Monday, June 23, 2008

Supremes sing the blues to Yards foes

Atlantic Yards: The Supreme Court will not hear a case brought by property owners who are slated to lose their land to make room for Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project — but the property owners say they will take their case through New York State’s court system, which has traditionally not been sympathetic to property owners in eminent domain cases. Comments (4)

Saturday, June 21, 2008


Ikea docks in Red Hook


Ikea docks in Red Hook

Red Hook: Red Hook’s long-awaited Ikea — with a suitably long line — opened on Wednesday morning, heralding a new era for furniture shoppers, bargain hunters, meatball lovers and, perhaps more important, the troubled waterfront neighborhood. Comments (3)

State: Tranny flick too racy for park lineup

Bridge ‘Park’: The transsexual punk rocker of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” was too racy for state officials, but the ax-wielding psychopath of “The Shining” was just fine for this year’s movie lineup in Empire–Fulton Ferry State Park. Comments (3)

Don’t kill Red Hook

Editorial: It is tempting to see the opening of Ikea in Red Hook as a sort of “retail therapy” for a neighborhood in the doldrums — but locals should not be tempted into inviting more big box stores to play in the Hook sandbox. Comments (4)

Hook: Lines and sinking?

Red Hook: Red Hook residents are bracing to see if Ikea will do what no other controversial project has been able to do — reinvigorate the hardscrabble neighborhood or wipe it off the “up-and-coming” map for good. Comment

Big blue box doesn’t scare nearby mom-and-pop

Red Hook: The opening of Ikea provided a good chance to pay a visit to Michael Sokol, an old-school furniture monger on Columbia Street. Comment

Kiss the glass library goodbye

Development: The Brooklyn Public Library’s ambitious plan to build an iconic, Enrique Norten-designed performing arts branch near the Brooklyn Academy of Music has been abandoned, but rising in its place will be another Norten creation, this one a luxury residential, cultural and office edifice. Comments (1)

Two wheels good, four wheels bad

Red Hook: Red Hook — haven for big box shoppers or the most bicycle friendly neighborhood in the city? Well, why not both, thanks to this new design competition? Comment

Coney’s re-zonie baloney: Foes find common ground over city’s land grab plan

Coney Island: The fight for the soul of Coney Island begins for real next week when supporters of independent amusement operators and the neighborhood’s private developers battle a city plan to buy up land and create a new and expanded amusement area that the mayor believes will save the faded “People’s Playground.” Comments (1)

Hung over at Hank’s

Carroll Gardens: A developer’s bid to build a seven-story condo building over Hank’s Saloon in Boerum Hill was unanimously blocked last Wednesday by Community Board 2. Comment

The happy (DUMBO) couple

DUMBO: At least one prime DUMBO property is officially off the market — real-estate developer Jed Walentas got hitched. Comments (1)
Bridge ‘Park’: The Floating Pool in the Brooklyn Bridge Park site was cool for swimmers last summer — but this year, the park will make a big splash with art lovers. Comments (1)

Pols want more Yards scrutiny

Atlantic Yards: State legislators want to take oversight of Atlantic Yards away from a state development agency controlled by the governor’s appointees and give it to … a new agency controlled only slightly less by the governor’s appointees. Comments (3)
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