, and compiled the best interviews into an hour long show.

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Posted by amy at 10:13 AM

Pencil This In

Gothamist

THEATER: The Civilians make theater by fanning out into the world and talking with a wide variety of people about a chosen topic—say, losing stuff—then weave the exchanges into a fast-paced, multi-faceted take on contemporary struggles. Their hotly anticipated new show, Brooklyn at Eye Level, is the culmination of a long-term investigation of development in Brooklyn—particularly the controversial Atlantic Yards project—and its impact on the community. Today's performance will be followed by a discussion led by Gilly Youner, Trustee of Park Slope Civic Council. – John Del Signore

Sunday // 3 p.m. // The Brooklyn Lyceum [227 4th Avenue] // Suggested Donation at Box Office

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Posted by amy at 10:10 AM

December 5, 2008

Brooklyn at Eye Level: go see it

Atlantic Yards Report

Theater critic Norman Oder files a preliminary review of The Civilians' Brooklyn at Eye Level, and the early notices are positive.

The story of Atlantic Yards is, as Bertha Lewis of ACORN says, "a great Brooklyn epic," and this weekend's performances of The Civilians' Brooklyn at Eye Level certainly convey that sense.

The show, put together at a whirlwind pace over the past five weeks, is hardly finished; rather, the performance at the Brooklyn Lyceum mixes monologues (from interviews), dance, and song, part of "a great big massive sprawling project with all sorts of moving pieces, and selections from each,” according to Civilians founder Steve Cosson. It's in the "investigation phase," and more polished work will be produced down the line.
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I'll wait until tomorrow to post more thoughtful reflections, but I'll remind readers that there are tickets (reservations; pay-what-you-can) for some of the shows this weekend, and it's well worth seeing, especially the closing number when the power of the theater hits home.

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Posted by eric at 10:21 AM

Brooklyn At Eye Level: Opening Night

Brit in Brooklyn checked out the opening of "Brooklyn At Eye Level," which started its limited run last night at the Brooklyn Lyceum.

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Click here for a note from director Michael Premo from the Brooklyn At Eye Level Blog.

Posted by lumi at 5:46 AM

December 4, 2008

Starting TONIGHT: Brooklyn at Eye Level

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Drawing inspiration from interviews conducted around the Atlantic Yards footprint, Brooklyn at Eye Level is a take on the Atlantic Yards story through theater, dance and music. The Civilians Theater Company will be performing the show at the Brooklyn Lyceum this week. I got to sit in on an early rehearsal to shoot it, and found it fascinating. Looking forward to seeing the finished work.

Brooklyn at Eye Level from The Civilians theatre company at the 4th Avenue Lyceum.

December 4 – 7, 2008 The Brooklyn Lyceum
227 4th Avenue
(M,R to Union St. or 2,3,4,5,N,B,Q to Atlantic)
Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm
Saturday and Sunday at 3pm
Pay-What-You-Can
Limited seating! Click here to reserve seats or call 212-730-2019

More entries from the Brooklyn at Eye Level Blog:

"But the BROOKLYN Dodgers spoke to Brooklyn as a city unto itself. And if they had been named differently or played in another part of the city, it wouldn’t have meant anything at all.” - Met’s Fan and Fourth Generation Brooklynite

“the Unity Plan would have been much better…it had affordable housing, like 80 percent affordable. It had lower, lower . . . buildings. No skyscrapers." - Public Servant

NoLandGrab: A few of the UNITY plan facts stated above are wrong. There ARE highrises in the UNITY plan, just not 500 ft. tall, and the plan calls for “60% affordable housing,” not an eye-popping 80%.

"POOR PEOPLE NEED TO BE LIFTED OUT OF POVERTY. The idea is to do away with poverty not make poverty more comfortable.” - An Elder from Around the Way

Posted by lumi at 5:21 AM

December 3, 2008

Front Page Meets Center Stage

With reportage, The Civilians find drama in daily life.

Back Stage
by Halley Bondy

The actors' trade pub profiles the upcoming Brooklyn at Eye Level project by The Civilians.

Part theatre artists and part investigative journalists, the New York City-based production company The Civilians hit the streets last month to report on the Atlantic Yards project, a commercial development plan already in the works in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Though the real drama is in the Yards, The Civilians will enact all sides of the convoluted issue on stage in Brooklyn at Eye Level, a limited engagement from Dec. 4-7 at the Brooklyn Lyceum.
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Over the past few months, members of The Civilians, including actors, reached out to the Brooklyn district, conducted interviews, and compiled Brooklyn at Eye Level under the direction of Steve Cosson. Some of the interviews were also put to music by composer Michael Friedman.

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NoLandGrab: The article mistakenly states that Forest City Ratner "began construction in 2007" — the only "construction" thus far has been the company's relentless and methodical de-construction of a large swath of Prospect Heights.

Posted by eric at 7:58 PM

November 29, 2008

Brooklyn at Eye Level - new posts

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Here are some more excerpts from interviews conducted by The Civilians, as background for the new play about Atlantic Yards:

“I think it’s questionable to even call the Atlantic Yards agreement a “Community Benefits Agreement.” Because if you think that one of the definite defining points is that there is a coalition of community and labor, I don’t think they have that. They made a beeline to the developer…where was the community in that community benefit agreement? There are…all of the surrounding neighborhoods have community-based organizations that were never consulted.” - Urban Planner

“My initial understanding of the project was that it was just a Nets stadium, and I thought, “Well what’s so wrong with that?” I’m not a huge basketball fan but I didn’t see the huge problem. Then I realized that there were houses being torn down as a result of the project and I thought, “Okay that’s crossing the line.” Eventually the whole problem of the project dawned on me: It’s not just that the project is making housing more difficult, which it is, but it’s a complete and total blight on Brooklyn itself, and me living close to it it’s just horrendous. Traffic will go through the roof, entire blocks will be cast in shadows throughout the entire day because of the office buildings and apartment complexes, which are going to be very expensive and as if housing in New York wasn’t expensive enough already. Ratner’s plans are ultimately going to only grant him a load of money and meanwhile put a total blemish on the face of Brooklyn. I said earlier that Brooklyn was like a rainbow in its diversity, and one might argue that this project is just another hue in the cultural rainbow; I respond, if you threw a dull brown-grey into the middle of a rainbow, it would seem out of place and ugly. That’s the problem with Atlantic Yards: It’s a total eyesore, a housing and traffic nightmare and there is simply so much more harm that can come out of this project than good.” - Brooklyn High School Student

Posted by amy at 10:08 AM

November 27, 2008

Agit prop

The Brooklyn Paper
By Sarah Portlock

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There’s a lot that’s angering Brooklynites these days, so how better to vent about it than to put on a show?

That’s the thematic basis for “Brooklyn at Eye Level,” the new production by Manhattan-based theater troupe, the Civilians. The play — a musical actually! — is based on hundreds of hours of interviews with community leaders about local development projects and gentrification.
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“The reason why we’re doing [this performance] is to try to make people understand what’s actually been happening and what’s at stake,” Cosson said. “What we’ve found out is going to surprise people.”

“Brooklyn at Eye Level,” Dec. 4–7, Brooklyn Lyceum (227 Fourth Ave., between Union and President streets in Park Slope). For information, visit www.thecivilians.org and brooklynateyelevel.org.

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Brooklyn Daily Eagle, The Civilians present “Brooklyn at Eye Level”

Brooklyn residents, community activists, developers and politicos will discuss the social ecology of their borough, Dec. 4 through 7, following performances of theater, music and dance at “Brooklyn at Eye Level.” The piece, based on interviews with Brooklynites—young, old, activists and developers—looks at the rapidly changing face of Brooklyn, centering on the Atlantic Yards project.

Posted by lumi at 4:43 AM

November 22, 2008

TONIGHT: Freddy's Donald O'Finn Video Art Opening This Weekend, Partial Proceeds to DDDB

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

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Freddy's Bar & Backroom manager Donald O'Finn has an opening night reception for his video art installation this Saturday in Red Hook. Freddy's is, of course, one of the nine plaintiffs on the eminent domain lawsuit trying to keep their property from NY State seizure for Bruce Ratner's boondoggle.

And Donald is donating some of the proceeds from his opening reception to DDDB.

Projection - re-purposed video art installation by Donald O'Finn
Opening Night Reception
Saturday November 22
8pm-12am
Bar Botanica
220 Conover Street
Red Hook
Brooklyn, New York

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Posted by eric at 11:36 AM

November 21, 2008

The Civilians

Brooklyn Tech High School News
Written by Adrianne Cesar

Progressive Student Awareness invites you to come take part in THE CIVILIANS.

As we all know change is inevitable and in the case of Brooklyn, that could only be an understatement. The Civilians have undergone an investigation and have interviewed many people in the atlantic yards area. Some of their interviews have even been conducted by some of our tech students. Some of them include: Justice Buckmaster, Steven Bartashev, Rebecca Morofsky, and Melanie Adams. Their performance is part of a project by BROOKLYN AT EYE LEVEL, which is an acclaimed theater company.

Come watch as The Civilians take real life accounts and every day people and incorporate them into a performance of theatre, dance, and music.This event is being held at the Brooklyn Lyceum at 227 4th Avenue. Performances will be held on December 4-6 at 8pm and Dec. 6 & 7 at 3 pm.

Don't miss out! Reserve your seating now. Call 212-730-2019 or visit thecivilians.org. ake the M or R to Union St. or the 2,3,4,5,N,B,Q to Atlantic.

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Posted by lumi at 5:57 AM

November 19, 2008

Episode 4: Unreliable Sources

IFCMediaProjBanner.gif The IFC Media Project premiered last night on the Independent Film Channel. Episode 4, to air December 9, will take a serious look at coverage of Atlantic Yards:

This episode looks at the people and outlets that provide us the news, and asks: Who are they? Why should we trust them?
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Atlantic Yards (10min)
New York has three major daily papers all competing for readers, advertisers and power. This should lead to great coverage of major stories – but in the case of one story at least, it hasn't. Atlantic Yards is one of the biggest real estate developments in the city's history, yet the three papers have barely scratched the surface. In this piece we examine how government collusion with the developer and the developer's business ties to the paper have resulted in a half-told story that's failed to serve the public interest.

Posted by lumi at 4:52 AM

November 16, 2008

At centennial of Martyrs' Monument, some worthy reminders

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Atlantic Yards Report

The driving force for the centennial celebration was Ruth Learnard Goldstein, chair of the centennial committee of the Fort Greene Park Conservancy, who's tried for decades to restore the monument. She also happens to be a board member of Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB). So DDDB, which does not frequently have a presence in other civic programs (other than that of the Brooklyn Peace Fair 2008 journal), bought a small advertisement in the centennial journal.

The journal contained advertisements from, among others, the Myrtle Avenue Partnership, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Industrial Park, the Society of Old Brooklynites, the Society for Clinton Hill, and a variety of local businesses. The only developer, for the record, was IBEC Living, which has developed the nearby Clermont Armory.

So there was no advertisement from Forest City Ratner, which is building the 80 DeKalb Avenue project just west of the park's southern border. That may be because the building is under construction. Then again, working with an avowed opponent of Atlantic Yards might have been a bit icky.

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Posted by amy at 9:41 AM

November 15, 2008

February 1, 2009: CFP: The Dreamland Pavilion: Brooklyn and Development

Truly Educated Events

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Dreamland Pavilion: Brooklyn and Development Kingsborough Community College, The City University of New York October 2-3, 2009

How has Brooklyn become what it is: a place of nostalgia, imagination, or fantasy as much as a territorial space, an outer borough of New York City? Isn't it time to assess critically the rapid changes in the borough over the last decade? With tremendous growth comes certain costs, but how do we evaluate the present moment, poised between Brooklyn past and Brooklyn future? How is 'development' defined differently by different groups in different contexts? Finally, how do Brooklyn's diverse localities and populations reflect or even shape the future of New York, a global metropolis? This conference aims to be a space within which these and other questions will be addressed, discussed, even answered. The two-day gathering will combine moderated panels (in both traditional academic and roundtable formats), guided visits to local sites, artistic performances and discussion.

We welcome proposals from all relevant academic disciplines, including history, literary studies, political science, geography, and sociology. We are equally interested in proposals from those outside academia, including architects, artists, journalists, activists, urban planners and others concerned with Brooklyn in particular and urban space in general.

The primary areas we will focus on in the conference are:
--The Arts and Cultural Practices: the borough's relationship to film, literature, and the performing arts.
--Development Projects: the conflicts and controversies surrounding Brooklyn's most important contemporary development projects
--Demographics and Diversity: the broader forces that have reshaped Brooklynites lives in past and present, including migration, education, housing and urban politics.

Possible topics for panelists to address within these areas could include:
--Renters and homeowners
--Decision-making processes
--Relationship of arts and culture to neighborhood geography
--Case studies of particular neighborhoods
--The Atlantic Yards project or Coney Island redevelopment
--Dynamics of race and/or ethnicity
--Environmental impact of development
--Access to local institutions
--Privatization and public space

Proposals should be submitted by February 1, 2009 and should include:
--A one-page description of your topic
--Contact information: Name, position and affiliation, telephone numbers (home and cellphone), mail address and e-mail.

Please email completed proposals to Dr. Rick Armstrong, Department of English, Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York, at: stephen.armstrong@kingsborough.edu.

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Posted by amy at 10:31 AM

November 7, 2008

Gala for design leaders not your humdrum affair

NY Daily News

Ratner exec fêted:

At last Thursday's American Institute of Architects' (AIA) Heritage Ball, hosted by the New York chapter, 1,200-plus people showed up at the annual black-tie event to honor some of New York's design leaders. Not your usual humdrum affair, this one had an 8-minute video documentary produced by N.Y. AIA executive director Rick Bell. In it, honorees Daniel Libeskind and his wife, Nina, NYC Housing Preservation Development head Shawn Donovan, Forest City Ratner exec MaryAnne Gilmartin and the Robin Hood Foundation's David Saltzman talked about their favorite books, New York buildings and why they do what they do. Afterward the four gave speeches.

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Posted by lumi at 4:14 AM

November 4, 2008

Interviewees wanted for the Civilians' insta-theater inspired by AY

Atlantic Yards Report

The Civilians theater troupe, as I wrote in January, plans a piece inspired by Atlantic Yards.

Now they're seeking interviewees for a project that will first go on stage in about a month.

The announcement

The Civilians want to hear from you. Brooklyn is changing fast. We are creating BROOKLYN AT EYE LEVEL a theater show inspired by interviews about the transformation of Brooklyn and the controversial Atlantic Yards Project. If you have something to say about the communities surrounding the proposed project (Downtown, Ft. Greene, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Prospect Heights & Park Slope), we want to listen. We want to talk to long-term residents, recent arrivals, players in the Atlantic Yards story, anyone who works or lives in the area and cares about the future of Brooklyn. Eager to hear from all perspectives. If you want to be interviewed send us an email with a little information about yourself to Michael Premo, Project Coordinator: Premo(at)thecivilians(dot)org. For more information: www.brooklynateyelevel.org. These interviews will be performed along with original music and dance by Urban Bush Women live at the Brooklyn Lyceum, December 4th – 7th.

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Posted by lumi at 5:13 AM

November 2, 2008

Brooklyn Walkathon Against Eminent Domain Abuse Boosts Legal Fund

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ground report
Richard Cooper

The October 4tth, 2008 Walkathon on behalf of the legal fund of Develop, Don't Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB) raised $45,000 despite the downturn according to DDDB www.dddb.net. They are combatting the attempt by developer Bruce Ratner of Forest City Ratner in league with Borough President Marty Markowitz and, Mayor Michael Bloomberg to seize private property and turn it over to Ratner for a combination sports arena, office and residential complex. The Libertarian Party of New York is strongly opposed to eminent domain and fielded a team of three walkers with myself as captain on short notice. The Libertarian Party already took on Forest City Ratner with the campaign I called Time$cam when the Times and Ratner had the State take private property for the new NY TImes building. We held a protest outside the old Times Building on 43rd Street in October 2002.

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Posted by amy at 9:35 AM

October 31, 2008

Inside Art — Muralist in the basement

The NY Times

The assistant curator of the Jewish Museum discovered Brooklyn artist Leola Bermanzohn at last year's "Footprints" exhibit:

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On Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m., Leola Bermanzohn, a 31-year-old Brooklyn artist, can be found toiling in the basement of the Jewish Museum. Visitors can watch her work and chat with her as she paints a mural inspired by the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Called “Otiyot” (Hebrew for letters), it will be composed in a new style of Hebrew alphabet inspired by Jewish mysticism, traditional calligraphy and graffiti. It is Ms. Bermanzohn’s response to the exhibition “The Dead Sea Scrolls: Mysteries of the Ancient World,” at the museum.
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Mr. Belasco first saw Ms. Bermanzohn’s work last year at “Footprints: Portrait of a Brooklyn Neighborhood,” a show at the Brooklyn Public Library in which artists created works related to the area selected for the Atlantic Yards development.

“It was an abstract painting,” he said. “The style and line was really strong — it smacked me in the eye.”

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Posted by lumi at 5:19 AM

October 20, 2008

Thank You For Making Walkathon 4 a Great Success!

JBWDDB4-01.jpg Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn thanked everyone who had nothing better to do could think of nothing they'd rather do on a Saturday night than help raise money for and awareness of the fight against Bruce Ratner's eminent-domain-abusin' subsidy-suckin' multi-billion-dollar arena-and-highrise megaproject.

The coalition leading the legal fight against Atlantic Yards gave thanks to the Atomic Grind Show for putting on a show at the after party and to all of the sponsors:
Mercado Social
Erica’s Rugelach & Baking Company
Cousin John's
Trois Pommes Patisserie
Le Gamin Café
Gnarley Vines
The Greene Grape
Olea Mediterranean Taverna
Chez Oskar French Bistro
Night of the Cookers
Providence Day Spa
Massage Therapy by Stana Weisburd, LMT

There are more pics of the event from photogs Jonathan Barkey and Adrian Kinloch.

Posted by lumi at 5:11 AM

October 19, 2008

Walk Don't Destroy 4 Photos

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NoLandGrab's Walk Don't Destroy Flickr set

Posted by amy at 3:49 PM

October 18, 2008

TODAY: Walkathon, Oct. 18: Sponsor a Walker Today! After Party With Delphine Blue & The Atomic Grind Show

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Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

TODAY: Come out and Walk to Raise Funds for the Legal Fight Against Ratner's Faltering Atlantic Yards Plan.

Due to the brutal economy, widespread community opposition, pending lawsuits and Ratner's own mismanagement, the developer cannot possibly build the project he has promised these last five years. Still, he continues his devastation of Prospect Heights and swallowing hundreds of millions of public dollars in the midst of this recession. And he does this with New York State's support. That is amoral, and it's gotta stop.

Thats why we need YOU to participate in the Walkathon

And after the walk, come to the party at the Brooklyn Lyceum, Featuring:

The global sounds of legendary New York City club and radio DJ Delphine Blue A live set from The Atomic Grind Show "mixing rock, jazz, country and other musical styles with carny attitude" (TimeOutNY).

All walkers and donors get in free. For those not walking or sponsoring walkers, entrance is a $20 donation.

Now for those of you who aren't registered for the walk or haven't yet sponsored a walker:

If you are unable to join the Walkathon you can still show your support by sponsoring one of the walker teams or an individual walker. It's quick and easy...

The walk will commence in front of Bob Law's Seafood Cafe (637 Vanderbilt -- btwn St. Marks and Prospect Place) and conclude with an after party including free food and live music (to be announced) at the Brooklyn Lyceum (227 4th Avenue at President Street).

Registration for walkers will start at 5:15pm in front of Bob Law's Seafood Cafe, and the walk will take place from 6:15 - 7:30pm.

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Posted by amy at 9:54 AM

October 13, 2008

Term Limits, Wall Street Bust & End of NYC Real Estate Boom

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CUNY SOCIAL FORUM

Term Limits, Wall Street Bust & End of NYC Real Estate Boom:
An analysis and presentation on the growing citywide resistance against

Bloomberg's Agenda to Gentrify Low Income Communities.

Saturday, October 18, 2008
From 3:30 to 4:50 PM
(North Academic Campus) NAC Building - Room (1/201)

New York is Home to All: Citywide Organizing Against Bloomberg's Agenda to Gentrify Low Income Communities in New York City. Join us in a round table analysis and interactive discussion on Bloomberg's racist Master Plan to ethnically cleanse New York City's low income neighborhoods by employing his weapons of mass displacement: Sell-out Elected Officials, The City Planning Department, the New York City Council, the Empire State Development Corporation, Zoning, Eminent Domain, Bogus Community Benefit Agreements and Paid Off Community Base Front Groups.

Moderator: Nellie Hester Bailey, Executive Director, Harlem Tenants Council

Panelists:

Attorney Kim Powell: BRUSH (Buyers & Renters to Save Harlem)

David Galarza: Sunset Park alliance of Neighbors (Queens)

Sergio Aguirro, Committee for Defense of Willets Point

Josephine Lee: Coalition to Protect Chinatown/Lower East Side

Tom Angotti, Urban Planner & Author (New York for Sale: Community Planning Confronts Global Real Estate, 2008)

Tom Angotti's book is now for sale (much like New York, only in a good way). From the press release:

In New York for Sale, Tom Angotti tells some of the stories of community planning in New York City: how activists moved beyond simple protests and began to formulate community plans to protect neighborhoods against urban renewal, real estate mega-projects, gentrification, and environmen tal hazards.

A full list of Angotti's book presentations in Manhattan and Brooklyn available after the jump.

What is the relationship between these entities and how are grass roots groups throughout the City organizing resistance and fight back? In addition, Bloomberg is attempting to defy the democratic process by abolishing Term Limits to complete his racist development agenda even in midst of the worst economic crisis the city and nation have ever faced. A look at the scheme to overturn Term Limit as it relates to furthering the gentrification process in addition to an analysis of the end of NYC's real estate boom and its impact on development projects including Harlem's fame 125th Street!

The core of the discussion will center on the growing citywide movement to "Dump Bloomberg" in protest of the Mayor's housing program that has razed low income communities from Harlem to Sunset Park to Willets Point to make way for more profitable luxury developments catering to a wealthy elite while sacrificing working families and small businesses that built the city. While the majority of residents in the City are living from paycheck to paycheck Bloomberg's personal fortune has increased from $14 to 2$22.5 billion, making him the 8th richest person in the nation. Don't miss this critical workshop.

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Other [panelists] to be announced including representatives from the Coalition Against East 125th Street Development Project & Movement for Justice in El Barrio. Tune in to WHCR 90.3 FM Radio for Inside Housing on Monday, October 13th from 6 PM to 7 PM for additional information on CUNY Social Forum.


New York City Book Presentations: October/November 2008

NEW YORK FOR SALE: COMMUNITY PLANNING CONFRONTS GLOBAL REAL ESTATE by Tom Angotti

Now available from MIT Press at http://mitpress.mit.edu

October 20 (Mon) Museum of the City of New York, 5th Ave @ 104 St.,

6:30 pm Manhattan. $9, $5 for Museum members

                     Panel discussion: “Are Developers Overbuilding?” Book signing follows.

October 26 (Sun) Home of Isabel Hill, Park Slope, Brooklyn

5 pm 562 4th Street, btw 8th Ave. & Prospect Park West

October 28 (Tues) Metropolitan Exchange, Brooklyn

7 pm 33 Flatbush Ave. btw Livingston & Fulton, 6th Floor

November 6 (Thurs) Bluestockings Bookstore, Manhattan

7 pm 172 Allen St., btw Stanton & Rivington

November 12 (Wed) Center for Place, Culture & Politics, Manhattan

6 pm CUNY Graduate Center, 5th Ave & 34th St., Rm. 6107

November 13 (Thurs) Brecht Forum, Manhattan

7:30 pm 451 West St., btw Bank & Bethune

November 17 (Mon) Hunter College, Manhattan

7:15 pm 68th & Lexington, West Building, 8th Floor

November 18 (Tues) Municipal Art Society, Manhattan

6:30 pm 457 Madison Ave. @ 51st St.

November 23 (Sun) Planners Network Book Club

                    Bluestockings Bookstore, Manhattan

                    172 Allen St., btw Stanton & Rivington

Posted by amy at 9:05 AM

October 9, 2008

On stage, the gentrification of Williamsburg: one actor, compelling characters, and some gaps

Atlantic Yards Report

Norman Oder reviews a one-man show about gentrification:

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The prodigiously talented Danny Hoch, he of the one-man, multi-character shows “Jails, Hospitals, and Hip-Hop” and “Some People,” turns to his home neighborhood of Williamsburg in “Taking Over,” a deftly portrayed and thoroughly absorbing--yet at times frustrating--look at gentrification.

It’s admirable that Hoch pushed for free shows in the boroughs, and it’s worth paying good money to see him, a kinetic Jewish guy from Queens who's steeped in hip-hop. More than a mimic, he inhabits an array of characters, both gentrifiers and the gentrified, capturing the details that mark the tense transition from drug-ravaged 'hood to condo paradise, the loss of New York’s soul that got further attention since the first Jane Jacobs panel last year.

Hoch leaves us with some arresting images and the message, at least, to wake up, and to be willing to look your neighbor in the eye. I joined in the enthusiastic applause at the end of the show but hope that, as the show develops, Hoch might flesh it out more, the same way documentary theater artist Anna Deavere Smith deepened the show Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 by adding more ambiguity.

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Posted by eric at 5:18 AM

October 7, 2008

Atlantic Antic Antics 2008

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Yesterday, Gothamist attended the 34th annual Atlantic Antic along Atlantic Avenue between Hicks Street and Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn. For the uninitiated, this not your typical New York "tube sock" street fair.
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One thing was definitely different this year – there was a pronounced political presence.... Opponents to the embattled Atlantic Yards project were also gathering petitions, while the development's supporters trotted out the Nets mascot to charm the masses.

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Posted by lumi at 5:54 AM

October 6, 2008

At the Atlantic Antic, FCR, DDDB, & CBN

Atlantic Yards Report

The Atlantic Antic yesterday featured a wide array of vendors and organizations, but I of course went looking for those involved in the AY fight.

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The Barclays Center has it's own promotional van ("Assisting the community?"), not to be confused with the NJ Nets van, which features Nets mascot and Bruce Ratner's alter-ego, "Sly Fox."

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn and the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods had fliers, facts, the last laugh, but no vans.

Check out Norman Oder's photos from the Antic here.

Posted by eric at 6:08 AM

Antics

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The Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods took their best pot shot (they make it so easy) at Bruce Ratner's $4 BILLION Atlantic Yards megaproject at yesterday's Atlantic Antic.

Photos, NoLandGrab.

Posted by eric at 5:57 AM

September 23, 2008

Atlantic Yards, the Musical Tragicomedy

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Brooklyn at Eye Level, a long-term investigation of development in Brooklyn and its effect on neighborhood and community. For this work the company will connect artists, community members and local youth using their signature creative process grounded in documentary art. Brooklyn at Eye Level will examine the surge of development in Brooklyn, with a specific focus on the controversial Atlantic Yards project and its effect on the surrounding communities of Fort Greene, Boreum Hill, Downtown Brooklyn, Crown Heights, Park Slope and Prospect Heights.
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The Labs and the community investigation will culminate in a week of public performances at the Brooklyn Lyceum December 4-7, 2008 featuring professional actors, musicians and dancers as well as local residents. Following the December shows, the company will use the material gathered in the fall to develop a new full-length work of theater as well as online content and several future programs to be announced.

“Though the focus will be the Atlantic Yards project, we hope to delve deeply into the issues of development, eminent domain and community on a broad level, looking at changes in many neighborhoods and how they affects people’s lives on an intimate level” explained Steven Cosson. “We are excited to begin this new theatrical experiment so close to home and are looking forward to seeing what this project reveals about our city and ourselves.”

TheaterMania, The Civilians to Present Brooklyn at Eye Level in December

The award-winning theater troupe The Civilians will present their newest work, Brooklyn at Eye Level, at the Brooklyn Lyceum, December 4-7.

This new work will examine the surge of development in Brooklyn, with a specific focus on the controversial Atlantic Yards project and its effect on the surrounding communities. The group, led by artistic director Steven Cosson, will conduct interviews with residents, business owners, politicians, and civic organizations in preparation for the show. They will also work with playwright Lucy Thurber, dance company Urban Bush Women, and composer Michael Friedman, along with a variety of local artists.

After the December performances, the company will use the material to develop a full-length theater piece, along with online content and other future programs.

Brownstoner, Closing Bell: Atlantic Yards...On Stage?

B-stoners wonder who you would cast as überdeveloper Bruce Ratner.

Between Productions, Civilian Action

The Civilians, who created the delightful Off Broadway musical Gone Missing (pictured), are taking on an entirely different subject for their next production: Gentrification in Brooklyn, with an emphasis on the Atlantic Yards project/fiasco taking shape in my backyard. (I've said before that I'd love to see something like Chicago's Millennium Park rise from its all-but-ashes, but my gut tells me all we'll get from it are empty lots and building remnants left from its clearing).

Posted by lumi at 6:07 AM

July 26, 2008

Weds. 7/30: 4 Borough Meets in Queens with special presentation on Atlantic Yards

The next Four Borough Neighborhood Preservation Alliance meeting is coming up. Here are the details:

Wednesday July 30, 2008
Queens Borough Hall
6 pm - Legislative Committee
6:30 - 7:45 - Corporation meeting (discussing our recent election and bylaws)
7:45-9:00 - Foundation Meeting including a presentation and discussion with advocates for community input in the Atlantic Yards proposal

Directions: Take the E/F to Kew Gardens/Union Turnpike

All are welcome!

Your chance to discuss Atlantic Yards with the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods

Posted by amy at 1:01 PM

July 22, 2008

At MCNY panel, defending dissent and promoting the better way to develop (not like Atlantic Yards)

Atlantic Yards Report

Norman Oder reports from a panel discussion last Thursday at the Museum of the City of New York that went a little off-topic.

But the Civic Talk, sponsored by Henry Stern’s New York Civic and titled “What If? Battles Over Development,” was notable for some rhetorical disagreement about the nature of civic opposition and some strong opinions on the right way to develop in New York. And Atlantic Yards came up not as a good example but as something to be avoided.
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[Urban Planner Alexander] Garvin then criticized government projects and, apparently, public-private partnerships like those pursued by the ESDC: “And we would stop having this ridiculous argument that we constantly have about the government going to get involved in developing property on its own. I think the government should be not developing real estate. The government should be doing its investing in its infrastructure and its own property. And there is a great deal of it. We do not maintain our streets well. We have collapsed bridges everywhere.”

“And finally this city has begun to do the kind of investment that it did in the 19th century, and that I believe would help deal with a lot of what Al Butzel is talking about," he said. "If we stopped talking about developing Atlantic Yards or developing these things and left private property to the private owners to develop and instead spent our money on the public realm, I think we’d get a lot of work [done].”

That drew significant applause.

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Posted by eric at 9:35 AM

June 22, 2008

The Time to SAVE CONEY ISLAND is NOW!!

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Save Coney Island Coalition via MySpace

Please attend this Public Scoping Hearing, June 24th, 6PM

Please voice your opinion about the City's Plan to redevelop Coney Island at this Public Scoping Hearing!

WHEN:

Tuesday, June 24, 2008, 6pm

WHERE:

Lincoln High School

2800 Ocean Parkway ((2800 Ocean Parkway. Q train to the Ocean Parkway Station, then walk 3 blocks north)

WHY:

This is your opportunity to officially voice your opinion, on public record, and Change the Future of Coney Island.

Please review the City's Plan and attend this hearing, prepared to testify and make a statement about this Plan and how you feel Coney Island should be redeveloped!!

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The City's new plan almost completely abolishes the amusement district for the sake of high rise hotels and retail.

Coney Island is currently zoned for 61 acres of amusements; the city's new proposal reduces the amount of amusements to 9 acres.

This reduction of the Amusement Distirct will destroy Coney Island's legacy as "the People's Playground" and defeat the goal of creating a world class amusement and tourist destination.

25 to 30 story high rises and retail do not belong in the amusement district!

Retail is no substitute for amusements!

There is plenty of space outside of the Amusement District, in Coney Island for residential, hotels and retail! Why destroy the amusement district forever to meet this goal?

Save Coney Island says YES to Revitalizing Coney's World Famous Amusement District!

NO

to 26 New High Rises of up to 30 stories each in the current Amusement District!

NO

to Retail, Malls or "Entertainment Retail" in the Amusement District!

NO

to shrinkage of the Amusement District from 61 acres to 9 acres!

YES

to preserving Amusement Zoning in the Amusement District!!

YES

to keeping Coney Island the People's Playground- providing accessible Amusements for ALL to enjoy!!

If you Cannot Attend the Hearing- Write a Letter!!

If you can't come to the hearing, you can submit a written testimony by writing a letter, expressing your opinion to:

New York City Economic Development Corporation

110 William Street

New York, New York 10038

Attention: Rachel Belsky, Vice-President

OR, Send an email to:

rbelsky@nycedc.com

WRITTEN TESTIMONIES MUST BE SUBMITTED BY JULY 11th, 2008

Please send a copy of your written testimony to

Mayor Bloomberg, City Council President Christine Quinn, and your City Council Member.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg

City Hall

New York, NY 10007

Phone 311 (or 212-NEW-YORK outside NYC)

Fax (212) 788-2460

Cristine Quinn

224 West 30th St (Suite 1206)

New York, NY 10001

Phone: (212) 564-7757

Fax: (212)564-7347

Posted by amy at 10:55 AM

June 20, 2008

What we talk about when we talk about Atlantic Yards (& eminent domain)

Atlantic Yards Report

Ha! Jeremiah Moss, Norman Oder will see your paltry 693-word report on Wednesday's New York Public Library panel discussion on eminent domain, and raise you 2,351 words! All in!

It’s hard to talk about Atlantic Yards in public. Relatively few people know enough of the facts. Debates among opponents and proponents are rare, most recently non-existent. So a panel discussion at the New York Public Library Wednesday night, which contained its share of AY criticism, might be seen as one flip side of some of the public meetings managed well by project proponents.

It wasn’t only about Atlantic Yards, but when we talk about Atlantic Yards the topic extends to questions of gentrification, neighborhood change, and the proper parameters of public debate. And it led at least one audience member to wonder about the absence of a devil’s advocate. (Other accounts of the evening from Jeremiah's Vanishing New York and Lithuania-based curator Simon Rees.)

The program and the exhibit

First, some background. The blurb for the program, titled EMINENT DOMAIN: THE AMERICAN DREAM ON SALE, suggested an idea torn in different directions, about urban renewal and the power of social bonds:
The current exhibition at The New York Public Library, Eminent Domain: Contemporary Photography and the City, features the work of five contemporary New York–based photographers... whose works intersect and resonate with current concerns about the reorganization of urban space, and its public use, in New York City. Artist Glenn Ligon offers the literal narrative of his own housing in the city. In addition to proposed regulations that threaten First Amendment rights to photograph in public places thus becoming a form of privatization of public space, questions also arise with the current private/public arrangements that characterize much of modern urban development, particularly the legal power of eminent domain, or the taking of private property for public use.

Ok, so the exhibition is called “Eminent Domain” but isn’t really about it. But the panel was assigned to “discuss the use of eminent domain and how urban renewal is changing the cityscape of New York City” and “Atlantic Yards, a hotly contested developer driven project in Brooklyn, will serve as a focus through which the evening will begin.”

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NoLandGrab: "Brokeland2003" raises a good question in a comment appended to Oder's post, in response to a question raised at the event by someone wondering why there was no "devil's advocate" on the panel:
"Why must the NYPL have a so-called "balanced" panel (whatever that is) but nobody complains when Crain's holds panel after panel with Doctoroff clones?"

Posted by eric at 8:45 AM

June 18, 2008

TONIGHT! Brooklyn Public Library
Twilight on the Waterfront: Brooklyn's Vanishing Industrial Heritage

Kensinger-BPL.jpg Word from filmmaker and photographer Nathan Kensinger is that his exhibit opening today at the Brooklyn Public Library (Grand Army Plaza) contains "a great triptych of those shots from inside the Atlantic Yards construction zone." Check out Kensinger's web site here.

Gothamist, As Ikea Opens, Exhibit Looks Back at Old Waterfront

Opening [today] as a counterpoint to the Red Hook Ikea kick-off is a photography exhibit at the Brooklyn Public Library that chronicles the disappearing industrial sites along Brooklyn's waterfront. Called "Twilight on the Waterfront: Brooklyn's Vanishing Industrial Heritage," the photographs are the work of Nathan Kensinger, who has compiled an impressive body of work over the last five years by sneaking into dilapidated properties around Brooklyn.

Kensinger's show opens [tonight] with an event from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza – so there'll be plenty of time to swing by after picking up a couple POÄNG chairs at the Ikea grand opening.

Posted by lumi at 5:54 AM

June 17, 2008

YOU'RE INVITED: Dean Street Block Party

Dean Street, between 6th and Carlton Avenues
Saturday, June 21
Noon to 6 p.m.

Join your Dean Street neighbors as we party in the street between 6th & Carlton Avenues.

Break out the BBQ grill, cooler and lawn chairs! Invite your friends and family to chill in the street as the block will be closed to traffic all day!

Enjoy food and music, games and activities for kids, including a Moonwalk, face painting, and a clown!

Tour our firehouse and an ambulance! These were big hits with the kids last year.

Donate to our fund-raising flea market (where you might also find a great deal), or whip up a batch of your famous cookies for our bake sale! Proceeds from last year's block party were used to help beautify our block with window boxes and flowers. Of course, cash donations are always appreciated.

Questions? Want to volunteer? Have something to donate? Contact Rhona Hetsrony (516-509-3980 / rbk888 [at] aol [dot] com) or Tracy Collins (347-365-1584 / tc [at] 3c [dot] com)

Thanks to our sponsors: FDNY Engine Co. 219 & Ladder Co. 105, First Response Ambulance, Transportation Alternatives, Maha's Middle Eastern Cuisine, Beast Tapas Bar Restaurant Lounge, Christie's Jamaican Patties, Met Foods, Sushi Tatsu, Barrette Bar, DJ Felix

Posted by lumi at 6:58 PM

June 13, 2008

Brodsky to hold hearing on bonds for Nets arena and two stadiums

Atlantic Yards Report has the breaking news that the New York State Assembly plans to hold hearings on the issuance of public debt for the new Mets and Yankees stadiums and, most crucially, the planned arena for the Nets.

Assemblyman Richard Brodsky (D-Westchester), Chairman of the NYS Assembly Committee on Corporations, Authorities & Commissions, and Assemblyman Sam Hoyt (D-Buffalo), Chairman of the NYS Assembly Committee on Local Governments, have today invited the New York City Industrial Development Authority (NYCIDA) to testify [before] a Public Hearing to be scheduled on either June 30, July 1 or July 2 in New York City. Final date and location will be announced shortly.

The Hearing will examine the NYCIDA’s practices and procedures for issuance of public debt with respect to sports facilities for the Yankees, Mets and Nets. The Committees have been investigating the facts and actions of the issuance of public debt by state-created entities that operate in secret and without the control of elected officials. Legislation to reform such practices is being considered by the committees.

