Atlantic Yards


Could Brooklyn's Barclays Center Be Future Home for the New York Islanders?

Thursday, August 04, 2011

The New York Islanders are stuck with the aging Nassau Coliseum after voters rejected a plan this week that would have revamped the arena.

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More Delays Possible for Atlantic Yards

Thursday, July 14, 2011

A ruling from a state Supreme Court judge could mean delays for the controversial Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn. The ruling will force the state-controlled entity in charge of the development to take a second look at the project's environmental footprint.



BAM and Barclays Center Strike Up Arts Partnership

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Grande jetés and encores may join the jabs and jump shots at Downtown Brooklyn's Barclays Center. The developers of the 18,000-seat arena announced on Thursday that they are looking around the corner to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) for arts programming.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Battle for Brooklyn

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Filmmakers Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky, talk about their documentary “Battle for Brooklyn.” It’s an intimate look at the very public and passionate fight waged by residents and business owners of Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights neighborhood facing condemnation of their property to make way for Forest City Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project—16 skyscrapers and a basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets. “Battle for Brooklyn” has its theatrical premiere in New York City on June 17; it opens this year’s Brooklyn Film Festival on June 3; and will screen in the Rooftop Films summer series on June 9 in Fort Greene Park.

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Financial 411: Forest City Ratner Makes Its Stamp on the City

Monday, April 04, 2011

An arena rises in Brooklyn. But that's not the only way Forest City Ratner is reshaping our city. We'll take a look at the financial risks for one of the city's biggest real estate developers.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Pre-Fab At Atlantic Yards

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

New York Times reporter Charles Bagli discusses Forest City Ratner's plans to build the world's tallest pre-fab steel structure at Atlantic Yards. Aseem Inam, associate professor of urbanism at Parsons The New School of Design, joins the conversation to discuss pre-fabricated construction from an urban design point of view.

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Freddy's Bar and Backroom Re-Opens In South Park Slope

Friday, February 04, 2011

After selling to the developer of the Atlantic Yards project last spring, the 70-year-old Prospect Heights bar has moved to South Park Slope.



Atlantic Yards Gets Musical Treatment

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Construction started earlier this year on the largest development project in Brooklyn's history, the Atlantic Yards. And even though it isn't finished, the project is already a musical called "In The Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards.”



Ratner Abandons 10-Year Timeline for Atlantic Yards

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Developer Bruce Ratner said Tuesday morning what many of his critics and even some of his associates have been saying for years: there is no way the entire Atlantic Yards project will be done in 10 years.

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Nets to Change Name, and May Not Use 'Brooklyn'

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A team spokesman confirms that the team submitted an application to change its name. But the spokesman wouldn’t specify what the desired name would be or whether it would use “Brooklyn” or “New York” as the geographic name.

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The Atlantic Yards Fight: Why the Last Holdout Settled

Thursday, April 22, 2010

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Daniel Goldstein, founder of Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn (Photo by Matthew Schuerman)

After seven years of fighting the Atlantic Yards Project in Brooklyn, the last remaining holdout is leaving. Daniel Goldstein, founder of the group Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, which filed several lawsuits to halt the project, has reached an agreement with developer Forest City Ratner. Goldstein will get $3 million and says he’ll leave May 7. 'It was never my goal to get that kind of settlement,' Goldstein says. 'It was never my goal to settle.'

The Atlantic Yards project withstood numerous court challenges by Goldstein and his supporters, including a decision last year by the state Court of Appeals, ruling that the use of eminent domain was justified. Also, while neither the full City Council nor state legislature voted on the plan, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and three governors (George Pataki, Eliot Spitzer, and David Paterson) all supported it.

In this interview with WNYC’s Matthew Schuerman, Goldstein discusses why he did settle, what the deal means to him, what he’s learned from his long battle, and whether it was worth it.


Matthew Schuerman: After six, maybe seven years of fighting this project, why today did you agree to leave?

Daniel Goldstein: On March 1 the state of New York took ownership of my home, and personally all that was left to fight over was how long I would have to live in my home, how long it would be before the state evicted me from what has been my home for almost exactly seven years now. And there weren’t a lot of good choices for me personally, and a decision I made today after about five hours of being in court with the other side and with the judge was that it was time for me to settle with New York State to leave my home. And what they wanted was for me to do it quickly, and that’s basically what was settled today. I would leave on May 7, and they would pay me to do that, and pay me the compensation for my apartment that I once owned but they now own.

MS: So can you tell me how much are you making on this deal?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Atlantic Yards Ground Breaking

Friday, March 12, 2010

Contributing editor to the Manhattan Institute's City Journal and author of After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street--and Washington weighs in on the Atlantic Yards development.

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Atlantic Yards Launches Amid Protests

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Both protesters and dignitaries make their voices heard at a ceremonial groundbreaking for the controversial Brooklyn development.



Goodbye to Gehry

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ellerbe Becket and SHoP Archtiect's new design for the Barclays Center

Ellerbe Becket and SHoP Archtiect\'s new design for the Barclays Center

The state economic development agency gave final approval today to a revised plan for Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn.


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Atlantic Yards Arena Morphs--Again

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

New designs for the Atlantic Yards arena--the first 'official' ones since Frank Gehry left the project in June--came out today. Here's our report:

Since a picture's worth a thousand words, we reproduce one here. It's by Ellerbe Becket and SHoP Architects:


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Atlantic Yards, for Better or Worse

Monday, June 01, 2009


Atlantic Yards is looking like a worse and worse deal for the city treasury, according to the Independent Budget Office. Back in 2005, the nonpartisan IBO said the new Nets arena would bring the city $28.5 million more in tax ...

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Projects Whose Names None Dare Speak

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


The chiefs of economic development for the city and the state spoke before construction industry executives this morning, trying to reassure them that all was well even in these hard times.

New York Times reporter Charles Bagli, ...

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Budget Forces Changes to Nets Arena

Friday, January 09, 2009

One of the biggest boosters of the planned basketball arena for the Nets says he's not worried about possible design changes to make it less expensive to build. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz says the arena at the Atlantic Yards will still resemble architect, Frank ...