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Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007

Coney cheers Bloomy’s amusement plan

Coney Island: Mayor Bloomberg’s vision of turning part of Coney Island into a unified, 50-acre, city-owned amusement park met with hollers of approval among Coney stalwarts on Friday. Comment

Sitt out on Coney Island: Mayor plans to buy out Joe

Coney Island: Mayor Bloomberg on Thursday brushed aside developer Joe Sitt’s plan to turn Coney Island into a Las Vegas–style playground on the Boardwalk — while proposing his own, remarkably similar plan. Comment

Gehry sued! Cracks at MIT cast doubt on ‘Miss Brooklyn’

Atlantic Yards: Massachusetts Institute of Technology has sued Frank Gehry — the visionary behind Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards — claiming that his three-year-old building on the Cambridge campus is already falling apart. Comment

Downtown movin’ up: Skyscrapers tower over same old infrastructure

Downtown plan: Downtown Brooklyn’s biggest booster said this week that the development the area will experience in the next five years — adding more than 14,000 apartments, 1,800 hotel rooms and 1.6 million square feet of office space — is happening faster than some of the neighborhood’s basic infrastructure can handle. But Downtown Brooklyn Partnership President Joe Chan said he and his staff were on top of it. Comments (3)

Columbia Street rising — high

Carroll Gardens: A developer presented a plan for big buildings along the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway, but Community Board 6 wasn’t impressed. Comments (2)

‘Fischer’ price on Duffield

Downtown plan: Architect Karl Fischer got one step closer to building his dream hotel tower Downtown last month after V3 Hotel Management bought the VIM building on Duffield Street for $9.5 million. Comments (1)

Local planner gets job for centerpiece of BAM district

BAM District: The centerpiece of a world-class arts district that’s going up around the Brooklyn Academy of Music will be built by a local developer, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (1)

Pols want Atlantic Yards security review

Atlantic Yards: A coalition of local officials is demanding an independent security review of the Atlantic Yards mega-project because the state’s development agency can’t be trusted to put the public safety first. Comment

What’s Ratner up to now?

Construction Update: Work continues on Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-project — and even though the state hasn’t appointed its promised ombudsman to oversee construction work (186 days and counting!), Empire State Development Corporation minions are getting increasingly good about filling us in on what’s going on in the project footprint. Comments (1)

Bricks fall — again — from Ratner-owned building

Atlantic Yards: Tenants in a building slated to be torn down to make way for Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards ran for their lives last Wednesday as bricks fell from the building’s facade — the second time in the last three months that a Ratner-owned building suffered a partial collapse during demolition. Comment

Navy Yard gets historic

Coney Island: Mayor Bloomberg (and his would-be successor, Speaker Christine Quinn) journeyed to the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Wednesday to unveil a $15-million historical center that will celebrate the Navy Yard’s illustrious role as a ship-building Mecca during World War II, when it employed 70,000 people. Comments (1)

Rallying for the union in Jay St.

DUMBO: Disgruntled non-union doormen, porters and maintenance workers took to the street in front of their DUMBO condo building to complain that they’re being cheated out of money and benefits by the company that runs the 33-story, all-luxury tower. But the president of the management company fired back this week, saying that his workers are paid the same — if not more — than union workers. Comments (1)

New name, mission for preservation group

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The preservationist group that fought to landmark the Domino Sugar refinery and other industrial sites along the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfront has changed its name to more accurately reflect its mission. Comment

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