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  1. Year of the Sheep: at groundbreaking for new tower, de Blasio and...Read the original story

    Tuesday Dec 16 | Atlantic Yards Report

    Next year, a Chinese diplomat reminded onlookers at the ceremonial groundbreaking yesterday for the "all-affordable" 535 Carlton tower--launching the renamed Atlantic Yards as Pacific Park Brooklyn--is the Year of the Sheep. The participants in the groundbreaking dutifully hailed Mayor Bill de Blasio's mantra, "There are very few phrases I like better than 100% affordable housing, so this program is off to a good start."

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  2. Before 535 Carlton groundbreaking, new web site promotes...Read the original story

    Monday Dec 15 | Atlantic Yards Report

    Note previous analysis regarding the claim of "Brooklyn's newest neighborhood," the delay in the promised Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation, the lack of real affordability in the next two towers, and the already-launched effort to sell condos to Chinese buyers. In the eve of the groundbreaking for 535 Carlton, Greenland Forest City Partners has launched a new web site, PacificParkBrooklyn.com .

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  3. Studios 'from $400,000': unbuilt Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park condos...Read the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Dec 14 | Atlantic Yards Report

    Also note analysis regarding the claim of "Brooklyn's newest neighborhood," the delay in the promised Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation, and the lack of real affordability in the next two towers. Keep your eye on the ball.

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  4. Dirty secret behind Brooklyn's DNC 2016 bid: likely major impacts ...Read the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Dec 9 | Atlantic Yards Report

    As the Democratic National Committee deliberates among Brooklyn, Philadelphia, and Columbus for the 2016 DNC Convention, there's been a strong effort to portray elected officials and especially Brooklynites as united behind the bid--or, at least, quietly neutral. That happens when political heavyweights--notably Mayor Bill de Blasio and Sen. Charles Schumer, both Brooklynites--drive a moving train.

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  5. At the Quality of Life meeting: dismay over parking, new buildings...Read the original story

    Thursday Nov 20 | Atlantic Yards Report

    Last night's Atlantic Yards Quality of Life meeting, held at Brooklyn Hospital near Downtown Brooklyn, contained an update on several issues, including modular construction , but the biggest issues for the audience were the wholesale removal of parking in and around the southeast block of the site, which triggered dismay, as well as an architect's presentation regarding two new towers, which was well-received.

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  6. At hearing on bonds for new tower, Forest City executive speaks 'with ...Read the original story

    Tuesday Nov 18 | Atlantic Yards Report

    There was nothing new beyond rhetoric at the very brief hearing segment yesterday devoted to tax-exempt bonds for 535 Carlton Avenue, the next building in Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park to break ground. After all, a fact sheet had already been distributed with details about the project, including the request for up to $73 million in tax-exempt bonds, which save the builder significant sums compared to conventional financing, and are part of the financing for affordable units.

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  7. A meeting today on tax-exempt bonds for next tower; Quality of Life...Read the original story

    Nov 17, 2014 | Atlantic Yards Report

    As I wrote , there's a public hearing today on tax-exempt bonds for 535 Carlton, built at the corner of Carlton Avenue and Dean Street, the first tower to be built by the Greenland Forest City Partners joint venture , with 298 subsidized apartments. The hearing, which also will cover applications for numerous other tax-exempt bond requests, will be at 11:30 a.m. in the main Conference Room of the New York City Housing Development Corporation , 110 William Street , 10th Floor, in Manhattan.

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  8. Changes to intersection of Atlantic and Sixth, including one-way...Read the original story w/Photo

    Nov 13, 2014 | Atlantic Yards Report

    Starting next on or around next Tuesday, 11/18/14, the work on the arena green roof and west portal for the Vanderbilt Yard will require several temporary changes to the roadway network, as well as two nights of overnight work, according to the developers of Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Brooklyn. This was not part of the two-week Construction Update issued earlier this week.

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  9. After 'mob' rushes front doors to Barclays Center, arena closes entry ...Read the original story w/Photo

    Oct 31, 2014 | Atlantic Yards Report

    Something went wrong last night outside the Barclays Center, as a "mob" of people tried to push their way into the arena, forcing arena managers to close the doors at 9:30 pm. Some apparently had tickets to the Powerhouse 2014 hip-hop concert, while others didn't, at least according to secondhand sources.

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  10. Next Quality of Life meeting set for November 12; two towers set to begin in DecemberRead the original story

    Oct 24, 2014 | Atlantic Yards Report

    A message from Empire State Development: Dear Community, Forest City Ratner Companies, along with Empire State Development Corporation will host the next Quality of Life meeting on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 @ 6:00 PM Brooklyn Borough Hall, Community Room 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn NY 11201 We will present an overview of the upcoming construction activities surrounding the project. Please plan to arrive promptly in order to provide time for presentations and questions and answers from the community members.

