Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007

Ratner doesn’t get it

Editorial: Bruce Ratner’s landscape architect told the truth this week — and his comments reveal a great deal about the developer’s lack of commitment to sane urban planning. Comment
Atlantic Yards: Construction work on Bruce Ratner’s $4-billion Atlantic Yards mega-project began this week, not with a bang, but with a whimper. Comment

Clarke meets with Barclays bigs

Atlantic Yards: Rep. Yvette Clarke held an unprecedented meeting with Barclays Bank last week, the culmination of two weeks during which she slammed Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner for naming his proposed basketball arena after a financial behemoth that profited from the slave trade, did business with apartheid South Africa, and froze Jewish bank accounts during the Holocaust. Comment

Lights, cameras, Ratner!

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner wants to hear your complaints — and watch you as you make them. The developer has just opened a “community liaison office” within the 22-acre Atlantic Yards footprint so area residents can express their “questions or concerns.” The office has a welcoming sign and two not-so-welcoming surveillance cameras trained on the door. Comment

Yards poster caper in Fort Greene

Atlantic Yards: Low-grade mischief preceded the Fort Greene screening of the anti–Atlantic Yards film “Brooklyn Matters” at Bishop Loughlin High School on Wednesday, from verbal harassment to the illicit removal of posters advertising the show. Comment

Freak to city: Good job

Coney Island: The city’s rejection of a plan to build new residential towers along Coney Island’s fabled Boardwalk has the neighborhood’s biggest freak, Dick Zigun, cheering. Comments (1)

Get out your tutus!

BAM District: The core of the evolving BAM Cultural District will be a 25-story tower housing a dance center, apartment complex and retail space, canoodled between the rising Forte condos and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, said city officials last week. Comment

Goodbye Dolly

Development: Brooklyn’s only appointee to the City Planning Commission will be barred from voting on an expected rezoning of the gritty streets around the Gowanus Canal because she stands to benefit from it, the city said this week. Comment

Whole Foods to neighbors: Drive on over

Park Slope: Whole Foods’ corporate machine beat back Park Slope’s green dream team this week, denying a petition from a neighborhood civic group to shrink its parking lots and put an earth-friendly solar roof on its super-store, now under construction on Third Avenue at Third Street. Comment

City subsidy not ‘Square’: activists

Downtown plan: Downtown activists are objecting to a city plan to subsidize office construction in a new residential skyscraper in Albee Square — the latest battle against taxpayer-underwritten projects that earn millions for developers. Comment

Library responds to ‘censorship’ charge

Letters: The Brooklyn Public Library fires back at charges that it censored an Atlantic Yards art show. Comment

New blow to cargo port

Red Hook: The city moved one step closer to closing Red Hook’s cargo port last week, scoring a key vote of approval on the controversial move from the Port Authority. Comment

DUMBO underwater!

DUMBO: DUMBO will be inundated in 50 years, thanks to global warming. But the high rents — not the high water — will be responsible for driving out all the artists, say some Pratt Institute students. Comment

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