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New Atlantic Yards Project to be 100 Percent Affordable, Mayor Says

Monday, December 15, 2014

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The new development will create 298 affordable units in a neighborhood that's being branded as "Pacific Park."

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Arrested Development: Housing Stalls at Barclays Center Arena

Friday, October 10, 2014

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Forest City Ratner began exploring modular construction to cut costs as it began to build thousands of apartments. But a dispute with a contractor has put the idea on hold.

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WNYC News

What Will Happen to the Barclay's Apartments?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Behind schedule and costing millions more than expected, the future of the prefabricated, 32-story apartment building near the Barclays Center is unclear.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Is this Developer Dilemma Real?

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Is Brooklyn so gentrified that there aren't even people to fill affordable housing?

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WNYC News

New Atlantic Yards Deal Jump Starts Affordable Housing

Friday, June 27, 2014

New Yorkers have heard this one before: There's a new deal for Atlantic Yards.

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WNYC News

Greenland Group Initial Atlantic Yards Contribution: $200M

Friday, December 20, 2013

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Additional information has been released about the pending joint venture between Atlantic Yards developer Forest City Enterprises and Shanghai-based Greenland Group and the development at Atlantic Yards.

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Atlantic Yards Gets Cash from China

Monday, December 16, 2013

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Atlantic Yards developer Forest City Enterprises has a new majority investor in the 22-acre mixed use project in Prospect Heights, the Shanghai-based Greenland Group.

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Will de Blasio Kill Tax Perks for Developers?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

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During the mayoral campaign, de Blasio railed against tax exemptions and tax abatements used to fund city development projects, and promised to end one program that he said will save the city $250 million.

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WNYC News

Lawmakers Increase Push for Affordable Housing at Atlantic Yards

Friday, November 15, 2013

Affordable housing at Atlantic Yards is receiving increased focus from lawmakers.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Barclays Center Architects

Monday, December 24, 2012

The new Nets arena in Brooklyn is drawing a range of reviews. Architects Gregg Pasquarelli and Chris Sharples of SHoP discuss their design of the Barclays Center and how it fared on its first weekend open for business.

→ Barclay's Review Roundup: Alexandra Lange (The New Yorker) | Justin Davidson (New York) | Liz Robbins (NYTimes) | James Russell (Bloomberg) | Larger Atlantic Yards Context (Atlantic Cities)

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Barclays Center Architects

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

The new Nets arena in Brooklyn is drawing a range of reviews. Architects Gregg Pasquarelli and Chris Sharples of SHoP discuss their design of the Barclays Center and how it fared on its first weekend open for business.

→ Barclay's Review Roundup: Alexandra Lange (The New Yorker) | Justin Davidson (New York) | Liz Robbins (NYTimes) | James Russell (Bloomberg) | Larger Atlantic Yards Context (Atlantic Cities)

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WNYC News

Barclays Draws Crowds, Protesters to Downtown Brooklyn

Friday, September 28, 2012

Throngs of people descended on Downtown Brooklyn for opening night of the Barclays Center on Friday – but for the most part, by late evening, the choking traffic and transit snarls that some feared never came to fruition.

Send us your photos from opening weekend, and we may include them in a slideshow or use them in our coverage! Tweet them to us by including @WNYC in your tweet. Or email them to pics@wnyc.org.

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As Barclays Opens, Neighbors Still Grumble

Friday, September 28, 2012

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After almost a decade of fits and starts, the first part of the $4.9 billion Atlantic Yards project opens Friday. But the hoopla can’t quell the controversy surrounding the project. Neighborhood groups continue challenging Atlantic Yards, arguing that a Community Benefits Agreement signed by some, doesn’t include or apply to all.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Barclays Center: Open for Business

Monday, September 24, 2012

The ribbon was cut last Friday on the Barclay's arena in Brooklyn. Charles Bagli, New York Times reporter, looks at what it means for the economy, the neighborhood and the borough.

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WNYC News

Long-Awaited Housing at Atlantic Yards Moves Forward

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The plan to build affordable housing at Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn appears to be moving forward after the slumping economy caused major delays.  The city's Housing Development Corporation will hold a public hearing Wednesday on the sale of about $92 million in tax exempt bonds that will be used to finance more than 360 apartments.

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Transportation Nation

Parking Woes Still Dog New Brooklyn Arena

Monday, July 02, 2012

Dean Street in Brooklyn, the site of future Barclays Center parking lot. (Janet Babin/WNYC)

(Janet Babin -- New York, NY, WNYC) Residents concerned about traffic and congestion around the new soon-to-be-opened Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn have until Tuesday, July 3, to submit written comments to Empire State Development, the state agency overseeing the project.

“These streets will just be absolutely clogged with on street parking, and the [transportation plan] doesn’t address that,” Gib Veconi said. He is with the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development council and complained there will be a lack of on-street parking for the thousands who will drive to shows at the arena after it opens this fall.

According to surveys conducted by the project’s developer, Forest City Ratner, about 2,500 carloads are expected to drive to each Barclays Arena event — and there are 220 events so far scheduled at the arena during its first year in operation.

Empire State Development extended the comment period to give residents more time to respond. ESD said it’s confident that the neighborhood will be able to absorb the influx of visitors because many will take public transportation to the Prospect Heights facility.

“The goals of the transportation plan are to reduce the number of cars traveling to the arena and to maximize the use of mass transit. We are confident the plan will be effective,” explained Arana Hankin, ESD’s Director for Atlantic Yards.

Hankin said even after the comment period closes, residents will have other chances to tell ESD if transportation or other issues arise.

ESD, the Borough President’s Office and Forest City Ratner are establishing a Quality of Life Committee comprised of community members to address the arena's sticking points.

Hankin said Forest City Ratner is also hiring a full-time community affairs staffer to handle local concerns regarding all aspects of arena operations.

But Veconi said he will continue to push officials to create residential parking permits to reserve on-street spaces for residents. Residential parking permit programs, however, need permission from the state.

Comments and questions about transportation issues can be submitted to AtlanticYards@esd.ny.gov.

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Atlantic Yards Tower Design Revealed

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The design for the Atlantic Yards tower, a 32-story building which would be the world’s tallest prefabricated structure, was unveiled on Thursday.

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WNYC News

Jay-Z Says 'Brooklyn Nets' Will Be New Name for NBA Team

Monday, September 26, 2011

When the basketball team known as the New Jersey Nets moves to its new home in Brooklyn next year, it will be renamed the Brooklyn Nets, rapper Jay-Z, an investor in the team, announced on Monday.

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The Empire

ESDC chief Adams to attend Atlantic Yards community forum

Monday, September 26, 2011

No one can say Kenneth Adams, the head of the Empire State Development Corporation, doesn't have guts. His office announced he's accepted an invitation to join local elected officials, civic leaders and block association heads to discuss the status of the ever-controversial Atlantic Yards project tonight.

Adams has been visibly out in front on a number of ESDC-related projects, most notably Governor Cuomo's regional economic development council's. Now, the former Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce president will step into the lions den to talk about the status of the mega project he's been supportive of in the past. ESDC is currently appealing a July court order to redo its study of the project's impact on the community.

Adams can certainly expect questions about the status of the study tonight from the ever restless crowds that come to these events. The meeting starts at 6PM at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Atlantic Yards Check-In

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Atlantic Yards development is flying up. Eliot Brown, commercial real estate reporter for the Wall Street Journal, gives an update on the project and checks in on the World Trade Center memorial, which is racing to meet the September 11, 2011, deadline.

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