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  1. Decoding the graphic at the 550 Vanderbilt launch: 'Evokes the...Read the original story

    Friday Oct 2 | Atlantic Yards Report

    It's worth following up on the launch last week of the sales office for the 550 Vanderbilt tower. Consider the graphic below, created by artist Heather Klar, who specializes in creating real-time records of gatherings.


  2. Two ads for 550 Vanderbilt in the New York Times Magazine: 'a...Read the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Sep 22 | Atlantic Yards Report

    Not one but two pages in this past Sunday's New York Times Magazine were devoted, at least in part, to the 550 Vanderbilt condo tower at the southeast end of Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park. Both show that deceptive rendering that s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-s the three story brick building at left and tilts the substantial 202-foot tower into the distance, diminishing its bulk.


  3. Changes to open space guidelines seem welcome, but the process was less than transparentRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Sep 16 | Atlantic Yards Report

    Within the past two months, there have been relatively minor--and generally praised--bureaucratic changes in the Open Space Design Guidelines, which govern the the open space within Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park.


  4. Community Update meeting scheduled for 6 pm WednesdayRead the original story

    Tuesday Sep 15 | Atlantic Yards Report

    As I wrote Aug. 18, Empire State Development announced: In consideration of summer vacation plans and to ensure the most up to date information is shared with the community we are rescheduling, the August 19th Atlantic Yards aka Pacific Park Brooklyn Community Update Meeting . The meeting is being moved to Wednesday, September 16th.


  5. Greenland, the videos: a proud corporate introduction; positioning...Read the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Sep 8 | Atlantic Yards Report

    The Greenland Holding Group, the parent company of Greenland USA, the joint venture that owns 70% of Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park , has posted several videos promoting itself, and they're worth a look. The posture strikes me as a continuation of the huge advertisement Greenland posted in late 2013 in Times Square: "Here "Here We Come.... A Skyscraper Specialist from China."


  6. Next Community Update meeting rescheduled to Sept. 16Read the original story

    Aug 18, 2015 | Atlantic Yards Report

    A message yesterday from Empire State Development: In consideration of summer vacation plans and to ensure the most up to date information is shared with the community we are rescheduling, the August 19th Atlantic Yards aka Pacific Park Brooklyn Community Update Meeting . The meeting is being moved to Wednesday, September 16th.


  7. Ratner contributes $20K to Cuomo in most recent fundraising period;...Read the original story

    Jul 22, 2015 | Atlantic Yards Report

    So, did developer Bruce Ratner give Gov. Andrew Cuomo's campaign account $15,000, as the Albany Times Union reported 7/15/15? Actually, though Ratner did write "a $15,000 check to the campaign April 10," as the newspaper reported, state records show he gave an additional $5,000 to the campaign in July. Ratner's $20,000 contribution may seem large, but only a fraction of the money Cuomo raised.


  8. After complaints about hazardous Atlantic Avenue, Forest City admits...Read the original story

    Jun 29, 2015 | Atlantic Yards Report

    At the Community Update meeting last Wednesday, executives from developer Greenland Forest City Ratner partners and state and city agencies heard several complaints about unsafe streets, notably the intersection of Atlantic and Sixth avenues, site of major construction. Two residents north of Atlantic said they were afraid to cross the street, given the poorly marked sidewalks and the poor performance of the Traffic Enforcement Agents paid for by the developer but supervised by the police .


  9. Crain;s: Forest City's Gilmartin 17th-most powerful women in New...Read the original story

    Jun 28, 2015 | Atlantic Yards Report

    Crain's New York Business has issued its Most Powerful Women 2015 , with Forest City Ratner Chief Executive MaryAnne Gilmartin ranked 17 , just one step below her ranking two years ago: As head of Forest City Ratner Cos. for more than two years, MaryAnne Gilmartin, 51, has already overseen the construction of some of New York City's most recognizable landmarks: a residential building designed by Frank Gehry at 8 Spruce St., the Renzo Piano-crafted New York Times Building and the eye-catching Barclays Center in Brooklyn.


  10. Dean Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt closed to traffic Tuesday through Friday for utility workRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 20, 2015 | Atlantic Yards Report

    As noted on Atlantic Yards Watch , Brooklyn Community Board 8 has received the following notice from Con Edison: Con Edison will be installing new electric service on Dean Street between Carlton Avenue and Vanderbilt Avenue in Brooklyn. Con Edison will have a Full Roadway Closure for this street segment for us to complete this work.


  11. City, state, electeds help Forest City spin '100% affordable'...Read the original story w/Photo

    Jun 19, 2015 | Atlantic Yards Report

    It's " Orwellian, almost ." City and state officials--who work for the public, remember--have, in service of developer Greenland Forest City Partners, contributed to a deceptive, misleading portrayal of the affordable housing in Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park.


