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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Earlier report: Assemblyman gives Ratner a clause for celebration

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner’s sweetheart deal got a cherry on top last week after a state lawmaker slipped in a last-minute amendment to a housing reform bill that will shave $175 million off the developer’s costs. Comment

Ratner’s latest sweetheart deal

The Explainer: How did a state Assembly bill designed to stimulate affordable housing end up including a huge tax break for Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner? The Explainer breaks it down. Comment

The Ratner Clause

Editorial: The latest Ratner sweetheart deal is the worst of them all. Comment

To get Coney job done, Sitt looks to Ratner’s playbook

Coney Island: Coney Island developer Joe Sitt is now hawking for a “binding agreement” with local leaders to make his $1.5-billion amusement and hotel fantasyland become reality — hinting this week at a Atlantic-Yards-style solution to his ongoing problem of gaining support for his glitzy proposal. Comment

Tish: Downtown housing should be ‘affordable’

Downtown plan: An unlikely trio of Brooklyn politicians wants the city to revisit a three-year-old plan that was supposed to foment a business boom in Downtown Brooklyn, but has instead sparked a luxury apartment gold rush. Comment

The sky’s the limit (at least in this picture)

Downtown plan: Here’s a new rendering of a glitzy new mall on Fulton Street in Downtown. Comment

Two Trees tries tower — again — on Water St.

DUMBO: Developer David Walentas has proposed to add another castle to his DUMBO fiefdom: a $200-million, 400-apartment, commercial and middle school project on Dock Street, between Water and Front streets — the same location where a similar Walentas proposal was defeated in 2004. Comment

Chamber slot is finally filled

Development: Mayor Bloomberg’s development guru is now running the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. Comment

Downtown’s House of D(isappointment)

Carroll Gardens: City officials told an angry crowd of Boerum Hill residents that the Brooklyn House of Detention on Atlantic Avenue at Smith Street will definitely reopen, squelching any lingering hopes that the grim, 11-story Big House would be sold to a developer more in tune with the increasingly posh, residential neighborhood. Comment

War ends over Minerva?

Park Slope: A tightly packed row of narrow brownstone homes could end a bitter dispute over a notorious building that was once slated to rise in the famous view corridor between the statue of Minerva in Green-Wood Cemetery and the Statue of Liberty. Comment

3 pols in same Gowanus boat

Carroll Gardens: The three Councilmembers who represent communities surrounding the Gowanus Canal have united to demand several key amenities in the city’s planned redevelopment of the historically industrial area, demanding affordable housing and low-rise buildings. Comment

Cruise ship site a party flop

Red Hook: Remember all that talk about weddings and other glitzy parties at the cruise ship terminal in Red Hook? Well, they’ll be strictly BYOB — bring your own burners! Comments (1)

All drawn out

Atlantic Yards: Our cartoonist’s take. Comment

Home Depot developer stands there and takes it from CB10

Bay Ridge: Developer Andrew Kohen — who wants to build a new Home Depot and hundreds of units of lucrative housing along a vacant Bay Ridge rail yard — was forced to stand silently for an hour as members of Community Board 10 committee slammed him as greedy on Monday night. Comment

Friday, June 29, 2007

Bloomy slams “Ratner carve-out”

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner “doesn’t need” the massive public subsidy handed to him by the state Assembly last week, Mayor Bloomberg said on Friday — and called for Gov. Spitzer to block the legislation. Comment

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