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Posted by eric at 3:57 PM

June 12, 2008

MEDIA ADVISORY: Campaign to Reform Atlantic Yards Governance

BROOKLYN LEGISLATORS, COMMUNITY AND CIVIC LEADERS LAUNCH CAMPAIGN TO REFORM ATLANTIC YARDS GOVERNANCE

WHO & WHAT: New York State Assembly members Hakeem Jeffries and James Brennan, and New York City Council members Letitia James, and David Yassky will gather with Brooklyn community leaders to launch “The Campaign to Reform the Governance of Atlantic Yards,” an initiative to pass new legislation that would reform the governance of the Atlantic Yards project.

Atlantic Yards is the only state project without effective public oversight and a vehicle for community input in its decision-making. To address this, the Atlantic Yards Governance Act (A11395) would create the “Atlantic Yards Trust” to oversee the project with a board of state and city appointed officials and a “Stakeholders Council” comprised of local residents appointed by local elected officials that would advise the Trust and provide an opportunity for meaningful community involvement.

WHERE: Steps of City Hall, Manhattan

WHEN: Monday, June 16, 2008

TIME: 10AM

Press Contact: Shea Communications, Inc.: George Shea, Alexis Schneider: 212.627.5766

contact@brooklynspeaks.net

Posted by eric at 3:38 PM

June 8, 2008

Bruce Ratner's Brooklyn Day a dud

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NY Daily News
Michael O'Keeffe

Bruce Ratner's Brooklyn Day was billed as a celebration, but Thursday's pep rally to whip up support for the Nets owner's controversial Atlantic Yards project seemed more like a goal-line stand than a party.

The speakers at the rally sounded like Hillary Clinton in the waning weeks of her failed presidential campaign: angry and frustrated, stunned at the prospect of defeat when they once expected a slam dunk.
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The quality of the crowd at Columbus Park was easier to gauge than the quantity; nobody, it seemed, had come to Brooklyn Day because they believed Atlantic Yards was crucial to New York's future. The youth basketball groups came because Ratner has sponsored their tournaments. The workers from Borough Hall and the nearby courthouses came for the free sandwiches Forest City Ratner passed out. The kids - was it coincidence or conspiracy that Ratner scheduled the event on a day public schools were closed - came for the free key chains and autographs of former Nets who retired from the NBA long before they were even born. The unions came because Ratner has promised to hire organized labor.

"I gave up my lunch break for a free hot dog and to support my union," one suspiciously red-eyed construction worker said.

"Got any weed?" his buddy asked.

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NoLandGrab: Perhaps if they had advertised magic brownies they could have attracted a larger, if not more energetic crowd.

Atlantic Yards Report was happy a print reporter actually showed up:

New York Daily News sports columnist Michael O'Keeffe was in the audience at Borough Hall on Thursday and--like any sports reporter trained to tell the story of the game in front of him, not the press release--told it like it was.
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I've been suggesting for nearly two years that columnists should cover Atlantic Yards. That means actually showing up.

Posted by amy at 11:41 AM

June 7, 2008

TODAY: 2 MEGA Stoop Sales!

Benefiting Develop Don't Destroy. 10am - 4pm

Stoop Sale 1: 622 Carlton Avenue. Between Park and Prospect Place.

Stoop Sale 2: 420 Dean Street (between 4th and 5th Avenues)

DONATE or SHOP FOR: Arts & Crafts, Toys, Good books, Music & media, Clean - lightly used clothing, Household items and Small Furniture.

Posted by amy at 9:15 AM

Brooklyn: Dazed and Confused

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not another f*cking blog! covers "Brooklyn Day," which by our count seems to have garnered more ridicule than positive coverage:

To me it seemed desperate, sad and pathetic. Bruce Ratner didn't even show up. I guess he knew how lame it was going to be.

If Forest City Ratner hadn't given away food and t-shirts, hadn't had the unions "ask" their members to take the day off and attend, hadn't had "supporters" bussed to the event, hadn't "invited" former and current ball players to stand on the steps behind the podium, and hadn't delegated his underlings to organize and coordinate the "celebration", the only ones who would have shown up were the people who happened to be going to one of the many government offices in the area, those heading to the green market (unrelated to the "rally"), and the media recording the charade for posterity.

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NoLandGrab: View more of Tracy Collins' photos here.

Posted by amy at 8:42 AM

Atlantic Yards Supporters Rally in Downtown Brooklyn

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Gothamist

Rallies aren’t just for grassroots activists – moneyed developers can hold them too, as Bruce Ratner proved yesterday by financing an afternoon rally in downtown Brooklyn to support his beleaguered Atlantic Yards project. Organizers of the so-called “Brooklyn Day” event handed out free hot dogs and T-shirts to passersby in an attempt to drum up enthusiasm for the $4.2 billion project, though there were no free turkeys to fully evoke the Tammany Hall spirit.

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NoLandGrab: More of Adrian Kinloch's photos of the event can be found here.

Posted by amy at 8:36 AM

June 6, 2008

"Fun day"? At FCR’s “Brooklyn Day” rally, déjà vu and defensiveness

Atlantic Yards Report

Dee%26RatneritesAK.jpg Norman Oder has the play-by-play of yesterday's Forest City Ratner-sponsored "Brooklyn Day" rally, and it seems the playbook has not been updated.

If you listened to the arguments for Atlantic Yards offered at the Forest City Ratner-sponsored “Brooklyn Day” rally yesterday at Borough Hall, they sounded suspiciously like those aired at rallies in 2004, or the public meetings in 2006. Jobs, housing, and hoops. The half-century-old loss of the Dodgers. The failure of “opponents” to step up.

The difference in 2008, with the project at this moment stalled, was a palpable air of defensiveness, calls for “our share” and “a piece of the pie,” even as developer Forest City Ratner, behind the scenes, seeks more subsidies.

The edge in Borough President Marty Markowitz’s voice was undeniable, as he and others flailed the opposition for delaying the project, but offering no more insight other than “build it now.” They mentioned nothing about the credit crisis, the limited pool of tax-exempt bonds, the state’s extended deadline for construction, and the developer’s subsidy request.

Though speakers like ACORN New York head Bertha Lewis and Carpenters Union Local 926 President Sal Zarzana at times were able to whip up the crowd, Brooklyn was just not very much in the house.

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NoLandGrab: While several speakers cited the need to feed families and to create affordable housing as reasons to "build it now," no one explained how sinking nearly $1 billion into a basketball arena was a good use of a shrinking pool of tax revenues.

Posted by eric at 10:22 AM

ATLANTIC 'RALLY' YARDS

NY Post
by Rich Calder

The regular Post headline writers must be on vacation.

Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner certainly knows how to throw a party. The man who wants to bring the New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn spared no expense yesterday in organizing a gala rally on the steps of Borough Hall to garner support for his $4 billion project, which includes an NBA arena, housing and office space.

More than 3,500 people turned out for the event.

Daniel Goldstein, spokesman for anti-Atlantic Yards group Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, said the rally stunk of "desperation" and was likely done to get more subsidies.

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Posted by eric at 10:19 AM

Ratner cooks up rally for Brooklyn project

NY Daily News
by Brooke Naylor, Ayala Falk and Melissa Grace

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Scores of people turned out to support the controversial Atlantic Yards project on Thursday at a rally paid for by the developer.

As part of Brooklyn Day celebrations, Forest City Ratner handed out free hot dogs and T-shirts at Columbus Park near Borough Hall. The developer's $4.2 billion project in downtown Brooklyn includes offices, apartments and a basketball arena for the Nets.

"This is Brooklyn's future," Borough President Marty Markowitz said from the stage. "Nobody is going to hold it back, nobody. We deserve it."

The developer said 3,000 attended the rally, held on a day city public schools were closed.

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NoLandGrab: Those kids look like they'd rather be in school than listening to speeches by the likes of Marty Markowitz.

Posted by eric at 9:21 AM

June 5, 2008

Rally Seeks to Jump Start Atlantic Yards Project

WNYC Radio
by Matthew Schuerman

An estimated 3,500 people turned out for a rally in support of the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn. Many of them were union construction workers who took time off nearby jobs. They said they felt the project, which will be union-built, was being threatened by local elected officials who are having second thoughts about a project that has already got all of its approvals. Anthony Williamson represents general construction laborers.

WILLIAMSON: And we're sending a message to people opposed to this, including political leaders who oppose this, that in this hard time, people need to have, you know, people need to put food on the table. People need to give their kids a decent education.

REPORTER: The developer, Forest City Ratner, says the company held the rally in order to celebrate Brooklyn Day, a traditional public school holiday. A spokesman, Loren Riegelhaupt, said five thousand sandwiches, fifteen hundred hot dogs and three thousand t-shirts were given away for free.

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NoLandGrab: Well, not exactly free, since the hundreds of millions in public subsidies probably helped offset the cost of the swag.

Posted by eric at 11:04 PM

June 4, 2008

BROOKLYN MATTERS: Screening next Monday

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MONDAY, JUNE 9, 7:30pm.

Park Slope Methodist Church
6th Avenue & 8th Street

Sponsored by the Park Slope Greens

Posted by lumi at 5:00 AM

June 3, 2008

At Borough Hall on Thursday, another FCR-organized AY rally

Atlantic Yards Report

Norman Oder plumbs the motivations behind Forest City Ratner's not-so-spontaneous "Brooklyn Day" extravaganza.

First, Forest City Ratner quietly orchestrated a counter-protest in response to the "Time Out" rally on May 3. Now the developer is offering an Atlantic Yards rally on Thursday, complete with free lunch, and drawing on the combined efforts of construction trade unions and community organizations, notably those associated with the Atlantic Yards Community Benefits Agreement (CBA).

Despite the fig leaf of a "Brooklyn Day" celebrating the borough, the rally suggests the developer's worried that the project, is not a "done deal." (Given the once-a-month schedule, should we expect another rally during the first week of July?)

It'll be interesting if we hear are any specifics regarding the developer's plans--when exactly might the project move forward, given the lack of arena bonds and housing bonds or an anchor tenant for Building 1? Will those lured to the rally be simply used as props for a photo op? Will they be cited in legal papers aiming to clear the three extant lawsuits? Will they be used to help leverage more subsidies?

The rally poster suggests that the developer is de-emphasizing the promises of affordable housing--after all, the developer has 12+ years to build Phase 1, and no deadline for Phase 2--and returning to the old mantra of basketball. After all, the basketball motif dominates the poster and, at the top, "The Nets moving to Brooklyn!" appears in larger type than "support the Atlantic Yards Project." Can the iconographic power of the flag and the Brooklyn Bridge nudge the stalled project forward?

What does Delia Hunley-Adossa do when she's not monitoring the project's environmental impacts?

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Hunley-Adossa (with megaphone, at the May 3 rally), heads a group called the Brooklyn Endeavor Experience (BEE), which has a Potemkin role in monitoring AY environmental assurances, given that the developer is in compliance by following the state-mandated process. Like five of the eight CBA signatories, the BEE had no track record in its assigned CBA role. There's no evidence of external fundraising, so, as with several other CBA signatories, BEE is likely funded by the developer. In other words, CBA signatories are funded by Forest City Ratner to generate public and political support for the project.

The lack of actual environmental monitoring leaves more time to organize rallies; Hunley-Adossa's e-mail message said she'd "make arrangements to transport large groups." It also referred to a (student?) organization, not known to me, apparently called "Help 2":
All HELP 2 participants and parents are to call Dee upon receipt...this is a day that we want our members to participate and volunteer their services.

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Posted by eric at 9:57 AM

Brooklyn Day!

FCRbrooklyndayflyer.jpg On December 10th, 2003, Atlantic Yards was rolled out at Brooklyn Borough Hall as a done deal, with the apparent support of nearly every power-brokering politician in Brooklyn, New York City, and Albany.

Why then, would Forest City Ratner need to throw itself a rally on June 5th, 2008 to "support the Atlantic Yards Project and The Nets moving to Brooklyn!"? Haven't they done this before?

We can only surmise that Ratner's marquee mega-project is truly on the ropes, what with the American flag and Brooklyn Bridge imagery included on the flyer and the call to all Brooklyn building trades to abandon their work sites to come to the desperate PR event "rally." An email sent by Delia Hunley-Adossa yesterday aimed at drumming up bodies for the event repeatedly used all caps to emphasize all the FREE stuff attendees will receive.

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn and Atlantic Yards Report have lengthy analyses of the materials and the motivations behind the "rally." Thanks, guys, for saving us the trouble.

Posted by eric at 9:01 AM

May 27, 2008

Tour de Brooklyn, 2008

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This year, the Tour de Brooklyn passed the footprint of Bruce Ratner's controversial Atlantic Yards plan.

Posted by lumi at 5:42 AM

May 23, 2008

4th Annual Tour de Brooklyn

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FreeNYC

Dust off your bikes for the summer time and take a little ride in the Tour de Brooklyn. The Tour de Brooklyn is an exciting free fun family bike tour through 18 miles of Brooklyn. Each year the route changes to highlight the diverse neighborhoods of the borough. This year's tour will ride by Brooklyn's waterfronts, Atlantic Yards, Eastern Parkway with a brief rest stop at Maria Hernandez Park, continuing towards East Williamsburg and into the exclusive Brooklyn Navy Yards.

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NoLandGrab: "Atlantic Yards" is still just a plan — not a place. But a ride past the Vanderbilt Yards and their environs could be educational for those not familiar with the details of Bruce Ratner's land grab. Regardless, the Tour de Brooklyn is great fun, and the forecast looks smashing.

Posted by eric at 2:11 PM

May 22, 2008

At MAS, AY as an example of a neighborhood planning struggle

Atlantic Yards Report

When it comes to discussions of “David vs. Goliath,” the subject of a Municipal Art Society (MAS) Planning Center Forum on May 14, Atlantic Yards is an inevitable subject, though--as I’ll note below--the politics of AY means that more than one set of parties might consider themselves “Davids.”

The panel addressed the issue of “neighborhood planning in the face of large-scale development,” and planner/architect Stuart Pertz, in his introduction, noted that some projects are inherently large, and only work if built on a large scale. “Unfortunately, it often gets out of hand,” he said, suggesting that “Goliath in development has extraordinary leverage, using powerful lawyers, contractors, planners, and unions.” Then again, he said, “there are many Davids.”

MarshallBrownMAS.jpg A fair amount of the discussion revolved around the Atlantic Yards-alternative UNITY Plan.

Architect Marshall Brown (right), a developer of the UNITY plan for the Metropolitian Transportation Authority’s Vanderbilt Yard (and beyond), said, with perhaps some retrospective bravado, “Four years ago we realized we needed to have something in place for the probable occurrence of Forest City Ratner’s plans running aground.” He suggested that Atlantic Yards exemplified a “willful ignorance of limits,” including the physical limit of an eight-acre railyard, the legal limit of eminent domain, the democratic limit of ULURP (the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, bypassed in this case for a fast-track state review), and “finally, the all too evident limit of the talents of a single architect.”

He noted that he wasn’t dissing Frank Gehry, just pointing out--as have others, and even Gehry himself--that megaprojects require multiple architects.

Brown suggested that questions of sustainability and the “looming environmental apocalypse” meant that the Bloomberg administration should prioritize quality ahead of quantity: “I’d say it’s a city of limits.”

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Lawyer Candace Carponter (right), a co-chair of the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods (CBN), described how the coalition, formed to respond to the Atlantic Yards environmental review, moved from officially agnostic to ultimately oppositional, joining a lawsuit challenging the review, and becoming a supporter of the UNITY plan. She suggested that the combination of a new governor, “detrimental economics,” and the Newark option for the Nets might provide an opening for the UNITY plan--though of course, that remains to be seen.

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Posted by eric at 10:45 AM

May 20, 2008

How build big in NYC? Not via the AY example, panelists suggest

Atlantic Yards Report

Norman Oder files an in-depth report on last night's "Can NYC Build BIG Anymore" panel discussion, and offers plenty of reasons why opponents of Atlantic Yards won't miss Empire State Development Corporation President Avi Schick when he leaves at the end of the summer.

What are the right ways to build big projects in a growing city? Although panelists who spoke Monday night didn’t make the point explicitly, the answers they offered--public planning, realistic timetables, public ownership, infrastructure first, and media skepticism toward overhyped renderings--generally point to the opposite of the process behind Atlantic Yards.

The panel, titled Can NYC Build BIG Anymore?, was sponsored by Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century and held at Iguana Restaurant in Midtown. Notably, the acting head of the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) also offered a hearty defense of Atlantic Yards, adopting some of developer Forest City Ratner's talking points.

The question, panelists agreed, was not “can” but “how.” “One of the problems we have to confront is that people want to build big too fast,” observed Avi Schick, acting president of the ESDC, which approved and is overseeing Atlantic Yards. “Sometimes they bit off a little too much when they tried to push an entire plan forward at once.”

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Posted by eric at 9:09 AM

May 17, 2008

Grassroots Preservation Award for DDDB from the Historic Districts Council

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Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

Last night Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn was honored to receive the Grassroots Preservation Award from the Historic Districts Council. We'd like to thank HDC for the award and recognition of our work. And we'd like to thank all of our donors, volunteers and supporters for everything they have contributed to the fight over the past 4 years.

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Posted by amy at 10:11 AM

HDC Honors Duffield Defenders

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Duffield St. Underground

The Historic Districts Council honored the Duffield Street coalition yesterday at their 2008 Grassroots Preservation Awards. The event got off to a strong start with Reverend Billy, who gave a rousing defense of the importance of free speech icons such as Union Square. Here is a video of Rev. Billy's defense of public space, or as he would say, Preservaluliah. The other awardees were Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, DUMBO Neighborhood Association, Juniper Park Civic Association, Council Member Jessica Lappin and Brownstoner.

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Posted by amy at 10:07 AM

TODAY: Mega Stoop Sale Benefit

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

Spring Cleaning? Donate Your Rummage...

Please DONATE and VOLUNTEER for a day of Thrifty Shopping to raise money for Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn's court cases against the Atlantic Yards project and eminent domain abuse.

BRING YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS to a Stoop Sale of arts & crafts, books, music & media, lightly-used clothing, household items, small furniture, and more.

Saturday May 17th
10 AM to 4 PM
At 622 Carlton Avenue [map]

** You can bring items to the Mega Stoop Sale on Saturday May 17th after 9:30AM.

And you can come shop for stoop treasures from 10 - 4.

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Posted by amy at 9:09 AM

May 15, 2008

TONIGHT: Brooklyn Songwriters Against Atlantic Yards

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Posted by lumi at 5:46 AM

TONIGHT: "Brooklyn Was Mine" at WORD

Thursday, May 15, 7:30pm

Contributors to Brooklyn Was Mine, including Philip Dray, Rachel Cline and Joanna Hershon read and sign books at Greenpoint's WORD.

Brooklyn Was Mine gives some of today's best writers an opportunity to pay tribute to the borough they love in 20 original essays that draw on past and present to create a mosaic that brilliantly captures the quality and diversity of a unique, literary landscape.

WORD, an independent bookseller with selections for adults and children, opened in Greenpoint in March and has been featured in The New York Times, Lucky Magazine, New York Magazine's Intelligencer, The Brooklyn Paper and Shelf Awareness.

WORD is located at 126 Franklin Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Take the G train to Greenpoint Avenue. Call 718.383.0096 or visit wordbrooklyn.com.

Posted by lumi at 5:45 AM

May 13, 2008

Rocking and rolling against Ratner's Atlantic Yards plan

Courier-Life Publications
By Meredith Deliso

Over the past four years, DDDB has had approximately 15 benefit performances with more than 30 artists in genres ranging from klezmer to hip-hop to punk. For the upcoming benefit, event coordinator Rob Reilly wanted to feature up-and-coming indie talent in Brooklyn.

"I haven't gotten another response beyond 'I would love to do this, schedule permitting,'" says Reilly, a Cobble Hill resident who volunteers his time to put together benefit concerts for DDDB. "For me it's a matter of setting up the right line up for the night out."

Those who schedule permitted and made for a good indi-heavy line up, are John Wesley Harding, Clare and the Reasons, Richard Julian and Jolie Holland.

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Posted by lumi at 5:40 AM

May 12, 2008

THURSDAY: Brooklyn Songwriters Against Atlantic Yards

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More info at Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn's web site.

News of this event came to us via Carroll Garden's neighborhood watchblog Pardon Me For Asking.

Posted by lumi at 4:20 AM

May 10, 2008

Tale of two rallies

Photo by Adrian Kinloch

The Brooklyn Paper
Ben Muessig

“Just because we don’t want the arena to happen doesn’t mean we don’t want development,” said Lillian Hope of Prospect Heights. “We’re not saying they shouldn’t have jobs. We just don’t want them working to build Ratner’s vision.”

Others said that union members should have joined the anti-Ratner rally, given that the developer originally promised 15,000 union construction jobs, but has since admitted that Atlantic Yards will employ 1,500 construction workers per year over its proposed 10-year buildout.

“Protest Ratner, he’s the one not building and he’s the one who proposed a project that couldn’t happen or get financing,” said Daniel Goldstein of Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn.

Though Goldstein sought common ground, the standoff between camps was tense — especially when a group of protestors from the pro-Yards rally looped around the “Time Out” demonstration, surrounding the opponents of the project. Police officers, with plastic handcuffs dangling from their belts, formed a human wall that halted the energetic, though nonviolent, procession.

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Posted by amy at 12:34 PM

May 4, 2008

Not a done deal: “Time Out” rally met with “Build It Now” counter-protest

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Atlantic Yards Report offers complete coverage of the rally and the counter-protest. See Norman Oder get manhandled by a cop! See civil rights get trampled on! Ponder the mysterious Ukrainian contingent!

“I now believe that you were so right,” proclaimed State Senator Velmanette Montgomery from the podium at the “Time Out” rally held Saturday afternoon on Pacific Street near Carlton Avenue by three groups critical of or opposed to Atlantic Yards. “It’s not a done deal.”

The rally, with City Council Member Letitia James speaking at right, aimed to get Gov. David Paterson “to suspend demolitions, displacement of residents and businesses, infrastructure disruptions and further subsidies to the project so that changes to the project can be assessed and a new plan prepared with community involvement.”

Confirming that was the first-ever example of a counter-protest, a well-engineered effort by Forest City Ratner--with several operatives on hand--to assemble a boisterous crowd of union workers and Community Benefits Agreement signatories, groups that have received the developer's support. No pro-project elected officials were visible.

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Posted by amy at 3:12 PM

Rally Coverage

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Click here for NoLandGrab's photo coverage...

Four Good Legs: Saturday, May 3, Brooklyn - a day of protests, rallies, speeches and street art

Gowanus Lounge: Atlantic Yards Opponents Demand “Time Out” at Rally as Supporters Stage Counter- Demonstration

The Daily Gotham: mole333: Bruce Ratner: Put up or Shut up!

Found In Brooklyn: The Atlantic Yards Rally

set speed aka onehansonplace.com: Atlantic Yards rally

Brooklyn Born: All we're saying is give "Time Out" a chance.

The Kingston Lounge: Atlantic Yards Rally - "Time Out!"

Jonathan Barkey (photos): Atlantic Yards TIME OUT Rally and Counter Demonstration

Posted by amy at 2:54 PM

May 1, 2008

TONIGHT: BROOKLYN MATTERS

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The First Cinema Screening of Isabel Hill's Atlantic Yards Documentary "Brooklyn Matters"

THURSDAY, MAY 1, 7:30pm.

Cobble Hill Cinemas
265 Court Street Brooklyn [Map]
(at Butler Street)

First Come, First Seated

Posted by lumi at 5:09 AM

April 25, 2008

Rally for AY "time out" to be held Saturday, May 3

Atlantic Yards Report

Three "flavors," one rally:

The "Atlantic Yards stall" has brought groups representing different flavors of project criticism and opposition together for a rally at 2 pm on Saturday, May 3, with a range of local political officials confirmed as attendees. The location is 752 Pacific Street near Carlton Avenue in the AY footprint, a block planned to hold "interim surface parking" that could last indefinitely. (The Brooklyn Paper broke the news, though the lead of the article says Sunday rather than Saturday and stresses stopping demolitions.)

The stated purpose--asking Gov. David Paterson for a "time out"--is certainly milder than the full agenda of Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods (CBN) and Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB). Indeed, DDDB restates its opposition to the project in its rally announcement.

What does the statement that "Brooklyn needs a new plan and community involvement" mean? It could mean the UNITY plan, which DDDB and CBN support, but it also could be a restatement of the position of more moderate coalition BrooklynSpeaks, which has taken a "mend it, don't end it" posture toward AY and has avoided joining any lawsuits.
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(Note that the rally location is outside a building owned by Henry Weinstein, a plaintiff in the eminent domain case and a party in a suit, so far successful, against his tenant Shaya Boymelgreen, who then assigned leases to Forest City Ratner.)

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Posted by lumi at 5:19 AM

April 23, 2008

4 Brooklyn Groups To Receive Grassroots Preservation Awards

Brooklyn Daily Eagle
By Linda Collins

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Four Brooklyn organizations have been selected to receive preservation awards at the Historic Districts Council (HDC) Ninth Annual Grassroots Preservation Awards in Manhattan on Thursday, May 15, it was announced this week.
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The following are the four Brooklyn award winners (of six total):

  • 227 Duffield Street Coalition, consisting of Joy Chatel of 227 Duffield St., Jennifer Levy of South Brooklyn Legal Services, and Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE), for their successful efforts to save 227 Duffield St. from demolition and raise awareness about Downtown Brooklyn’s important abolitionist history.

  • DUMBO Neighborhood Assoc., for its successful efforts to have DUMBO designated as a New York City historic district, as well as its continued work advocating for appropriate zoning and new development in the neighborhood.

  • Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, for its ongoing campaign to stop the Atlantic Yards mega project and advocate for appropriate development on the Vanderbilt Rail Yards.

  • Brownstoner.com, a Brooklyn-based blog, will be honored with a “Friend from the Media” Award for its role in informing and interesting the public about issues affecting land use in Brooklyn and across the city.

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NoLandGrab: Congratulations to all of our friends and colleagues who are so richly deserving of this award and thanks to the Historic Districts Council for all of their efforts citywide!

Posted by lumi at 5:18 AM

April 19, 2008

Symbolism: Exxon is a Sponsor of McCarren Park Earth Day Event

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Gowanus Lounge

We woke up this morning to an email from a group called The Change You Want to See, that was widely distributed by the New York Action Network point out that today's Go Green! Greenpoint Earth Day festivities in McCarren Park have a number of interesting corporate sponsors. We'll start with the most ironic of them: ExxonMobil, which of course, is responsible for the horrific oil spill under Greenpoint along Newtown Creek. The spill is the largest in American history and the slow pace of the cleanup (which has stretch to nearly a half-century) is the topic of much local anger and controversy. Other sponsores include BP America, Waste Management and Forest City Ratner Company. The release we got said "These companies are no friend to our community, and no friend to the environment." A group calling itself Greenpoint SuperFUNd SuperFriendz is starting an online email campaign to send messages protesting the sponsorship and asking for faster action on the oil spill cleanup to City Council Members and Members of Congress.

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NoLandGrab: Although we're not convinced that this is real, it makes sense that FCR would make friends with other "green" companies. If you want a real earth day experience, head over to eco-eatery Habana Outpost today and tomorrow for their Earth Day Expo. While you're there you can puzzle over how a restaurant run off of solar panels could function in shadows...

Posted by amy at 1:07 PM

April 5, 2008

Atlantic Yards Report Digest: Saturday Edition

Norman Oder's Atlantic Yards Report features four brief posts today.

Times Style writer arches eyebrows at "obligatory chorus" of protesters

To those on one side of the museum’s new glass-walled addition, Mr. Ratner is a deep-pocketed patron and, as the museum’s director, Arnold Lehman, said, “a nice boychick from Cleveland, Ohio.” To those at curbside on Eastern Parkway, he was viewed less benignly, as Satan. Most developers are.

“Atlantic Yards is truly going to make a lot of people miserable,” said one protester, Eleanor Price, referring to Mr. Ratner’s $4 billion plan to refashion downtown Brooklyn into a commercial wonderland of shops, a basketball arena and fanciful buildings by Frank Gehry.

Let's just say that if he's calling the site "downtown Brooklyn," an error the Times has corrected in more than a dozen articles, and that this was merely an "obligatory" protest, he's not doing his reading. The Times's CityRoom blog, maybe, thought it was news. Maybe the news side should've sent a reporter.

NoLandGrab: One Times error that even Oder didn't catch was the writer's listing of "Kristen Davis" among the celebrities attending the Museum event. Were pretty sure The Times means "Kristin Davis," former star of "Sex and the City" — not the recently busted East Side Madam.

AY web site talks of suites but not stall

Anyone looking at the In The News page at the official Atlantic Yards web site is getting a rather skewed sense of the news.

At the top of the page are links to tabloid articles about the luxury suites planned for the Atlantic Yards arena. Then comes a link to a Daily News column by Errol Louis (whose last name is misspelled) decrying delays in the project.

There's no link, however, to real coverage of the Atlantic Yards stall, much less news that the developer has 6+ years to build the arena.

NoLandGrab: How clever of the FCRC webmaster to spell Errol Louis's name L-e-w-i-s, in order to confuse those who might otherwise think the Daily News columnist is doing the developer's bidding.

Stoler: Outer-borough office market in trouble

From an article headlined Office Space Glut Talk of the Industry, by Michael Stoler in Thursday's New York Sun:
At least 4 million square feet of office buildings are in the planning stages in Brooklyn and Queens, not including Forest City Ratner's Atlantic Yards development.

Construction has not yet commenced on Tishman Speyer's planned office development on the site of the Queens Plaza Municipal garage. The developer has announced plans to build the Gotham Center: four towers, some more than 40 stories tall, totaling 3.5 million square feet of mixed-use space on the two parcels in Queens Plaza. Real estate sources said the first phase of the project will be a 20-story, 750,000-square-foot office tower, with the city committed to leasing about half of the space.

Industry leaders are voicing skepticism about new office development in Brooklyn and Queens, however. As one real estate banking officer put it: "If these projects did not happen when the market was hot as a pistol, I don't see this going to happen over the next couple of years. Who is going to pay the rents for the new construction in these locations?"

"Brooklyn Views": the ironies of "The Moment"

From "The Moment" blog of the New York Times's "T" Magazine. under the headline Now Screening | ‘Brooklyn Views: The Home of Arnold Lehman
This Saturday, the Brooklyn Museum opens its new Takashi Murakami show, “(c) Murakami.” This morning, the museum’s director, Arnold Lehman, invites T Magazine into his Brooklyn Heights apartment to view his personal collection of contemporary art. In our film, Lehman walks through his apartment, giving his perspective on collecting, curating and the Brooklyn cityscape, of which his apartment has a 360-degree view.

Of course Brooklyn Views is also the name of a once-active blog written by architect Jonathan Cohn critiquing the Atlantic Yards project, and Lehman's museum has just been slammed for honoring Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner. And one criticism of the museum is that it has not been willing to screen the AY documentary Brooklyn Matters.

NoLandGrab: Is the prolific Oder really in need of more material? This one seems like a bit of a stretch.

Posted by eric at 10:00 AM

This Is Not a Sidewalk Bag

The New York Times
by Guy Trebay

This article mostly covers what went on inside Thursday's Brooklyn Museum of Art event honoring Bruce Ratner, but does take notice to the protest outside.

Here, then, at the gala opening of the Takashi Murakami retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum on Thursday, an evening of unseasonal chill and spitting rain, was the obligatory chorus of protesters on Eastern Parkway, raising voices against the developer Bruce C. Ratner, who was being honored that night for his support of the arts at the annual Brooklyn Ball.

To those on one side of the museum’s new glass-walled addition, Mr. Ratner is a deep-pocketed patron and, as the museum’s director, Arnold Lehman, said, “a nice boychick from Cleveland, Ohio.” To those at curbside on Eastern Parkway, he was viewed less benignly, as Satan. Most developers are.

“Atlantic Yards is truly going to make a lot of people miserable,” said one protester, Eleanor Price, referring to Mr. Ratner’s $4 billion plan to refashion downtown Brooklyn into a commercial wonderland of shops, a basketball arena and fanciful buildings by Frank Gehry. “They’re using eminent domain to get rid of a lot of people and to close businesses,” Ms. Price said. “Where are they going to go?”

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NoLandGrab: Perhaps it's useless to mention yet again, but could The Times's editors get it straight that the proposed Atlantic Yards project is located in Prospect Heights, NOT in downtown Brooklyn?

Posted by steve at 7:47 AM

April 4, 2008

FIRST LADY OF BROOKLYN'S $8K SWAG SNAG

Radar Online

Seems like the rabble was inside the Museum last night.

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Without a doubt, the person who got the most out of Thursday night's Takashi Murakami retrospective opening at the Brooklyn Museum of Art was Jamie Snow, the wife of Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz. She grabbed eight of the limited-addition Murakami technicolor fiberglass place mats that were being given out as gifts to party-goers—mats that fetched up to $1,000 on eBay after similar events. And she was wasn't about to give even one of them up.

Hundreds of wealthy Manhattanites braved the light drizzle by taking hired towncars out to the Brooklyn art museum for the multi-tiered extravaganza. Some were there in honor of bulldozing developer Bruce Ratner, who was being given an award by the museum for donating lots of monies. (The gaggle outside protesting his Atlantic Yards project probably disagree with the museum's selection.) Some were there for the opening of the gigantic Murakami exhibit, which also includs a full-service Louis Vuitton store (Murakami-designed "Monogramouflage" handbags are $1,500 and up). Some were there to see Kanye West perform and check out Marc Jacobs' "performance art" installation, in which Jacobs sought to bring attention "to the serious issue of counterfeiting" by setting up a fake Canal Street stall. Still others were there to eat food catered by Nobu, drink a lot of wine, and hoard swag.

Snow was in the last category.

The mats were intended to be taken by seated guests, but after wolfing down dinner, the enterprising Snow, perhaps sensing a business opportunity, rounded up eight of the mats and rushed over to Murakami to have them signed. When party-goers who ended up placemat-less asked her if she would kindly relinquish one, Snow snidely remarked, "You guys really should have acted faster. This is Brooklyn," and skulked away.

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NoLandGrab: We're speechless — almost. All we can say is, when you honor Bruce Ratner, really, what else can you expect?

More Blogosphere coverage of the Museum protest:

Gowanus Lounge, Brooklyn Museum Ratner Protest is Angry & Visual

Gothamist.com, Murakami Gala at Brooklyn Museum Eclipsed by Ratner Protest: Photo Gallery

Brownstoner.com, 'Angry' Anti-Ratner Protest at the Brooklyn Museum

The Kingston Lounge, Brooklyn Museum Ratner protest - card I of II

Brooklyn Vegan, Protesters outside the Kanye West show last night

Posted by eric at 2:52 PM

April 3, 2008

Protest the Brooklyn Museum's Bruce Ratner Celebration - An Affront to Brooklyn's Communities

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From Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn:
Join your friends, neighbors and the Brooklyn community to protest the Museum’s insensitivity to all those whose lives have been, and would be, turned upside down by Ratner’s Atlantic Yards – a project that has become the national posterchild for bad development.

Bring your signs and friends.

Where: Brooklyn Museum of Art, 200 Eastern Parkway at Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, New York

When: Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 6:30 PM

We don’t question the Museum’s right to raise funds to support itself. We don’t even question the Museum accepting donations from Bruce Ratner. What we do take issue with is honoring and celebrating Bruce Ratner in light of what he has done and proposes to do to Brooklyn’s communities.

Posted by steve at 10:42 AM

March 8, 2008

Civic Calendar

The Brooklyn Paper

Thursday, March 13

Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn. Community update on the fight against Atlantic Yards. Hanson Place United Methodist Church (144 St. Felix St., at Hanson Place in Fort Greene). 7 pm. Call (718) 362-4784 for info.

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Posted by amy at 9:54 AM

March 5, 2008

TOMORROW: Brooklyn Matters Screening

March 6, 6pm
NYU Law School
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 214
40 Washington Sq. South (at Sullivan St.)

Posted by lumi at 4:55 AM

March 3, 2008

BROOKLYN MATTERS SCREENING

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March 6, 6pm
NYU Law School
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 214
40 Washington Sq. South (at Sullivan St.)

March 11, 6pm
Brooklyn Law School
“Geraldo’s” in Feil Hall. 1st Floor
205 State St. (btwn. Boerum Pl. & Court St.)
Please RSVP: andrew.rafter-(at)-brooklaw.edu

April 1 (No Joke), 7pm
Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School
357 Clermont Avenue, Brooklyn
(btwn. Greene & Lafayette Aves.)

Posted by lumi at 4:27 AM

February 28, 2008

The UNITY plan expands, and will be up for discussion

Atlantic Yards Report

The UNITY plan for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Vanderbilt Yard was unveiled in September, the project web site was re-launched in mid-January, and there's a public meeting Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to update people and seek further input on UNITY.

The discussion will broaden to more of the Atlantic Yards footprint rather than just the 8.5-acre Vanderbilt Yard.
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What's clear is that two very different visions have emerged. While the UNITY plan would add significant residential density (1500 units over eight acres would be 187.5 units/acre, compared to 6430 units over 22 acres, or 292 units/acre), it would concentrate the tallest buildings at the east end of the site, near Vanderbilt Avenue.

It would place a park at the congested intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues, while Forest City Ratner's plan would have an Urban Room, which will serve as a subway entrance and an entrance to the arena and arena block buildings, while housing an atrium, retail, and Nets ticket windows.

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NoLandGrab: Click here for more info regarding Saturday's workshop.

Posted by eric at 9:35 AM

February 25, 2008

MEETING: STOP ATLANTIC YARDS PROJECT, PROMOTE FAIR DEVELOPMENT.

From The Indypendent's events listing:

THU MAR 13

7pm • Free
MEETING: “STOP ATLANTIC YARDS PROJECT, PROMOTE FAIR DEVELOPMENT.”

Updates and planning. Sponsored by Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn. Hanson Pl United Methodist Church, Main Sanctuary, 144 St Felix St, Fort Greene, Bklyn • dddb.net
dddbnews@gmail.com

Posted by lumi at 6:53 PM

February 24, 2008

Re-Zoning the “Atlantic Yards” Footprint

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

What if our community was given a voice in planning redevelopment over and around the Vanderbilt rail yards?

What’s your vision for our neighborhood’s future?

The original UNITY Plan, the community-created alternative to Forest City Ratner’s “Atlantic Yards” project, covered only the publicly owned Vanderbilt rail yards. FCR has since taken control of and blighted or torn down many properties around the rail yards. But now the financing for “Atlantic Yards” is in doubt, even according to the developer – the bond financing for the arena and the affordable housing may not be feasible. What happens next?

Join your neighbors, elected officials and expert planners for a public workshop devoted to creating a community plan for the entire area – now that the global credit crisis threatens to scuttle “Atlantic Yards.”

Saturday, MARCH 1, 2008
10 am to 2 pm
St. Cyril’s Belarusian Cathedral
401 Atlantic Avenue (at Bond Street)

RSVP to Hunter College CCPD at: 212-650-3328 or ccpd@hunter.cuny.edu

Presented by the Hunter College Center for Community Preservation and Development (CCPD)

Sponsored by the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods

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Posted by amy at 1:28 PM

February 15, 2008

Atlantic Yards Week: Expanded Unity Plan Workshop

From Brit in Brooklyn

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The Unity Plan is the community-developed alternative to the Forest City Ratner project. Until now it has included only the the area directly on the Vanderbilt Railyards.