  12. Keep your eye on the ball: permit filed for 26-story condo tower next ...Read the original story

    Jun 2, 2015 | Atlantic Yards Report

    We hear a lot about the 100% affordable building coming at the corner of Dean Street and Sixth Avenue, set to launch in June. But Greenland Forest City Partners is also building a 100% market condo building at the same time, located between Dean and Pacific streets one site west of Vanderbilt Avenue.


  13. 'Everything you love about Brooklyn'?: marketing push for 550 Vanderbilt condo beginsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 1, 2015 | Atlantic Yards Report

    It was hard to miss, the half-page advertisement on Page 4 of the New York Times Real Estate section yesterday for 550 Vanderbilt, with that deceptive rendering we have gotten to know. " Everything you love about Brooklyn ," claims the headline, followed by "COOKFOX Architects draws on the rich heritage of the surrounding neighborhoods to create 550 Vanderbilt, Brooklyn's newest luxury address, where design and amenities connect its residents to nature and community like never before."


  14. Nets' CEO/GM: team 'on pace' to open training center during...Read the original story

    May 30, 2015 | Atlantic Yards Report

    As noted by NetsDaily, in a letter to season ticket-holders, Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark and team General Manager Billy King refer to an effort to re-sign center Brook Lopez and forward Thaddeus Young, while building "on our emerging young core of players, such as Mason Plumlee, Bojan Bogdanovic, Markel Brown, and Sergey Karasev." That suggests that the highly-paid Deron Williams and Joe Johnson--some three years ago introduced with enormous fanfare as "Brooklyn's Backcourt"--are on the outs.


  15. Meeting 5:30 pm invites public input on proposed new app to log...Read the original story

    May 27, 2015 | Atlantic Yards Report

    Empire State Development Corporation will host an Atlantic Yards Community App input meeting tomorrow [today, May 27]. 5:30 - 6:30 PM Shirley Chisholm State Office Building 55 Hanson Place , Brooklyn NY 11201 1st Floor Conference Room Please come and share your suggestions on features you would like to see in the new software system.


  16. Sixth Avenue between Atlantic/Pacific to be closed for seven nights...Read the original story w/Photo

    May 11, 2015 | Atlantic Yards Report

    According to a COMMUNITY NOTICE issued today by Pacific Park Brooklyn, utility work--part of the West Portal construction for Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park--will require Sixth Avenue between Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street to be closed for seven weeknights starting Thursday, May 14, as well as more than six days. These closures will be in effect during the following times: Nightly Closures - Thursday, May 14th to Friday, May 22nd Continuous Closure - 7 AM, Tuesday, May 26th through 5 AM, June 1st Note that, from 10 PM on Friday, May 29th, through 5 AM on Monday, June 1st, Atlantic Avenue will be narrowed to 1 lane eastbound and 2 lanes westbound.


  17. Forest City announces purchase of 500 Sterling, rental apartment in...Read the original story

    May 5, 2015 | Atlantic Yards Report

    In Forest City Enterprises' Form 10-Q statement submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday, the firm announced: "Acquired 500 Sterling Place, a 77 unit apartment community in Brooklyn, New York for cash and a nonrecourse mortgage." No sale price was announced for 500 Sterling , in the western part of Crown Heights near Prospect Heights, which as Brownstoner reported in February, set neighborhood rent records and was fully leased.


  18. If LIC is a template, should we expect 'value priced rent stabilized' Atlantic Yards apartments?Read the original story

    Apr 16, 2015 | Atlantic Yards Report

    I wrote last November how the developers of affordable housing at Hunters Point South in Long Island City resorted to advertising "the best apartment deal in New York" and sending a street team out to recruit applicants for the "affordable" middle-income housing. While the housing is below market for new construction in the Long Island City waterfront neighborhood, it's hardly cheap.


  19. Institutional Investor on Brooklyn's urban revival and AYRead the original story

    Apr 12, 2015 | Atlantic Yards Report

    There an interesting piece in Institutional Investor, dated 3/10/15, headlined An Urban Revival Grows in Brooklyn , subtitled "Big money is flowing into cities across the U.S. Can it do the right thing by Brooklyn and other urban areas." It begins by noting the renovation of the Loew's Kings Theatre, supported by Goldman Sachs Group's Urban Investment Group.


  20. It looks like Hillary Clinton will base her campaign at MetroTech...Read the original story

    Mar 14, 2015 | Atlantic Yards Report

    CNN reported yesterday, in Hillary Clinton set on Brooklyn HQ, eyes April launch : As Hillary Clinton's expected April presidential launch nears, her already sizable campaign apparatus is moving into place and getting close to signing a lease for office space in Brooklyn. Clinton and her team have recently coalesced around the New York borough, according to multiple sources, and are nearing a deal for office space at the MetroTech complex in Brooklyn.


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