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  11. Gehry gets big retrospective in Paris. Atlantic Yards gets ignored.Read the original story

    Oct 19, 2014 | Atlantic Yards Report

    Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne yesterday wrote, Comprehensive 'Gehry' retrospective in Paris draws sociological blank : The exhibition is an impeccable vacuum. The curators have worked strenuously, if invisibly, to keep at bay the full range of issues that have given the rest of the architecture world a full-on identity crisis in the last decade or so.

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  12. Forest City selling Downtown Brooklyn site for far more than...Read the original story

    Oct 14, 2014 | Atlantic Yards Report

    Developers of Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park are getting the Vanderbilt Yard cheap, aren't they, as the value of land in and around Downtown Brooklyn continues to skyrocket. Crain's New York Business yesterday wrote, Forest City puts $185M downtown B'klyn site on market : Forest City Ratner Cos.

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  13. 550 Vanderbilt condo renderings fudge transition from row houses to...Read the original story w/Photo

    Oct 10, 2014 | Atlantic Yards Report

    New York YIMBY has the first renderings for CookFox's 550 Vanderbilt Avenue, 17-Story Pacific Park Brooklyn Condo Tower at the corner of Vanderbilt Avenue and Dean Street. Stephen Smith The faAžade will be a mix of masonry and precast concrete, for a more traditional look than the Gehry and SHoP designs.

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  14. Revised plan: only one of two cranes next to arena will be installed over the weekendRead the original story

    Oct 9, 2014 | Atlantic Yards Report

    A Community Notice Update from Pacific Park Brooklyn indicates that, starting tomorrow night, only one of two planned cranes needed for the green roof will be installed: Please note that due to changes in construction logistics, we will only be installing one crane over Columbus Day Weekend. The crane that will be installed over the weekend is a large crane and will be positioned at the corner of Dean Street and 6th Avenue and will require the same temporary detours of vehicles, pedestrian and bicycle traffic as previously stated in the Community Notice A second and smaller crane will be installed on Atlantic Ave near 6th Ave at a later date and will have minimal impacts.

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  15. Next two Saturdays: FDNY training drills (no sirens) at 752 Pacific, headed for demolitionRead the original story

    Oct 2, 2014 | Atlantic Yards Report

    A message from Empire State Development about a building on the southeast block of the Atlantic Yards site now slated for demolition: In our ongoing effort to update you on the activities surrounding the Atlantic Yards Project , attached is a supplemental report to the previously issued two week look ahead covering the period of September 29, 2014 through October 12, 2014. The New York City Fire Department will be conducting training drills at the building located at 752 Pacific Street.

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  16. Getting closer to Greenland: Brooklyn BP Adams, pushed by Forest City ...Read the original story

    Sep 16, 2014 | Atlantic Yards Report

    Representatives of the Greenland Group , the Shanghai-based new majority owners of Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park, have been invisible to the public, letting developer Forest City Ratner--the local member of Greenland Forest City Partners--stay out front. Of course, top Greenland officials have been to Forest City offices in Brooklyn.

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  17. In Senate race to succeed Adams, the BP's successor (Hamilton)...Read the original story w/Photo

    Sep 9, 2014 | Atlantic Yards Report

    Primary Day is today... In the 20th Senate District, vying to succeed the seat , formerly held by now-Borough President Eric Adams, the race is between educational administrator Rubain Dorancy and lawyer Jesse Hamilton , and a bit of a fight between Adams and Mayor Bill de Blasio/Rep. Hakeem Jeffries for primacy in Central Brooklyn. Doraincy, as noted by the Brooklyn Eagle, is endorsed by de Blasio, Reps.

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  18. We're not in Dodgerland any more, Part X: Nets guard Williams...Read the original story

    Sep 7, 2014 | Atlantic Yards Report

    The Brooklyn Game on 9/2/14 posted Deron Williams talks adjusting to New York, his foundation in Resident Magazine cover story : Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams is the cover model on this month's Resident Magazine, self-described as the "Monthly magazine for the affluent and culturally savvy Manhattanite." In a feature by Rory Winston, Williams describes his adjustment to New York City life in his new TriBeCa home, as well as his commitment to Autism Speaks, the autism awareness foundation that has close ties to Williams and his family.

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  19. 'I guess we all just have to adjust': music critic, once no fan of arena, celebrates Arcade Fire showRead the original story

    Aug 25, 2014 | Atlantic Yards Report

    In Metro 8/24/14, Gina Angelotti, who moved to Prospect Heights in approximately 2005, wrote Arcade Fire concert review, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, Aug. 22 .

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  20. Next Quality of Life meeting September 4 (no longer a committee?);...Read the original story w/Photo

    Feb 24, 2014 | Atlantic Yards Report

    A message yesterday from Nicole J. Jordan, Director, Community Relations, for Empire State Development: Dear Community , Forest City Ratner Companies, along with New York State and New York City representatives will host the next Quality of Life meeting Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 6:00 PM in the YWCA Community Room located at 30 Third Avenue, ... (more)

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