"Join your neighbors, elected officials and expert planners for a public workshop devoted to creating a community plan for the entire area - now that the global credit crisis threatens to scuttle Atlantic Yards."

From Unity

Saturday, MARCH 1, 2008
10 am to 2 pm
St. Cyril's Belarusian Cathedral
401 Atlantic Avenue (at Bond Street)

RSVP to Hunter College CCPD at 212-650-3328, ccpd AT hunter DOT cuny DOT edu

Posted by lumi at 6:24 AM

February 10, 2008

Atlantic Yards Camera Club Meets [today!] @3pm

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not another f*cking blog!

the first (monthly? annual?) meeting of the Atlantic Yards Camera Club takes place tomorrow, Feb 10, 3pm, at the Brooklyn Bears Community Garden, Pacific Street and Flatbush Avenue, entrance on Pacific. If there's *heavy* rain or snow, the meeting place will be Freddy's Bar, 485 Dean, corner of Sixth Avenue.

this event is in response to a recent incident involving artist Katherin McInnis, where she was harassed by MTA police for videotaping the Vanderbilt Yard.

i personally have never been approached by police, MTA or otherwise, while out shooting around the Atlantic Yards footprint, but have been told numerous times by rent-a-cops and demolition company foremen that i wasn't allowed to photograph from a public sidewalk, despite that i'm well within my rights to do so.

so, come out and shoot!

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Additional coverage:
mcbrooklyn: Atlantic Yards Photoshoot: Right to Bear Cameras
Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn: Sunday: Atlantic Yards "Camera Club" Mobilization
metrodenuevayork: Protesta en contra de acoso policial a fotógrafa
telescreen.org: Sun Rises In East, Pope Still Catholic, Photography STILL Not A Crime
Photography is not a crime: New York City photographers plan protest Sunday against ongoing harassment
Who Walk In Brooklyn Calling All Bears! Calling All Bears!

Posted by amy at 12:10 PM

February 8, 2008

Atlantic Yards Camera Club: Everyone is Invited

Brit in Brooklyn

It was nice of Adrian Kinloch to post details of this Sunday's gathering of the "Atlantic Yards Camera Club" so that Ratner and the MTA can make preparations to handle the extra shutterbuggers.

A group of Atlantic Yards photographers are getting together to take pictures in the footprint on Sunday. This in response to people getting harassed by official staff when taking pictures there. They hope to use the opportunity to help people both sides of the fence, and lens, to be more aware of photographers rights. The Atlantic Yards footprint offers a surprising range of subjects, including beautiful but quickly disappearing homes and industrial architecture.

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WHO:
Photographers, videographers, bloggers, and supporters. News media are welcome.

WHAT:
A "photographers' rights free expression mobilization" responding to the harassment of video artist/teacher Katherin McInnis by an MTA police officer last Sunday, February 3rd on public property within the Atlantic Yards footprint. We will discuss photographers' rights and the Atlantic Yards situation, then walk and photograph within the footprint. Depending on circumstances, we may have the opportunity to engage in a respectful information exchange with MTA police and/or private security personnel. End point: Freddy's Bar and Backroom, 485 Dean Street, corner of Sixth Avenue.

WHERE:
Meet at the Brooklyn Bears Community Garden, Pacific Street and Flatbush Avenue, entrance on Pacific. If there's heavy rain or snow, we'll change the meeting place to Freddy's Bar, 485 Dean, corner of Sixth Avenue.

WHEN:
Sunday, February 10th @ 3pm

Posted by lumi at 6:03 AM

January 19, 2008

People You Know

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steinke

barton

Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Beth C. Aplin

Crowds packed BookCourt Tuesday night for a reading by three popular contributors to Brooklyn Was Mine, a new anthology released this month by Riverhead Books. In it, current and former Brooklyn-based writers “pay tribute to the borough they love.”

Emily Barton, Darcy Steinke and Alexandra Styron read excerpts of their essays at the Cobble Hill bookstore. The anthology’s proceeds will benefit towards Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB), the major group opposing the Atlantic Yards project.

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Posted by amy at 11:41 AM

January 17, 2008

The Atlantic Yards quiz, tonight

QDDlg.gif Atlantic Yards Report ran the listing for tonight's Quiz Don't Destroy event at Rocky Sullivan's, including this teaser:

Here's what Matthew Schuerman, then of the *New York Observer, (predicted: "Word is, Norman Oder could play with one arm tied behind his back--and still win!"

After being named the favorite by the Observer, how could I not compete?

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NoLandGrab: Word is that Norman Oder is actually an automaton and that someone, we won't say who, has hacked his programming for tonight.

Seriously, the NoLandGrab crew is planning to show up, but since the search function of NLG is broken (so we can't cheat), don't expect our long-term memory (which includes stuff that happened last week) to do us any favors.

We do expect to have fun though, and, who knows, the Quiz Master might even have a prize for the team with the blankest expression.

Posted by lumi at 5:52 AM

January 16, 2008

Atlantic Yards photo show announcement

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Posted by lumi at 11:07 PM

Quiz Don’t Destroy

Time Out New York is carrying the listing for this week's Rocky Sullivan's Pub Quiz, which will test participants' knowledge of all things "Atlantic Yards debacle."

Have you been keeping track of the Atlantic Yards debacle? Pit your knowledge of Bruce Ratner’s pet project against Brooklyn Papers staffers and other know-it-alls at this special edition of Scott M.X. Turner’s weekly pub quiz.

Venue: Rocky Sullivan's
Times: Thu 8pm.
Address: 34 Van Dyke St at Dwight St Red Hook, Brooklyn
Phone: 212-246-8050
Travel: Travel: F, G to Smith–9th Sts, then take the B77 bus to Van Dyke St
Website: rockysullivans.com

Posted by lumi at 5:23 AM

January 12, 2008

People You Know

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Emily Barton, Jennifer Egan, Colin Harrison, Jonathan Lethem, Elizabeth Gaffney, Katie Roiphe, Vijay Seshadri . . . . Anyone who doubts Brooklyn’s current literary prowess need only to turn to the table of contents of Brooklyn Was Mine, a new collection of nonfiction essays written by some of the biggest names in the writing biz. Though most of them currently call the borough home, in this book they all pay tribute to a Brooklyn that has shaped them.

Released by Riverhead on January 2, Brooklyn Was Mine consists of 20 original essays and an introduction by native son Philip Lopate. It is edited by Chris Knutsen and Valerie Steiker, both senior editors at Vogue.

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Posted by amy at 1:27 PM

January 9, 2008

TONIGHT: Reading, "Brooklyn Was Mine"

BWM-lg.gifWEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 7:30PM
Barnes & Noble 267 7th Ave., Brooklyn

Readings by:
Jennifer Egan
Susan Choi
Darren Strauss

BROOKLYN WAS MINE

Edited by Chris Knutsen and Valerie Steiker
Riverhead Trade Paperback Original

With essays by Emily Barton, Susan Choi, Rachel Cline, Philip Dray, Jennifer Egan, Colin Harrison, Joanna Hershon, Jonathan Lethem, Dinaw Mengestu, Elizabeth Gaffney, Lara Vapnyar, Lawrence Osborne, Katie Roiphe, John Burnham Schwartz, Vijay Seshadri, Darcey Steinke, Darin Strauss, Alexandra Styron, and Robert Sullivan. And an introduction by Phillip Lopate.

Proceeds from anthology of original work to benefit Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn.

Posted by lumi at 6:07 AM

January 8, 2008

TONIGHT: Meet the Ombuddy!

ForrestTaylor.jpgForrest Taylor, the newly appointed Atlantic Yards ombudsman, will be at the next CBN General Meeting to meet our members and participate in a discussion. This is your organization's chance to meet this key player in the ongoing Atlantic Yards project, so please plan to attend!

CBN General Meeting
Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
7:30PM to 9:00PM St. Cyril's Belarusian Cathedral (Atlantic Avenue at Bond Street)

Posted by lumi at 5:36 PM

Brooklyn Was Mine: Book Readings

Brit in Brooklyn reminds its readers that there are two "Brooklyn Was Mine" readings coming up in the next week.

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Wednesday, January 9, 7:30 p.m.
Park Slope Barnes & Noble (267 7th Avenue at 6th Street), Brooklyn.

Featuring readings by Jennifer Egan, Susan Choi and Darin Strauss

Tuesday, January 15, 7:00 p.m.
BookCourt (163 Court Street, near Pacific Street), Brooklyn.

Featuring readings by Emily Barton, Darcey Steinke and Alexandra Styron

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NoLandGrab: Possible caption for Adrian Kinloch's photo, "Brooklyn is mine! [Bwa-ha-ha!]"

Posted by lumi at 5:51 AM

January 6, 2008

20 writers, one borough: Brooklyn Was Mine debuts

Courier-Life
Meredith Deliso

With neighborhoods from Fort Greene to Coney Island feeling the pressure of development in their future, and others like Williamsburg already in the midst of it, comes Brooklyn Was Mine, a collection of stories on Brooklyn, by Brooklyn authors. From essays on one of the last remaining seltzer deliverers in the borough to the preciousness of Brighton Beach, 20 writers expound on the concept of Brooklyn, which, as Philip Lopate notes in his introduction, has become not just a place, but “an idea, a symbol, and a contested one at that.”

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Posted by amy at 10:36 AM

January 5, 2008

Scribes attempt to write a wrong

The Brooklyn Paper
Dana Rubinstein

Twenty Brooklyn scribblers and opponents of the Atlantic Yards 16-skyscraper-and-arena development are putting their money where their pens are, not only contributing to a collection of essays and short stories about life in Brooklyn — but allowing the proceeds to benefit the mega-development’s biggest opponent.

“Brooklyn was Mine,” the $15 paperback book that was released on Wednesday by Riverhead Books, features stories by Brooklyn literary lions Jonathan Lethem, whose story depicts Brooklyn in a dystopian future; and Jennifer Egan, whose story evokes Brooklyn’s ship-building past. The collection also features Colin Harrison, who wrote about his obsession with baseball.

The proceeds will go to Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, the organization spearheading the fight against the project by Forest City Ratner. The writers are hoping that their meager contributions will offset the more than more than $2 million that Forest City Ratner spent in 2006 to lobby state and local lawmakers.

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Additional Coverage:

Local Authors’ Anthology Benefits Anti-Atlantic Yards Efforts
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

In “Reading Lucy,” Jennifer Egan introduces readers to Lucy — a woman who worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II and wrote letters almost daily to her husband overseas. Jonathan Lethem’s “Ruckus Flatbush” is a wild, dystopian ride into Brooklyn’s future. In “A Coney Island of the Mind,” Katie Roiphe remembers the thrill of riding the famous Cyclone roller-coaster while on a date with her future husband. Colin Harrison’s “Diamonds” details Brooklyn’s, and his own, ongoing love affair with baseball.

Local Authors Fight Ratner's Atlantic Yards...With Words
Gothamist

Upcoming readings include one at Park Slope's Barnes & Noble on 7th Avenue next Wednesday (the 9th, at 7:30pm) and one at BookCourt on Court and Pacific in Brooklyn next Tuesday (the 8th at 7pm).

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn
The Fader

Gentrification is just one of those inescapable beasts when it comes to the NYC housing market (but hey, it got us an organic market in Bushwick!) That said, few developments cause enough stir to inspire twenty authors (including some favorites of ours) to contribute to an anthology in defense of their neighborhood.

Posted by amy at 9:50 AM

December 16, 2007

TODAY: DDDB Holiday Party

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Posted by amy at 10:37 AM

December 15, 2007

INTERACTIVE VIDEO ART VISUALIZES ATLANTIC YARDS IN BROOKLYN

For Immediate Release

“Future Perfect”, an interactive video that visualizes the architectural future of the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn is to be installed in a gallery in the shadow of the Atlantic Yards development.

“Future Perfect” will be displayed in the window of the Soapbox Gallery, 636 Dean Street, Brooklyn. Whenever someone stands in front of the window, a strip of the architectural future is interactively revealed to them, and moves with them as they walk past.
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The Soapbox Gallery is located at 636 Dean Street, on the very same block as part of the Atlantic Yards development.
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“Future Perfect” will be displayed from Saturday December 15 to Saturday December 29.

Project website: www.futureperfectbrooklyn.com

Artist website: www.edpurver.com

Posted by amy at 9:16 AM

December 1, 2007

HISTORIC DUFFIELD STREET HOME SAVED FROM EMINENT DOMAIN!

Press Release from South Brooklyn Legal Services

When: Monday December 3, 2007, 12 PM

Where: 227 Duffield Street (between Fulton & Willoughby Streets in Brooklyn)

Invited Speakers: Councilmembers Charles Barron, Letitia James, Tony Avella, John Liu; Assembly Member Hakeem Jeffries, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, US Congressional Representative Yvette Clarke, Assembly Representative Joseph Lentol; Rev. Clinton Miller, Rev. Dyson, Joy Chatel, Families United For Racial and Economic Equality, Jennifer Levy Esq., Four Borough Neighborhood Preservation Alliance, Lewis Greenstein, Raul Rothblatt, Christabel Gough, Jim Driscoll, Richard Hourahan, and others.

What: Press Conference

Brooklyn, NY 11/29/07 - In settlement of a lawsuit filed by Joy Chatel and Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE) the City has pledged that it will not use eminent domain to condemn 227 Duffield. The property has been the subject of controversy since 2004 when the City announced that it intended to take the property by eminent domain as part of their Downtown Brooklyn Redevelopment Plan. The Downtown Brooklyn Plan is a massive redevelopment plan based on a rezoning of the area in 2004. The plan calls for over 4 million square feet of new retail, commercial and luxury housing in the middle of a historically low-income community.

On January 7, 2004, Joy Chatel, an owner of 227 Duffield Street was given a notice informing her that her home would be taken by eminent domain and demolished to make way for a new parking lot. Many believe that her home was a station on the Underground Railroad and a vital cultural treasure that should be preserved. The Underground Railroad was the network of people and places in which fugitive slaves sought refuge when escaping from the plantation system in the South.

The home, built in 1848, was owned by Thomas and Harriet Lee-Truesdell, prominent abolitionists of that era. Their role in the abolitionist movement, coupled with their relationships with other active abolitionists in Downtown Brooklyn, led the City's own researchers to conclude that the property was "quite possibly" linked to the Underground Railroad and the majority of historians commissioned by the City to review its research advocated for the home's preservation. Despite this historical documentation and the presence of several unexplainable architectural abnormalities in the sub-basements from 227-235 Duffield St, the City of New York initially concluded that the home's historic significance did not warrant its preservation. In response to litigation and years of advocacy on the part of those who support preserving the property, the City has agreed to re-draw its plans for Downtown Brooklyn so that the condemnation of 227 Duffield will not be necessary.

"I want to thank the Mayor for listening to our plea," Joy Chatel, an owner of 227 Duffield Street said, "My vision is to continue the Cultural Center and Museum my daughter and I started years ago; so all people home and abroad can benefit from the rich history downtown Brooklyn has to offer. I am also thankful to the many people who have gone to great lengths to make sure that this vision comes to fruition."

"So many of us in the community did not want to see the Underground Railroad become an underground parking lot," said Randy Leigh, area resident and FUREE board member. "Too much of our history has already been lost, and we know the City did the right thing by listening to the community and protecting our history. "

The suit was brought by Jennifer Levy of South Brooklyn Legal Services who says: "I commend the City for their flexibility. They have shown that it is possible to do development thoughtfully, in a manner that is responsive to community concerns, and with an eye to preserving our history."

Tours of the home will be given on request.

Posted by amy at 9:56 AM

November 10, 2007

Benefit Concert for Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn 11/8/07

Jonathan Barkey has posted his photos of Thursday night's big Klezmatics concert for DDDB.

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More photos of the event from Adrian Kinloch.

Posted by amy at 11:50 AM

November 8, 2007

The Klezmatics + Kakande + Demolition String Band

From Time Out NY:

Price: advance $20, day of show $25
Venue: Brooklyn Lyceum
Times: Tonight 7pm.
Address: 227 Fourth Ave between President and Union Sts Park Slope, Brooklyn
Phone: 718-857-4816
Travel: Subway: M, R to Union St Plan Route

The Klezmatics aren’t just the best band in the klezmer vanguard; on a good night, they rank among the greatest bands on the planet. For them, Jewish traditional music is just the starting point for songs that jump, rock and swing, sometimes all at the same time. Tonight they headline a benefit for Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn (developdontdestroy.org), the organization that’s leading the protest against the Atlantic Yards development.

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Posted by lumi at 4:29 AM

November 5, 2007

TONIGHT: BROOKLYN MATTERS SCREENING

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NOVEMBER 5, 7 pm
THE OLD STONE HOUSE
5th Avenue
btw 3rd and 4th Streets
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http://www.brooklynmatters.com

Listen to an interview with Ron Shiffman on the Brian Lehrer Show.

Posted by lumi at 6:54 AM

November 2, 2007

The Museum of Drunken Art

MetroNY
By Amy Zimmer

The latest cultural happening from inside the footprint of Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards:

What is the Museum of Drunken Art?

Well, it’s not exactly a museum, and the work doesn’t necessarily need to have been created while drunk (though its so-called director, Peter Teraberry, said inebriation helps the viewing). Many are just doodles and dirty jokes inked on bar napkins.

The collection makes its city debut Saturday night at Freddy’s, the bar that sits in the footprint of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project.

“Some people draw very well when drunk. Others don’t,” said Teraberry, an art handler who’s friends with many artists he collects. “Jackson Pollack did it very well. Teetotalers are welcome to do it. It’s more the drunken spirit. ... It’s basically anything uncouth and unpretentious.”

Much of the work was created at Freddy’s, which has a drop box for patrons’ submissions.
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O’Finn, a painter, has turned the bar into a haven for kooky artistic happenings like the drunken art museum and other regular events such as Cringe Night (readings of doggerel about high school crushes), Diva Night (professional opera singers stop by to perform arias) and Diorama Lodge (the bar picks a theme at the beginning of the craft night).

And as the epicenter for Atlantic Yards foes, it stopped serving Brooklyn Brewery beer when that company’s owner spoke in support of the $4 billion project. They replaced it with Blue Point toasted lager.

“Business is better every week,” O’Finn said. Though Forest City Ratner owns the bar’s building, O’Finn seems unfazed. “We’ll deal with it when it comes to that, if it comes to that.”

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Posted by lumi at 8:26 AM

November 1, 2007

Brooklyn Matters Screening at Toronto's Regent Park Film Festival

NowToronto.com
By Deirdre Swain

REGENT PARK FILM FESTIVAL (November 7 to 11)

Befitting its provenance, the Regent Park Film Festival is all about community and preservation.
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For a less local, more sophisticated take on preservation, check out Brooklyn Matters (both films screen November 10), a devastating indictment of the Frank Gehry-designed Atlantic Yards development that will, the film charges, disrupt neighbourhoods, cause traffic nightmares and damage the environment without providing any real benefit to the community. Although highly biased against the project, it's a fascinating case study of how class and race get wound up in development disputes, one that's relevant to Toronto's continual battles with developers.

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NoLandGrab: If depicting a deeply flawed, frustrating and un-democratic political process is "highly biased," then questioning the wisdom of the war in Iraq is probably unpatriotic.

More screening info about Brooklyn Matters can be found at www.brooklynmatters.com.

Posted by lumi at 5:18 AM

October 31, 2007

BROOKLYN MATTERS SCREENING

BrooklynMattersPost-sma.jpgMONDAY
NOVEMBER 5, 7 pm
THE OLD STONE HOUSE
5th Avenue
btw 3rd and 4th Streets
map

http://www.brooklynmatters.com
Listen to an interview with Ron Shiffman on the Brian Lehrer Show.

Posted by lumi at 10:32 AM

TODAY: CONSTITUTIONAL CONSTRAINTS ON EMINENT DOMAIN AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: THE CASE OF THE BROOKLYN ATLANTIC YARDS PROJECT

From Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn's website (www.dddb.net):

CONVERSATIONS ON THE CONSTITUTION:
"CONSTITUTIONAL CONSTRAINTS ON EMINENT DOMAIN AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: THE CASE OF THE BROOKLYN ATLANTIC YARDS PROJECT"

Jacob Burns Moot Court Room: Professor Stewart Sterk (Cardozo), Professor Richard Epstein (Chicago/NYU), and Matthew Brinckerhoff, a partner at the New York law firm of Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady, and counsel for plaintiffs in federal court litigation challenging aspects of the Atlantic Yards...

Open to the public.

Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
55 Fifth Avenue, Suite 542
New York, NY 10003

Posted by lumi at 7:51 AM

October 21, 2007

Lambda Independent Democrats Holds a Forum on Atlantic Yards

Mole's Progressive Democrat

LID and the Atlantic Yards - Oct. 22nd

LID will be taking a hard look at the Atlantic Yards proposal. Until now, the club has remained neutral, but the time has come to take a position. We have invited Councilmember Latitia [sic] James (confirmed) and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz (unconfirmed) to talk about the pros and cons of this project. Please join us on October 22nd, 7:30pm at Camp Friendship located at 339 8 Street, just below 6th Avenue.

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Posted by amy at 11:05 AM

October 19, 2007

DDDB PRESS RELEASE:
GRAMMY-WINNING BAND, THE KLEZMATICS, TO PLAY A SPECIAL BENEFIT CONCERT FOR DEVELOP DON’T DESTROY BROOKLYN

Three Bands will play to raise funds for DDDB’s legal fight against the “Atlantic Yards” project

BROOKLYN, NY, October 18: Grammy-winning band klezmer band the Klezmatics will play a special concert on November 8 at the Brooklyn Lyceum to benefit Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB). Two other area musical groups, Kakande and the Demolition String Band, will also perform.

The benefit concert will raise funds towards DDDB’s state lawsuit challenging the Atlantic Yards project's environmental review and approval and the federal lawsuit challenging the state's abuse of eminent domain. Both of these lawsuits were organized by DDDB, and are funded entirely by individual donations from the community and fundraising events throughout the year. Both lawsuits are pending; a victory in either suit would mean that developer Forest City Ratner's Atlantic Yards project would not move forward.

DDDB supporters are pleased to receive such significant backing from the area’s musical community. "It is a great honor to have such accomplished musicians as The Klezmatics performing to help raise funds and awareness for the legal fight against Atlantic Yards. We are very proud to have their support," said DDDB spokesman Daniel Goldstein.

Concert Details are as follows:

The Klezmatics, Kakande, and Demolition String Band
Thursday, November 8
Doors at 7pm
Brooklyn Lyceum
227 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 857-4816
$20 in advance, $25 at the door
For online tickets, go to http://www.dddb.net/klezmatics.

Several local merchants, such as Erica’s Rugelach and Maria’s Mexican Bistro, will be donating food, baked goods, and drinks to the show.

ABOUT DEVELOP DON’T DESTROY BROOKLYN
DEVELOP DON’T DESTROY BROOKLYN (DDDB) leads a broad-based community coalition advocating for development that will unite Brooklyn’s communities instead of dividing and destroying them. DDDB opposes Forest City Ratner's "Atlantic Yards" proposal in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. For more information, visit: http://www.dddb.net/php/aboutdddb.php

ABOUT THE KLEZMATICS
The Klezmatics are world-renowned superstars of the klezmer world. They erupted out of New York City’s East Village in 1986 and revitalized klezmer for the new century. Their klezmer is one steeped in Jewish spiritualism and Eastern European tradition while incorporating more provocative themes such as social rights and anti-fundamentalism with eclectic musical influences such as gospel, punk, and Arab, African, and Balkan rhythms. Over the course of nearly twenty years, they have released six albums of wild, spiritual, provocative, reflective, and ecstatically danceable music, forever redefining and transcending traditional labels.

ABOUT KAKANDE
Driven by Famoro Dioubate's rockin' African xylophone, Kakande is full of surprises. Athletic African flute and warm cello grooves join a guitarist from Bembeya Jazz and the heartfelt vocals of Missia. "The African Tina Turner" Diabaté. The group carries an 800 year old musical tradition to America– and will make you shake your booty!

ABOUT

Posted by lumi at 8:00 AM

October 18, 2007

DDDB Fundraiser: Klezmatics & Kakande

KlezmaticsPoster.gif Thursday, November 8, 7pm
Brooklyn Lyceum
4th Avenue and Union Street

Advance tickets $20, $25 at the door
Purchase tickets now at http://www.dddb.net/klezmatics.

Great eats provided by Maria's Mexican Bistro and Erica's Rugelach!

Note: The time has been changed from 8pm to 7pm.

Posted by lumi at 8:31 AM

October 17, 2007

Services for Tom Rooney, Propsect Heights Resident and Activist

Services for Tom Rooney, lifetime resident of Prospect Heights and community activist, will be held:

Thursday and Friday
2-5pm and 7-9pm
Duffy Funeral Home
255 9th St.
718-499-8700

A funeral mass will be held on Saturday morning at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, where Tom served as head usher:

Saturday, October 20
9:45am
St. Augustine's Catholic Church
www.staugustineparkslope.org
116 6th Ave.
(718) 783-3132

Tom joined the fight against Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards in the early days, when the project was first announced. He was a ubiquitous presence at public forums and events and kept his friends and neighbors informed about the latest news and developments concerning the project, which threatens to drastically alter the neighborhood in which he spent his entire life.

Tom was a quintessential old-school Brooklynite, the kind of person who cared deeply about his neighborhood, its people and its institutions.

Thank you, Tom, for helping to make Prospect Heights, Brooklyn a great place to live, and for your passionate defense of our neighborhoods and quality of life.

Posted by lumi at 9:28 AM

October 14, 2007

TODAY: This legal fight was brought to you by the letters D, D, D, and B

WDDLight.jpg Don't forget that the legal challenge to Bruce Ratner's eminent-domain-abusing public-money-sucking megaproject is brought to you by the good folks who help raise money for Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn.

You can help by participating in this Sunday's Walkathon by registering now or sponsoring your favorite team or blogger.

Walk Don't Destroy III
Sunday, October 14

NOON – 1 pm: SIGN IN. Visit our tables at Freddy's Bar (on the intersection of 6th Avenue and Dean Street) to pick up your registration (or to register if you haven't already done so).

1 pm – 3:00 pm: Join the Grand Marshall to walk to Grand Army Plaza, around and back to the Soda Bar.

3:00-5:00 pm: Celebration event at the Soda Bar!

More info

Posted by lumi at 12:48 PM

TODAY: Press Conference: Sunday, 12:30pm. Dean St. and 6th Ave.

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Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

Sunday, October 14, 12:30
Pre-Walkathon Press Conference on Atlantic Yards Terrorism Security

Newark Arena Street Closures Point to Unsafe and Negligent Planning for Atlantic Yards

Call for State Hearing on Atlantic Yards and Terrorism Security

WHAT: Press Conference on Atlantic Yards Security and Terrorism Concerns in Light of Actions Taken by Newark Police Officials to Shut Down Streets on Eve of Prudential Arena Grand Opening

Call for a State Hearing on Security/Terrorism Planning on the Atlantic Yards Arena Complex

WHEN: Sunday. October 14th, 12:30pm

WHO: Councilwoman Letitia James, Other elected officials Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods, Other community groups

WHERE: 485 Dean Street @ 6th Avenue, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (location of narrow residential street that would abut the proposed Atlantic Yards arena, and location of kickoff of Sunday's walkathon fundraiser at 1pm)

BROOKLYN, NY -- Prior to Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn's 3rd Annual walkathon fundraiser, elected officials and community groups will call for a state hearing on the absence of security/terrorism planning for Forest City Ratner's Brooklyn Atlantic Yards arena complex, in light of recent, relevant events in Newark, New Jersey and years of silence on such planning from the city, state and developer.

link

Posted by amy at 12:17 PM

October 13, 2007

Events for October 13-15, 2007

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The Politicker

Sunday

1 p.m. Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn will host a Walkathon protesting the Atlantic Yards project. Registration begins at Freddy’s Bar, 6th Avenue and Dean Street. At 3 p.m., the Grand Marshall will lead a march to Grand Army Plaza. An afterparty will be held at Soda Bar, Vanderbilt Avenue and St. Marks Avenue.

link
NoLandGrab: Registration begins at NOON tomorrow at Freddy's and the walk begins at 1pm...

Posted by amy at 8:08 AM

Council Member Letitia James and FUREE Hold Rally to Protest Eminent Domain Abuse

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Amyre Loomis – (718) 260-9191

PLEASE JOIN COUNCIL MEMBER LETITIA JAMES, FAMILIES UNITED FOR RACIAL AND ECONOMIC EQUALITY (FUREE), ALONG WITH OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS, COMMUNITY LEADERS, PROPERTY OWNERS, AND SUPPORTERS AS THEY ADVOCATE FOR THE PRESERVATION OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS IN DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN, AND PROTEST THE ABUSE OF EMINENT DOMAIN

This Tuesday, October 16th at 2:00 PM, all will gather on the Steps of City Hall for a rally in light of the City of New York’s recent withdrawal of its eminent domain plan for Downtown Brooklyn

(Brooklyn, NY) - In response to the Eminent Domain Procedure Law Petition filed on behalf of residents and businesses of Downtown Brooklyn, the City has rescinded its eminent domain findings and will hold a new hearing. This reprieve gives advocates of historic home preservation more time to use political pressure to alter the footprint that includes historic properties, threatened by government condemnation.

WHAT: Press event to discuss the recent battle won against New York City’s use of eminent domain in Downtown Brooklyn

WHEN: Tuesday, October 16th, at 2:00 PM

WHERE: The Steps of City Hall

“I stand firm with my Duffield Street constituents in protecting their historic homes, as well as the hallowed site of the Underground Railroad. The City’s objective to take these properties by eminent domain would lead to an unconscionable action with irreparable consequences. We can develop Downtown Brooklyn without sacrificing our history. Historic homes in Brooklyn should be preserved at all costs,” said Council Member James.

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), has withdrawn its eminent domain determination because it failed to enter a blight determination into the public record. Now the public process must start all over from the beginning, including another public hearing on October 29th, and a 60-day determination period to follow. The community views the recent withdrawal by New York City of eminent domain use in Downtown Brooklyn as an interim victory for many hard working families, as well as business owners, who have resided on their properties for decades.

“My criticism of the Bloomberg Administration’s condemnation of historic properties is well known; I am especially critical of the seizing of homes that may have been involved with the Underground Railroad for the development of an underground parking lot,” said Council Member James adding, “I have filed an affidavit with the Supreme Court of the State of New York in support of Families United for Racial and Economic Equality and Joy Chatel. Both my constituents and I object to development that deprives future generations knowledge of this country’s history, and its involvement with the institution of slavery.”

Posted by amy at 8:06 AM

October 9, 2007

It came from the Blogosphere...

EVENT EDITION

DEVELOP DON'T DESTROY BROOKLYN WALKATHON: TEAM OBAMA
My.BarackObama.com, Two for One/Walk for Obama and Develop--Don't Destroy Brooklyn (Community Service)

There is an opportunity to represent Obama as we join Develop—Don’t Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB) for its 3rd annual Walk Don’t Destory, this Sunday, 10/14th. Obama has spoken out on the misuse of eminent domain, so this is a great way to support our local community needs and walk as a group to let others know Obama’s support of their cause. DDDB host this walk in an effort to raise funds to support the legal battle to prevent the Atlantic Yards project. When you register as an individual the site informs that a donation is not required, but is suggested.

Please see event details at the link below. If you’re able to join us, please remember to wear your Obama attire. Sign-in is at Freddy’s Bar (485 Dean at the corner of 6th Avenue) from 12 – 1 p.m. (please look for the Obama crew), we’ll then walk from 1-3 p.m. and wrap it up with a celebration at the Soda Bar.

LID FORUM ON ATLANTIC YARDS
Mole's Progressive Democrat, Lambda Independent Democrats Holds a Forum on Atlantic Yards

From Lambda Independent Democrats:

LID and the Atlantic Yards - Oct. 22nd

LID will be taking a hard look at the Atlantic Yards proposal. Until now, the club has remained neutral, but the time has come to take a position. We have invited Councilmember Latitia James (confirmed) and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz (unconfirmed) to talk about the pros and cons of this project. Please join us on October 22nd, 7:30pm at Camp Friendship located at 339 8 Street, just below 6th Avenue.

NoLandGrab: LID's consideration of Bruce Ratner's controversial Atlantic Yards project comes better late than never. However, the timing is curious and makes one wonder if Borough President Marty Markowitz inadvertently lit a fire under local gay-and-lesbian-rights activists when he endorsed the famously anti-gay former City Councilman Noach Dear for Civil Court Judge.

Posted by lumi at 8:15 AM

October 8, 2007

SUNDAY: Walk Don't Destroy 3

WDD3-round.gifTomorrow's oral arguments in front of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals for the federal eminent domain lawsuit reminds us that these things cost money, lots of money.

Unfortunately, NY City and State do not subsidize lawsuits to save people's property from seizure by the State for heavily subsidized developers like Bruce Ratner, so it's up to us.

Join Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, this Sunday, October 14th, for the Walk Don't Destroy Brooklyn fundraiser.

Walkers can register online, or you can sponsor a friend or make a general donation.

Help save homes and businesses from Bruce Ratner's experiment in extreme density, and the spread of Ratnerville into our neighborhoods (as if MetroTech and two hideous malls weren't enough).

Posted by lumi at 9:01 AM

October 3, 2007

Brooklyn Public Library (hearts) Dolly

Just when you thought it was safe to go to the library again...

BPLGala.gif The invitation to the Brooklyn Public Library's 11th Annual Gala arrived in the mail today, announcing the 2007 Honorees: NY Times columnist Jane Brody, children's book author Jacquline Woodson, and disgraced NYC Planning Commissioner and NJ Nets' investor Dolly Williams.

NoLandGrab readers will recall that the last time we discussed the Brooklyn Public Library was in February, when a controversy erupted over the banning of certain works from the Footprints art exhibit that the Library deemed too controversial. In an interview with The NY Times, Jay Kaplan, director of the Library’s programs and exhibitions, described a portrait of eminent domain plaintiff Daniel Goldstein as unsuitable because it was "hagiographic."

BPL2007-Dolly.gif It's hard to understand why Dolly is being honored. Maybe it's because she's a member of the NYC Planning Commission, though she has had to withdraw from participating in decisions on large land-use issues in Brooklyn in the wake of revelations of conflict of interest. Or maybe they're recognizing her work with ICB, chaired by her political patron, Marty Markowitz.

According to the web site for the Initiative for a Competitive Brooklyn:

ICB is a comprehensive economic strategy designed to improve the competitiveness of Brooklyn as a business location and increase economic opportunities for low-income Brooklyn residents.

The Brooklyn Public Library Gala is Thursday, November 8. Tickets start at $350. [There's currently no info on the library's web site.]

Posted by lumi at 1:49 PM

October 1, 2007

New Media, New Politics: Jane Jacobs and an Activist Press

Municipal Art Society

Tuesday, October 9, 7:00 p.m., at Housing Works Used Book Cafe, 126 Crosby St.

Moderator: Sewell Chan, The New York Times.

Panelists: Jane Hamsher, Firedoglake.com;
Norman Oder, Atlanticyardsreport.com;
Gay Talese, author; and
Alberto Vourvoulias-Bush, El Diario.

Purchase tickets.

Posted by lumi at 10:19 PM

September 30, 2007

One more day to see Future Perfect, an interactive view of AY

Atlantic Yards Report

After walking around the Atlantic Yards footprint yesterday, trying to describe, with some visual aids, what Forest City Ratner aims to build, it was a trippy experience to see the Future Perfect installation at the d.u.m.b.o. art under the bridge festival.

(It's showing through today--from 1 to 6 pm, maybe later--at 20 Jay Street, M24, on the Mezzanine floor.)

The video shows the streets of Prospect Heights, but as you walk closer to the installation, architectural renderings of the project appear on the screen, while taped phone calls of residents expressing their opinions about the project are heard. (A majority, I think, are negative, but the voices are tough to decipher in places.)

Walk even closer and we see instead images produced by local schoolchildren--their vision for the streets. As the designers state, "The installation is interactive in that both these 'futures' are only revealed by someone's physical presence."

article

Posted by amy at 11:19 AM

September 29, 2007

TODAY — WALKING TOUR: The Atlantic Yards Footprint and Environs

Here are multiple reminders that Norman "the Mad Overkiller" (and licensed NYC tour guide) Oder and former City Planning Commish Ron Shiffman are leading a walking tour of "Ratnerville" and "Environs" this Saturday.

The tour is free and open to the public and we're pretty sure that Norman Oder will NOT be quizzing "tourists" on the material afterwards.

The Brooklyn Paper, Civic Calendar

Saturday, Sept. 29

Walking tour of Atlantic Yards footprint led by former Planning Commissioner Ron Shiffman and journalist Norman Oder. Meet in front of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank tower (Hanson Place at Ashland Place, in Fort Greene), 2 pm.

The Villager, Jane Jacobs on foot

If the name Jane Jacobs conjures just a vague notion of the urban activist, that’s all the more reason to get acquainted with her legacy during the city’s first “Jane’s Walk” series of tours this weekend. Begun last year in Toronto, where the Canadian-born Jacobs relocated after spending many years in the West Village, they make their debut here in time for the Municipal Arts Society exhibit, “Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York,” which opened Tuesday.

Six of the eight tours will be led by people who do not normally work as guides. But just as Jacobs herself was a self-taught city-planning scholar, that doesn’t make them any less qualified. “They’re not professional tour givers,” explains Jane’s Walk director Jane Farrow. “These are people who are locals who know their neighborhoods really well.”

NoLandGrab: The Ratnerville Footprint tourists are fortunate to have their own real-live licensed tour guide and an actual urban planning expert. For your own safety, we ask that you do not hand feed them.

Brownstoner, Weekend Events

Atlantic Yards Walking Tour
Join Ron Shiffman (Pratt Center) and Norman Oder (Atlantic Yards Report) tomorrow for a guided tour of the Atlantic Yards footprint and surrounding areas. The tour kicks off on Saturday at 2 p.m. in front of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank at One Hanson Place and will take at least two hours.

NoLandGrab: B-stoner posted a HUGE list of weekend events in Brooklyn.

Posted by lumi at 9:59 AM

September 26, 2007

SATURDAY — WALKING TOUR: The Atlantic Yards Footprint and Environs

Center For the Living City

Meeting Location: In front of Williamsburgh Savings Bank, tallest building in Brooklyn, Hanson Place at Ashland Place

Time: Saturday, Sept 29 2 PM
Tour Guides: Ron Shiffman and Norman Oder

Walk this area of Brooklyn with Ron Shiffman, planner and founder, Pratt Center for Community and Environmental Development (PICCED) and former New York City Planning Commissioner and Norman Oder, the journalist behind the Atlantic Yards Report and veteran New York City tour guide.The walk reveals the historic and political context behind the controversial Atlantic Yards plan—beginning at the edge of Downtown Brooklyn, where the borough’s tallest building is being converted to luxury condos, a dip into the embryonic Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) arts district, a peek at revitalized Fort Greene. The walk will then take in the fruits of urban redevelopment—1970s tower apartments, 1990s low-rise housing, and two malls—before traversing the footprint itself in Prospect Heights.

The walk, which will last at least two hours, provides an opportunity to discuss highly-charged elements of the Atlantic Yards design, including significant density, the creation of superblocks, the challenge of creating (and paying for) affordable housing, and the possibility of persistent interim surface parking. An update on legal challenges to the project will also be provided.

