Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007

Mr. Brooklyn

Mr. Brooklyn

Downtown plan: Bruce Ratner is planning to build the city’s tallest residential tower — a whopping 1,000-foot-tall skyscraper that would dwarf the 512-foot Williamsburgh Savings Bank building. Then again, maybe he isn’t. “No comment,” the Atlantic Yards developer told The Brooklyn Paper at the annual Metrotech Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Wednesday. Comments (5)

Another backroom deal

Editorial: The Brooklyn Paper would love to be the loudest cheerleaders for Ratner’s City Tech tower, reportedly slated to be the tallest residential building in the city. But until public officials answer reasonable questions about this backroom deal, we will remain skeptical. Comments (1)

Dolly Williams is fined for her conflicted Yards vote

Atlantic Yards: Borough President Markowitz’s appointee to the city’s powerful Planning Commission violated ethical standards by investing in the controversial Atlantic Yards project and then voting on the project three weeks later. Comment

State finally names an overseer for Atlantic Yards

Atlantic Yards: Two hundred and three days after promising to appoint someone to oversee demolition and construction work at the Atlantic Yards project — and after three other people reportedly turned down the job — state officials have finally hired their long-awaited watchdog: former Giuliani staffer Forrest Taylor. Comment

Ratner Claus!

Atlantic Yards: On the same day that news broke of his plan to build Brooklyn’s tallest building, Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner kicked off the holiday season on Wednesday at Metrotech in Downtown Brooklyn with the borough’s first major tree-lighting. Comment

Germans: Ich bin ein Red Hooker

Carroll Gardens: A bunch of Berliners were in Red Hook earlier this month — and they liked what they saw. Comments (1)

Navy Yard to create a full-fledged media ‘campus’ at Steiner

Downtown: A Universal Studios–like film and TV complex will rise on the East River, turning the industrial Brooklyn Navy Yard into a Tinseltown East under a new city proposal. Comment

‘Park’ meeting a gripefest

Bridge ‘Park’: A long-awaited meeting on Monday night to discuss the recreational activities people want in Brooklyn Bridge Park quickly became a gripe session where residents — including DUMBO’s principle developer, David Walentas — complained that the development is being “rammed down” their throats. Comment

Readers speak in favor of tearing down Admirals Row

Letters: The mailbag is full with letters about the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Mayor Bloomberg’s Coney Island plan, the death of bicycle rider Sam Hindy, and Brooklyn Heights’ favorite son, Norman Mailer. Comment

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