Ron Shiffman founded PICCED and still teaches urban planning at the Pratt Institute. He is on the advisory board of Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, the coalition leading opposition to the Atlantic Yards project.

Norman Oder has written a comprehensive and often critical blog about the project for the past two years; his Atlantic Yards Report has broken numerous stories. A licensed New York City tour guide, he has operated New York Like A Native, which specializes in walking tours of Brooklyn, since 2000.

"Atlantic Yards Photo Map" by Tracy Collins, from his photo book "Atlantic Yards, [De]Constuction of the Neighborhood"

Posted by lumi at 7:25 AM

September 24, 2007

TODAY: The Unity Plan for Brooklyn's Vanderbilt Yards

Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods

Please join us for the presentation of
UNITY

A realistic, community-sensitive proposal for the development of Brooklyn's Vanderbilt rail yards.
Press Conference
11 AM, Monday, September 24th

Presentation by project designers Marshall Brown, Ronald Shiffman, and Dr. Tom Angotti
Community Forum
6 PM, Monday, September 24th

Presentation and Q&A with Marshall Brown and Dr. Tom Angotti
Location
The Soapbox Gallery
636 Dean Street (between Carlton and Vanderbilt Avenues)
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY 11238

DIRECTIONS:
Take the 4, 5, B, or M trains to Atlantic Avenue
Take the D, M, N or R trains to Pacific Street
Take the 2 or 3 trains to Bergen Street

Posted by amy at 8:36 AM

September 23, 2007

TODAY: Kids Disco Don't Destroy!

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Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn
TODAY!!!
Kids Disco Don't Destroy, 2-6 PM
The Grand Space (previously home of the "Footprint" art show)

778 Bergen Street at the corner of Grand Avenue in Prospect Heights (not Downtown), Brooklyn

Fabulous event for kids of all ages and parents. Feel free to dress in your favorite disco outfit. Funds raised go to support the Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn legal fund against the Ratner mega-project which threatens to harm our children's health. Great DJ, art corner, dance lesson, wine, beer, snacks, teenage helpers, big child-friendly space, meet other families, cool raffle items...

DJ professional: DJ Nicole Leone

Balloons by "A Child Grows In Brooklyn" http://www.achildgrowsinbrooklyn.com
Suggested family contributions $25, $50, $100
Drinks and snacks available
Dance lessons at 4 pm with Bija Brooklyn (http://bijabrooklyn.com/)

GREAT RAFFLE PRIZES:

One hour massage from Stana Weisburd, LMT- value $80

One year membership to Brooklyn "Play" Spot from Kate Myers- value $975

$50 gift certificate from Olea Restaurant, plus 2 hour gift certificate of free babysitting so you can enjoy your meal sans baby

Maitri Health and Wellness class: Nutrition for your child- value $25

Baby Boinkie swaddle blanket from Corduroy Kid- value $50

$50 gift certificate from Community Bookstore

Award winning baby food making kit from Fresh Baby- value $35

$50 gift certificate from Night of the Cookers (excluding drinks and tips)

Haircut from LuLu's Cuts and Toys- $20

From Memories Out of the Box: 2 picture portrait frame for 2 4x6 photos plus 25% off certificate for either album making or personal memory consulting services. They will make the album you have been meaning to make-baby, wedding, or birthday

RSVP and for more information:
kiddisco.dddb@gmail.com
718-938-3935

Posted by amy at 12:58 PM

TODAY: WE STILL LIVE HERE! CLEAN UP DAY!

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Is this what care looks like. Are 4-foot weeds part of Bloomberg's Greener NY Plan? Join neighbors as we take on the State's responsibilities in a long overdue clean-up of Pacific Street.

Come for an hour! Come for five hours! Just come!

Supplies provided. Please feel free to bring extra Gloves, Gardening Tools, Garbage/Recycling Bags.

Posted by lumi at 12:01 PM

September 22, 2007

TOMORROW: KIDS DISCO DON'T DESTROY

A FUNDRAISER FOR DEVELOP DON'T DESTROY BROOKLYN

Posted by lumi at 9:47 AM

September 21, 2007

Atlantic Yards: Clean Up Day

From Brit in Brooklyn:

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Residents and neighbors of Atlantic Yards are getting together for a tidy up around the footprint. "We still live here! Clean up day!" is on Sunday from midday to 5pm. Everyone is welcome to come and join in.

link

Posted by lumi at 11:03 AM

September 20, 2007

TODAY: BROOKLYN MATTERS SCREENING

BrooklynMattersPost-sma.jpgTHURSDAY
September 20, 5 pm
CHCSA

Brooklyn Matters will be shown at the pick up site,
P.S. 56 Lewis H. Latimer School
170 Gates Avenue [map]

A spokesperson from Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn will be attending to answer questions. Find out the latest developments in the lawsuits and the project that could have a lasting and profound impact on this community.

Posted by lumi at 5:08 AM

September 19, 2007

Jane's Walks coming in two weeks, including one on AY

Atlantic Yards Report

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The Center for the Living City, founded in the spirit of Jane Jacobs, on Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30, will offer "Jane's Walks," a "series of free neighborhood strolls that emphasize the walkable and diverse nature of New York City."

The only Brooklyn one will concern Atlantic Yards, and I'll be leading it, with Center affiliate Ron Shiffman. (The walks will resume next spring; undoubtedly there are many Jacobsian walks to be found in the borough.)

The press release states:

As Jane Jacobs noted, people who live or work in the community know it best and can offer insights and observations that no professional can. Moreover, “Jane’s Walk” honors her belief that healthy cities feature walkable, compact, dense and diverse neighborhoods. These characteristics in turn help knit people together into a strong, connected and resourceful community.

The walks are part of a larger celebration of Jacobs’ work, including an exhibition, “Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York,” opening September 25 at the Municipal Art Society.

(Photo of Dean Street in the Atlantic Yards footprint by Adrian Kinloch.)
...
One apt term I've learned from Jacobs is the notion of the "oversuccessful city." A free walking tour on a nice day might bring large crowds and pose a very interesting challenge.

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Posted by lumi at 7:22 AM

MONDAY: The Unity Plan for Brooklyn’s Vanderbilt Yards

UNITYBanner.gif www.unityplan.org • 212-650-3328 • info@unityplan.org

What if Atlantic Yards is not built?
What if it's only partly built?
Then what?

Please join us for the presentation of UNITY
A realistic, community-sensitive proposal for the development of Brooklyn’s Vanderbilt rail yards.

Press Conference
11 AM, Monday, September 24th
Presentation by project designers Marshall Brown, Ronald Shiffman, and Dr. Tom Angotti

Community Forum
6 PM, Monday, September 24th
Presentation and Q&A with Marshall Brown and Dr. Tom Angotti

Location
The Soapbox Gallery
636 Dean Street (between Carlton and Vanderbilt Avenues) Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY 11238

DIRECTIONS:
Take the 4, 5, B, or M trains to Atlantic Avenue
Take the D, M, N or R trains to Pacific Street
Take the 2 or 3 trains to Bergen Street


View Larger Map

Posted by lumi at 6:18 AM

September 18, 2007

WEDNESDAY: Community forum on historic designation for Prospect Heights

From Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council phndc.org

On Wednesday, September 19 at 7:00PM, please join PHNDC and invited guest speakers for a community forum on historic designation for Prospect Heights, to be held in the auditorium of P.S. 9, 80 Underhill Avenue at St. Marks Avenue.

Prospect Heights has remained remarkably free from large-scale physical change, making it a perfect candidate for historic district designation by New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission. But without such designation soon, that may well change. A strong real estate market and the development of Atlantic Yards just adjacent to the proposed historic district will exert immense development pressures on the neighborhood, posing a threat to its sense of place and historic character.

link

Posted by lumi at 1:07 PM

September 16, 2007

TOMORROW: Hey, ESDC! How good IS your word, anyway???

Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods: MEDIA ADVISORY

Press Conference

DATE: September 17, 2007

TIME: 8:30 AM

LOCATION: NW corner of Pacific Street and Vanderbilt Avenue, Prospect Heights

SUBJECT: Hey, ESDC! How good IS your word, anyway???

The COUNCIL OF BROOKLYN NEIGHBORHOODS will hold a press conference 8:30 AM, Monday September 17, 2007 at the corner of Pacific Street and Vanderbilt Avenue to demand that the ESDC honor the promises it has made and answer crucial questions about the safety of the residents of Prospect Heights during the Atlantic Yards project construction preparation.

"132 days ago the ESDC pledged to hire an Ombudsman to represent Community concerns and problems during the Atlantic Yards preparation and construction," said CBN Steering Committee member Eric McClure. "That's twice as long as the ESDC allowed the public to respond to last year's Environmental Impact Statement. That was a complex and huge task, but somehow the Community got it done. What's the holdup on keeping their word to the Community?"

The ESDC has repeatedly rebuffed offers from the Community to participate proactively. They haven't responded to numerous complaints about problems that have already occurred. What, exactly, is the problem?

Given the recent track record of ESDC projects, including the disastrous fire at the Deutsche Bank building in lower Manhattan, these questions are literally life and death.

Elected officials and community leaders have been invited to attend.

Posted by amy at 11:41 AM

September 2007 General Meeting

Society for Clinton Hill

THURSDAY, September 20, 7-9 pm St. Luke’s Parish House, 259 Washington Ave. (DeKalb/Willoughby)

AGENDA

7:00 pm Refreshments – Come celebrate our R6B zoning victory, meet our new board members, and talk to our speakers. Everyone will receive a copy of the new zoning map.

7:30 pm Welcome – Jim Barnes, President

7:45 pm Atlantic Yards Legal Update – Lawyers Candance Carponter and Mathew Brinckerhoff will discuss the recently filed appeal to the eminent domain challenge in the 2nd Circuit federal court, which will be heard on October 9th; and, the fact that NY State Supreme Court Justice Joan Madden is expected to rule shortly on the lawsuit filed by 26 community groups, including SCH, disputing the validity of the state’s environmental review, the finding of blight and AY qualification as a “civic project.”

link

Posted by amy at 10:53 AM

September 15, 2007

TODAY: Fundraiser for Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

Maura McGloin, Ann Armbruster, Bill Harris, Lynn Nottage, Irene Van Slyke & Sandy Balboza invite you to

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There will be a live auction featuring:

  • Tour of the set of USA-TV series Law & Order: Criminal Intent for two. Hosted by writer producer Diana Son.
  • KYLE STAVER original painting
  • TISH COTTER, Woodcut, in collections (among others) at Yale and the Nantucket Historical Society and soon to be at the Smithsonian.
  • LISA STIMPSON, Verre Eglomise (reverse gilding and painting on glass) original Lisastimpson.com
  • JOHN INWOOD, Director/DP "SCRUBS" Still Photograph
  • JONATHAN LETHEM 2 copies of "Fortress of Solitude" to be signed by author.
  • MONA FAFARMAN, acupuncture session
  • SHAY MELIA, haircut and color in your home. Formerly of Arrojo Studio.
  • Fashion Consultant Lynne Curtis will give a closet overhaul

There will be an update on the eminent-domain and environmental lawsuits.

Please RSVP to Maura McGloin, 917-544-5294 or maura@mthreetv.com.

This is a fundraiser so please bring your checkbooks.

Light Refreshments will be served.

Posted by lumi at 11:08 AM

September 14, 2007

SATURDAY: Conflux Festival Downtown Brooklyn Walking Tour

anyplaceBrooklyn.com

An audio walking tour by Samara Smith through downtown Brooklyn, filled with candid interviews, from locals who are losing their homes to eminent domain to folks who remember what life was like pre-[Bruce Ratner's]Metro Tech. It will replace that vague notion of yours about what Brooklyn is becoming with something concrete.

Saturday, September 15
2pm - 4pm

A group will meet at the conference headquarters and travel together to downtown Brooklyn for the walking tour.

Space is limited. To sign up send an email to anyplacebrooklyn@gmail.com.

link

Posted by lumi at 6:08 AM

September 7, 2007

Kids Disco Don't Destroy

Boogie-Oggie-Oggie with family and friends to eminent domain classics like "Don't Stop Til Ya Get Enough," "Give it to Me Baby" and "More, more, more."

Brooklynites will be mopping up the dance floor with developer favorites like "The Hustle," "Jive Talkin'", "Shaft" and "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)."

So come out and sing along to picks from project opponents like the footprint residents' anthem, "I Will Survive," "We are Family" (the rallying cry for the Hagan Sisters), and everyone's favorite "Enough is Enough."

Click here for more details.

Posted by lumi at 8:01 AM

August 30, 2007

Kids Disco Don't Destroy

Dust off your Goody pocket combs (you know, the ones with the handles!) and get out your curling irons because disco might be dead, but it don't destroy.

For more info, check out http://dddb.net/kddd.php.

[Hey, my copy of "Disco Duck" has gotta be around here somewhere.]

Posted by lumi at 9:57 AM

August 29, 2007

NYC Live Music Calendar 8/29-9/9/07

From Lucid Culture:

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Fri Aug 31 the Freddy’s Bar crew takes over Hank’s, Atlantic Ave. and 3rd Ave. (they intersect), any train to Atlantic Ave. and walk back on Atlantic toward Brooklyn Heights.

This night is pretty appropriate since both venues’ days are numbered by encroaching luxury housing, [Freddy's] by the Ratso Ratner Atlantic Yards goons while Hank’s owner has put the place up for sale as a “development site” – you know what that means. John Sharples and his jangly crew play around 10 followed by Plastic Beef who will have the nonpareil Erica Smith singing this time, and jam the hell out of everything they touch with some pretty way-out results.

link

Posted by lumi at 8:41 AM

August 27, 2007

MAS: Walking Tour of Prospect Heights

Take a walking tour of the historic neighborhood that's gonna get smaller if Ratnerville gets built.

ProspectHeights-AS.jpg Sponsored by the Municipal Art Society:

Saturday, September 15, 2:00 p.m.

Every once in a while, you walk the streets of a neighborhood and can’t believe it wasn’t designated as a historic district years ago. Prospect Heights in Brooklyn features some of the best late 19th-century brownstone blocks in the city, filled with outstanding Italianate and neo-Grecian row houses, as well as fine churches, institutional buildings, commercial buildings, and apartment houses, all in a vibrant multi-racial enclave that in recent years has filled with good restaurants, cafes, and shops. The Municipal Art Society worked with the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council to survey and catalogue more than 1,100 buildings in the neighborhood. That work formed the basis for a submission to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for historic district designation. Join us for a tour full of surprises in the area between Grand Army Plaza and the Vanderbilt railroad yards, where the “Atlantic Yards” mega-development has been proposed. Leader: Francis Morrone, architectural historian. Meet at the N.E. corner of Vanderbilt Ave. and Sterling Pl., a short walk from the Grand Army Plaza. (Transit: # 2, 3, 4 trains to Grand Army Plaza; Q train to Seventh Ave.)

DETAILS
Event Date:
Start Time:
Fee:
Members Only:
RSVP:

 
9-15-2007
2:00 pm
$15, $12 MAS members
No
No

Posted by lumi at 5:41 PM

August 23, 2007

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, October 14

WDD3big.gifWanna volunteer or be a sponsor? Email walkathon@dddb.net.

Details for participants, coming soon.

Posted by lumi at 1:36 PM

August 17, 2007

"Brooklyn Matters" at Monkey Town

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Make your reservations for a special screening of "Brooklyn Matters" at Williamsburg's well-reviewed Monkey Town restaurant, bar, video, art, performance space.

"Brooklyn Matters" is Isabel Hill's well-reviewed documentary on the political struggle around the Atlantic Yards project.

August 19th. 8:30pm
"Brooklyn Matters" Screening at Monkey Town Bar and Restaurant
Admission: Free, $10 food/drink minimum
Reservations are recommended.

58 N 3rd St (btw. Kent & Wythe)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

link

Posted by amy at 5:40 AM

July 21, 2007

Vet shooter in peerless show

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The Brooklyn Paper

NoLandGrab has been tipped off that Brooklyn Paper photographer Tom Callan's show includes an Atlantic Yards classic photo...(Hint: SWAK!)

Our own irascible shutterbug, Tom Callan, who has been shooting Brooklyn for the better part of three decades, has opened up his files for a retrospective of his work starting next Friday in Red Hook.

Some of our favorite Callan shots — many of which first appeared in The Brooklyn Paper — will be on display, lining the walls of the equally irascible Sunny’s Bar on Conover Street.
...
“Photographs by Tom Callan” opens at Sunny’s Bar (253 Conover St., at Reed Street in Red Hook), July 20, 8 pm. Call (718) 625-8211 for information.

link

Posted by amy at 9:32 AM

July 18, 2007

BROOKLYN MATTERS: Screenings

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July 18, 6:30 pm
Quinn's Gallery, 4th Floor 35-20 Broadway (between 35th and 36th Streets)
Long Island City, Queens [map]
[Directions]
Sponsored by the Greater Astoria Historical Society

THURSDAY
July 19, 7:00 pm
AIA-Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place (between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets)
Manhattan [map]
Sponsored by the National Organization of Minority Architects

FRIDAY
July 20, 7:00 pm
Spoke the Hub Re:Creation Center
748 Union Street, Bklyn [map]
Local Produce Festival
Sponsored by Spoke the Hub
RSVP: 718-408-3234

Posted by lumi at 8:07 AM

July 9, 2007

TODAY: West Harlem Press Conference Correction

The press conference for the West Harlem community groups who oppose Columbia University's land grab is at 11:30AM, not 12:30 as previously announced:

On Monday, July 9th at 11:30 PM in front of the office of the New York City Planning Commission, located at 22 Reade Street, members of the West Harlem community will hold a press conference to continue their protest against Columbia University's proposed 17 acre expansion in West Harlem. Columbia will have its second presentation before the City Planning Commission (CPC) just weeks after the City agency approved the university’s re-zoning application for its Manhattanville expansion plan.

Posted by lumi at 10:27 AM

July 7, 2007

"There goes the neighborhood!": an exhibit on gentrification

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Atlantic Yards Report

The flip side of those assessing real estate value on Brownstoner is the uneasiness expressed by those absorbing the tide of gentrification. That's what you'll find at the gallery Five Myles, in Crown Heights just east of Prospect Heights, in an exhibit called "There goes the neighborhood!" It opened June 23 and remains up through tomorrow.
...
Gentrification has its value, as even the Village Voice's recent article on Bushwick noted, but there can be a heavy price to pay. The interviews were conducted with residents generally dismayed about the changes, feeling threatened, and knowing others pushed out. (Where? The shelter?)

The accents are African-American and Caribbean-American, the tones questioning, lamenting, skeptical, and conspiracy-minded. One of the voices, according to Five Myles founder Hanne Tierney, has already left the neighborhood. (See TimeOut NY article.)

A question recurs: Who or what is responsible? One factor, unmentioned, is surely the 421-a tax break that subsidizes luxury housing, but there are many other reasons, some of which I'll try to look at in the future.

link

Posted by amy at 9:25 AM

June 24, 2007

TODAY: Victorian House Party

labinehomelogo.gifClem Labine, Everett Ortner, Burnley Duke Dame, Kathy Evers, and Deirdre Lawrence invite you to a fund-raiser for Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn and the legal expenses to send the Atlantic Yards mega-project back to the drawing board.

Sunday, June 24, 2007. 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
199 Berkeley Place. (Between 7th & 8th Avenues)
Park Slope

Tickets $75

More info.

Posted by lumi at 9:00 AM

June 18, 2007

Cordially Invited: Victorian House and Book Party

labinehomelogo.gifClem Labine, Everett Ortner, Burnley Duke Dame, Kathy Evers, and Deirdre Lawrence invite you to a fund-raiser for Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn and the legal expenses to send the Atlantic Yards mega-project back to the drawing board.

Sunday, June 24, 2007. 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
199 Berkeley Place. (Between 7th & 8th Avenues)
Park Slope

Tickets $60 in advance and $75 at the event.

More info or purchase tickets.

Posted by lumi at 10:36 AM

BROOKLYN MATTERS: Screenings

BrooklynMattersPost-sma.jpgTOMORROW
June 19 7:00 pm
Fifth Avenue Committee
621 DeGraw Street, Bklyn
RSVP: 718-237-2017 x 171

WEDNESDAY
June 20 7:00 pm
St. Gregory's RC Church
991 St. John's Place, Bklyn
Sponsored by Crown Heights North Association, Inc.

THURSDAY
June 21 7:00 pm
1320 Eighth Avenue, Bklyn
Panel to follow: Council Member Letitia James, Daniel Goldstein, Ron Shiffman, Michelle de la Uz and Isabel Hill
Sponsored by the Park Slope Jewish Center, Kolot Chayeinu, and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.

FRIDAY
June 22 7:00 pm
Spoke the Hub Re:Creation Center
748 Union Street, Bklyn, Local Produce Festival
Sponsored by Spoke the Hub), RSVP: 718-408-3234

Posted by lumi at 10:18 AM

June 17, 2007

"If the blight comes through": Radio Golf on Broadway, for two weeks more

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Atlantic Yards Report

Despite its imperfections, Radio Golf is good theater, with a good dose of humor, some riveting theatrical moments and even an entertainingly prescient case for congestion pricing. It didn't win any Tonys, so, according to the official web site, it's closing July 1. (Discounts are available; $42.50 tickets are at BroadwayOffers.com; code RGNFP62.)

The discussion of blight--as well as that of stadiums and their economic value--is hardly exhaustive, since it's a play, not a tract (or blog).

Atlantic Yards supporters might take comfort in the strong hints of inevitability, despite moral outrage, with which the play ends. After all, Hicks asks his (now-former) partner if he thought a judge would let a "raggedy-ass house" get in the way of a multi-million dollar project. For those opposing the project, probably the most resonant line goes to Barlow, seen at right refusing money from Wilks: "Big boats turn slow, but they turn nonetheless."

article

Posted by amy at 9:53 AM

June 16, 2007

Travis Clarke at Soapbox Gallery

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Soapbox Gallery is pleased to present "Wishing dead trees back to life" a performance piece by Travis Clarke. Travis will spend seven consecutive nights in the gallery window space on Dean Street from sunset to sunrise wishing a dead tree back to life.

Soapbox Gallery, 636 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238, www.soapboxgallery.org

Friday, June 15 through Friday, June 22, Sunset to sunrise.

"Wishing dead trees back to life" is about attempting to do something that seems impossible. It is a very sad piece and is simply about the abstraction of trying. Dead trees seem like an appropriate metaphor for a lot of what is in the world today; it loosely connotes the environment, although this is not an environment piece exactly. The tree also represents a love or a person or even our collective social consciousness.

NoLandGrab: Could the tree also be representing the possibility of a future dead neighborhood?

Posted by amy at 10:05 AM

June 13, 2007

BROOKLYN MATTERS: A Week of Screenings

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June 13 6:00 pm - 6:00 pm reception, 6:30 pm screening
87 Lafayette Street
NYC, Sponsored by Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project

FRIDAY
June 15 7:00 pm
Spoke the Hub Re:Creation Center
748 Union Street, Bklyn, Local Produce Festival
Sponsored by Spoke the Hub), RSVP: 718-408-3234

TUESDAY
June 19 7:00 pm
Fifth Avenue Committee
621 DeGraw Street, Bklyn
RSVP: 718-237-2017 x 171

NEXT WEDNESDAY
June 20 7:00 pm
St. Gregory's RC Church
991 St. John's Place, Bklyn
Sponsored by Crown Heights North Association, Inc.

Posted by lumi at 9:54 AM

June 6, 2007

TONIGHT: Remember New Orleans!

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Speaking of land grabs, New Orleans is sporting some of the finest. Although eminent domain abuse is never a good thing, having your home destroyed by a hurricane prior to having your land grabbed is devastating. NoLandGrab is posting this event in solidarity with the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Remember New Orleans Event featuring:

Howard Fishman and the Biting Fish Brass Band
Short Films by Helen Hill
Slideshow on New Orleans Today
Silent Auction for the New Orleans Kid Camera Project
Po' Boys and other New Orleanian food

WHERE: Soda Bar
629 Vanderbilt Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

WHEN: June 6, Doors open at 6 pm. Program Begins at 7:30 pm.

Posted by amy at 6:25 AM

June 5, 2007

SCREENINGS: Home-Land Security

Proof that "real estate developer" has joined "lawyer" and "politician" in the ranks of most despised professions, three films are making waves this summer:

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Sat June 23: 4
Sun June 24: 6
Mon June 25: 1:30

Walter Reade Theater/Lincoln Center

Tickets for the 2007 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival are available at both the Walter Reade Theater box office (212-875-5600) and online at www.filmlinc.com.

Laura Dunn's beautifully crafted documentary, "The Unforeseen," follows the career of Gary Bradley, an ambitious west Texas farm boy who went to Austin and became one of the state's most powerful real estate developers, capitalizing on Austin's boomtown growth beginning in the 1970s. At the peak of his powers, Bradley transformed 4000 acres of pristine Hill Country into one of the state's largest and fastest-selling subdivisions. When the development threatened a local treasure, "Barton Springs"—a natural spring-fed swimming hole—the community fought back and the subdivision became a lightning rod for environmental activism of the kind that flourished under Governor Ann Richards. However, when George W. Bush became governor, development laws change, and the water quality at Barton Springs, as well as the surrounding landscape of Austin, was irreversibly altered. "The Unforeseen" is a powerful meditation on the destruction of the natural world and the American Dream as it falls victim to the cannibalizing forces of unchecked development. It is an intricate tale of personal hopes, victories, and failures, and debates over land, economics, property rights, and the public good.

GreetingsFromAsburyPark.jpgGREETINGS FROM ASBURY PARK

Friday, June 22, 7pm
Jersey Shore Arts Center

Screening, Panel and Reception
Limited seating is available, and reservations are required.

[Please call 732-380-1592 to reserve your seat. There is a suggested tax-deductible donation of $20.]

Angie, 91, lived through three decades of rust, riot and ruin in Asbury Park, the one-time postcard paradise. Now the tiny bungalow that she has called home, for half her life, will be seized by eminent domain. Hundreds of homes, apartment buildings and local businesses are boarded up, ready for the wrecking ball. Angie’s may be next.

The screening will mark the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Kelo v. City of New London, in which the court ruled that private property may be seized on the mere promise of increased tax revenue and jobs. New Jersey has felt the wrath of this decision, and remains one of the worst abusers of eminent domain in the country.

The evening will also include a panel discussion featuring Dana Berliner, a senior attorney at the Institute for Justice who represented the homeowners in Kelo, as well as community members and homeowners affected by eminent domain abuse and filmmaker Christina Eliopoulous. A reception and meet-and-greet with panelists and special guests will follow the discussion.

BrooklynMatersSCREENINGS.jpgBROOKLYN MATTERS

No single event will have a more drastic and long-lasting impact on Brooklyn than the proposed Atlantic Yards development. This uncommon proposal, however, is mostly misunderstood. Brooklyn Matters is an insightful documentary that reveals the fuller truth about the Atlantic Yards proposal and highlights how a few powerful men are circumventing community participation and planning principles to try to push their own interests forward.

Screening at a neighborhood location near you:

Friday, June 8, 7:00 pm — Spoke the Hub Re:Creation Center
748 Union Street, Bklyn, Local Produce Festival (sponsored by Spoke the Hub),
RSVP: 718-408-3234

Saturday, June 9, 6:30 pm — St. Cyril Belarusian Church
401 Atlantic Avenue

Wednesday, June 13 6:00 pm (6:00 pm reception, 6:30 pm screening)
87 Lafayette Street, NYC,
Sponsored by Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project

Friday, June 15, 7:00 pm — Spoke the Hub Re:Creation Center
748 Union Street, Bklyn, Local Produce Festival (sponsored by Spoke the Hub),
RSVP: 718-408-3234

Tuesday, June 19, 7:00 pm — Fifth Avenue Committee
621 DeGraw Street, Bklyn,
RSVP: 718-237-2017 x 171

Wednesday, June 20, 7:00 pm — St. Gregory's RC Church
224 Brooklyn Avenue
Sponsored by the Crown Heights North Association, Inc.

Thursday, June 21, 7:00 pm
1320 Eighth Avenue, BKLYN
Panel to follow with Council Member Letitia James, Daniel Goldstein, Ron Shiffman and Michelle de la Uz, and Isabel Hill.
Sponsored by the Park Slope Jewish Center and Jews for Racial & Economic Justice

Friday, June 22 7:00 pm — Spoke the Hub Re:Creation Center
748 Union Street, Bklyn, Local Produce Festival (sponsored by Spoke the Hub),
RSVP: 718-408-3234

Posted by lumi at 10:46 AM

June 3, 2007

TODAY: Brownstone Brooklyn Garden District Garden Walk

Clematis.jpg 11:00am — 5:00pm

Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Prospect Heights

Tickets: $20

Sponsored by: Brownstone Brooklyn Garden District

Location: Starts at Brooklyn Academy of Music Triangle Garden (intersection of Lafayette Avenue and Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York 11217)

Subways: 1,2,4,5,D,Q to Atlantic Ave.

Seventeen private gardens may be visited on this self-guided tour through the three historic Brooklyn neighborhoods of Ft. Greene, Clinton Hill and Prospect Heights. Free shuttle van service will be provided, circling between the three neighborhoods.

This may be your last chance to see a pair of adjacent gardens in Prospect Heights. These two gardens occupy the western edge of Brooklyn's first botanic garden, Parmentier's Horticultural & Botanic Gardens. They currently fall within the footprint of Bruce Ratner's proposed 22-acre Atlantic Yards project and are threatened with condemnation through use of eminent domain.

More info.

Photo: "Little Odd Me," flickr.

Posted by lumi at 2:33 PM

June 2, 2007

The Ratnerville Singout: targeting Bruce, sampling Stuckey, rhyming Markowitz

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Atlantic Yards Report reports from the Ratnerville Singout:

Chris Owens (political candidate and talented singer) sang a Mellencamp-esque "Do Not Go Gently," Scott Turner (of Fans for Fair Play) rockingly mourned "Brooklyn Is Dying." Atomic Grind Show played a ditty titled "Freddy's is an Escalator Now," a reference to manager Donald O'Finn's prediction of what would replace the bar should the arena be built.

But most of the songs managed to take off on the developer's name, which, of course, is no fault of his own.

The titles included:
"It's a Ratner Day"
"Mr. Ratner"
"Rat King"
"Doctor Bruce Comes to Town"
"Get the Rat Out."

Steve deSeve offered a deft capsule description of his song, "It's a Ratner Day" (sample lyric: "The sun is blocked/by all the buildings"). Citing the infamous "no towers" brochure the developer mailed to hundreds of thousands of Brooklynites, he observed, "If you play the brochure backwards, this is the song."

article

Posted by amy at 10:49 AM

Event Announcement from Bill de Blasio

Join Councilmember Bill de Blasio and Stand up Against Illegal Construction! Wednesday June 4, 2007 In front of Robert Scarano's latest project 360 Smith Street, Brooklyn. What we want: We want Robert Scarano and any other architect, developer or contractor working in this city to know they must be held accountable for their actions. Anyone who violates zoning codes, building codes and practices unsafe construction is not wanted in our neighborhood! The New York City Department of Buildings has already relieved Scarano of his self-certification. Now we are calling on the New York State Department of Education to strip Robert Scarano of his architecture license. Power in Numbers! We must show that we will no longer tolerate this abuse! Councilmember Bill de Blasio 2907 Ft. Hamilton Parkway (718) 854-9791 deblasio@council.nyc

It's definitely interesting for Councilmember de Blasio to want developers accountable for their actions while supporting Atlantic Yards. Instead of responsible oversight for the Atlantic Yards development, de Blasio suggests that everything can be solved if there was just a "common meeting table." Perhaps de Blasio has a different definition of "unsafe construction."

Posted by amy at 10:37 AM

May 30, 2007

BROOKLYN MATTERS: SCREENING AT A LOCATION NEAR YOU

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June 1, 6 p.m.
Spoke the Hub Re:Creation Center
748 Union Street, Bklyn, Local Produce Festival
Sponsored by Spoke the Hub, RSVP: 718-408-3234

June 3, 7:00 p.m.
322 Union Avenue, Bklyn
Sponsored by UnionDocs as part of The Documentary Bodega Series

June 8, 7 p.m.
Spoke the Hub Re:Creation Center
748 Union Street, Bklyn, Local Produce Festival
Sponsored by Spoke the Hub, RSVP: 718-408-3234

June 13, 6:00 p.m. Community Economic Justice Film Series
6:00 pm reception, 6:30 pm screening
87 Lafayette Street
Sponsored by Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project

June 8, 7 p.m.
Spoke the Hub Re:Creation Center
748 Union Street, Bklyn, Local Produce Festival
Sponsored by Spoke the Hub, RSVP: 718-408-3234

June 22, 7 p.m.
Spoke the Hub Re:Creation Center
748 Union Street, Bklyn, Local Produce Festival
Sponsored by Spoke the Hub, RSVP: 718-408-3234

Host your own screening: buildinghistory@verizon.net

More info at www.brooklynmaters.com.

 

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Posted by lumi at 8:49 AM

May 24, 2007

TONIGHT: RATNERVILLE SINGOUT

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Thursday, May 24, 9:30pm
Freddy's Bar & Backroom
485 Dean Street (at 6th Avenue)
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
free admission

In the three-and-a-half years since Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards project was announced, the surrounding communities have stood fast against plans for a superblock skyscraper development.

Musicians, as with any struggle, have done their share. On May 24th, singers who have written original works about the struggle against Ratner's project will stage the first Ratnerville Singout.

Hosted by the eclectic and powerful Atomic Grind Show, the Ratnerville Singout will feature rock, hip-hop, jazz, folk, reggae, worldbeat, blues and r&b songs -- the mix of Brooklyn music today.

Performers include:
Atomic Grind Show
Steve deSeve
Papa Dish
Jezra Kaye
Chris Owens
Roger Paz
John Pinamonti
RebelMart

Posted by lumi at 9:59 AM

May 21, 2007

BROOKLYN MATTERS: SCREENING AT A LOCATION NEAR YOU

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May 21st, 8:30 p.m.
Cattyshack
249 4th Avenue (@ Carroll Street). Park Slope
Sponsored by Lambda Independent Democrats

May 22nd, 7 p.m.
Phoenix House
174 Prospect Place (between Carlton and Vanderbilt). Prospect Heights
Sponsored by Prospect Place Block Association (Flatbush to Underhill)

June 1, 6 p.m.
Spoke the Hub Re:Creation Center
748 Union Street, Bklyn, Local Produce Festival
Sponsored by Spoke the Hub, RSVP: 718-408-3234

June 3, 7:00 p.m.
322 Union Avenue, Bklyn
Sponsored by UnionDocs as part of The Documentary Bodega Series

More info at www.brooklynmaters.com.

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Posted by lumi at 8:33 AM

May 20, 2007

Save the Underground Railroad in Brooklyn

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From our friends on Duffield Street:

The City wants to demolish homes on Duffield Street in Downtown Brooklyn to build an underground parking lot. They want to help rich developers profit by destroying our history. We can’t let this happen!

These homes are believed by many historians and experts to be safehouses on the Underground Railroad, and part of a huge anti-slavery network that existed here in Downtown Brooklyn. If we don’t fight now, the City will destroy the history of slavery and New Yorkers’ involvement in fighting for freedom. If we don’t fight now, our children will not be able to see this history.

GET INVOLVED! Call Joy Chatel at (347) 731-5481
Or Ilana at FUREE for more information
718.852.2960 x300 or 308

Click here to view/download flyer

Posted by amy at 10:34 AM

May 15, 2007

THE RATNERVILLE SINGOUT

RatnervilleSing.giffeaturing the Atomic Grind Show

Thursday, May 24, 9:30pm
Freddy's Bar & Backroom
485 Dean Street (at 6th Avenue)
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
free admission

In the three-and-a-half years since Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards project was announced, the surrounding communities have stood fast against plans for a superblock skyscraper development.

Musicians, as with any struggle, have done their share. On May 24th, singers who have written original works about the struggle against Ratner's project will stage the first Ratnerville Singout.

Hosted by the eclectic and powerful Atomic Grind Show, the Ratnerville Singout will feature rock, hip-hop, jazz, folk, reggae, worldbeat, blues and r&b songs -- the mix of Brooklyn music today.

Performers include:
Atomic Grind Show
Steve deSeve
Papa Dish
Jezra Kaye
Chris Owens
Roger Paz
John Pinamonti
RebelMart

Posted by lumi at 7:51 AM

May 10, 2007

It came from the Blogosphere...

Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn, BLOGFEST TONIGHT

The Brooklyn Blogfest is TONIGHT: Thursday, May 10th at 8 p.m.

Location: The Old Stone House in Park Slope on Fifth Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets

IMPORTANT NOTE: Only 110 people can fit in the Old Stone House. A seat will be held for everyone who has RSVPed until 8:05. Your name will be on the list at the door. After that, we will let everyone in until we hit the magic number. The best bet is to arrive early.

CRog, Pop-Up Cities
If you see it on the Internet, it must be true:

Frank Gehry is following this trend in downtown Brooklyn with his “Atlantic Yards Project.” He is intergrating new buildings with the old, not completely creating a pop-up city but that is the idea… To build a bunch of buildings that fill-in the current holes (or is it space?) with buildings that look like they’ve been there for 50 years.

NoLandGrab: Actually it really IS A POP-UP CITY — Bruce Ratner does NOT plan to spare any of the historic buildings in the project footprint.

The Knickerblogger, Christmas Truce
One "right-wingnut" calls a christmas truce when everyone agrees that Mayor Bloomberg is pretty mediocre and "has supported a half-billion dollars in direct and indirect subsidies for the Atlantic Yards apartment, office, and arena complex in Brooklyn being built by fellow fat cat and subsidy king Bruce Ratner."

From this week's cover story in The Weekly Standard:

Had Rudy proposed a similar level of subsidy for a project like Atlantic Yards, the liberals would have howled with rage...

Knickerblogger rants on:

Anway, now the mystrey of why Mike has been shelling out favors to Ratner and others despite them being no benefit for the city is clear - short term it looks good on paper (though long term it is not) and he also is lining up political favors for what promises to be a comical run for president.

The Gowanus Lounge, Community Input 101: Did ESDC Forget Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods?

It's a little thing, but we couldn't help but note the irony dripping from this email from the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods, which is a broad based coalition of Brooklyn organizations, to the Empire State Development Corporation. You might recall the ESDC announced on Monday it was finally appointing an ombudsman to monitor the Atlantic Yards project.

Posted by lumi at 6:52 AM

April 30, 2007

Tune in...

WNYCShiffman-BMatters.gifWNYC, Brian Lehrer Show
93.9FM, 820 AM
TODAY, 10:00AM

Ron Shiffman will be a guest on Brian Lehrer's show to talk about the film that has Brooklyn talking, Isabel Hill's "Brooklyn Matters."

link

Posted by lumi at 9:21 AM

April 28, 2007

TODAY: UNITY 2007
VANDERBILT YARDS DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

UNDERSTANDING AND TRANSFORMING THE YARDS

April 28th, 10 AM to 4 PM

HANSON PL. UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
144 St. Felix Street

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Registration begins 9:30AM.
(Bring a brown bag lunch*)

With lawsuits pending, and mounting opposition to the project, Forest City Ratner's plan is NOT A DONE DEAL. What if the project is not built? What it if it's only partly built? Now is the time to build the UNITY© 2007 Plan, an updated and comprehensive plan for the Vanderbilt Yards, developed for and by the residents of Brooklyn.

* Other types of bags welcome too!

Posted by lumi at 1:13 AM

April 22, 2007

Monday, 8am: Protest Ratner's Premature Demolition

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn has renewed its call to protest the demolition of four buildings, scheduled to commence Monday morning, April 23rd. The protest will be at 8am in front of 191 Flatbush Avenue between 5th Avenue and Dean Street in Brooklyn.

Come out to the protest Monday morning to tell Governor Spitzer and Mayor Bloomberg, that these demolitions must not go forward until the courts have thoroughly reviewed the project.

link

Posted by amy at 12:58 PM

April 20, 2007

THROUGH SATURDAY! Footprints: Portrait of a Brooklyn Neighborhood

Brooklyn Daily Eagle's event listing reminds readers that the Footprints art exhibit is on view through this Saturday.

BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY: Central Library, Grand Army Plaza. 718-230-2100 or www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org.

Footprints: Portrait of a Brooklyn Neighborhood.” Through Apr. 21. The 27 Brooklyn artists featured in this exhibition explore the neighborhoods and communities lying in the direct path of the proposed Atlantic Yards, one of the largest redevelopment projects ever undertaken in Brooklyn.

link

Posted by lumi at 7:45 AM

April 18, 2007

TONIGHT: Brooklyn Matters

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 7:30PM

OLD FIRST REFORMED CHURCH
126 7th Avenue (corner of Carroll Street)
Admission Free, Panel Discussion to Follow

For information about additional screening dates and locations, visit www.brooklynmatters.com

Posted by lumi at 10:20 AM

April 16, 2007

APRIL 18th. 8am. Protest Ratner's Demolitions.

191Flatbush.jpg From Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn:

4 Demolitions to Begin on Wednesday, April 18th.

In the next 2 months Forest City Ratner plans to demolish 15 buildings for its “Atlantic Yards project.

They plan to start demolishing 4 buildings on Wednesday morning, April 18th.

Come out to protest this action on Wednesday at 8am.

The City (Bloomberg) and State (Spitzer) are allowing these demolitions to go ahead before the project has been shown to be legally and financially feasible.

Come out to demonstrate your opposition to premature demolition, to laying waste to our community before it has been determined if the project can be built as proposed. Let’s tell the Mayor and Governor, they need to act now.

Meet at 191 Flatbush (between 5th avenue and Dean Street)
Click for directions

Posted by lumi at 8:08 PM

Brooklyn Bar Serves Opera On Tap

Weekend All Things Considered
By Robert Smith

Freddy's Bar & Backroom, slated to be seized by NY State and demolished by Forest City Ratner, has been a counter-cultural hotspot since its days as a speakeasy.

Freddy's is also the birthplace of Opera on Tap, which returns the artform to its more proletarian roots, with performances in the intimate surroundings of a dive bar:

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Just off Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, a dive bar has become the local watering hole for murderers and tyrants, adulters and virgins, Don Juans and divas. In fact, all of the great characters of grand opera have found a second home in the backroom of Freddy's Bar, where the company Opera on Tap serves up a monthly recital for the kind of audiences that might get kicked out of the Met.

"The stigma of opera is that it's pretentious and inaccessible," Opera on Tap's founder, Anne Ricci, says. "We give people the ability to hear a variety of the classic repertoire in a place where they are comfortable."

And if that means the dim, beer-stained space next to the bathroom in Freddy's Bar, so be it. T-shirts? No problem. Drinking? Encouraged.
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After two hours of opera and drinking though, the whole night take on an epic quality of its own. The story of young singers struggling to get noticed in a cruel artistic world. Even the bar itself is a tragic figure: Freddy's is slated for demolition under a plan to build a new basketball arena on the site.

Operas don't always have a happy ending. But as long as there is beer and a stage somewhere, the members of Opera on Tap say they'll find another place to sing.

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NoLandGrab: Freddy's manager Donald O'Finn is a party to the federal eminent domain lawsuit.

The next performance of Opera on Tap at Freddy's is Thursday, May 10.

Posted by lumi at 9:16 AM

April 12, 2007

TONIGHT: SCREENING "BROOKLYN MATTERS"

Sponsored by Brooklyn Free School

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SPECIAL SCREENING OF BROOKLYN MATTERS: On April 12th at 7:30 P.M. there will be a special screening of the film 'Brooklyn Matters' at the Brooklyn Free School. “A powerful documentary by a well-respected filmmaker, Brooklyn Matters is a must see for all New Yorkers who care about the future of their neighborhoods and the role that public policy and process plays in determining that future.” -Marilyn Gelber, Former Commissioner, New York City Department of Environmental Protection. Producer/Director- Isabel Hill will be on hand for a question and answer period following the screening. BFS is located at 120 16th Street between 4th and 5th Avenues in the Free Methodist Church. The Prospect Avenue stop on the 'R' subway is around the corner. Please let us know if you're planning to attend.

First Free Methodist Church
120 16th Street, Bklyn
7:30PM
RSVP: contact@brooklynfreeschool.org

Directions to Screening Venue

Posted by lumi at 3:36 PM

Samedi: Les Sans Coulottes à Southpaw

Est-ce que c'est un ground breaking pour Atlantique Yards?

Au contraire mon frére, c'est une fête de "CD & magazine launch" à Southpaw! N'oubliez pas — part of the proceeds to benefit "Développez Ne Détruisez Pas Brooklyn."

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Posted by lumi at 8:36 AM

April 6, 2007

Lunch with Bruce?

Yonkers Business Week, Presented by the Yonkers Office of Economic Development

This year's invitee for the luncheon on day two of "Business Week" is an interesting choice, considering that a recent federal probe has handed out subpoenas for Yonkers City Council documents relevant to the approval Bruce Ratner's Ridge Hill project and documents relating to a contract where the Chamber paid $100,000 to the cousin of the City Council Member who switched her vote, allowing the project to pass final approval.

Forest City Ratner is a sponsor of the event.

Luncheon:

Ridge Hill Village
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 PM

Location:

TBD

Introduction:

William T. Regan, Deputy Mayor, City of Yonkers

Welcome:

Honorable Phil Amicone, Mayor, City of Yonkers

Speaker Invited:

Bruce C. Ratner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Forest City Ratner Companies

Cost:

$20.00

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Posted by lumi at 7:11 AM

April 5, 2007

TODAY: Press Conference in Brooklyn

Thursday. April 5. 11:45.

27 Co-Petitioners to Announce Lawsuit Against the Empire State Development Corporation, PACB, MTA and Forest City Ratner Companies

Community Lawsuit Seeks to Annul Fatally Flawed Environmental Impact Statement and Approval of Forest City Ratner’s “Atlantic Yards” Project

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – Twenty-six co-petitioners will announce and discuss the filing of a lawsuit against the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Public Authorities Control Board (PACB), and Forest City Ratner Companies. The suit seeks to annul the fatally flawed environmental review (Final Environmental Impact Statement, FEIS) and approval of Forest City Ratner’s 8 million square foot, $4 billion “Atlantic Yards” development proposal in Prospect Heights and Park Slope, Brooklyn. The suit also seeks a preliminary injunction to enjoin the project from proceeding, including: demolitions, construction, disposition of public property or commitment and expenditure of public funds.

When:
Tomorrow. April 5. 11:45 AM. Rain or Shine. (Umbrella recommended if raining)

Where:
Brooklyn Bear’s Community Garden. Corner of Pacific Street and Flatbush Avenue (Across the street from 590 Pacific Street) [Map]
Subway: D, M, N, R to Pacific station. 2, 3, 4, 5, B, Q to Atlantic station.

Who:
- Lead Attorney, Jeffrey S. Baker
- Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, Inc.
- Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods, Inc.
- NY Public Interest Research Group, Inc. - Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats (CBID) - Sierra Club, Inc. - Atlantic Avenue Betterment Association, Inc.
- The Brooklyn Bear’s Gardens, Inc.
- Bergen Street-Prospect Heights Block Association, Inc.
- Boerum Hill Association, Inc.
- Brooklyn Vision Foundation, Inc.
- Carlton Avenue Association, Inc.
- Carroll Street Block Association (5th and 6th Ave), Inc.
- Crown Heights North Association, Inc.
- Dean Street Block Association, Inc. (4th to 5th Ave) - East Pacific Block Association, Inc. - Fort Greene Association, Inc. - Fort Greene Park Conservancy, Inc. - Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus
- Park Slope Neighbors, Inc. - Park Place-Underhill Avenue Block Association - Prospect Heights Action Coalition - Prospect Place of Brooklyn Block Association, Inc. - Society for Clinton Hill, Inc. - South Oxford Street Block Association - South Portland Avenue Block Association, Inc.
- Zen Environmental Studies Institute, Ltd.

Posted by lumi at 7:53 AM

April 3, 2007

TOMORROW NIGHT: Spunk Lads Reunite, DDDB Fundraising Concert

From DDDB.net:

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Against their better judgment, the Spunk Lads, those legends of the late-'70s London punk scene, will take the stage at Southpaw on April 4th for a reunion gig to benefit the Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn Legal Fund.

The Lads, who called it quits, seemingly for good, in 2005, were compelled to get back together for the good of their adopted home -- Brooklyn, NY.

"Ratner’s bollocks," said Lads’ singer Nick Knickers, in explaining the impetus behind the reunion concert. The Lads will be joined by three talented acts. All for just $15.

Wednesday, April 4th: The Spunk Lads.

11:00 -- The Spunk Lads
10:00 -- The Choke
9:00 -- Seanchai & The Unity Squad
8:00 -- Blackout Shoppers

Southpaw
125 Fifth Avenue. Brooklyn, NY. (718) 230-0236

$15 Admission -- proceeds go to DDDB's Legal Fund
Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts promptly at 8 p.m.

Posted by lumi at 8:46 AM

March 23, 2007

It came from the Blogosphere...

Blogosphere38.jpgOnly the Blog Knows Brooklyn, ANGER AT PARK SLOPER'S SHORT SIGHTEDNESS
OTBKB links the letter to The Brooklyn Paper from Sloper Rob Underwood along with this note:

Here's one Park Slopers response to the recent One Way No Way controversy. I was just waiting for charges of NIMBYism (NOT IN MY BACK YARD). Yes, it's true. Most Park Slopers stood on the sidelines for the Atlantic Yards debate.

The Gowanus Lounge, Ratner to Recycle Ward's Bakery!

Just when we thought the Atlantic Yards Well of Irony had run dry, along comes the attempt to spin the impending demolition of the old Ward's Bakery in Prospect Heights that preservationists have been trying to spare from the wrecking ball. The building sits in the Atlantic Yards footprint. Yesterday, Forest City announced that it was going to start demolition on Monday. Its Press Release boasted that "Over 75% of Building to be Recycled as Part of LEED Certification."

Historic Districts Council Newsstand, Historic Ward Bakery Building To Be Demolished For Parking
The HDC's news blog picked up Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn's press release about the Ward Bakery building.

gridskipper, Atlantic Yards Art

After missing "Footprints: Portrait of a Brooklyn Neighborhood" at a Prospect Heights gallery, I recently learned that the exhibit traveled to nearby Brooklyn Public Library. Fantastic! Except that a portion of the exhibit got kicked out for drunkenness and public disturbance; it stumbled over to nearby Freddy's Bar and Backroom, a dive bar that hosts an art gallery, bands, game nights, readings, and arts and crafts nights.

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Cool black-and-white photo of Vanderbilt Yards posted on a new photo blog.

The Knickerblogger, Frank Gehry: Novelty Without Skill

We already have plenty of 'souless' architecture here in Brooklyn, courtesy of Bruce Ratner, who now propooses to replace it with 'senseless' architecture designed by Frank Gehry.
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I can skip the Whitney and go to the Frick if I want, but Gehry's obnoxious, garish funhouse architecture can't be avoided, nor disposed of as easily as a painting. But this just reveals what some of us have known all along, the tastemakers have no taste.....or common sense.

Posted by lumi at 12:42 PM

March 20, 2007

Forest City Enterprises Notice of Year-End Earnings

Conference Call Thursday March 29, 2007, 11:00 A.M. ET

From Cleveland dBusinessNews:

CLEVELAND -- Forest City Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:FCEA)(NYSE:FCEB):

TO: Interested analysts, brokers and investors

FROM: Forest City Enterprises

RE: Forest City’s Year-End Conference Call

Forest City Enterprises will release its fiscal 2006 financial results on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 and will hold a conference call on Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 11:00 A.M. ET to discuss these results. You are invited to dial into the conference call with Charles A. Ratner, President and Chief Executive Officer.

The conference call is scheduled for 11:00 A.M. ET, Thursday March 29, 2007. To participate, dial 1-866-277-1182, using access code 95909835, approximately five minutes before the call and tell the operator you wish to join the Forest City Year-End Earnings Conference Call. The live broadcast will also be available online at www.forestcity.net.

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Posted by lumi at 6:00 AM

March 19, 2007

PRESS RELEASE: SPUNK LADS REUNION SHOW

April 4th concert to benefit Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

The Spunk Lads
with The Choke, Seanchai & The Unity Squad, and the Blackout Shoppers
at Southpaw, 125 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (718) 230-0236
$15 -- proceeds go to DDDB's Legal Fund
Doors at 7pm, show promptly at 8pm

Spunk-reunion.gifLondon's legendary punk icons, The Spunk Lads, will reunite to raise money for the fight against Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards project. Joining the lads on the bill is Irish hip-hop band Seanchai & The Unity Squad, The Choke, and the Blackout Shoppers.

Formed at the outset of punk's London heyday, the Lads -- singer Nick Knickers, guitarist Bloody Dick, bassist Prince Albert and drummer Jackson Bollocks -- influenced every great Western punk band, and a few Eastern ones as well, plus a handful of Northern acts and at least one really fab Southern band. The Lads' original tenure as punk luminaries ran from 1976 through 1979. Twenty years later, the Lads discovered they had all relocated to Brooklyn, New York. In 2000, the band reunited, and over the next five years released the seminal albums Paddington Station, G.M.T. and Girl At The March. The Lads called it a day in 2005.

"Ratner's bollocks, he is" says Knickers. "Cities grow one punter at a time. London's not great 'cause of the Millenium Wheel or Big Ben -- it's great 'cause of the chippie, the corner shop, the people who make it breathe one thread at a time. Same with Brooklyn -- it ain't for limo-chauffered developers, it's for the rest of us."

The event will raise funds for Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn's legal fund. DDDB is currently fighting legal battles in state and federal courts to prevent Ratner's Atlantic Yards development from moving forward. DDDB, part of a coaltion of over 50 community, religious and grass roots groups and elected officials, is working toward honest development of the Vanderbilt rail yards that benefits all New Yorkers.

For more information, contact: Scott Turner, 718-499-8729, scottmx@pipeline.com

11:00 -- The Spunk Lads
10:00 -- The Choke
9:00 -- Seanchai & The Unity Squad
8:00 -- Blackout Shoppers

Posted by lumi at 11:50 AM

March 18, 2007

Do the Public Benefits of the Atlantic Yards Project Outweigh the Costs?

You are invited:

Screening of "Brooklyn Matters" + Eminent Domain Panel
Wednesday, March 21st at 6pm
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 204
Refreshments will be served!

"Brooklyn Matters" is a new film about the Atlantic Yards project produced & directed by Isabel Hill. Screening to be followed by a panel discussion on eminent domain use in relation to the project.

Panelists:
Vicki Been
Professor of Law, NYU School of Law
Director, Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy

Daniel Goldstein
Co-founder, Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn
Lead Plaintiff, Goldstein v. Pataki (Federal Eminent Domain Lawsuit)

Ron Shiffman
New York City Planning Commissioner, 1990-1996
Co-founder, Pratt Institute Center for Community and Environmental Development

Moderator:
Mitchell Moss
Professor of Urban Planning and Policy, NYU Wagner

Sponsored by the Urban Planning Students Association (UPSA), Real Estate & Urban Policy Forum (REUPF), Students of African Descent Alliance (SADA), Wagner Transportation Association, (WTA) Wagner Environmental Policy & Action (WEPA), Wagner Finance Society (WFS), Alliance of Latino and Latin American Students (ALAS) & Wagner Policy Alliance (WPA)

Please RSVP at http://wagner.nyu.edu/events/brooklynmatters.php by 10am on Wednesday, March 21st

Posted by amy at 10:38 AM

March 16, 2007

Footprints

New York Brain Terrain

Now that some of the brouhaha has settled down, it's good to have an article about the "Footprints" exhibit, sans controversy.

No matter how you feel about the Atlantic Yards complex, the stadium and buildings going up in Prospect Heights are poised to change Brooklyn’s landscape irrevocably. An exhibit at the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library pays tribute to what is there now, highlighting the everyday scenes that may soon be a memory.

The show, “Footprints: Portrait of a Brooklyn Neighborhood,” is curated by Belle Benfield and Daniel Sagarin and runs through April 21. Twenty-six artists contributed, and the diversity of their work mirrors that of the neighborhood.

Initially, Benfield and Sagarin were working on separate projects—Benfield painting portraits of Footprint residents, and Sagarin photographing them. They decided to work together and bring in other artists as well. “We realized that it was hard to do the neighborhood justice from just two points of view,” says Benfield.

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Posted by lumi at 6:55 PM

March 13, 2007

Greetings from Asbury Park

FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD, 6:30PM

Eliopoulos-sm.jpg DCTV: Documentary Video and Community Media Center
87 Lafayette Street
Manhattan

Documentary filmmaker Christina Eliopoulos screens her new film about eminent domain abuse in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Click here for more event info.

Posted by lumi at 7:30 AM

February 25, 2007

On objectivity, neutrality, and integrity in covering AY

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Atlantic Yards Report

Yesterday NoLandGrab was well respresented at the Grassroots Media Conference by our own Lumi Rolley. Norman Oder gave a great talk about objectivity, neutrality, and integrity in the media. (See examples of non-neutrality in today's Daily News articles, below.) Norman posted his remarks online.

Here's an example of some bad reporting. A little while ago, I discovered that the city had put $205 million in the budget for Atlantic Yards—that’s double the official pledge of $100 million.

That wasn’t hidden; it was right there for everyone to see, it’s just that none of the reporters either remembered the pledge or thought there was news.

I wrote a story. DDDB put out a press release. The Post and the Sun wrote stories. The Daily News and the Times ignored it.

So, am I and the others who reported this story opponents or responsible journalists? And are those who ignored the story irresponsible journalists? And does that make them, in effect, proponents?

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Posted by amy at 11:49 AM

February 22, 2007

CE SOIR: Vous êtes vivement attendu au Salon des Refusés de las Bibliothèque de Brooklyn

Freddys-BW.jpgCome and see the SHOCKING and HORRIBLE work rejected from the ever respected BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY!

See the HORRORS of a PROHIBITION ERA PUB being threatened by EMINENT DOMAIN!

OPENING THURSDAY FEBRUARY 22, 2007 AT 5:30PM
Freddy's Bar & Backroom
485 Dean Street (corner 6 Ave and Dean)

http://www.freddysbackroom.com/art.html

If you have no idea what we're talking about, click here.

Also, one of Brooklyn's multi-talented bloggers will be performing on stage with the band, The Atomic Grind Show (downbeat, 9PM). Click here for The Atomic Grind Show

Posted by lumi at 8:00 AM

Grassroots Media Conference

Beyond_Borders_finalWEB.jpgSaturday February 24th
3:45-5:15 PM

The New School University Graduate Faculty Building,
65 5th Avenue (btwn 13th & 14th St.)

Panel discussion with Norman Oder of Atlantic Yards Report, Lumi Rolley of NoLandGrab and a spokesperson from Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn.

Moderator, Stuart Schrader, author of the blog "Picketing Henry Ford."

This panel will address the grassroots-media response to the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn. Though the response was not coordinated and arose organically, it can serve as a model for other communities and struggles facing a well-funded, sophisticated media machine. The project’s developer had access to many mainstream media, the opposition’s responses to it coalesced around websites, blogs, and message boards. This panel reveals the paradox of corporate message hypermanagement: although corporations and governments attempt to control every aspect of their public presentation in all media forms, the proliferation of media allow concerned citizens access to unavailable information, shedding light on the inconsistencies, distortions, and failures, as well as the strategy, of the message control. In the case of the Atlantic Yards project, an overarching message encouraged by the developer was race- and class-based divisiveness, and this panel will show how grassroots media can overcome divisiveness through rigorous analysis of such tactics.

More information at the Grassroots Media Coalition website.

Posted by lumi at 6:39 AM

February 17, 2007

Rant Rhapsody: An Evening of Literary Nonfiction

(Via Nonsense NYC)

TOMORROW:

The Brooklyn Rail's popular reading series comes to Freddy's for the next two months, in order to join the fight against Ratner's wrecking ball. This month's lineup features: Christian Parenti (The Nation), Jennifer Bleyer (NY Times City section), Ivor Hanson (Life on the Ledge), Andrew Boyd (Billionaires for Bush co-founder), longtime activist Leslie Kaufman, and the Rail's Matty Vaz. Hosted by Rail editor Theodore Hamm.

Freddy's Backroom
485 Dean Street, Brooklyn
Sunday, February 18
6-8p; $free

Posted by amy at 10:40 AM

February 13, 2007

Footprints: Portrait of a Brooklyn Neighborhood

Footprints.jpgFebruary 13, 2007 - April 21, 2007
Central Library, Grand Lobby

The proposed Atlantic Yards arena and building complex in Brooklyn is poised to be one of the largest redevelopment projects ever undertaken in New York City. Its targeted 22-acre site is known as the "Footprint."

In the midst of the debate over the future of Atlantic Yards and of Brooklyn, a group of local artists have joined together in an effort to move beyond the sound bites and take a closer look at this contested place and its community.

Footprints: Portrait of a Brooklyn Neighborhood stands both as a document of a Brooklyn neighborhood and as an exploration of issues surrounding redevelopment.

Click here for more info on the curators and artists.

Posted by lumi at 9:56 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Salon des Refusés de la Bibliothèque de Brooklyn

A Collection of Art Work Censored by the Brooklyn Public Library

Feb 22nd to March 29th
Freddy's BACKROOM
485 Dean St. @ 6th Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 622-7035

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Opening Reception, Thursday, Feb 22nd 5:30 to 8:30

BROOKLYN—The Brooklyn Public Library is hosting and re-curating an exhibit it invited to the Library. In its re-curation the Library has censored the vision of the show’s original organizers and curators.

In the summer of 2006 a group of Brooklyn artists were asked to create work inspired by the section of Prospect Heights slated for demolition to make way for Bruce Ratner’s “Atlantic Yards” project. The curators of the show, Dan Sagarin and Belle Benefield, put out a call for portraits of the residents, images of the landscape, and conceptual interpretations of the buildings and sidewalks that many of these artists call home. The goal was not to take a stand on what has become a heated and divisive political issue, but to document the neighborhood as it is now and explore the issues surrounding the proposed development. The results were brought together in Footprints: Portrait of a Brooklyn Neighborhood. The show, comprised of paintings, drawings, photography, video, sculpture and installation, made it clear that what stood in the footprint of this massive development project was actually a dynamic, diverse, thriving neighborhood.

oFinnVideo01.jpgAfter a well-attended, successful November run at Grand Space in Prospect Heights, the Brooklyn Public Library chose to pick up the show and exhibit it in the library’s central branch. But the library excluded works they deemed “too political” or “abstract,” thereby altering Sagarin’s and Benefield’s original vision and exhibition.

Mr. Sagarin said in response "I was hurt when I learned that, if we wanted to exhibit at the library, some of our artists, including my sister, would not be represented. I knew that I wanted to go ahead with it anyway, and that I would have to tell some of our strongest artists that they were out."

spindelman01.jpgThe Brooklyn Paper reported last August that the library was trying to get Bruce Ratner to fund its new arts branch.

When questioned about the show and the censored works, the Library told the NY Observer “As a modern library, our mission is to provide free and open access to information for all library patrons through many resources....”

“I think the Library’s fear of addressing any real dialogue about the project, is a reflection of their own political stand in support of it, due to their own desires for financial support. Perhaps an even more important issue might simply be the immorality of the library’s censorship. I believe some of the strongest pieces in the original show were omitted. I invite anyone to come make your own decision,” said Donald O’Finn rejected artist.

Some of the censored works can be found here: http://www.freddysbackroom.com/art.html

In the spirit of the Alternative Salon* and with the goal of displaying all of the work from the original Footprints show at the same time, Donald O’Finn, artist and manager of Freddy’s bar presents:

Salon des Refusés de la Bibliothèque de Brooklyn: opening reception Thursday Feb 22nd 5:30 to 8:30

Freddy's BACKROOM 485 Dean St. @ 6th Avenue. Brooklyn, NY 11217

Come view the work and experience Freddy’s, a neighborhood institution (voted one of the best bars in America by Esquire magazine in 2006) currently thriving in the footprint of “Atlantic Yards”. Enjoy it while you still can…

* Set up by Napoleon III, in 1863, in response to protests from the artists about the restrictive nature of the jurying for the official Paris Salon which excluded some of the most experimental artists of the time: Manet, Courbet, etc.

Posted by lumi at 9:04 AM

February 12, 2007

Panel Discussion on Atlantic Yards and Grassroots Media at NYC Grassroots Media Conference (February 24th)

Picketing Henry Ford

GMClogo.gifAt the NYC Grassroots Media Conference on Saturday February 24th, I will moderate a panel discussion with bloggers Lumi Rolley of No Land Grab and Norman Oder of Atlantic Yards Report and a spokesperson from Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn.

The panel discussion is at 3:45pm, ’til 5:15pm, at The New School University Graduate Faculty Building, which is 65 5th Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets.

If you are interested in attending, you can save money by pre-registering for the conference on the NYC GMC website.

more...

Posted by lumi at 9:02 AM

February 9, 2007

Bruce gets the last laugh

The Brooklyn Paper dispatched editor Gersh Kuntzman to Laugh Don't Destroy:

In the end, Bruce Ratner wasn’t that funny.

Comedians stayed away from jokes at the expense the Atlantic Yards developer at Tuesday night’s anti-Atlantic Yards fundraiser, “Laugh Don’t Destroy,” at Union Hall in Park Slope.

With Ratner off the table, the overflow crowd of 150 was treated to the usual array of jokes about urinating, flatulating, defecating, masturbating, douching, drinking one’s own urine (it’s sterile, you know) and, of course, “Star Trek.”

But mostly, it was crude, rude and hilarious. And lucrative. The event raised $2,000 for Develop Don’t Destroy’s legal battle against Atlantic Yards, said spokesman Daniel Goldstein.
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The evening almost came to blows when Manhattan-based jokester Jon Benjamin told an uproarious story about how Brooklyn is really like his little brother, looking up to him, asking for advice, watching him “f—k a supermodel.”

The comedian was heckled, but he redeemed himself with some visual aids:

Benjamin then showed a riotous video of his encounter with “Brooklyn,” the mustached face of the borough that appeared to him one day.

Benjamin told “Brooklyn” that he wanted to help the battle against overdevelopment, but “Brooklyn” wouldn’t hear of it.

“We need the jobs,” the “Brooklyn” character told him. Eventually, Benjamin came around to “Brooklyn’s” position, even offering to sexually gratify him.

But the brief encounter ended when Benjamin noticed that “Brooklyn” was speaking with a Chicago accent.

“I grew up in Chicago before I moved to me,” “Brooklyn” said.

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Posted by lumi at 11:55 AM

Brooklyn Public Library censors exhibit of controversial plan?

Is it possible that the Brooklyn Public Library has been cowed by Bruce Ratner?

Yesterday, The Real Estate Observer broke the story that the Brooklyn Public Library will "re-mount the 'Brooklyn Footprints' exhibit that debuted in October at a multi-cultural center in Prospect Heights," only it will not include "the more overtly critical pieces."

"We could have said, you can take all of it or nothing, and we didn't say that." But, [curator Dan] Sagarin continued, "It hurt me. I would have to tell some of our artists, whom I had begged to do these works in the first place, that they would not be shown at the library."

Later in the day REO posted the Brooklyn Public Library's response to the omissions, which explained that the library was "publicly funded" (so is Ratner's Atlantic Yards for that matter), but gave no specific explanation for why certain pieces would not be included except to say that the library was "non-partisan."

The breaking controversy elicited an online statement from Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, which observed, "A web of political fear seems to be widening across Brooklyn."

REO also reported that one of the banned artists, Donald O'Finn, who is also a plaintiff in the eminent domain lawsuit, will be exhibiting the censored artwork at Freddy's, his bar in the footprint of Atlantic Yards, in an exhibit titled, "Salon des Refusés de la Bibliothèque de Brooklyn." Touché!

NoLandGrab weekend contributor Amy Greer found herself in the awkward position of having one photo accepted for the "Footprints Lite" exhibit at Brooklyn Public Library, but two which were not.

When asked why she thought two of her photos were rejected, the bewildered photographer posited, "Maybe the other photos were just too colorful."

Here's a no-brainer: try to guess which one of Greer's photos was accepted (click on images to enlarge).

Posted by lumi at 8:35 AM

TONIGHT: WBGO Journal

www.wbgo.org, 88.3FM

WBGO's award-winning half-hour news magazine, Fridays at 7:30PM. Hard-hitting, informative, fun.

This week on the WBGO Journal:
Friday, February 09, 2007

After highlights from Mayor Corey Booker's State of the City address in Newark, "Allan Wolper talks with Daniel Goldstein about his battle to hold onto his home. Goldstein’s condo is within the footprint of the proposed Brooklyn arena for the Nets."

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Posted by lumi at 8:30 AM

February 7, 2007

PRESS RELEASE: Library exhibits Portrait of the “Atlantic Yards” Neighborhood

“The most robust and meaningful public discourse yet to be held on the ‘Atlantic Yards’ project might well take place across canvas.” Joe Maniscalco, Courier Life

What: 27 Brooklyn Artists Address “Atlantic Yards”
Where: Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza
When: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6–8pm

From February 13 thru April 21, 2007, the central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library will exhibit Footprints: Portrait of a Brooklyn Neighborhood. Members of the media are invited to attend its opening on Tuesday, February 13, from six to eight pm, at the library on Grand Army Plaza.

The show consists of the work of twenty-seven Brooklyn artists who, by various media and from diverse perspectives, address the subject of redevelopment through an exploration of the neighborhood and communities lying in the direct path of the proposed “Atlantic Yards” project.

“Atlantic Yards” is poised to be one of the largest redevelopment projects ever undertaken in New York City. “It seems appropriate to me that artwork addressing the radical use of a large public space in Brooklyn, be on display in one of Brooklyn’s most public spaces. We’re very pleased that the library has decided to exhibit this body of work,” said Dan Sagarin who, along with Belle Benfield, is a co-organizer and curator of the show.

The redevelopment project is currently on hold pending the result of a Federal lawsuit filed against the State, City, and developer, Forest City Ratner, which challenges the constitutionality of the use of eminent domain for the “Atlantic Yards.”

Posted by lumi at 7:59 PM

February 6, 2007

TONIGHT: Laugh, Don't Destroy

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn Legal Fund Benefit

Tuesday, February 6
Doors at 8. Show at 8:30

Union Hall
702 Union St. at 5th Ave.

Tickets-$20

More info

Posted by lumi at 7:30 AM

January 31, 2007

Buildup to arena hits big screen

NY Daily News, Brooklyn edition only By Joyce Shelby

"Brooklyn Matters," a 50-minute video produced by filmmaker Isabel Hill, follows the proposed 22-acre project as it moves from the drawing board through various stages of government approval.

Architects, lawyers, politicians, journalists, community leaders and residents all weigh in on the project, which calls for an 18,000-seat basketball arena for the Nets as well as soaring towers for office suites, retail space and thousands of units of housing.

Hill, an urban planner and preservationist who lives in Brooklyn, said she began her research on the development in August 2005. Shooting started a year later.

"I had many questions about the Atlantic Yards project when I started to look at it more fully," Hill said. "My goal was to help other people understand what was being proposed and the long-term impact."

However, there is one voice that is conspicuously absent from the documentary - that of developer Bruce Ratner.

"I made multiple requests for interviews with Bruce Ratner," said Hill, "but got no response."

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NoLandGrab: Check out our Events page for upcoming screenings or go to www.brooklynmatters.com.

Posted by lumi at 8:33 AM

January 21, 2007

I AM PARK SLOPE: Will diversity be part of our future?

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TODAY! Sunday, January 21, 2007 6pm
admission: $5.00 suggested donation

— The BAX Platform is a hybrid conversation series combining the best of your front stoop and kitchen table with the unique perspective of the newsmakers - making sure all things are considered.

Featured Panelists: Chris Owens - Founder and Chairman of the Paul Robeson Independent Democrats (PRIDE), and an ardent advocate against the Atlantic Yards development; CB6 Chair Craig Hammerman; Brooklyn Pride�s Doreen De Jesus; longtime Park Slope residents, mother and son Marianna Gaston & Javier Gaston Greenberg (Marianna helped found Brooklyn New School); Pauline Toole & Gene Russianoff - Park Slope Parents and (Gene) staff attorney for New York Public Interest Research Group; Dr. Susan Fox of Park Slope Parents; Emily Millay Haddad (recently featured in a New York Times story on Park Slope); and Nancy McDermott, a founding member of NY Salon in conversation with BAX Executive Director Marya Warshaw

Amid a "fast-changing, perpetually gentrifying (NY Times)" neighborhood, what Park Slope lacks is a conversation between the people who dug their heels in decades ago and its more recent settlers. In the 70s, it was "hippie slope." Then in the late 70s and early 80s it became known as "dyke slope." By the 80s, Wall Street companies were giving prospective employees bus tours of the neighborhood. Who�s here now and what values do we/can we/should we hold as neighbors? Join us to explore and discuss this hot-button topic.

Posted by amy at 3:52 PM

January 18, 2007

TONIGHT: Brooklyn Matters

From the MAS web site:

This event is now booked to capacity and reservations are closed.

The Municipal Art Society will host a screening of Isabel Hill’s new documentary film Brooklyn Matters. The 50-minute film reviews how Forest City Ratner’s massive Atlantic Yards project gained approval and highlights the challenges that it creates for Brooklyn.

Posted by lumi at 9:27 AM

January 4, 2007

TONIGHT
AIA Screening: Brooklyn Matters

Thursday, 01/04/2007, 6:00–8:30pm (RSVP)

Brooklyn is distinctly different and yet such an important part of New York City. The names itself brings to mind tree-lined streets, finely carved rowhouses and beautiful churches and diverse communities, rich in cultural life and ethnic heritage. On the upswing, vibrant and rebuilding itself, Brooklyn faces a new challenge—an uncommon development, designed by world famous architect Frank Gehry, that threatens to redirect Brooklyn’s future and reshape its identity.

BROOKLYN MATTERS is an insightful documentary which reveals the fuller truth about the Atlantic Yards proposal and highlights how a few powerful men are circumventing community participation and planning principles to try to push their own interests forward.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion between: * Isabel Hill, Director and Producer; * Julia Vitullo-Martin; * Ted Liebman, FAIA; * Stuart Pertz, former member of the NYC Planning Commission, and * Ron Shiffman.

Sponsored by: Center for Architecture
Location: Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place (Directions)
Price: Free

Posted by lumi at 11:18 AM

December 25, 2006

Screening of Isabel Hill's documentary "Brooklyn Matters"

Upcoming.org

When:
Thursday, January 4, 2007
6:00 PM

Where:
Center for Architecture - NYC Chapter
536 LaGuardia Place (between West 3rd Street and Bleecker Street in the West Village)
New York, New York

Description:
No single event will have a more drastic and more long-lasting impact on Brooklyn than the proposed development of Atlantic Yards by Forest City Ratner. This uncommon proposal, however, is mostly misunderstood. Brooklyn Matters is an insightful documentary which reveals the fuller truth about the Atlantic Yards proposal and highlights how a few powerful men are circumventing community participation and skirting legal protections to try to get the deal done.

link

Posted by lumi at 8:46 AM

December 11, 2006

Hakeem the Dream

From the Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn E-Newsletter:

Former NBA great Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwon is a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible in 2008, but 57th District Assemblymember-elect Hakeem Jeffries is not extending the same automatic welcome to Bruce Ratner's dream of an NBA arena in Brooklyn.

Jeffries, who is on record as opposing the use of eminent domain to build the proposed arena, sent a letter to the Public Authorities Control Board on Friday, urging the PACB to postpone taking any action on the proposed "Atlantic Yards" project until several outstanding issues were addressed. His concerns include an insufficient number of affordable rental units in Phase I of the project, the absence of affordable home ownership, the need to scale back the project significantly, and most noteworthy, the importance of allowing the courts to rule on the Federal eminent domain lawsuit before voting on the proposal.

We applaud Mr. Jeffries for standing with the community and demanding accountability from the developer and the ESDC. If his actions as Assemblymember-elect are any indication, he‚s going to be a strong advocate for his constituents when he takes office in January.

NoLandGrab: DDDB notices something we missed last week, that Jeffries went one step further in his letter to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, than his soon-to-be colleagues.

State Assemblymembers Jim Brennan, Joan Millman and Annette Robinson call on the Speaker to withhold his vote until certain issues are addressed, Jeffries asks the Speaker to allow the courts to decide the issue of eminent domain before voting on the project.

Posted by lumi at 10:29 AM

December 8, 2006

REMINDER: ESDC Board Meeting TODAY, 3:30PM

The Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) moved today's meeting from 10AM to 3:30PM.

Barring an unscheduled flicker of conscience, the ESDC is expected to approve the Final Environmental Impact Statement and authorize the use of eminent domain.

ESDC Headquarters
633 Third Avenue
NY, NY

Photo: Lobby of ESDC Headquarters.

No photography is allowed in the meeting room, but if you want more information on who sits on the Board, check out Atlantic Yards Report's exclusive.

Posted by lumi at 8:23 AM

December 1, 2006

TONIGHT! Holiday Event at Atlantic Center

From the Courier-Life Publications:

The Atlantic Center will kick off the holiday season with the Guitar Center on December 1st. There will be pictures with Santa from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with music from four live bands and a DJ scheduled to start around 6 p.m., continuing till about midnight, according to Forest City Ratner Vice President Loren Riegelhaupt. There will also be a Kwanzaa event, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on December 26th. The Atlantic Center is located at 625 Atlantic Avenue.

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Posted by lumi at 7:12 AM

November 30, 2006

TONIGHT: Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods Public Information Forum

The Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods will hold a Public Information Forum this week to summarize the findings and concerns discussed in their response to the Atlantic Yards Final Environmental Impact Statement:

Thursday, November 30th, 7:30 p.m.
Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church
85 South Oxford Street
Fort Greene

NoLandGrab: That's the Corrected and Amended Final Environmental Impact Statement to you!

Posted by lumi at 11:48 AM

November 28, 2006

ESDC Sets Atlantic Yards Approval Date

The Real Estate Observer
By Matthew Schuerman

DeskCalendar-Friday8.gifMark it on your calendars: 10 a.m., Dec. 8. The Empire State Development Corporation just scheduled its next meeting for then, at which time the board is expected to approve the Atlantic Yards project.

It then goes to the state Public Authorities Control Board.

Posted by lumi at 6:21 AM

November 22, 2006

Press Release: CBN Events

The Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods announces two upcoming events!

HO! HO! HO! MERRY GRIDLOCK!

Friday, November 24th marks the start of the official Holiday Shopping Frenzy and it is very likely that the area around the proposed Atlantic Yards will be gifted with tremendous traffic (read: gridlock). CBN’s traffic analysis predicts these conditions could be almost daily events in the current Atlantic Yards plan. To highlight the need for further regional analysis and better area-wide traffic solutions, the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods will be holding an information event!

Event: Merry Gridlock
When: Friday, November 24th 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Where: Intersection of Flatbush, Atlantic and 4th Avenues (exact meeting place to be established.)
What: Merry Gridlock - An opportunity to point out how Atlantic Yards will exacerbate the already traffic-packed intersection of Atlantic, Flatbush, and 4th Avenues.

Volunteers will be holding signs, distributing literature, and helping pedestrians navigate these dangerous intersections

PUBLIC INFORMATION FORUM

On Thursday, November 30th, the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods will be holding a Public Information Forum to summarize the findings and concerns discussed in their response to the Atlantic Yards Final Environmental Impact Statement.

Event: Public Information Forum: Atlantic Yards EIS Findings and Concerns
When: Thursday, November 30th, 7:30 PM
Where: 85 South Oxford Avenue, Brooklyn, New York (meeting room of the Lafayette Presbyterian Church)

Posted by lumi at 7:28 AM

November 20, 2006

TONIGHT: Fort Greene Association Meeting and United Coalition of Block Associations Forum

DeskCalendar-Mon20.gifFGA: Development Going Up on the Streets of Fort Greene
85 South Oxford Street, 7:30PM

What's going on and what can Fort Greene expect from all the development planned for its streets? Hear from New York City official Joe Chan, dubbed by the press as the "Development Czar" of downtown Brooklyn.

PLUS: SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER
HAKEEM JEFFRIES
NY State Assembly - 57th District addressing the audience and taking your questions.

Community Forum with Letitia James
Presented by United Coalition of Block Associations
The Crown Gardens Community Room
1185 Carroll Street, 7PM

Special Guest:
City Councilmember Letitia James will speak about eminent domain.

Posted by lumi at 10:20 AM

November 16, 2006

TONIGHT: COMMUNITY FORUM ON ATLANTIC YARDS

HansonPlaceUnitedMethodist.jpgTHURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 7 PM
HANSON PLACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
(Hanson Place and Saint Felix Street)

Join your neighbors for a community meeting on the Atlantic Yards arena and high-rise development proposal.

FEATURING: * A presentation by the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods on the environmental impacts the project would have. * An update on the Federal eminent domain lawsuit and other legal challenges. * City Hall and Albany update from elected leaders * Q&A session

INVITED SPEAKERS: * Incoming 57th District Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries * 44th District Assemblyman Jim Brennan * 52nd District Assemblywoman Joan Millman * 18th District Senator Velmanette Montgomery * City Councilwoman Letitia James

SPONSORED BY:
Atlantic Avenue Betterment Association • Bergen Street Block Association • Brooklyn Bears Community Garden • The Brooklyn Christian Times • Brooklyn Vision • Carroll Street Block Association (5th-6th Ave.) • Dean Street Block Association (4th-5th) • Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn • East Pacific Block Association • Fifth Avenue Committee • Fort Greene Association • Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus • Park Slope Neighbors • Pratt Area Community Council • Prospect Place Block Association Atlantic Yards Task Force • Sierra Club • South Oxford Street Block Association • South Portland Block Association • The Society for Clinton Hill • Times Up! • Warren St. Marks Community Garden • Reverend David Dyson, Pastor of Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church

Posted by lumi at 11:21 AM

October 29, 2006

Walking tour of proposed Atlantic Yards footprint next Saturday

Atlantic Yards Report

A walking tour with "The Mad Overkiller" seems perfect for Halloween!

I have a small walking tour business, New York Like a Native, and have been giving tours of Brooklyn neighborhoods since 2000. For the past years, the Atlantic Yards plan has intersected briefly with a couple of tours.

Given how much time I spend thinking the Atlantic Yards project, I decided to offer a tour about it. The best way to understand the controversy--including issues of scale, design, and blight--is to take a look around the proposed site and the surrounding neighborhood. (Here are some contrasting views of the site and the proposals.)

Saturday, November 4, 1:30 p.m. $15/person. (Rain date: Sunday November 12 at 1:30 p.m.)

The tour will last 2-2.5 hours. We'll meet outside Brooklyn's tallest building (for now), the Williamsburgh Savings Bank, Hanson Place at Flatbush Avenue, near the Atlantic Terminal transit hub. More info here.

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Posted by amy at 11:11 AM

October 28, 2006

Drum Major for the Marchers of New York

NY Times proves you can't throw a rock without hitting someone protesting Atlantic Yards. Who's throwing those damn rocks anyway? Owwwww....Just glad no one threw this one...

To Todd Eaton, the gregarious 44-year-old who is behind NYProtest, a two-year-old daily listing of progressive street demonstrations and gatherings in the metropolitan area. The listing appears on Riseup.net, a site that offers “mail, lists and hosting to those working on liberatory social change.”
...
Around age 8, he attended his first protest, against the proposed widening of Atlantic Avenue. During his years at New York University, he participated in the No Nukes movement, and since then, he said, he has taken part in more than 100 street demonstrations, protesting everything from the militarization of space to the Atlantic Yards project.

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Posted by amy at 9:42 PM

ART IN THE CONTESTED CITY

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Pratt Collaboratives

ART IN THE CONTESTED CITY
A Conference Exploring the Role of the Arts
in Contemporary Struggles over Urban Space

November 3, 2006

Pratt Institute
Higgins Hall
61 St. James Place
Brooklyn, NY

Our overriding goal is to open a dialogue around the intersections between art, culture and urban development so that we at Pratt Institute and around New York can envision new academic initiatives, critical engagement, and collaborations in this area. The key themes of this dialogue will include:

-the increasingly powerful role played by arts and culture in community development -the place of artists and the arts in current struggles over urban space -the impact of the housing and studio space shortage on contemporary art practice -innovative collaborations between artists and social movements addressing issues of sustainable urban development -funding opportunities in the growing field of arts and community development

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Posted by amy at 7:25 PM

The World is Round

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flavorpill NYC

Ratner enters the fray of the burgeoning Brooklyn art world with a public art exhibit in the oh-so-public space of Metrotech:

Public Art Fund makes the best of Brooklyn's MetroTech Center — the original Forest Ratner neighborhood-crushing behemoth — by commissioning young artists to create new installations on the premises. Masters of polystyrene foam, Chris Hanson and Hendrika Sonnenberg cast a trio of soapboxes in aluminum and, fittingly, place them near Oratory Place. Diana Guerrero-Maciá's enormous, flattened icosidodecagon (a 32-sided shape) is a soccer ball spread out like a world map; Matt Johnson's boulder, 4eva, on the MetroTech lawn, also speaks about universal languages if you look closely enough at its quartz veins. For digs at the institution, Ryan McGinness, the splashy manipulator of corporate iconography, has embedded imposter wall signs among the real ones at MetroTech Commons.

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Posted by amy at 12:00 AM

October 27, 2006

Lane, Fierstein, Osmond, Jersey Boys and More Help Christopher Reeve Foundation's "A Magical Evening"

Playbill News
Sunday Funnies. Except it's not Sunday. And they're not joking.

The Christopher Reeve Foundation will present the first-ever Dana Reeve Hope Award to Cristina Carlino, founder and CEO of philosophy, inc. The Visionary Leadership Award will also be bestowed upon Forest City Ratner Companies President and CEO Bruce C. Ratner and The Honorable Thomas H. Kean.

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Guess they missed the NY Press Super Villain edition...

Posted by amy at 10:55 PM

October 22, 2006

Walkathon Pics - Here they are!!!

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Click for more Flickr goodness!

Posted by amy at 9:27 AM

October 21, 2006

TODAY: Walk Don't Destroy!

Today, at 12 Noon, hundreds of Brooklynites will gather at the Prospect Park Bandshell for Walk Don’t Destroy 2!

- Sign in at noon at the Prospect Park Bandshell

- Walk is from 1 - 2:30pm (From the Bandshell to Grand Army Plaza and back to the Bandshell-less than 2 miles)

Concert at the Bandshell to follow walk, around 2:45:

Featuring: John Wesley Harding and
The States | Sixth Sense | NuComme

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Posted by amy at 8:49 AM

An Ecumenical Roof-Raising

Brooklyn Downtown Star
Medi Blum

Atlantic Yards got some play at last week's interfaith prayer rally against the Iraq war at Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Fort Greene:

Reverend Miller included in the wrongs being done to Brooklyn the growing tide of gentrification and the resultant diminishing of ethnic and racial diversity and the displacement of state and local funding to profit big business.

Delivering as an aside perhaps the most controversial comment of the night, Reverend Miller, who is the president of the Concerned Citizens Committee and a member of the Downtown Brooklyn Leadership Coalition-two organizations which oppose Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards plans-linked the no-bid, Halliburton contracts in Iraq with the seemingly no-bid "land invasion" occurring "right here in downtown Brooklyn."

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Posted by amy at 8:09 AM

October 19, 2006

TONIGHT IS WALKATHON RESTAURANT NIGHT!

WWD-2-Restaurant.gifTonight these local restaurants are donating a portion of their proceeds to Develop Don't Destroy's legal fund:

FT. GREENE/CLINTON HILL
Night of the Cookers
767 Fulton St. (between So.Oxford and So. Portland)
718-797-1197

Chez Oskar
211 DeKalb Ave. (corner of Adelphi)
718-852-6250
(Thursday is 30% off on wines)

Olea, Mediterranean Tavern
171 Lafayette Ave. (corner of Adelphi)
718-643-7003

Maggie Brown
455 Myrtle Avenue (between Washington and Waverly)
718-643-7001

Pequena
86 South Portland (between Lafayette and Fulton)

Grand Dakar
285 Grand Avenue (between Lafayette and Clifton)
718-398-8900

 

PARK SLOPE
Bogota Latin Bistro
141 Fifth Ave. (between St. John's Place and Lincoln Place)

 

BOERUM HILL
Bacchus
409 Atlantic Ave. (near Bond St.)
718-852-1572

 

COBBLE HILL
Sample
152 Smith St. (corner of Bergen)
718-643-6622

Pane y Vino
174 Smith St. (Wyckoff and Warren)
718-501-1010

Remember to thank the owner/manager for their support and to tip your server generously.

Posted by lumi at 10:44 AM

October 18, 2006

Wednesday Night, Books and Cinema!

WDD2-Green.gifLITERARY NIGHT II
7:30 pm
Donation suggested.

Tillies
248 DeKalb Ave (corner of Vanderbilt, MAP)

Authors: * Jhumpa Lahiri * Jennifer Egan * Susan Choi * Sheri Holman * Diana Son

 

MOVIE NIGHT II
7:30 pm
Donation suggested.

Soda Bar
629 Vanderbilt Ave.
(between Prospect Pl. and St Marks Ave., MAP)

This Land is Your Land
A feature length, 82-minute, documentary film THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND is a startling and often hilarious exploration of the overwhelming corporate takeover of American life. Over the course of three years, the filmmakers traveled across the U.S., interviewing award-winning authors, historians, media commentators and ordinary citizens about the wide range of ways individuals and society at large experience this impact. More...

Post Film DJ Motormouth Performs

 

Thursday night is Restaurant Night. Click here for the full list of participating restaurants.

Posted by lumi at 8:06 AM

October 17, 2006

WALKATHON WEEK. TUESDAY NIGHT LITERATI!

WDD2-Big.gifLiterary Night I
7:30 pm

Shakespeare's Sister
270 Court St. (between Butler & Douglas)

Donation suggested.

Authors: * Nava Renek * Ayun Halliday * Martha Southgate * Odd Todd (animator) * John B. Schwartz (author, screenwriter)

 

Wednesday night, Literary Night II, Movie Night II.
Thursday night is Restaurant Night.
Friday night is Update Night!

Saturday... WALKATHON. Click here for the full schedule.

Posted by lumi at 8:14 AM

October 14, 2006

TODAY: Bake, Don't Destroy!

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What’s a walk without carbo-loading?

Our talented cooking community will support the “Ft. Greene Kids” WALKATHON team with a bake sale on SATURDAY.

To sample the delectable edibles (or bring your own to contribute to the sale), come to: Washington Ave near Lafayette Ave next to Underwood Park in Brooklyn
11am - 4pm

Posted by amy at 7:44 PM

TODAY: "REAL PROPERTY: ATLANTIC YARDS"

Not to be confused with the "Footprints" exhibit, it's ANOTHER art exhibit. This one focuses on Eminent Domain Abuse.

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Gallery on Dean inaugurates its third year with "Real Property," an installation on eminent domain opening with live music and a public reception from 4-7 on Saturday, October 14th at 755 Dean Street, Brooklyn. The installation will run through November 30th.

Gallery On Dean
755 Dean Street
(Corner of Underhill Ave.)

Hours:
4-10, M-F
11-11, Weekends

Gallery on Dean borders what is soon to be the massive Atlantic Yards project, where eminent domain is being enforced to clear the path for a development that will drastically change the landscape and community of downtown Brooklyn.

"Real Property" is an exhibition of drawings, photographs, and installation that addresses the issue of eminent domain in both a modern and historical context. Eminent domain is the right of the government to seize private property either for its own use or delegated to a third party for "public uses" Originally, this law was used only for roads, bridges, schools, and similar utilities. Today, the idea of "public uses" has broadened to allow for strip malls, condominiums, and sports arenas.

Drawing upon historic references of sovereignty and the settlement of Manhattan and Brooklyn, the artists have created an installation that references traditional and modern architecture and design in both a physical and sociological context. A series of documentary photographs and abstract drawings examine the development of the urban landscape from various perspectives. In addition, the artists have designed a handmade basketball jersey that addresses the history of corporate authority that presides over property "development."

The collaborative exhibition was created by Mike Homer and Eliza Stamps, MFA's from Pratt and area residents. The artists live and work in Brooklyn.Homer graduated from the Pratt Institute MFA program while Stamps will receive her MFA from Pratt in December.

This exhibition has been has been generously funded by Tavern On Dean, an Artful Place to Gather.

Posted by lumi at 7:37 AM

October 12, 2006

TONIGHT: Footprints Reception, 6—9 PM

From deep within the People's Republic of Brooklyn (homemade passports by artist Youme Landowne):

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Footprints Reception
TONIGHT, 6—9 PM
Grand Space
778 Bergen Street (corner of Grand Avenue)

Exhibition runs: Oct 7th - Nov 3rd, 2006
www.brooklynfootprints.com

Hours:
Wed-Fri, 5pm-7pm
Sat & Sun, 11am-4pm

(Exhibition closed, Saturday October 21st)

Posted by lumi at 9:22 AM

October 10, 2006

PRESS RELEASE: Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn Announces Walkathon Week and Walkathon Day Schedule

Walkathon Will Raise Funds for Looming Legal Battles

WalkDD.gifBROOKLYN, NY—Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB) announces Walkathon Week, six days of events culminating with the second annunal Walk Don't Destroy Brooklyn Walkathon.

From October 16 to 21, venues throughout Central Brooklyn will host events to raise money for DDDB's legal fund and impending legal battles, as well as to further highlight community opposition to Bruce Ratner's "Atlantic Yards," a 16-skyscraper and arena development proposal in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. It is the largest project proposed by a single developer in the history of New York City.

The Walkathon will set off on Saturday, October 21 from the Prospect Park Bandshell for Grand Army Plaza, where it will circle the plaza before returning to the Bandshell through Prospect Park. Following the Walkathon, DDDB will present a two-hour concert at the Bandshell featuring national recording artist John Wesley Harding and guests. The day's events will include marching bands, childrens activities, games, community information sessions and vendors.

Walkathon Week begins on Monday October 16. Nightly events will be held in Prospect Heights, Park Slope, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Cobble Hill. Events run the range from Film Nights, music performances, literary readings featuring Brooklyn authors, comedy nights, restaurant promotions, community meetings, and film screenings. The complete schedule will be available on Tuesday, October 10th at www.dddb.net/walkathon/schedule.

"Last year, hundreds of walkers from across Brooklyn participated in our first Walkathon," said DDDB spokesperson Dan Goldstein. "Our supporters and volunteers work hard to raise funds and awareness, and many more are registering now for this year's Walkathon. It'll be the place to be on October 21st."

"Brooklynites who want better than Ratner's impending disaster aren't seduced by his free gifts and tee-shirts. Rather, they're getting out there and putting their money where their hearts want to be -- developing a future Brooklyn that works for all of us."

DEVELOP DON’T DESTROY BROOKLYN leads a broad-based community coalition advocating for development that will unite our communities instead of dividing and destroying them.

We oppose Forest City Ratner's "Atlantic Yards" proposal in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

www.developdontdestroy.org.

Posted by lumi at 5:49 AM

October 5, 2006

Footprint Artist/Blogger

FootprintArt-Greer.jpg The www.brooklynfootprints.com bio for Amy Greer, one of the 32 artists on exhibit at the Footprints exhibit, has casually left off a biggie.

Amy Greer (aka "Amy") is none other than "our Amy," the NoLandGrab weekend contributor who is frequently referred to as "the funny one."

Here's a little more info about Amy.

Amy likes:
Brooklyn
White wine
Recovering Republicans

Amy dislikes (grrrrr):
Mad Overdevelopers
Esoteric Op-Art
Politicians who use the word, "thingie."

Posted by lumi at 6:57 AM

Footprint Art

FootprintArt-Massman.jpgThe Gowanus Lounge, Atlantic Yards: The Art Show (AKA "Footprints")

The controversy swirling around the Atlantic Yards proposal, and the dramatic impact that it would have on the surrounding community and its residents has spawned an art show called "Footprints: Portraits: of a Brooklyn Neighborhood." The new group show includes paintings, photos, drawings, videos, and collages and features some of those living in buildings and on streets that would cease to exist if the development goes foward. It opens on Saturday, October 7 at Grand Space, which is at 778 Bergen Street in Prospect Heights. The show runs through Nov. 3, with an opening reception on Thursday, October 12.

Among the standouts in the show are bold portrait of Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn's Daniel Goldstein, a portrait of a Pacific Street resident, some pretty cool photography and more.

FootprintArt-Sagarin.jpgCourier-Life, Living In the Footprint: Under the Heel Or Stepping Forward? - 32 Artists Look At the Atlantic Yards Project

Belle Benfield and Daniel Sagarin, co-curators of the exhibit, put out a call to independent local artists last February to fan out across Fort Greene, Prospect Heights and the surrounding communities in an effort to discover and document how the advent of more than 16 skyscrapers and an 18,000-seat basketball arena could impact real people living in real communities.

Courier-Life Publications, Musing On Atlantic Yds

In December 2003, when Forest City Ratner announced their proposal for the redevelopment, the effect on residents was immediate and dramatic. One moment they were residents of Prospect Heights. Then because their homes and business were within the re-development boundaries, they found themselves living in the shadow of an uncertain future. A new ‘neighborhood’ was created which developers refer to as the ‘footprint.’

Using this metaphor as inspiration, curators Daniel Sagarin (photographer) and Belle Benfield (painter/printmaker) charged a group of local artists with the task of making artwork about their experience as they walk through the changing neighborhood outlined by the Empire State Development Corporation’s proposal.

The results are diverse, ranging from beautiful landscapes recording the skyline for posterity to abstractions dealing with the sensations of destruction or loss. Work from photographers, painters and filmmakers will be on display.

Exhibition hours are Wednesday through Friday, 5-8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 347-255-5435 or 917-301-7972 or go to their website www.brooklynfootprints.com.

Posted by lumi at 6:37 AM

October 4, 2006

Jane Jacobs Today

A Panel Discussion co-sponsored by:
The American Planning Association's New York Metro Chapter
The Canadian Consulate General in New York
NYU Wagner

Tuesday, October 17, 2006
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
The Puck Building
295 Lafayette Street at East Houston Street Second Floor

For more info and directions click here.
RSVP http://wagner.nyu.edu/events/janejacobs.php.

NoLandGrab: WWJD? After the passing of Jane Jacobs, many have pondered what she would make of Mayor Bloomberg's development bonanza, the lack of public process for Atlantic Yards and the wisdom of creating a mini high-rise city between two historic brownstone neighborhoods.

Posted by lumi at 9:01 PM

September 25, 2006

Change-a-lujah! For Prospect Heights

From OnNYTurf:

RevBillyRevival.jpgSunday, feeling hollowness in my soul from helping my girl friend pick out a new ipod last week (and enjoying it), I felt a real need to go see the Reverend Billy and the Stop-Shopping Choir. The Reverend has been performing at the Spiegeltent at the South Street Sea Port all summer, and I needed to see this special venue as well. If you are not familiar with the Spiegeltent, you should check it out. It is a spectacular 1920's hand crafted traveling venue. BUT! this is the last week of performances before it moves on. The Spiegeltent is an exceptionally ideal venue for the Reverend's revival sermon.

This Sunday turned out to be extra special, as none other than Dan Goldstein and Shabnam Merchant of Develop Don't Destroy were sainted into the Stop Shopping Church! Fortunately I caught this transformative moment on film! Here it is, so you can witness it like you were there.

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Posted by lumi at 6:32 PM

September 24, 2006

BROOKLYNSPEAKS: ATLANTIC YARDS MUST WORK FOR BROOKLYN

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City-wide and Brooklyn civic and community groups launch website to inform New Yorkers about Atlantic Yards Project and ask decision makers to only approve a plan that works for Brooklyn

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, September 24, 2006 - BROOKLYNSPEAKS has been created by city-wide and Brooklyn-based civic and community groups to inform New Yorkers about the proposed Atlantic Yards development and enable them to ask the decision-makers only to approve a plan that works for Brooklyn.

The interactive BROOKLYNSPEAKS website has features found on several national internet-based advocacy sites including blog and letter writing options, and puts forth several key principles for the development of Atlantic Yards related to respecting the surrounding neighborhood; including a substantial reduction in the project's scale, a transportation plan that works; including affordable housing that meets Brooklyn's needs and involving the public in meaningful ways.

WHO: Sponsors of BROOKLYNSPEAKS website: Atlantic Avenue LDC, Boerum Hill Association, Brooklyn Heights Association, Fifth Avenue Committee, Municipal Arts Society, Park Slope Civic Council, Pratt Area Community Council, Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council, Tri-State Transportation Campaign and others.

WHAT: Unveiling of the site and speaking with website sponsors

WHEN: Monday, September 25, 2006, 3:30 pm

WHERE: Fifth Avenue Committee at the FAC Center for Community Development, 621 DeGraw Street, Brooklyn, New York between 3rd and 4th Avenues in Park Slope. For directions go to www.fifthave.org

Posted by amy at 7:15 PM

NYC Dept. of City Planning Review Session

On the agenda for the next NYC Dept. of City Planning Review Session:

Brooklyn Non-ULURP

Atlantic Yards Civic and Land Use Improvement Project Plan; discussion of the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) General Project Plan for Atlantic Yards. (K2, 6, 8)

(Note: public may observe but not participate.)

Next Review Session:
Monday, September 25th, 2006
1:00 PM
Spector Hall
22 Reade Street, New York, New York

Posted by amy at 11:13 AM

TODAY: Reverend Billy to exorcize bad planning in Brooklyn and big boondoggles for Bruce

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Reverend Billy is dedicating his September 24th Tent Revival at the Spiegeltent to the Fight for Neighborhoods Against Forest City Ratner!

Details and tickets here.

Posted by lumi at 8:54 AM

September 22, 2006

ESDC finally acknowledges Freedom of Information Law request

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Atlantic Yards Report:

So maybe it was worth it for me to comment publicly at the Sept. 12 Atlantic Yards community forum regarding the Empire State Development Corporation's (ESDC) failure to acknowledge my Freedom of Information Law request. I sent the ESDC a letter on July 26, and the agency should have responded within five business days.

I sent a follow-up letter in late August, as well. Both were ignored until I raised the issue in my testimony Sept. 12. On Tuesday I received, via email, a copy of a letter (above) mailed to me.

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Posted by amy at 11:14 PM

September 19, 2006

Atlantic Yards on WBAI this morning

From NY Daily News, Radio, by David Hinckley

Deepa Fernandes' morning show on WBAI (99.5 FM) today looks at software piracy and the huge Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn.

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Posted by lumi at 6:46 AM

September 17, 2006

Two panels of interest this week

Atlantic Yards Report:

On Monday morning in Manhattan (8 a.m.), the Drum Major Institute (DMI) will be sponsoring a panel on Increasing accountability for economic development subsidies, featuring former Minnesota State Senator John Hottinger. The senator sponsored a groundbreaking Minnesota law that requires that companies that receive public subsidies but fail to reach promised job creation goals repay the subsidy with interest.

A panel discussion on the implications of Hottinger’s work to New York will feature:
Errol Louis, Columnist, New York Daily News
Hon. Richard Brodsky, New York State Assembly
Adrianne Shropshire, DMI Fellow and Executive Director, New York Jobs with Justice.
...
BCAT panel

Also this week I'll be part of Reporter Roundtable, a 30-minute public affairs show on BCAT/Brooklyn Community Access Television. The topic: Atlantic Yards. The host is Gersh Kuntzman, editor of the Brooklyn Papers, which has often looked skeptically at the AY project, and the other panelist is Dennis Holt, senior editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, which has often enthusiastically endorsed the project.

We'll be taping the show on Tuesday, the day after the second and final community forum on the plan. The show airs on Friday night at 9 pm and repeats several times.

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Posted by amy at 10:35 AM

September 13, 2006

FOOTPRINTS: Portrait of a Brooklyn Neighborhood

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As debate over development rages, over 30 Brooklyn artists paint their portrait of the neighborhood around the Atlantic Rail Yards

On Thursday October 12th, 2006 (6-9pm), Footprints: Portrait of a Brooklyn Neighborhood, opens its doors to the public. Visitors will be presented with over 30 artists’ interpretations of the ‘footprint’ of Bruce Ratner’s proposed redevelopment of the Atlantic Rail Yards. The proposal, which includes the Yards and an adjacent portion of Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, is poised to be one of the largest urban redevelopment programs in the history of New York City.

In December 2003, when Forest City Ratner announced their proposal for the redevelopment, the effect on residents was immediate and dramatic. One moment they were residents of Prospect Heights. Then because their homes and business were within the re-development boundaries, they found themselves living in the shadow of an uncertain future. A new ‘neighbourhood’ was created which developers refer to as the ‘footprint’.

Using this metaphor as inspiration, curators Daniel Sagarin (photographer) and Belle Benfield (painter/printmaker) charged a group of local artists with the task of making artwork about their experience as they walk through the changing neighborhood outlined by the Empire State Development Corporation’s proposal.

The results are diverse, ranging from beautiful landscapes recording the skyline for posterity to abstractions dealing with the sensations of destruction or loss. Work from photographers, painters and filmmakers will be on display.

DATES: October 7th - November 3rd
RECEPTION: Thursday, October 12th, 2006 6-9pm
HOURS: W-F 5-8pm, S&S 11am-4pm
VENUE: Grand Space, 778 Bergen St. in Prospect Heights
(Corner of Bergen and Grand, near the Brooklyn Museum).

Press previews will be scheduled by appointment between October 7th-11th.

Posted by lumi at 10:05 PM

September 7, 2006

TONIGHT: CBN Neighborhood Impacts Forum

The Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods is presenting preliminary findings from their experts‚ on-going review of the "Atlantic Yards" Draft Environmental Impact Statement this week and next:

Thursday, September 7th, 7:00 p.m.
Duryea Presbyterian Church
362 Sterling Place (at Underhill Avenue)
Prospect Heights

Posted by lumi at 11:47 AM

See It Now Before It Disappears ... - Gallery Show Focuses On Temporal Bklyn

Courier-Life
By Joe Maniscalco

OptimoGouche.jpgA local exhibit strives to capture our rapidly changing borough. One artist focuses on the Atlantic Yards footprint:

Warren Beishir’s drawings, meanwhile, are squarely placed in the here and now in illuminating sketches of the neighborhoods poised to be forever changed by the proposed Atlantic Yards development.

See the exhibit at the Object Image Gallery located at 91 Fifth Avenue in Park Slope from September 15 to October 16.

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Posted by lumi at 9:45 AM

September 6, 2006

TONIGHT: Congressional Candidates Forum

Congressional Candidates Forum
11th Congressional District

Wednesday, September 6th, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Congregation Beth Elohim
274 Garfield Place, at 8th Ave

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Come and hear the candidates speak.
Question them on the issues that concern you most.

more info

Posted by lumi at 9:13 AM

August 31, 2006

CBN PRESENTS FORUMS ON ATLANTIC YARDS IMPACTS

The Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods will be holding a series of community meetings over the next couple weeks, at which they will share preliminary findings from their experts’ on-going review of the “Atlantic Yards” Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Dates, times and locations for these “Neighborhood Impacts Forums” are as follows:

Thursday, September 7th, 7:00 p.m.
Duryea Presbyterian Church
362 Sterling Place (at Underhill Avenue)
Prospect Heights

Thursday, September 14th, 7:00 p.m.
Old First Reformed Church
126 7th Avenue (at Carroll Street)
Park Slope

The sessions, all free and open to the public, will be led by experts from Phillips, Preiss, Shapiro Associates, the Pratt Center for Community Development, and the Hunter College Center for Community Planning and Development. We encourage you to attend.

For more information, please visit http://cbrooklynneighborhoods.homestead.com, send an email to cbrooklynneighborhoods-at-hotmail-dot-com, or call 718-408-3219.

Posted by lumi at 11:42 AM

August 27, 2006

TODAY: Barron & Batson Cross Endorsement Press Conference

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On Sunday, August 27, 2006, Charles Barron and Bill Batson will be holding a cross-endorsement press conference on the steps of City Hall at 3:00pm.

This cross-endorsement comes right on the heels of another anti-Atlantic Yards co-endorsement. Chris Owens and Bill Batson co-endorsed each other at a City Hall press conference and rally on Tuesday.

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Posted by amy at 8:44 AM

August 26, 2006

Pleasantville vs. Brooklyn, and other DEIS hearing footnotes

Atlantic Yards Report discusses what was missing from MSM coverage of the DEIS hearing and the Pleasantville conundrum.

That means those who spoke late, or never even had their names called, didn't get the ink. For example, other than in the New York Observer's blog The Real Estate and my blog, the critical yet convoluted comments of the influential Regional Plan Association got no coverage.

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn attorney Jeff Baker got no coverage outside of my blog, even though his contention--that a privately-owned arena does not meet the definition of a "civic project"--likely will be part of a major lawsuit. And, as I noted, Community Consulting Services and the Tri-State Transportation Campaign (TSTC) offered important criticisms about traffic. They were almost completely ignored, though the Courier-Life chain mentioned TSTC.

And reporters who didn't stay until the end didn't capture a potential metaphor: though project proponents for hours had outnumbered opponents, many of the former left earlier to return home, so by the last hour or so, the opponents--most of whom live closer to the hearing (and project) site--dominated the room.

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Posted by amy at 11:08 PM

Hurry Up And Wait At Yards Hearing

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Courier-Life
Emily Keller

Shirley McRae, Chair of Community Board 2, was not called to speak until five hours after her arrival, and was denied early entry that is customary for board members. She waited in line for more than an hour to sign in.

“They would not have called me if I had not come out to ask them what’s going on,” she said, calling the organization of the hearing “ridiculous”. At 9:30 p.m., three CB2 members had spoken and seven were still waiting to.

Devin Cohen, Chair of the Community Board 6 Public Safety Committee, spent six and a half hours at the hearing but was never called.

“I really hope that people who represent constituencies like community boards will be guaranteed the opportunity to speak at the next hearing and I hope that the tone will be conducive to [allow more people to speak],” said Cohen.

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Posted by amy at 3:02 AM

August 22, 2006

NYPD BACKS DOWN ON REVISIONS TO PARADE PERMIT RULES FOLLOWING STRONG COMMUNITY OPPOSITION

Pedal Pushers Online is carrying the news on the Times's Up! Victory Lap.

Time’s Up! organizes Victory Bicycle Ride on Wednesday, August 23rd: “Still We Ride" Victory Bicycle Ride Wednesday, August 23, 2006 5:00 PM - Ride meets at Union Square Park South Ride.

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Posted by lumi at 7:10 AM

August 19, 2006

Cops step back on parade plan

Daily News

The NYPD backed off proposed regulations that would have required a parade permit for any event where two or more people gathered in the street.

The NYPD also dropped plans to require groups of 35 people or more to get a permit if they planned to gather on city sidewalks. No reference to sidewalks will be in any new proposal, Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne said yesterday.
...
A public hearing set for Wednesday will be rescheduled when the regulation language is finalized.

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NoLandGrab: Now you all have no excuse not to attend the EIS Hearing!

Posted by amy at 2:14 PM

August 18, 2006

State’s only Atlantic Yards public hearing set for Wednesday

The Brooklyn Papers
By Ariella Cohen

The state’s only public hearing on the Atlantic Yards arena, office and housing mega-development will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 23.

Expect a standing room only crowd — including Atlantic Yards celebrities such as Forest City Ratner [Atlantic Yards Group President] James Stuckey, Develop Don’t Destroy spokesman Daniel Goldstein, Atlantic Yards-supporting Assemblyman Roger Green (D–Prospect Heights) and fiery Ratner foe City Councilman (sic) Letitia James (D–Prospect Heights).

The event is the only scheduled public opportunity to comment on the largest single-developer project in Brooklyn’s storied history. A “community forum” will be held on primary election day, Sept. 12.

NoLandGrab: Still no word on what the heck a "community forum" is.

It could be bureaucratic nonsense for "you can yell and scream all you want, but no one from the ESDC will be there to listen," or "ESDC presents the scaled-down version of the project we've been palming all along."

Wednesday’s four-hour hearing will begin at 4:30 pm in New York City College of Technology’s Klitgord Auditorium, 285 Jay St., Downtown.

Here's some new info (emphasis added):

People who want to testify will be asked to sign in, said Jessica Copen, a spokeswoman for the Empire State Development Corporation. Copen also suggested that the hearing could go beyond 8:30 pm if people are still waiting to speak.

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Posted by lumi at 10:18 PM

August 16, 2006

Brooklyn Soon Will Fete Its Literary Stars

NY Daily Sun
By Leon Neyfakh

Marty is throwing a party for Brooklyn's literary stars, including many whom are outspoken opponents of Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards Development proposal and who serve as members of Develop Don't Destroy's Advisory Board.

The president of Brooklyn, Marty Markowitz, is throwing a party at Borough Hall on September 16. Guests will include Jonathan Safran Foer and his wife, Nicole Krauss, who moved to Park Slope last summer; Jonathan Lethem, who was born many years ago in Boerum Hill, and Jhumpa Lahiri, Rick Moody, and Colson Whitehead, who all live in Brooklyn. The list goes on and the shelves fill up. A lot of them have written articles for the New Yorker, and visitors to the Tea Lounge have probably witnessed them in the act without even knowing it.

The party — quaintly dubbed the Brooklyn Book Fest by Mr. Markowitz and his fellow organizers — will be a day-long celebration of their craft. For all the huffing and puffing the Jonathans have been doing against development in the Atlantic Yards, the borough is proud to host their creativity.

"There's no question that over the last five years Brooklyn has become the mecca for aspiring authors as well as accomplished authors," Mr. Markowitz, who is expecting between 5,000 and 15,000 people to attend the free event, said.

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NoLandGrab: Lookie who just caught on — someone may want to tell Marty that Brooklyn has long been the home to "accomplished authors."

Note to authors: If Steve Buscemi's experience at this year's Botanic Garden "Celebrity Path" ceremony is any indication, the mere mention of preserving Brownstone Brooklyn's quality of life will illicit a head-smoking reaction from the Borough President.

Posted by lumi at 8:15 AM

August 3, 2006

TONIGHT: Community Boards 2, 6 & 8 Atlantic Yards Hearings

* Brooklyn Community Board District 2
Long Island University
Health Sciences Center, Room 119
(Dekalb and Hudson Avenues), map

  • Brooklyn Community Board District 6
    Long Island College Hospital
    339 Hicks Street, Conference Rooms F&G,
    (@ Atlantic Avenue, map)

  • Brooklyn Community Board District 8
    Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation
    520 Prospect Place
    (enter on Classon Avenue, map)

Posted by lumi at 10:04 AM

July 31, 2006

Community Boards 2, 6, & 8: Why now?

Question:

Why are Brooklyn Community Boards 2, 6 & 8 holding hearings this week and what do they hope to accomplish?

Answer:

Our communities have requested that the Community Boards take a position on the Atlantic Yards Arena and Redevelopment Project since the project was first announced.  Since that time the Community Boards had stated that they intended to take a position once there was an official project to review. The Community Boards have actively participated in each step of the process thus far, from holding an extremely well-attended information meeting on the project early in the process to hosting public discussions of the draft scope of analysis for the proposed environmental impact statement to presenting testimony for the ESDC hearing on the scope of analysis. With the release of the General Project Plan and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement there is now an official project to review.

Community Boards always solicit public opinion before taking positions on any project; Public Hearings are an important form of input. At the Community Boards' Public Hearings on August 3rd the public will have an opportunity to share their opinion with us about the Atlantic Yards Arena and Redevelopment Project in a formal, official setting. Each speaker will have up to 3 minutes to present testimony to the Community Board, and leave us with a written statement for the record. The record will be held open as well so that others might share written statements after the hearing.

The Community Boards rely on the active participation of our communities at all of our meetings and hearings so that we can continue to be an effective, representative voice in government. We encourage anyone with an opinion to share to do so on August 3rd, and to participate in the ESDC Public Hearing on August 23rd as well.

Posted by lumi at 5:25 PM

THURSDAY: CB 2, 6 & 8, Atlantic Yards Hearings

The Real Estate Observer posted the locations of this Thursday's hearings held by the disenfranchised Community Boards 2, 6 & 8.

The latest round of public hearings will take place this Thursday, Aug. 3, in three separate locations, all at 6 p.m. Here's the lowdown:

  • Brookyln Community Board District 2:
    Long Island University
    Health Sciences Center, Room 119

  • Brookyln Community Board District 6:
    Long Island College Hospital
    339 Hicks Street, Conference Rooms F&G

  • Brooklyn Community Board District 8:
    Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation 520 Prospect Place

Update: The Brooklyn Papers informs that the community boards are organizing these hearings on their own. They're a bit upset because they've been cut out of the traditional review process because the Atlantic Yards project is overseen by the state, not the city.

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NoLandGrab: Community Boards 2, 6 & 8 have been "a bit upset" at Forest City Ratner for a couple of months now. (See Real Estate Observer and Atlantic Yards Report)

Back in May the Community Boards issued a letter requesting that Forest City Ratner "discontinue all mention, in any form" of the Boards "participation" in the Community Benefits Agreement, since they only had a "limited role that ended months before the agreement was signed, when some of the eventual signatories barred [the boards] from attending the working sessions."

The brochure stating, "Three local Community Boards [2, 6, & 8] and other elected officials also served as advisors in crafting the CBA," was handed out this weekend outside the gates of the Boricua Festival at Celebrate Brooklyn.

Posted by lumi at 10:17 AM

July 29, 2006

Affected community boards to hold public meetings on Atlantic Yards project Aug. 3

The Brooklyn Papers:

The three community boards that converge where Bruce Ratner wants to build Atlantic Yards are mad as hell at being cut out of the public review process of the largest development in Brooklyn history — and they’re going to host a public hearing about it.

Because Atlantic Yards is being overseen by the state, rather than the city, local boards have lost their traditional, though only advisory, role in the public review process.

But Community Boards 2, 6 and 8 — which cover Fort Greene, Park Slope, Boerum Hill and Prospect Heights — are fighting back, inviting the public to their own public hearings on Aug. 2.

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Don't believe everything you read in the papers - the event is actually on AUGUST 3.

Posted by amy at 12:19 PM

July 27, 2006

Local CBs to hold forum on Atlantic Yards despite summer recess

cityseal.gifThe following statement is made on behalf of Brooklyn Community Boards 2, 6 & 8:

The Atlantic Yards Arena and Redevelopment Project is the largest single project proposed in the borough of Brooklyn. Collectively, the project affects 3 community districts, specifically, Brooklyn Community Boards 2, 6 and 8. The project has been years in the conceptual stage and has changed over time since it was first introduced in 2003.

With the release of the project plan there is now an official document to review. The document is lengthy and contains some highly technical language that will be a challenge for the average person to fully comprehend. Despite repeated requests of all agencies and officials having some jurisdiction over this project, the Community Boards have been denied resources that would have been used to help enhance the public's understanding of the document.

While the timing of the plan's release is most unfortunate, as it coincides with the most popular time of year that many New Yorkers traditionally take summer vacations, we believe it would be even more unfortunate if the affected boards did nothing and let this important moment pass without hearing from our communities. We cannot and will not shirk our public mandate. Regrettably, we are forced to respond reactively to a timetable laid out before us.

All 3 affected Community Boards will simultaneously and respectively conduct a Public Hearing at locations within each community district on Thursday, August 3, 2006 from 6:00-8:00pm. The respective locations of the hearings are provided in the public hearing notice (Download the full, official CB Public Hearing Notice, PDF). The Community Boards will continue to receive written comments beyond the hearing date and welcomes the submission of statements from interested parties via mail, fax, email and hand delivery. Comments can be forwarded to the respective Community Board to the District Office locations also noted in the hearing notice.

In addition to the Community Board public hearing the Empire State Development Corporation, the State lead agency for the project, has announced their public hearing on the draft environmental impact statement on Wednesday, August 23, 2006 from 4:30-8:30pm at New York City Technical College, Klitgord Auditorium, 285 Jay Street, Brooklyn. The lead agency will also be receiving written comments through the close of business on September 22, 2006.

We encourage interested parties to share their views with us and with the state agency directly about this project plan. The project plan is available at the Community Boards' District Offices for review during regular business hours, and can also be accessed online at http://www.empire.state.ny.us/AtlanticYards.

Posted by lumi at 5:09 AM

July 23, 2006

Hundreds Say No to Atlantic Yards Plans - Celebs Add Star Power to Weekend Rally

Stephen Witt on crowd counts at the rally. Courier-Life:

The much-hyped event, which featured Perez, actor/director Steve Buscemi and kiddie rocker Dan Zanes among a bevy of speakers, drew about 500, according to one police officer on the scene.

Later police officials estimated the crowd to be between 800 and 1,000 to include people who were in the shade on the scorching hot day.

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Now really, if you want responsible reporting you have to ask at least five different police officers how many people they think are in the crowd. You must also indicate that there were different numbers of people at the park before, during, and after the rally. It would also be nice to differentiate between signholders and non-signholders, sitters and standers, and how many people were wearing hats. People not wearing hats who are seated are clearly excluded from the final count.

Posted by amy at 11:36 AM

July 22, 2006

Rally Against Ratner (videos)

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see-los posts video clips from the rally.

Posted by amy at 11:36 AM

July 20, 2006

TONIGHT: PROSPECT HEIGHTS CANDIDATES FORUM

57TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT & 11TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

LOCATION: Duryea Presbyterian Church
ADDRESS: Sterling Place & Underhill Avenue

DATE: Thursday July 20
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 PM. (Doors open at 6:45)

Prospect Heights is the home of two of the most important and hotly contested races of the Democratic Party primary on September 12.

This will be the only opportunity for neighborhood residents to see all the candidates up close and to question them about the issues important to us.

Invited Candidates for the New York State Assembly:
BILL BATSON
FREDDIE HAMILTON
HAKEEM JEFFRIES

Invited Candidates for the United States Congress:
CARL ANDREWS
YVETTE CLARKE
CHRIS OWENS
DAVID YASSKY

Presented by The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC).

Download flier.

Posted by lumi at 12:48 AM

July 16, 2006

RALLY TODAY!

Rally-Ad-fold.jpg Whatever your cause...

  • NO eminent domain abuse,
  • Smart growth for Brooklyn,
  • Overdevelopment,
  • X-treme density & lack of city planning,
  • Traffic & transportation,
  • NO taxpayer funding for stadiums & arenas,
  • Miss Brooklyn (already),
  • MTA real estate to highest (not lowest) bidder,
  • Respecting existing communities, or
  • you just don't want taxpayers to pay for the largest single source private development in the history of NYC, just to create an unprecedented real estate monopoly for Bruce Ratner,

...join the fight for the Heart of Brooklyn.

TODAY
Gathering: 1:30PM
Start: 2 PM

GRAND ARMY PLAZA (location of Saturday Greenmarket)

Photo by Newington, via flickr

Posted by lumi at 7:42 AM

July 15, 2006

Events for July 14-16, 2006

The Politicker lists three upcoming events that appear to have something in common...

On Sunday, Green Party nominee for Attorney General, Rachel Treichler, will hold a press conference on the approval process for the proposed Forest City Ratner Atlantic Yards development project.

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn will hold a rally in Grand Army Plaza.

Tom Suozzi will deliver a speech at the Grace Baptist Church in Brooklyn, addressing the need for the Democratic Party to show respect for issues in minority communities.

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Posted by amy at 4:23 AM

July 13, 2006

Rally Preview airing on BCAT

bcat.jpgIn case you haven’t heard, there is the Mother of all DDDB Rallies this Sunday at 1:30 pm at Grand Army Plaza.

To promote the rally, Steve DeSeve produced three specials that will air on BCAT from Thursday through Saturday.

Check them out at the times listed below either on TV, if you’re in Brooklyn, or streaming live from anywhere at http://www.bcat.tv/bcat/default.asp (scroll to the middle of the page and click "watch live TV")

Appropriate channel and the dates and times are listed below.

Episode Date Time Time Warner/Cablevision
RALLY PART I Thursday, July 13th 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm 35/68
RALLY PART DEUX    Friday July 14th, Bastille Day    3:30 pm and 7:30 pm    56/69
RALLY PART III Saturday, July 15th 5:00 pm 35/68

Posted by lumi at 6:42 AM

July 12, 2006

Underground Railroad or Parking Lot?

Chris Owens, Dan Goldstein, Joy Chatel

Chris Owens, Bill Batson

Downtown Brooklyn Star:

The attempt by residents of Duffield Street in Downtown Brooklyn to save their homes from seizure by the city drew a slew of political support this past weekend, but their fate may hinge on a forthcoming report they claim is intended to undermine the block's historical significance.

Last Saturday afternoon, Joy Chatel and Lewis Greenstein, along with FUREE (Families United for Racial and Economic Equility), held a rally/block party to keep attention focused on Duffield Street, where they live at numbers 227 and 223, respectively. The pair claims that along with other houses in the area, their Duffield Street homes were an integral part of the Underground Railroad and should be preserved. The city, however, disagrees, and on January 7, 2004, notices were posted on the doors of Chatel and Greenstein notifying them their homes would be seized under eminent domain. The city wants to build an underground parking lot there to service luxury condos and a hotel proposed for the area as part of an ambitious development and rezoning plan spearheaded by the Department of City Planning (DCP) and the Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

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Click here for NoLandGrab's photo essay of the Duffield Street rally

Posted by amy at 9:56 PM

July 8, 2006

TODAY: RALLY & MARCH To Save Brooklyn's Legacy of the Underground Railroad Safe Houses

SATURDAY, JULY 8
12PM - RALLY To Save Brooklyn's Legacy of the Underground Railroad Safe Houses
3PM- MARCH To The Ancestral Burial Grounds across the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan

DuffieldSt.jpg227 Duffield Street, Brooklyn
(Btwn. Fulton and Willoughby, OnNYTurf Street/Subway MAP)

Come! Hear our Politicians, Candidates, Historians and Special Guests Speak out for these historical sites on Duffield Street.

Come hear some of the most prestigious speakers of our time speak on the legacy of the Under-Ground Rail Road. Learn about how our history is being destroyed under the laws of Eminent Domain in New York and throughout these United States of America for corporate dollars. Come find out more about Your History. Be unified for a great cause.

For more info: 347-731-5481, 718-852-2960 x307-303 or email.

Posted by lumi at 10:28 AM

Instead Of 'Destroying' Brooklyn, Maybe We Should All See A Nice Free Film

The Real Estate:

The most cinematic (and Brooklyn-centric) 18 minutes of your Friday night will surely be "A Walk Through the Footprint," a short film that's being screened tonight--gratis--at the Park Slope Food Co-op. The film follows "Prospect Heights residents who face eviction due to developer Bruce Ratner's Brooklyn Arena [and 16-skyscraper mega-development] proposal."

Will the film be impartial? Maybe not: its "tour guides" are members of Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn. They promise to introduce us to their "funny and poignant, passionate and compelling" neighbors.

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Posted by amy at 9:36 AM

July 7, 2006

TONIGHT, Film Night: A Walk Through the Footprint

PARK SLOPE FOOD COOP • Friday, July 7, 7PM • 782 Union St.

FilmNight.gif This 18-minute short film profiles several Prospect Heights residents who face eviction due to developer Bruce Ratner’s Brooklyn Arena project. Ratner’s plan to erect not just an arena, but a 16-skyscraper mega-development complex, would displace some 800 people who live in the vibrant community of Prospect Heights.

The film follows the model of the PBS “Walk Through” series that profiles neighborhoods around New York, but in this film the tour guides are community activists, members of Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, who visit several of the residents facing eviction. The characters are funny and poignant, passionate and compelling, as they describe the life of a vital community.

Coop member and filmmaker, George Lerner has made a series of short films on Brooklyn neighborhoods Crown Heights and Red Hook for the travel website TurnHere.com. As a long-time CNN producer, he spearheaded CNN investigative series on Al Qaeda links in Canada, Saddam Hussein's money trail and abuses by U.S. contractors in Iraq. As a reporter for Reuters in the 1990s, he covered global poverty issues, reporting on Latin America’s 1995 economic crisis and Asia’s 1998 financial meltdown.

A discussion with the filmmaker and the film’s subjects will follow.

Posted by lumi at 11:36 AM

Press Release: COUNCIL OF BROOKLYN NEIGHBORHOODS PREPARES COMMUNITY FOR ATLANTIC YARDS ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW

CBN Presents Series of Meetings to Help Public Respond to Upcoming DEIS

The COUNCIL OF BROOKLYN NEIGHBORHOODS (“CBN”) today announced the first in a series of meetings to prepare the community to respond to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Brooklyn Atlantic Yards development.

“With the Draft Environmental Impact Statement due to be released at any time, it’s crucial that the community understand how best to read and respond to what will doubtless be a very complex document,” said Jim Vogel, Secretary and Steering Committee member for CBN. “The DEIS addresses many different topics and can sometimes be technical, but with a little guidance the material should be accessible to everyone, no need to be afraid of it.” These meetings have been designed by CBN’s team of contracted engineers, led by Phillips Preiss Shapiro Associates, to help the public understand what is in the DEIS and how to express their responses at any public hearings that will happen afterwards.

The first meeting will be held at St. Cyril’s Belarusian Cathedral, Atlantic Avenue and Bond Street, on July 11th at 7 PM.

CBN is working with the Community Boards 2, 6, and 8 to finalize three later meetings within their respective districts. These presentations will take place during the month of July. Dates and times for these presentations will be released shortly.

(Text of flyer after the jump)

ATLANTIC YARDS:
Handbook for the Environmental Review

Presented by:
John Shapiro
Phillips Preiss Shapiro Associates
Dr. Tom Angotti
Professor of Urban Affairs at Hunter College

Tuesday, July 11th
7:00 pm
St. Cyril’s Belarusian Cathedral
401 Atlantic Avenue (at Bond Street)

The "Atlantic Yards" proposal for an arena and 16 high-rise towers for Prospect Heights is the largest single-source development ever proposed for New York City.

Before the project can proceed New York State must conduct a study to determine all impacts of the proposal. The results of the study will be published in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS.)  By law the public has a right to comment on the DEIS at open hearings and these comments must be taken into consideration before the project can be approved. Your participation can make a difference in the development of this historic site.

We are recruiting volunteers to work individually and in small groups.

Your Participation matters!

Please Join us.

The COUNCIL OF BROOKLYN NEIGHBORHOODS is a coalition of recognized diverse community groups active in Community Boards 2, 3, 6, and 8. CBN is comprised of 40 community organizations that have joined together to ensure meaningful community participation in the environmental review of the proposed Atlantic Yards development in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. As a group, CBN has experience in civic advocacy, transportation planning, neighborhood preservation, urban planning, the development of affordable housing, safety and security improvement, quality of life promotion, and business development. CBN’s collective background enables them to represent the concerns of the area communities.

(For more information please contact CBN at 718-408-3219 or via email at cbrooklynneighborhoods(at)hotmail.com.

Posted by lumi at 11:15 AM

July 2, 2006

SAVE THE DATE: RALLY AT THE ARCH, SUNDAY, JULY 16TH, 2 P.M.

GAP-arch-bw.jpg Grand Army Plaza
(park side of the arch, site of the Saturday Green Market)
Sunday, July 16th, at 2 p.m.

Fight Ratner's Skyscraper City and arena over-development proposal!

On Sunday, July 16th, at 2 p.m., please join thousands of your friends and neighbors at Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza to rally against Forest City Ratner's "Atlantic Yards" scheme, and in favor of appropriate, inclusive, and innovative development with truly affordable housing and sustainable jobs! Fight government support of eminent domain abuse at taxpayer expense!

Support a positive vision for Brooklyn's future!

UPDATE: The latest word is that Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn Advisory Board Member and Musician-in-Residence Dan Zanes will be performing at the rally.

Posted by lumi at 7:04 AM

June 15, 2006

TONIGHT: Municipal Art Society Public Forum

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Hanson Place Central United Methodist Church
144 St. Felix Street (@Hanson Pl.)

Thursday, June 15 6:30-8:30PM

Forum is free and open to the public. Please arrive promptly, as seating is limited.

Transit: B, D, M, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, 5 and LIRR to Atlantic Ave./Pacific St.; G to Fulton St.; C to Lafayette Ave. (map).

Hosted by New York State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, State Assembly Members Joan Millman and James Brennan, and City Council Member Letitia James, and the Atlantic Avenue Betterment Association, the Boerum Hill Association, the Brooklyn Heights Association, the Fort Greene Association, the Society for Clinton Hill, the Park Slope Civic Council and the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council.

Posted by lumi at 8:38 AM

June 10, 2006

Dean Street Stoops to Sale

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Posted by lumi at 10:35 AM

June 4, 2006

Dan Zanes & DDDB Pack the House

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Develop Don't Destroy:

The biggest Brooklyn House Party of the year just ended earlier today when Dan Zanes and Brooklyn Friends roused a packed to the vaulted ceilings Hanson Place United Central Methodist Church in Fort Greene. Over 1400 boys, girls, moms and dads danced and sang to the joyful traditional folk rock sounds of Dan Zanes and his merry band of musicians.

Actor, director and DDDB advisory board member Steve Buscemi introduced Dan to kick off the concert, claiming that Zanes has "ruined his life" because now all he can do is cock-a-doodle-doodle-doo all around the kitchen!

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Posted by amy at 12:09 AM

June 3, 2006

TODAY: DAN ZANES & BROOKLYN FRIENDS


Tickets are still available for this Saturday's Dan Zanes benefit concert for Develop Don‚t Destroy Brooklyn.

$15 for adults
$12 for anyone under 13

Saturday, June 3, 11AM
Hanson Place United Methodist Church
144 St. Felix Street

Catch these trains:
N, R, D to Pacific St.
2, 3, 4, 5, B, Q to Atlantic Ave.

Donations and Sponsors:
Beverages donated by Glacéau VitaminWater
Printing donated by Kayrock Screenprinting, Inc. in Williamsburg
Paper donated by Prestone Printing Co., Inc.
Refreshments donated by Le Petit Café in Carroll Gardens and Second Helpings and Luscious in Park Slope
Gift Certificate donated by Well-Being Massage Therapy of Park Slope, (917) 971-2193

Posted by lumi at 7:00 AM

June 2, 2006

DDDB Media Alert: Dan Zanes and Brooklyn Friends

Benefit Concert for Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn

WHO: Dan Zanes and Brooklyn Friends

WHAT: Benefit Concert for Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn

WHERE: Hanson Place Central United Methodist Church
144 St. Felix Street at Hanson Place, Brooklyn (Enter on Hanson)
(Catch these trains: 2/3/4/5/B/Q to Atlantic Avenue, N/R/D to Pacific Street) [MAP]

WHEN: Saturday, June 3rd. 11 AM. Doors Open at 10:15
(If coming with camera crew please come early if you need to set up)

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK–– A Brooklyn bard and icon of the children’s/family music world makes a rare appearance in his home borough on June 3. In Fort Greene, Dan Zanes and Brooklyn Friends will headline a benefit concert for the community group opposing Forest City Ratner’s proposed skyscraper-city, Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB). Dan Zanes and Brooklyn Friends have extolled the virtues of Kings County in song and are lending support to DDDB’s efforts in protecting and promoting the character of Brooklyn neighborhoods through responsible and respectful development.

Dan Zanes, formerly of the band the Del Fuegos, has been recording family music for almost a decade, since the birth of his daughter Anna. His handmade all-ages twenty-first century folk sound has gone from neighborhood entertainment to a national success story. There have been six CD releases with guests including Sheryl Crow, Philip Glass, Lou Reed, Suzanne Vega and Debbie Harry. His ensemble has toured the country extensively and has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, People, Rolling Stone, and Entertainment Weekly, as well as NPR. Their latest album, Catch That Train!, was released on May 16th.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.dddb.net, until Friday night, and can be purchased at the door. Tickets: $12 for children (13 and under) and seniors, $15 for adults. All ages welcome, babies in arms enter free.

Posted by lumi at 1:29 PM

May 24, 2006

Dan Zanes and Brooklyn Friends
Tickets on sale in a mom-n-pop shop near you

Fundraiser for Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

Saturday, June 3, 11AM
Hanson Place United Methodist Church

Tickets on sale at these locations:

Soundtrack
119 Seventh Ave., 718-622-1888

Acorn
323 Atlantic Ave., 718-522-3760

Boing Boing
204 6th Ave., 718-398-0251

Green Onion
274 Smith St., 718-246-2804

LuLu's Cuts and Toys
48 Fifth Ave. (between Bergen & Dean), 718-832-3732

Mini Jake
242 Wythe Ave., 718-782-2005

Heights Kids
85 Pineapple Walk, 718-222-4271

Posted by lumi at 10:09 AM

May 23, 2006

Brooklyn Zoo

Zanes-Voice.jpg Dan Zanes builds an interactive kid rock empire one starstruck toddler at a time

The Village Voice
By Josh Goldfein

Every two-year-old in Park Slope knows that Dan Zanes is a rock star. At Franny's on Flatbush Avenue the other night, I watched one burst into Beatlemaniacal sobs the second he walked in—you can't miss his elegantly clashing wardrobe of thrifted suits, shirts, and socks, accompanied by a penumbra of Don King–at-Woodstock hair. Even when the "family music" phenom is quietly buying apples at the Cadman Plaza farmer's market, he looks like he just stepped out of the Sesame Street green room.
...
Zanes is venturing into activism himself, signing on to play a June 3 show for Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn in its fight against Ratnerville. "What makes Brooklyn so special is not just the architecture, but the small-scale community," he says. "Say goodbye to all that."

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Posted by lumi at 7:45 AM

May 22, 2006

TONIGHT: Hunter Center for Community Preservation and Development

WHEN: Monday, May 22, 7 PM

WHERE: FIFTH AVENUE COMMITTEE
621 Degraw Street
(between 4th Avenue and 3rd Avenue) Brooklyn, NY

Dr. Tom Angotti of the Hunter Center for Community Preservation and Development (Hunter CCPD) will be leading a presentation by Hunter students. Angotti's urban planning class has spent all semester working on some of the impact issues of the Ratner Project.

The Hunter Center for Community Preservation and Development will be participating in the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods’ EIS analysis of the Atlantic Yards proposed development.

The presentation is open to the public.

Posted by lumi at 10:26 AM

May 20, 2006

TODAY: Bake Don't Destroy, Redux

Buy a Cake, Save a Community

Saturday, May 20
10AM—3PM

In front of Edmonds Playground
DeKalb Avenue near Adelphi Street
Fort Greene

All proceeds will be donated to Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn.
For more information, phone 718-362-4784.

Click to enlarge image.

For more information on up-and-coming events, check out our events listing.

Posted by lumi at 11:48 AM

May 12, 2006

TOMORROW (RAIN OR SHINE): GARDEN, DON'T DESTROY BROOKLYN

Saturday, May 13, 9am—6pm
205 Berkeley Place
(Between 7th and 8th Avenue, Park Slope)

"Garden Don't Destroy - Brooklyn" plant sale fundraiser for Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn.

Your chance to get THREE things done at once! * Beautify your block with the best annuals from the Brooklyn Terminal Market. * Get a great plant for your Mom (Mother's Day is May 14!). Houseplants will be available too. * Help raise funds for Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn.

Posted by lumi at 8:30 AM

May 11, 2006

TONIGHT: Democracy for NYC's Brooklyn Candidate Forum 

DFNYC.jpg Thurs., May 11, 7pm
Brown Memorial Baptist Church, 484 Washington Ave., Brooklyn

Join Democracy for NYC for an exciting candidate forum on Thursday, May 11 featuring three Brooklyn races including the only "open" congressional seat in NYC.

The 11th CD will be sending a new member to congress to represent us all. We will begin voting for the DFNYC endorsement after Thursday's forum and will keep mail in voting open until next Wednesday, May 17. All DFNYC voting members (including those who do not live in the district) are eligible to vote. Come hear from the candidates this Thursday and make an informed decision.

Directions: Take the C train to Clinton-Washington; get out at the Washington Ave. exit; cross Fulton St. and walk 1 block to the church

Brooklyn Democratic candidates (listed in alphabetical order) running for:

U.S. Congress in District 11:
(The current representative Major Owens is retiring so this is an "open seat.")
Carl Andrews, Yvette Clarke, Chris Owens, Nick Perry, David Yassky

State Senate in District 20:
Eric Adams, Anthony Alexis, Elizabeth King

State Assembly in District 57:
Bill Batson, Hakeem Jeffries

Visit the Democracy for NYC website for links to additional details about the candidates.

Posted by lumi at 10:11 AM

DR. TOM ANGOTTI, HUNTER COLLEGE INVITES ALL INTERESTED TO A PRESENTATION FROM HIS PLANNING STUDIO STUDENTS

Monday May 22, 7:30 PM
Fifth Avenue Committee
621 DeGraw St. (@4th Ave.)

Hunter College Planning Studio students will present the results of their studies on Atlantic Yards: AY and City Policies; Demographic and Housing Trends; Security/Terrorism; Pedestrian Impacts; and Alternatives.

Posted by lumi at 7:36 AM

May 6, 2006

Toddler troubadour sings against Ratner

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Brooklyn Papers:

If you’re under 10, this is your Woodstock: Children’s folk singer Dan Zanes — the Bob Dylan of the pre-school set — has joined the opposition to Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project and will headline an anti-project concert next month.

Zanes, a resident of Cobble Hill, became a member of the advisory committee of Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn last month and now hopes to spread his anti-Ratner message through song.

“My opposition is mostly about saving the soul of Brooklyn,” Zanes (pictured right) told The Brooklyn Papers. “Everything I do is about community — in my case, the spirit that comes from making music. That’s what Brooklyn means right now. That’s why we came here. But Ratner’s project is in direct opposition to all that’s good, soulful and communal about Brooklyn.

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The Brooklyn Papers also published the lyrics to one of Zanes' songs about strolling through a low-rise borough:

Wander in the Summer Wind

Take a left on Kane Street
Another one on Henry
Take a look around us
For anyone we know
Up the hill and down again
Hand in hand
We’ll be feeling grand
When we wander in the summer wind

I’ll take you to the river
Maybe down to Red Hook
Eat a few tamales
Over by the soccer games
Basketballs are flying
Over by the schoolyard
I hear the breeze
Call your name

High and low
People that we know
They say, “Hey there”
And “How’ve you been?”
Good, good, good
And do you think you would
Like to wander in the summer wind
We can take the F train
Right on up to Ninth Street
Walk on to the park
To where the steel drums play
Dance around in circles
With anyone that we meet
All this could happen
On a summer Saturday

Posted by amy at 1:08 PM

May 4, 2006

Dan Zanes and Friends

DanZanes-n-Friends.jpg Benefit Concert for Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

Saturday, Jun 03, 2006 11:00 AM
Hanson Place Central United Methodist Church

Refreshments for Sale

$12.00 for Children (13 and under) $15.00 for Adults

All Ages - Babies in Arms Enter Free [Babies in Arms are Free]

Purchase tickets online at Ticketweb.

Posted by lumi at 10:49 PM

TONIGHT! Public Forum: The 2006 Temko Critics Panel, "The Question of Activism."

May 4th at 6:00 pm
137 East 22nd Street,
The Oak Room.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Forum For Urban Design and the Lincoln Institute.
Hosted by the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute.

Listing from the Forum For Urban Design web site:

In 1961, Allan Temko joined the San Francisco Chronicle as architecture critic. Over the course of a Pulitzer Prize-winning 45-year career, he inserted himself into almost every significant debate over development in the Bay Area. Allan relished his reputation for being an activist critic; as he later recalled,“my job was to raise hell.”

Before his death this January, Allan had been working with the Forum For Urban Design to plan a conversation among architecture critics on this very subject. Can a critic, Allan wondered, do more than simply wait for mistakes to happen and then complain about them in print? On May 4th at 6:00 pm, we will explore this question in his honor, as we suspect he already had his answer.

Posted by lumi at 7:20 AM

Dean Street Stoop Sale

Clean out Your Closets!

It's time for the annual Dean Street Stoop Sale.

Saturday, June 10th
11:00 am to 4:00pm
in front of 420 Dean Street

All proceeds to benefit Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn.

Join your neighbors, donate your white elephants, find new treasures.

Questions? Contact Ellen.

Volunteers are needed to help set up, sell and clean up.

NoLandGrab: This event isn't going to be called "Stoop, Don't Destroy," is it?

Posted by lumi at 12:04 AM

April 29, 2006

TODAY: Bake Don't Destroy

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Click on image to enlarge.

DATE: SATURDAY, APRIL 29
TIME: 11AM — 3PM
LOCATION: WASHINGTON AVE. @LAFAYETTE

All proceeds to be donated to Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn.

For more events, check out our events page.

Posted by lumi at 11:32 AM

April 27, 2006

TONIGHT: Atlantic Yards: The Community Impact — A Free Forum

Thursday, April 27, 2006. 7 - 9 PM

First Unitarian Congregational Society
A UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION
Pierrepont St between Clinton & Monroe, Brooklyn Heights

This forum hopes to present both sides of the issue. However, with one exception, the invited proponents declined to participate.

Panelists: * Rev. Dennis Dillon, Publisher, The NY Christian Times & CEM of the Brooklyn Christian Center; * Daniel Goldstein, Spokesperson, Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB); * Brian Ketcham, P.E., Executive Director, Community Consulting Services, Inc. * Bob Law, Community Activist; * James Vogel, Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods; * (tentatively) Rev. Herbert Daughtry, Pastor, The House of the Lord Church on Atlantic Avenue, (depending on rearrangement of Rev. Daughtry’s schedule).

Reception to follow
Sponsored by The Weaving the Fabric of Diversity Committee

Posted by lumi at 11:41 AM

TODAY: Gowanus Canal CSO Public Forum

Combined Sewer Overflow does not sound like an issue that brings neighborhoods together, but everyone in Central Brooklyn has had (or knows someone who has) brown water backing up through their plumbing when it rains.

State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Brooklyn Community Board 6 and local elected officials are co-sponsoring a Public Forum on Combined Sewage Outfalls (CSO's) flowing into the Gowanus Canal.

Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the City's Department of Environmental Protection will be on hand to report on their efforts to improve the environmental condition of the Gowanus Canal and answer questions from the public.

Also participating will be representatives for Friends and Residents of the Greater Gowanus (FROGG), Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation (GCCDC), UPROSE and Urban Divers.

Thursday, April 27
6:00 pm
YWCA, 30 3rd Avenue (between Atlantic Avenue/State Street), 1st floor

For more information on up-and-coming events, please visit our Events page.

Posted by lumi at 11:18 AM

April 21, 2006

Bake Don't Destroy postponed

BakeDontDestroyPostponed.gif Due to a forecast of rain, Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn's bake sale this Saturday has been postponed by a week.

THE NEW DATE IS SATURDAY, APRIL 29.

For more up-and-coming events, check out our events page.

Posted by lumi at 11:57 AM

April 5, 2006

NEW ENCLOSURES: Downtown Brooklyn Ride

Date: Sunday, April 9th, 2006
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Fulton Ferry

Summary: A bike ride tour to explore & expose the current redevelopment of Downtown Brooklyn.

NEW ENCLOSURES: DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN.
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Metrotech, Downtown Brooklyn Rezoning, BAM Cultural District, Atlantic Malls, Atlantic Yards:

The current narrative for downtown Brooklyn is relentlessly upbeat: Brooklyn is booming in an unparalleled renaissance.

Is there another side of the story? This ride will explore some of these mega-projects and probe their less heralded impacts: privatized open space, demapped public streets, gentrification, business improvement districts, surveillance cameras, eminent domain, astroturf lobbying, private security forces, the war on vendors.

Is Brooklyn becoming a privatized zone for high-income consumption? Where do YOU fit in?

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TIME'S UP! is a grassroots environmental group that uses educational outreach and direct action to promote a more sustainable, less toxic city.

Posted by lumi at 10:44 PM

April 2, 2006

Ratner Opponents Promise to Have More Tricks Up Their Sleeves

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Park Slope Courier covers the Atlantic Yards forum in Brooklyn Heights:

In an essay called “Vanishing Vistas” published in the spring 2005 issue of The Brooklynite (www.thebrooklynite.com), Morrone discusses his Jersey City theory and places the yards proposal into historical context, linking the flourishing of Fort Greene, Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill with their having passed under the radar of 1950s urban renewal measures, and having received historic district designations.

“The proposals on the table, however, beg the question of whether Brooklynites’ urban success stories have taught us anything at all, or just paved the way for thoughtless mega-development,” he wrote. “Disinvestment is bad. So is over-investment. And it seems that in some parts of Brooklyn we may be going from the one to the other.”

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Posted by amy at 2:58 PM

March 28, 2006

THURSDAY NIGHT:
Ethical Culture Society Hosts Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

Thursday, March 30, 7pm
GutkinSklamberg.jpg 53 Prospect Park West (btwn 1st & 2nd St.)
Park Slope, Brooklyn. [MAP]

HEADLINING: Lisa Gutkin and Lorin Sklamberg from THE KLEZMATICS.

ALSO:
* Classical guitarist Robert Secrist * Julia & Leela, of the Jewel Odalisque Dancers, performing Middle Eastern dance.

PLUS!
A BAKERS' ROW featuring some of Brooklyn's top local bakers:

Erica's Rugelach & Baking Co.
Regina Bakery
Cheryl Kleinman Cakes
Shakoor's Sweet Tooth
Cousin John's
Voila Bakery

RAFFLES with prizes donated by local merchants, story-telling and singalongs, a photo exhibition, local crafts.

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn will be on hand to give updates on the battle to create respectful, community-friendly development.

Admission for the benefit is a sliding scale of $5-10-20.

Posted by lumi at 10:29 AM

March 25, 2006

Tag Sale Continues...

Last weekend's tag sale was a huge success, and thanks to all of you for that. However, they have a lot of nice things left and therefore will have a FINAL CLOSE OUT SALE this Saturday, March 25, from 1-6 pm.

There is a beautiful antique Eastlake small settee for $300 and an antique Eastlake easel for $150. Other items include: housewares, great clothes of all sorts, crystal, books, toys, games, frames, vases, furniture, Tiffany baby procelain, small clocks and more.

Come and shop and help preserve our wonderful brownstone neighborhoods.

Remember...this sale benefits:

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn
The Fort Greene Park Conservancy
Brownstone Brooklyn Garden District

LOCATION: 104-106 So. Oxford St., Fort Greene, between Lafayette Ave. & Fulton St.

TIME: Saturday, Mar. 25, 1-6 pm.

It is right across the street from the Lafayette stop on the C line and near the G line. On the C, from Manhattan, be at the front of the train and take the left stair exit to So. Oxford St.

Posted by amy at 7:39 AM

March 23, 2006

TONIGHT: COMMUNITY FORUM ON "ATLANTIC YARDS"

THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 6:30 P.M.

The evening's agenda will feature: * Special Guest Speaker Francis Morrone: “About New York” columnist for The New York Sun. Author of An Architectural Guidebook to Brooklyn, co-author of Brooklyn: A Journey Through the City of Dreams.
* Latest Updates
* South Brooklyn Legal Services:­ Ratner's proposal's Impact on Low-Income People
* Information on Volunteer Opportunities
* Community Q&A and open Discussion

First Unitarian Congregational Society
50 Monroe Place, Brooklyn Heights
(corner of Monroe Place and Pierrepont Street).

Click here for map with subway info (Firefox, IE, and Safari 1.2.4+ compatible).

2/3 to Borough Hall or Clark Street
4/5 to Borough Hall
A/C to High Street or Jay Street/Borough Hall
F to Jay Street/Borough Hall
M/R to Court Street
or the #25. 26, 38, 41, 51 or 52 Buses

Posted by lumi at 8:42 PM

TODAY: Appellate Division Arguments

NYSCourtSeal.jpgThursday, March 23, 2:00 PM
Appellate Division Courtroom, Manhattan
27 Madison Avenue (at 25th Street)

Appeal and Cross-Appeal Arguments to Be Heard Today
Arguments to be Made in Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, et al. v. Empire State Development Corporation and Forest City Ratner Companies.

NEW YORK, NY - This Thursday, March 23, the Appellate Division, First Department will hear argument in the matter of Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, et al. v. Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) and Forest City Ratner Companies. (FCRC). The ESDC has appealed the decision of Supreme Court Justice Carol Edmead, which disqualified ESDC's attorney, David Paget of Sive Paget Riesel, from his representation of ESDC in its environmental review of FCRC's "Atlantic Yards" development proposal. Mr. Paget was barred from representing ESDC as a result of a conflict of interest because of his recent representation of FCRC on the same project, and the ongoing representation by Mr. Paget's firm of FCRC in other matters.

The five member appellate bench will also hear argument on the cross-appeal of Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, Inc. (DDDB) and its co-plaintiffs of a separate portion of Justice Edmead's decision. Her ruling found that ESDC's pre-project approval declaration decision, permitting demolition of six buildings in the development's proposed footprint to proceed on the basis of the developer's public safety emergency issues, had a rational basis, and accordingly, could not be disturbed by the court.

Argument will take place in the Appellate Division Courtroom, located at 27 Madison Avenue, New York, New York, at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday.

WHAT: Appellate Division Arguments: Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, et al. v. Empire State Development Corporation and Forest City Ratner Companies. (all court papers are here: http://www.dddb.net/litigationhttp://www.dddb.net/litigation)

WHERE: Appellate Division Courtroom, Manhattan 27 Madison Avenue (at 25th Street)

WHEN:

Thursday. March 23. 2:00 PM -30-

DEVELOP DON’T DESTROY BROOKLYN leads a broad-based community coalition

fighting for development that will unite our communities instead of dividing and destroying them. http://www.developdontdestroy.orgwww.developdontdestroy.org

Posted by lumi at 7:17 AM

March 20, 2006

TONIGHT: Live Screening "Brooklyn vs. Bush," Anti-Ratner Anti-Bush TV

Show your support for Freddy's eviction fight.

Drop in for a live viewing of "Brooklyn vs. Bush," the anti-Bush anti-Ratner comedy hour.

Freddy's
Corner of Dean and 6th Ave.
11:30PM

BKLYN Mon at 11:30 pm on BCAT ch. 3 Time Warner ch. 56 CVision ch 69, no box: 10.

Posted by lumi at 11:29 AM

March 19, 2006

Benefit Tag Sale

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In support of:

*Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

*Fort Greene Park Conservancy

*Brownstone Brooklyn Garden District

Two storefronts wide, two stories high, filled with mission furniture, mint condition vintage handbags (Valentino!), antique lamps, vintage linens, designer clothing, crystal, sculptures, art, jewelry and much more!!!

The tag sale will take place:

Saturday Mar. 18, 11am-8pm

Sunday Mar. 19, 1-6pm

(with a preview sale Friday 3.17, 6-8pm - $5 at door, wine, music & door prizes!)

104 So. Oxford St (Fulton/Lafayette) Brooklyn, NY

Posted by amy at 11:30 AM

March 12, 2006

Reaching out

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Daily News:

Fofana lost his wife and two children last month during an early morning fire at 1033 Pacific St.

Another tenant, Sherri Williams, also was killed in the blaze, which was deliberately set, police and fire officials said.

On Wednesday, a fund-raiser to benefit the victims of the fire will be held at Dakar.

The event is being organized by Thiam, Councilwoman Letitia James (WFP-Prospect Heights) and Bill Batson of Community Board 8.
...
The benefit begins at 8 p.m. at Dakar, 285 Grand Ave. Music will be provided by Kakande, a West African group featuring Famoro Dioubate on the xylophone. The suggested donation is $15.

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Posted by amy at 11:20 AM

March 4, 2006

TONIGHT: Sing Don't Destroy

A Fundraising Event for Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

Saturday, March 4th from 8:00pm - 12:30am
Freddy's Backroom (485 Dean Street in Prospect Heights)
http://www.freddysbackroom.com

Sing Don't Destroy is an evening of musicians paying tribute to George Harrison and Bob Dylan, whose fighting spirit and spirituality continue to move and inspire anyone within listening distance of their timeless songs. Hear many of your favorite artists interpret your most-loved Harrison and Dylan tunes, including:

Anna Copa Cobanna • Michael Culhane & Circus Guy • Alice Dietz • The Extra Texture • 4th Street NiteOwls • Fred Gillen and Hope Machine • The Great Outdoors • Ixnay • The Larch • Liza and the Wonder Wheels • Mark Abrahams Band • Nine Mens Morris • Matt O'Grady • Peter Pierce • John Pinamonti • Evan Schlansky • The Secrets • John Sharples Band • Erica Smith • Hilary Spiegelman & John Laprade • Catherine Torrey • Rebecca Turner & Sue Raffman • The Umlauts • Tom Warnick and the World's Fair • Matt Dolingo • Andy Godsberg • Plastic Beef and more!

Over the last two years, the Freddy's music scene has come out for the cause time and again. Join us March 4th for a night of great music and fighting the Blue Meanies.

Posted by lumi at 12:08 PM

February 28, 2006

BCAT Reporter Roundtable

BCAT's Reporter Roundtable discussion of Atlantic Yards moderated by Gersh Kuntzman of Brooklyn Papers.

Participants:
Brian Carreira, Brooklyn Rail
Patrick Gallahue, NY Post
Steve Witt, Courier Life

Here is the full schedule:

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Day Time Time Warner/ Cablevision
Saturday (Premier)9:30pm 56/69
Monday 10:30am 56/69
Wednesday 10:30am/6:30pm* 56/69
Thursday 12:00pm/8:00pm 56/69

*(also seen on Manhattan Neighborhood Network - TW ch. 34, RCN ch. 109)

Posted by lumi at 2:33 PM

TODAY: Affordable Housing and the "Atlantic Yards"Development

On Tuesday, February 28th, at 6 p.m., Women in Housing and Finance will sponsor "Affordable Housing and the 'Atlantic Yards' Development," a panel discussion focused on the affordable housing component of the proposed arena and high-rise project.

The panel will feature:
* ACORN Brooklyn Executive Director Bertha Lewis, * NYU Law Professor Vicky Been, and * Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn's Candace Carponter.

Moderated by Brad Lander, Director of the Pratt Center for Community Development.

There is an admission fee for this event:
Members of Women in Housing and Finance $25 in advance,
$30 at the door.
Non-members, $35

Admission includes refreshments, which will be served beginning at 6:00 p.m. The panel discussion will run from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Location:
The Captain's Ketch
70 Pine St (cross street Pearl St.#2, 3, 4, or 5 subway to Wall St.)

Please RSVP to 212-439-1056, or click here for more information.

Posted by lumi at 6:28 AM

February 24, 2006

Public Debate: Kelo and its Consequences

Should homeowners fear the Supreme Court’s decision?

Scott Bullock vs. Michael Dorf

The Donald & Paula Smith Family Foundation presents a debate:

Scott Bullock
Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice
Counsel to Susette Kelo in her Supreme Court case

VS.

Michael Dorf
Columbia University School of Law
Author, "No Litmus Test: Law and Politics in the 21st Century"

Moderator
Harvey Shapiro
Contributing Editor, Institutional Investor

March 14th
6:30 P.M. Prompt
(FREE and open to the public - Reception to follow)

RSVP for this event at www.thesmithfamilyfoundation.org.

The Graduate Center
The City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue, NY
(Corner of 34th St. & 5th Ave.)

Co-Sponsor: The Federalist Society New York Lawyers Chapter

Last year’s Supreme Court decision in Kelo v. City of New London drew much attention. It held that the state’s eminent domain power can be used to take private property from home and small business owners and turn it over to another private party for private commercial development. By reading the Fifth Amendment’s “public use” broadly, the Court created unlikely political allies of poor/minority advocates and property rights libertarians. This coalition has taken their case to the states and is advancing restrictions on what Kelo allowed. Should democratically elected representatives alone be able to decide what is “public use?” Will this decision become the preferred tool that well-connected developers use against disenfranchised communities?

Posted by lumi at 9:22 AM

February 13, 2006

Day in Court for Plaintiffs Suing Forest City Ratner and The Empire State Development Corporation

Hearing on a Preliminary Injunction

Tuesday, February 14th. 9:30am Supreme Court of the State of New York 60 Centre Street, ROOM #228 Manhattan*

Plaintiffs Seek Injunction on Developer's Proposed Building Demolitions and Disqualification of Conflicted Attorney Who Rubber-stamped Demolition Approval

Tomorrow, February 14th, over a dozen plaintiffs will have their day in court–New York County Supreme Court–at a hearing on a preliminary injunction on six building demolitions by Forest City Ratner (FCR) in the developer's proposed "Atlantic Yards" footprint. The suit was filed on January 18th against FCR and the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC).

The suit also seeks the disqualification of ESDC's attorney David Paget for a conflict of interest–Mr. Paget represents the state agency charged with conducting an objective environmental review and approval process on the "Atlantic Yards" proposal, while he has also represented FCR on the very same "Atlantic Yards" proposal. The lawsuit claims that Mr. Paget rubber-stamped the developer's legally necessary request to demolish buildings without taking a "hard look" at the condition of the buildings in question.

Plaintiffs question the need for demolition, and seek an injunction on the demolitions until the ESDC takes the "hard look" mandated by law. To date the developer has not allowed an independent review of the buildings in question, refusing to allow analysis by an independent structural engineer.

In the past week South Brooklyn Legal Services joined the lawsuit as counsel for four low-income tenants who live in the proposed footprint. Additionally City Councilwoman Letitia James, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, and Congressman Major Owens filed an amicus, "friend of the court," brief in support of the plaintiffs.

All information and documents regarding the lawsuit can be found at: http://www.dddb.net/litigation

WHAT: Court Date for hearing on a preliminary injunction on the lawsuit filed January 18th by:
Develop Don't Destroy
Atlantic Avenue Betterment Association
Fort Greene Association
Boerum Hill Association
Fifth Avenue Committee
East Pacific Block Association
Prospect Heights Action Coalition
Pratt Area Community Council
Society For Clinton Hill
Dean Street Block Association (4th To 5th Ave.)
Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council
Pacific Carlton Development Corp.

WHERE:
Supreme Court of the State of NY
60 Centre Street in Manhattan. ROOM #228

WHEN:
Tuesday. February 14. 9:30 AM

DEVELOP DON’T DESTROY BROOKLYN leads a broad-based community coalition

fighting for development that will unite our communities instead of dividing and destroying them. http://www.developdontdestroy.orgwww.developdontdestroy.org

Posted by lumi at 1:44 PM

January 26, 2006

Community Forum, TONIGHT!

Maybe your invitation to Marty's party was lost in the mail.

If you're all dressed up with nowhere to go, come out to tonight's Atlantic Yards Forum!

Thursday, January 26th
6:30 pm

Old First Reformed Church
Corner of Seventh Ave. and Carroll St., Park Slope

DDDB, the Fifth Avenue Committee, Park Slope Greens and Park Slope Neighbors are co-sponsoring a community forum on Forest City Ratner's Atlantic Yards project.

Featuring: * the latest updates on the proposed project and community concerns * special guest speakers, including a presentation by architect Jonathan Cohn * information on volunteer opportunities * a community Q&A and discussion session

For mass transit access, please use the 2/3 subway to Grand Army Plaza, B/Q to 7th Avenue, F to 7th Avenue, R/W to Union Street, or the B67 bus.

For more information, please visit dddb.net or call (718) 362-4784.

Posted by lumi at 9:44 AM

January 8, 2006

Carolers of a Different Tune

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From the Brooklyn Downtown Star:

The Prospect Heights Action Carolers were out singing during the holiday season throughout Park Slope and Prospect Heights. Here they are in front of Gates Restaurant & Bar on 5th Avenue at 3rd Street. Although these weren't your traditional holiday carols, instead they had a decidedly anti-Nets arena theme. Among the PHAC classic favorites: "O, Holy Blight," "Ave Arena," "Wreck the Malls," "Condemned for Christmas," "The 12 Days of Ratner," "Marty, the Two-Faced B.P.," "Hey, Listen Marty Markowitz" (sung to the tune of "God Bless Ye Merry Gentlemen"), "Blighted Heights" and "Christmas Is Coming, Ratner's Getting Fat." This was the Prospect Heights Action Carolers third annual Christmas Sing Out, with music and lyrics by Bruce 'n Marty; arranged by Big Bertha Lewis.

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Posted by amy at 2:15 PM

December 18, 2005

Caroling Photos!

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The Prospect Heights Action Carolers sang loudly and joyously throughout Park Slope and Prospect Heights. They were even invited to sing inside the new Commerce Bank on 5th Avenue! Stay tuned to NoLandGrab for lyrics so you can sing along at home!

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Posted by amy at 9:04 PM

OH COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL: HOLIDAY CAROLING

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Brooklyn's most anticipated seasonal celebration is here: the Third Annual Save Brooklyn Holiday Caroling Extravaganza! TODAY! Sunday, December 18th, join Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn for a Save Brooklyn Holiday Party at SODA (629 Vanderbilt Avenue, between Prospect Place and St. Mark's Ave.) - an invitation to our community friends and family to join for some holiday sweets, beers and Ratner jeers. Bring along a holiday treat for all to share.

We'll screen "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" for kids of all ages around 2:30 p.m., and await the arrival of the Save Brooklyn Sym-Phony for caroling at 4:00 p.m.

Before arriving at SODA the Sym-phony will begin caroling at the Gate (fifth ave. and third st.) at 2 p.m. sharp and spread enlightening glee to the shopping community across Seventh Avenue about the Bruce that’s trying to steal Brooklyn!

http://www.dddb.net

Come on out - it's Brooklyn's favorite not-so-silent night!

Posted by amy at 12:43 PM

December 12, 2005

Events: TODAY

Borough Board Meeting, Atlantic Yards
Environmental Impact Statement Topic, Transit

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
4pm
Borough Hall

Bed-Stuy North Neighborhood Improvement Association

Agendas items:
- Discuss contruction of 14-story building on Clifton/Greene - Discuss increased crime rate in Clinton Hill/North Bed-Stuy

6:30pm - 8pm
Bistro Lafayette, 338 Franklin Ave. bet. Lexington and Greene

Posted by lumi at 7:35 PM

December 11, 2005

Caroling - Rehearsal Today!

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"The Save Brooklyn Sym-Phony, and those that stand with us, continuing a time-honored tradition, soon we will go a-caroling to fight the arena threatening prospect heights, fort greene, and surrounding neighborhoods. Roger Paz has written some witty anti-ratner lyrics, and you are welcome to write more.

We plan to have one (optional) rehearsal - this Sunday (12/11).

REHEARSAL (at Freddy's, in the backroom) Sunday, 12/11, 2 pm"

Posted by amy at 11:00 AM

November 20, 2005

Rosie: Yards could court crackheads

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From the Brooklyn Papers:

“On a basic level, I am here the same as everyone else,” Perez told The Brooklyn Papers. “I could have lived anywhere in the nation but I chose to live here, in Brooklyn.”

Perez returned to her native borough after eight months living in a distant part of the city called the Upper West Side.

Now she fears the project’s 17-skyscrapers and 19,000-seat basketball arena will bring too much density to Brooklyn’s low-rise blocks, spoiling the home she loves.

“When I lived in Manhattan, I knew the crackhead on my corner better than my neighbors,” she said. “That could happen here, if we don’t stop this project.”

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Posted by amy at 10:46 AM

November 19, 2005

Hundreds March Against Arena Plan

Courier-Life

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One side was handing out turkeys last week while the other side was raising funds for expected legal challenges.

Surprisingly, FCR was handing out ACTUAL turkeys. The author is not just being poetic about the turkey of a deal Brooklyn is getting at Atlantic Yards.

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Posted by amy at 11:23 AM

November 17, 2005

TODAY: Bronx Town Hall Meeting

Hey, Brooklyn isn't the only Borough being run over by a useless, public-cash-guzzling sports stadium.

WHAT: Joint Town Hall Meeting (hosted by Bronx BP & Bronx CB#4)
WHEN: Thursday, November 17, 6:00-8:00pm
WHERE: Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice gymnasium
       244 East 163rd Street
       Bronx, NY
MORE INFO: 718-590-3500

Save Our Parks is a Bronx community group fighting the New York Yankees' plans to build a new Yankee Stadium next to the current one -- and in the process destroying the surrounding communities' two green spaces, Macombs Dam Park and Mullaly Park. In addition, the new stadium would soak taxpayers for $573 million dollars.

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn and Fans For Fair Play are working with Save Our Parks in a coalition linked by wealthy sports team owners bent on uprooting communities for new stadium projects. The coalition urges you to hop the train to the Bronx and support SOP as they represent their angry neighborhoods against the Yankees/Bronx Borough President/Parks Dept./EDC juggernaut.

Posted by lumi at 5:55 PM

November 16, 2005

TODAY, EMINENT DOMAIN FORUM: "Use or Abuse? The Atlantic Yards Project"

Time: 4:30-6pm Location: Room 203 Fordham Law School, 140 West 62nd Street, Manhattan

Panelists: * Dan Goldstein, Develop Don't Destroy Booklyn * Eric McClure, Park Slope Neighbors * Charlene Nimmons, Public Housing Communities * Darrell Canada, Rebuild

Moderator: Fordham Law Professor Brian Glick.

Open to all law school but seating is limited so non-Stein Scholars are asked to rsvp to Andrew Chapin (Telephone: 212-636-7849; Email: achapin@law.fordham.edu)

Posted by lumi at 8:04 AM

November 13, 2005

Walk Don't Destroy Brooklyn- UPDATE!

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Today's nearly 400 Walkathoners raised over $50,000 for the good folks over at Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn! Shout out to walkathon organizer/goddess Sabine Aronowsky, and to State Senator Velmanette Montgomery and Chris Owens as Grand Marshals.

More photos after the jump - and the whole kit and caboodle over at Gotard

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Posted by amy at 11:02 AM

November 4, 2005

TODAY: Eminent Domain Hearing, 10:30AM

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250 Broadway, Room 1923

The New York State Assembly Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions will be holding a hearing on the use of Eminent Domain in New York State.

Check http://assembly.state.ny.us for information.

Posted by lumi at 11:24 AM

TONIGHT: Screening, "Sketches of Frank Gehry"

Here's something for fans of Frank Gehry, or those of you who want to know more about the architect who is singlehandedly slated to design an unprecedented 18 large buildings in a single superblock mass in Brooklyn.

Sketches of Frank GehrySydney Pollack’s Sketches of Frank Gehry

Join Academy Award winning filmmaker, Sydney Pollack (Tootsie, Out of Africa, The Firm, The Interpreter) for a screening of his new documentary, "Sketches of Frank Gehry." After the screening, Pollack will discuss the challenges of making a first documentary, including how to provoke and film the artistic process while it’s actually taking place and the mixing of formats (PAL DVCAM and Super 16mm film). A question and answer session will follow.

November 4, 8:00 p.m.
Apple Store SoHo
103 Prince Street

Posted by lumi at 7:46 AM

October 29, 2005

TODAY: Fans For Fair Play, Scott Turner on WLIB

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Scott Turner from Fans For Fair Play on
"Sports Blues with Larry Hardesty"
WLIB, 1190 AM

Topic, The Ratner disaster and his misuse of sports to grease the project's skids.

Turner will be on at 2:15PM.

Posted by lumi at 10:07 AM

October 23, 2005

Press Conference: REFORM CITY LANDMARK POLICY NOW

REFORM CITY LANDMARK POLICY NOW

Enact Intro 317 “ The Demolition Delay Bill” of Councilmen Mike McMahon of S.I.

The Four Borough Neighborhood Preservation Alliance and The Duffield Street Block Association present:

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23rd
2 PM
233 DUFFIELD STREET IN DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN

A press conference to expose the Bloomberg administrations biased policy against Landmarking buildings in the outer boroughs. Calling for the passing of the Demolition Delay Bill.

The press conference will be attended by Council Members Charles Barron and Letitia James, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Dr. Richard Green, Jacob Morris, speakers include Joy Chatell, Lewis Greenstein and Bob Furman and supporting community groups and members of The Four Borough Neighborhood Preservation Alliance which is fighting to save our neighborhoods from greedy developers.

Brooklyn history is in danger of extinction. The Graving Dock of Red Hook and The Six homes on Duffield Street are targeted for destruction. Both examples pushed by Bloombergs Department of City Planning. Why was the call for landmarking the Dock ignored? it qualifies for the National Register.

The Duffield Street homes are believed to part of the Underground Railroad, they were built in the 1840's. The Brooklyn chapter of The Municipal Arts Society believe 233 Duffield Street and The Graving Dock worthy of being saved. Does Bloomberg think black history less important than real estate deals? Why must Councilmen Barron continue to work to give the Duffield seven a fair process regarding the hiring of an oral historian.

IT'S TIME FOR REFORM NOW

A bill submitted to City Council (Intro 317) by Mike Mcmahon to require the Landmarks Commission to evaluate a building 50 years or older for Landmark status when a demolition permit is submitted. The Four Borough Neighborhood Preservation Alliance supports this bill.

Posted by amy at 1:56 PM

October 22, 2005

Brooklyn Peace Fair

Develop Don't Destroy will have a table at the Brooklyn Parents For Peace Fair and will also run a workshop there at 3:30.

Brooklyn Peace Fair 2005

Saturday, October 22
11AM-5PM YWCA
30 Third Ave. @ Atlantic Ave.

Subway: D, Q, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Atlantic Ave.
B, M, N, R to Pacific Street
A, C, G to Hoyt Schermerhorn.
Buses: B25, B26, B37, B38, B41, B45, B52, B63, B65, B67, and B103

The Brooklyn Peace Fair is FREE and open to the public. Children, teens, educators, and adults of all ages are welcome for a day of performances, workshops, children's activities! Dozens of peace and social justice groups will be on hand.

Keynote address, Cindy Sheehan (co-founder, Gold Star Families for Peace; mother of Casey, killed in Iraq)

Posted by lumi at 11:48 AM

October 18, 2005

TODAY: Public Hearing for Draft Environmental Impact Statement Scope

VERY IMPORTANT MEETING!

Tuesday, 5-8PM
NYC College of Technology, Klitgord Auditorium
285 Jay St.

This is the one chance for concerned Brooklynites to be heard in order to help shape the "scope" of the Environmental Impact Statment.

Yes, the hearing is pro forma, but it is your ONLY opportunity to be heard if you don't have your own "newspaper" or "grassroots" organization.

Each speaker gets three minutes to address his or her concerns about the project and to tell the Empire State Development Corporation what they want to to be analyzed in the report.

(Map, courtesy of OnNYTurf.com)

Posted by lumi at 12:51 PM

October 17, 2005

DDDb Media Alert: First Official Public Hearing on Ratner's Atlantic Yards Proposal

First Chance of Only Two for Public to Weigh in on Impacts of Ratner's 10 Million Square Foot, 17 Skyscraper and Arena Development Proposal in Brooklyn

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK--Tomorrow evening the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), lead agency for Forest City Ratner's (FCR) proposed 10 million square foot development proposal in Prospect Heights and Park Slope Brooklyn, will hold the first of only two public hearings on the environmental impact of the development plan.

The Atlantic Yards Public Scoping Hearing will be held this Tuesday, October 18th from 5 - 8pm at the New York City College of Technology's Klitgord Auditorium, 285 Jay Street, Brooklyn (between Johnson and Tillary, near the A/C Jay/Street/Borough Hall stop) more information here: www.dddb.net/EIS

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB) spokesman Daniel Goldstein said, "If a genuine and comprehensive review of the environmental impacts of the Ratner proposal is undertaken, it will be shown that the project, as currently configured, is inappropriate for Brooklyn and its impacts are too overwhelming for it to be built as proposed. The ESDC must take the public comment seriously. When analyzing the environmental impact they should act on behalf of the public with an honest analysis and avoid past problems of kowtowing to the developer or any political meddling."

Goldstein continued, "We are opposed to the Ratner plan, as are most New Yorkers, and we are adamant that the approval process should run through the city's oversight instead of the non-representative state process that has been undertaken. But since it is the process we have to work with, we will vigorously work to make sure it’s a legitimate process. If we find the analysis to be illegitimate over the coming months we will seek recourse in the courts."

The Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods (CBN, www.cbrooklynneighborhoods.homestead.com/CBN_info.html), a coalition that formed ten months ago with the sole mission of ensuring a fair, genuine and methodologically acceptable environmental impact study, has collected over 600 responses to its public scoping survey over about a 2-week period. These 600 responses show the public's grave and serious concerns about the impacts of the Ratner plan and will be submitted to the ESDC.

CBN, DDDB, Community Boards 2, 6, 8 will all be submitting robust responses to the ESDC draft environmental scope.

Goldstein concluded, "As often happens at these hearings, project proponents try to pack the room with bussed in union members and 'ringers' bussed in by the developer. We hope that this does not occur, but if it does we want to ensure that the community is allowed its fair time to speak about environmental impact issues."

The public scoping hearing is meant to obtain comments on the draft scope of analysis for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) as part of the State Environmental Quality Review Act procedures.

WHAT:
Atlantic Yards Public Scoping Hearing

WHO:
Empire State Development Corporation
Forest City Ratner
The Public

WHEN:
Tuesday, October 18. 5-8pm

WHERE:
New York City College of Technology’s Klitgord Auditorium
285 Jay Street in Brooklyn
(between Tillary and Johnson; A/C/F to Jay Street for the nearest subway service)
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Posted by lumi at 12:39 PM

October 12, 2005

Walk, Don't Destroy!

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn walkathonA Walkathon Fundraiser for Develop—Don't Destroy Brooklyn and the Community's fight against Ratner's Skyscraper/Arena Project.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13
Walk for our Neighborhoods in support of the DDDb Legal Fund.

The WALKATHON is an opportunity to put your feet in motion to help fund the DDDb legal campaign against Bruce Ratner's development proposal. Help DDDb reach its monetary goals and raise awareness to unite their communities instead of dividing and destroying them by walking a path within our historic community and tracing the proposed project site.

To sign up or for more info, visit www.dddb.net/walkathon.

Posted by lumi at 6:18 AM

October 11, 2005

REMINDER: CBN Meeting TONIGHT

GENERAL MEETING TONIGHT
There will be a General Meeting for all members and prospective members of the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods on:
Tuesday, October 11th
7:45 PM
YWCA at Third & Atlantic Aves., Board Room

The CBN will be discussing the Survey results and how to testify at the Scoping Hearings next week.

SCOPING HEARINGS!!
The public hearings for the Environmental Impact Statement Scoping will be held:
Tuesday, October 18th
5 PM to 8 PM
New York City College of Technology
Klitgord Auditorium

Posted by lumi at 9:35 AM

September 21, 2005

FOOTPRINT ART EXHIBIT: "BROOKLYN REBORN"

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Simon Liu Gallery
645 Dean Street, between Carlton and Vanderbilt Avenues

Reception: Friday, September 30th, from 6-8pm

Artists include: Joseph Ellis, Ellsworth Ausby, Jamillah Jennings, Cecile Chong, Cecilia Whittaker-Doe, Jim Porter, Todd Deluca, Shoshana Cooper, Julie Tersigni, Eleni Karotseri, Many Chong, Dmitry Gubin, Carol Bruns, Ernest Pappanastos, Joan Reutershan.

Simon Liu's gallery and art-supply manufacturing company is in the footprint of Ratner's plan and is one of the successful small business that stand to be displaced if the project is approved.

Posted by lumi at 8:01 PM

September 17, 2005

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Theodore Alatsas • Marty Markowitz • Gloria Mattera • Gary Popkin

Monday, September 19 at 7:30pm

Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church (at S. Oxford Street in Fort Greene)

ARRIVE EARLY, the debate will start promptly at 7:30pm. Please plan to arrive and be in your seat by 7:20.

Submit a Debate Question Now, click here: debate@historicfortgreene.org

Deadline for e-mail submissions: 4pm, Monday, September 19, 2005

You can also submit your question on the night of the debate by filling out an index card at the door before the start of the debate.

PLEASE NOTE: Posters, flyers, leaflets, banners and other materials will not be permitted in the church.

Presented by the Fort Greene Association and Co-Sponsored by the following community organizations:
Atlantic Avenue Betterment Association, Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association, Clinton Avenue/ Wallabout Block Association, Clinton Hill Association, Cobble Hill Association, Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership, Park Slope Civic Council, Vinegar Hill Association (a partial list current as of the writing of this notice)

Posted by amy at 9:55 PM

August 25, 2005

A PERFORMANCE TO HELP SAVE DUFFIELD SAFEHOUSES OF THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

MAAT ORGANIC SUMMER CAMP PRESENTS

A PERFORMANCE TO HELP SAVE DUFFIELD SAFEHOUSES OF THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

"RISE UP MY CHILDREN"

COME ENJOY A NIGHT OF DRAMA, DANCE, DRUMMING, AND POETRY

SATURDAY AUGUST 27, 2005 5:00 PM
CHARLES MOORE DANCE THEATER
397 BRIDGE STREET, BROOKLYN, NY
Between Willoughby & Fulton Street
718-624-7372 OR 646-207-5698

From the organizer: Donation is $10 for adults $5 for children. Families with 3 or more children please just give a donation. After all it's done for the spirit and unity of our people ALL people.

NoLandGrab: The folks over on Duffield Street are facing the threat of Eminent Domain from the Downtown Brooklyn Plan.

Posted by amy at 10:04 PM

July 20, 2005

TONIGHT: NY1's Road to City Hall Live in Brooklyn

NY1 Road to City Hall is passing through Brooklyn.

Topics include education, crime and Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards proposal.

Location: St. Francis College
Date: Wednesday, July 20
Time: 7 - 9pm

To attend you MUST reserve free tickets, call: (718) 489-5272

Special thanks to OnNYTurf for the heads up. Check out the entry for more details, guest line-up, and cool subway map link (via an OnNYTurf Google Maps hack).

Posted by lumi at 9:58 PM

July 8, 2005

TODAY, The Brian Lehrer Show: Another Vision for the Atlantic Yards

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A dark horse proposal has emerged as a bidder for the Atlantic Rail Yards site in Brooklyn. Rather than the 60-story high rises and a basketball arena proposed by Forrest City Ratner, Extell wants to build 28-story apartment buildings and no stadium.

Can't See the Towers for the Arena?

Ed Weintrob, founder and publisher of The Brooklyn Papers, -says New York media have missed the story on the planned Brooklyn arena.

AIRING TODAY AT 10AM.

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Posted by lumi at 7:19 AM

July 2, 2005

IN BRUCE WE TRUST

Brooklyn Papers

By Jess Wisloski

At a press conference at Fulton Ferry Landing Monday morning to announce the creation of a community benefits agreement (CBA) between Ratner’s Forest City Ratner Companies and a handful of community groups, the mayor interrupted Ratner, who was answering a question about the enforceability of such a non-governmental document. “I would add something else — even more importantly, you have Bruce Ratner’s word,” he said. “That should be enough for you and for everybody else in the community,” said the mayor, directing his comments at the reporter who asked the question.

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Posted by amy at 8:50 AM

May 28, 2005

Tune in to Brooklyn Review, BCAT 56

Brooklyn Review, the BCAT produced news program, will air a segment on the hearings this Saturday May 28th at 8:30pm on BCAT Channel 56.

Posted by amy at 2:02 PM

May 26, 2005

TODAY: The City Council Economic Development Committee
PUBLIC HEARING ON ATLANTIC YARDS

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250 B'way on the 14th floor.
(2/3 to Park Place, 4/5/N to City Hall)

Folks, save the date! This is the hearing that we've been calling for. Don't pass up this opportunity to let your City Councilperson know how you feel.

What is at stake? $100 million in Mayor Bloomberg's budget earmarked towards the Ratner project.

Posted by lumi at 9:34 AM

May 4, 2005

Come to a Community Meeting on Overdevelopment

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and your local officials

Concerned about the demolition of sound housing
destroying the character of your neighborhood?

Come to a "town hall" meeting to voice your concerns
and meet your neighbors who share them.

Bensonhurst, May 10, 2005, 6-10pm
Seth Low Intermediate School, Ave. P
between West 11 & West 12 Sts.

(near intersection of Bay Pkwy & Stillwell Ave.)
N to Kings Hwy, D or M to Bay Pkwy, or by B6 or B82 bus service

Marine Park, May 31, 2005, 6-10pm
Marine Park Intermediate School, 1925 Stuart St.
(corner of Fillmore Ave. at the northwest corner of Marine Park
near intersection of Nostrand & Gerritsen Aves.)
Q or B to Kings Hwy, transfer to B2 to Ave. R and Stuart Ave., walk one block
B31 to Gerritsen Ave. and Fillmore Ave., walk one block
B100 to Fillmore and Stuart Aves.

Brooklyn has become so popular — and that's great — but not all development is smart development. Are builders knocking down perfectly sound homes in your neighborhood and then constructing significantly larger buildings next to one-, two- or three-family homes? Are contractors in your neighborhood respectful or abusive to neighboring properties and residents? Are you concerned about new buildings that don't fit with the character and scale of your neighborhood? The borough president has received a number of calls from residents worried about these issues. Others are concerned about parking, school overcrowding, strained city services, preserving natural light, or maintaining the affordability of their neighborhoods. Please come to one of our community forums where you will have the opportunity to discuss these issues and meet others who share your concerns. We encourage you to bring photos depicting sites you are concerned about in your neighborhood.

Please circulate this flier and announce this event.

Posted by lumi at 8:11 AM

April 20, 2005

CITY COUNCIL PILOT HEARING POSTPONED

TOMORROW'S MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL TUESDAY, APRIL 26TH, 1PM
COMMITTEE ROOM, CITY HALL

Speaker Miller has introduced legislation to stop the Mayor Bloomberg's PILOT slush fund (Payments in Lieu of Taxes) financing of the Stadium. The legislation would ensure that all public dollars spent by the City goes through a public budget process. This includes the West Side Stadium proposal and Ratner's Nets arena.

Posted by lumi at 8:24 AM

MATTERA FOR BOROUGH PRESIDENT
Help fight the arena by supporting the only anti-arena candidate.

Brooklyn Born Activist Challenges Boro Prez....
and celebrates birthday in the heart of the area threatened by Ratner!

mattera.jpgGreen Party activist, Gloria Mattera, has announced her challenge to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Marty's support of the Ratner Arena/Complex and other wreckless development is outrageous! He does not have Brooklyn's best interests at heart!

Gloria ran for City Council in 2003 and won 20% of the vote against a "popular" incumbent, Bill de Blasio. She pushed the Republican into third place and had impressive returns in Windsor Terrace and Kensington in addition to her solid base in Park Slope and Carroll Gardens. Gloria has the experience and party support to make a serious bid and get the anti-Ratner message heard.

Come meet the candidate and help celebrate her 48th birthday at Freddy's (a spot that won't be part of Brooklyn if Ratner has his way)

Friday, April 22nd
6-8pm
Freddy's
485 Dean Street @ 6th Ave

Feel free to call or email to RSVP or with any questions.

Rebecca White
Kings County Green Party Organization
darbykat@gmail.com
646-229-2547

Posted by lumi at 8:12 AM

March 7, 2005

TONIGHT: Atlantic Yards Proposal: What Would be the Impact to Prospect Heights?

The Pratt Institute Center for Community and Environmental Development (PICCED, www.picced.org) presents the findings of their study of the impact of the proposed Forest City Ratner Brooklyn Atlantic Yards project in Prospect Heights and surrounding neighborhoods.

When and Where

Monday, March 7
7:00 PM

P.S. 9, 80 Underhill Avenue (between St. Marks Ave. and Bergen St.)

Posted by lumi at 7:20 AM

March 6, 2005

TODAY: PRESS CONFERENCE, 2PM, City Hall

Media Alert
For Immediate Release
March 4, 2005
Contact: Kate Suisman
Office of Council Member James w. 212-788-7081

Council Member Letitia James and Senator Velmanette Montgomery to hold press conference Sunday in response to Memorandum of Understanding on Atlantic Yards

Agreement signed between Ratner and the city/state but MTA reserves the right to sell to higher bidders

(Brooklyn, NY) –Council Member James and Senator Montgomery will be joined by community members at a press conference on Sunday responding to the announcement of a Memorandum of Understanding between Forest City Ratner and the city and state. The elected officials who represent the Prospect Heights area that would be condemned to make room for Ratner's $2.5 billion project will be joined by the Pratt Area Community Council, Darnell Canada of Rebuild, Bob Law and others.

"The Administration has made it clear that they care more about building sports facilities than they do about building schools. We're facing over a billion dollars in cuts to the education budget. Yet the Administration can find hundreds of millions of dollars for the Nets and Jets," said Council Member James.

"This agreement is non-binding. This is a PR stunt to convince the public that the arena and skyscraper complex is a done deal. That is far from the truth. The MTA reserved the right to sell the land to a higher bidder. Just like with the West Side stadium, we need open bidding to get fair value for this land." Senator Montgomery stated.

WHAT: Press Conference

WHERE: City Hall Steps

WHEN: March 6, 2005, 2 pm

WHO: Council Member James, Senator Montgomery, Congressman Major Owens, Council Member Charles Barron, Pratt Area Community Council, Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, Downtown Brooklyn Leadership Coalition, Bob Law, Brooklyn Vision, Prospect Heights Action Coalition

Posted by lumi at 6:15 AM

March 5, 2005

TONIGHT: Dance Don't Destroy II

ALL proceeds go to pay for DDDB's legal fees and to hire environmental experts.

Saturday, March 5th
8 p.m. onward
Galapagos Artspace
70 North 6th Street, between Kent and Wythe
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
www.galapagosartspace.com
718-782-5188

The L Train is not running this weekend. Please click here for directions.

Posted by lumi at 6:54 AM

February 26, 2005

TONIGHT: GEORGE HARR-A-THON to Benefit DDDb at Freddy's Back Room

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A Marathon Tribute to the Music of George Harrison to Benefit the Develop-Don't Destroy Brooklyn Legal Fund

Come hear Brooklyn's finest artists play the music of George Harrison, and contribute to the legal fund to help fight against developer Bruce Ratner's outrageous, abusive plan to raze Freddy's and the homes of our friends and neighbors in the area--all subsidized by your tax dollars!

Saturday, February 26, 2005, 8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
The Back Room at Freddy's Bar and (Endangered) Grill
485 Dean Street, Prospect Heights
phone: 718.622.7035
www.freddysbackroom.com

For more info and list of artists, check out: http://www.johnsharples.com/Harrathon.html

Posted by lumi at 11:39 AM

February 24, 2005

TONIGHT: DEMOCRACY & DEVELOPMENT IN BROOKLYN

Promoting and Protecting our Atlantic Yards. NYC College of Technology

Thursday, February 24, 6:30pm
300 Jay St. (between Johnson and Tillary)

Featured Panelists:
- NYC Council Member Charles Barron - Marshall Brown, Urban Designer, UNITY plan - Assemblyman Richard Brodsky - Debra Cohen, Civil Rights Attorney - Patricia Spears Jones, Poet/Prospect Heights Resident - Bob Law, Local Activist & Business Leader - NYC Council Member Christine Quinn - Reverend Doctor Mark V.C. Taylor

Call 718 260 9191 for info.

Posted by lumi at 4:54 PM

February 16, 2005

TONIGHT: MARSHALL BROWN TO PRESENT "UNITY" PLAN TO BOERUM HILL COMMUNITY

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Wednesday, February 16, 7pm
YWCA, 30 Third Avenue at Atlantic

The Boerum Hill Association and the Hoyt Street Association are co-hosting a presentation by urban designer, Marshall Brown, on the UNITY Plan - Understanding, imagining and transforming the Atlantic Yards.

The Unity Plan is the product of the Atlantic Yards Development Workshop, a community planning session hosted in the spring of 2004 by City Council member Letitia James. According to Marshall Brown, "the Atlantic Yards Development WorkShop is A"a collaborative association with a dual mission: transforming the Atlantic Yards site into a place that is culturally and economically productive is one part of the mission A-transforming the development process is another."

The presentation of the concept plan with time for questions from the community. More info www.boerumhillbrooklyn.org.

Posted by lumi at 8:05 AM

January 31, 2005

TONIGHT: Park Slope Neighbors & DDDb co-sponsor presentation of UNITY Development Plan

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Park Slope Neighbors, a newly formed neighborhood activist movement, and Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn are co-sponsoring a local presentation of UNITY Development Plan, featuring Architect Marshall Brown.

Monday, January 31, 6:30PM
Old First Reformed Church
126 Seventh Ave. (corner of Caroll St.)

Sponsors' web info:
www.dddb.net
www.parkslopeneighbors.org

Posted by lumi at 7:33 AM

January 17, 2005

NPR, Justice Talking: Profile on Freddy's

Justice Talking: Profile on Freddy's Bar broadcast TODAY at 4:00 PM on WNYE 91.5FM.

If you miss the local broadcast, tune in online next week at www.justicetalking.org or check out the program schedule — the show is broadcast at different times on many NPR affiliates who feature live online audio streaming.

Posted by lumi at 9:25 AM

December 15, 2004

TONIGHT: CB2 Committee Hears UNITY Plan

Community Board 2: Land Use Committee Meeting.

Agenda:
* Marshall Brown of the Atlantic Yards Development Workshop will present the community's UNITY Development Plan for the Atlantic Railyards.

  • Atlantic Yards Environmental Impact Statement Pre-Scoping Discussion.

6:00 PM
Dibner Auditorium, Polytechnic, 5 Metrotech.

Posted by lumi at 8:09 AM

December 8, 2004

Architect Presents Alternative Plan for Atlantic Yards Area

marshall.jpg Brooklyn Daily Eagle:

At a meeting sponsored by Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn on Tuesday, a local architect, speaking to opponents of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project, talked about an alternative plan for the Downtown site.

article

See the UNITY plan here.

Posted by amy at 4:14 PM

December 6, 2004

TONIGHT: UNITY Plan, Community Workshop

Find Out How Good Development Can Unite Communities, Instead of Dividing Them!

Also find out more about:
• The economic impact on our communities of the Ratner plan.
• The work DDDb is doing and how to get involved.

There will be an open discussion, idea-sharing and Q & A.

When and Where
Monday, December 6
7:00--9:00 PM
Seventh Day Adventist Church 88 Hanson Place (enter on South Portland)

Posted by lumi at 8:05 AM

November 29, 2004

CB 2, 6 & 8 Co-Sponsor Informational Meeting

"At this meeting proposed plans will be presented by Forest City Ratner Company and their representatives. Other representatives for the New York State Empire State Development Corporation, the Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Department of City Planning have been invited to attend to explain to the public the various procedures involved in the sale and use of air rights, use of eminent domain to acquire properties, the development of an environmental impact statement and the City's uniform land use review procedure. Following the presentation(s) there will be an opportunity for questions (to be submitted in writing) and answers."

DATE: November 29, 2004

TIME: 6:30 - 9:30 pm

PLACE: NYC College of Technology Klitgord Auditorium 300 Jay Street (between Tillary/Johnson Streets)

Additional Notes: "This meeting is an Informational Meeting. It is not a Public Hearing."

To ensure that we can conduct a productive meeting that allows our audience the fullest opportunity to learn firsthand about this proposal, we will be insisting on the following:

  1. Audience members must be courteous to all speakers;
  2. Signage or other visual obstructions are not permitted in the auditorium;
  3. Questions will be submitted on index cards (provided at sign-in);
  4. The moderator reserves the right to edit questions for clarity;
  5. The program will end by 9:30 pm.

Posted by lumi at 7:48 AM

November 16, 2004

Public Meeting Community Boards 2, 6 & 8

CB 2, 6, & 8 are holding a public meeting on Atlantic Yard. The Boards have been calling for a public meeting for the past several months and have chosen to go ahead with or without the participation of the MTA and Empire State Development Corporation. Accoring to the Chairperson's report for all three Boards the up-and-coming meeting is being held in response to receiving "a lot more questions than comments" when the leadership of the Boards asked their members for input in a Community Benefits Agreement with Forest City Ratner.

More info on participants and the meeting format of the meeting to come.

Date: Monday, November 29
Time: 6:30PM
Location: New York City College of Technology, Klitgord Auditorium
300 Jay St. (between Tillary & Johnson Streets)

Posted by lumi at 8:25 AM