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Modell's, filing for bankruptcy, will close all its stores, including one across from the Barclays Center
Blog 2 weeks ago
Modell's, filing for bankruptcy, will close all its stores, including one across from the Barclays Center

"Gotta Go to Mo's"? Not no mo'.Modell's Sporting Goods, one of the two stores at Site 5 in the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park footprint, is heading...

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Prescience from the December 2003 Brooklyn Rail:
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Prescience from the December 2003 Brooklyn Rail: "such guidelines must not leave affordable housing construction to chance"

Just before Atlantic Yards was even announced, anthropology graduate student--and now professor--David Vine--was raising some very important issues...

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At Barclays Center, certain events drawing more vehicles still cause traffic snags, leave neighbors stalemated
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At Barclays Center, certain events drawing more vehicles still cause traffic snags, leave neighbors stalemated

This is the fourth of four articles on the 3/3/20 Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Quality of Life meeting, held by Empire State Development (ESD), the...

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Meeting update: railyard nearly done; new Atlantic Avenue median; new retail tenant; questions about sanitation and truck staging
Blog 3 weeks ago
Meeting update: railyard nearly done; new Atlantic Avenue median; new retail tenant; questions about sanitation and truck staging

This is the third of a few articles on the 3/3/20 Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Quality of Life meeting, held by Empire State Development (ESD), the...

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Next
Blog 3 weeks ago
Next "quarterly" Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation March 18 (unconfirmed), eight months after the last one

More than eight months since the last meeting, and more than three month since the last meeting was scheduled but postponed, the board of the...

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Beyond
Blog 1 month ago
Beyond "affordable housing": social housing means "permanent affordability, democratic resident control, and social equality" (and where does AY fit?)

Two articles published by the Community Service Society 2/18/20, by Oksana Mironova and Thomas J. Waters, offer a broader perspective on what is...

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Strange bedfellows: Behind that Atlantic Yards alliance of Bertha Lewis (then of NY ACORN) and Mayor Mike Bloomberg
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Strange bedfellows: Behind that Atlantic Yards alliance of Bertha Lewis (then of NY ACORN) and Mayor Mike Bloomberg

OK, then explain this (not-Photoshopped) 2005 pic of NYCC predecessor ACORN's Executive Director Bertha Lewis and Mike. (Atlantic Yards made...

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Residential property tax reform proposed, could foster equity, but untangling the current system will be fraught
Blog 1 month ago
Residential property tax reform proposed, could foster equity, but untangling the current system will be fraught

"Affordable housing" and a fairer city requires a lot of changes, notably property tax reform, given that poster child Mayor Bill de Blasio's well...

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On Dean Street, some DEP digging, but no real details
Blog 1 month ago
On Dean Street, some DEP digging, but no real details

This is the eighth of eight posts regarding the 1/28/20 Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Quality of Life meeting. The first regarded delays in B12/B13,...

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New residential building going up on Waverly
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New residential building going up on Waverly "outside the Pacific Park redevelopment area"

From Daten Group to build 117,000 s/f mixed-use building in Brooklyn's Clinton Hill neighborhood, 2/4/20 in New York Real Estate Journal: Brooklyn,...

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Next Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation meeting: who knows?
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Next Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation meeting: who knows?

This is the sixth of multiple posts regarding the 1/28/20 Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Quality of Life meeting. The first regarded delays in B12/B13...

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When's the next Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation meeting? It only met twice* last year. It's supposed to meet quarterly.
Blog 2 months ago
When's the next Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation meeting? It only met twice* last year. It's supposed to meet quarterly.

The Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation (AY CDC), the putative monitoring and advisory body that sometimes can ventilate useful...

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The issue is not just
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The issue is not just "affordable" units but level of affordability. Which should've been recognized in 2010.

For those wondering if developer Greenland Forest City Partners can meet the 2025 affordable housing deadline by building three "50% affordable"...

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Amid discussion of sports facilities and banking regulations, Barclays Center suggested as a
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Amid discussion of sports facilities and banking regulations, Barclays Center suggested as a "net positive." I'm not so sure. Nor does it fit the CRA Elita4

The new Sports Illustrated has, I guess, pseudonymous blog contributors, so on 12/30/19 we got Development of Sports Facilities Usually Regarded as...

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A decade in real estate: the Barclays Center and the
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A decade in real estate: the Barclays Center and the "outer-borough renaissance"

On 12/30/10 6sqft quoted 21 experts on NYC’s most important projects of the past decade. They interviewees cited the World Trade Center site, the...

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Yes, more Nets live in Brooklyn. (And the practice facility helps.) But we're a long way from Dodger-land.
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Yes, more Nets live in Brooklyn. (And the practice facility helps.) But we're a long way from Dodger-land.

Joe Vardon of the Athletic wrote 1/10/20 The boys are back in town: How Nets coaches and players live among Brooklynites, like the Dodgers of old,...

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Deciphering the Times's "Ultraluxury Condo" story: more rentals than condos in Downtown Brooklyn, and rezoning had bigger effect than the Barclays Center

I had to twice read The Decade Dominated by the Ultraluxury Condo, a New York Times Sunday Real Estate section cover story (1/12/20) published...

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From Urban Omnibus,
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From Urban Omnibus, "the rhetoric... is remarkably slippery": insight on the ill-fated effort to build 461 Dean and the challenges of modular construction

On 12/4/19, Urban Omnibus published Unruly Bits, an intriguing essay on the challenges and complexity behind modular construction, notably the ill...

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Schneps Media publisher:
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Schneps Media publisher: "We're not a political newspaper" but Amazon was a "disaster" because of "a few people who were very negative and left-wing about giving Amazon incentives"

Now that Brooklyn Paper owner Schneps Media, recent buyer of amNewYork (now downsized), has bought (and apparently closed) the other free daily,...

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Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park in 2020: important clues coming re platform, Site 5, affordable housing?
Blog 2 months ago
Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park in 2020: important clues coming re platform, Site 5, affordable housing?

Here's my 2019 retrospective.For Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park, 2020 should be a year of continued progress in construction--the B4 and B15 towers...

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Yes, Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park and Barclays Center make a few end-of-decade round-ups
Blog 3 months ago
Yes, Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park and Barclays Center make a few end-of-decade round-ups

As the decade comes to a close, the rent in NYC is still too damn high, Curbed wrote 12/16/19, noting:Manhattan and Brooklyn are tied, as rents...

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Greenland announces completion of Metropolis in Los Angeles (but not close to full occupancy)
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Greenland announces completion of Metropolis in Los Angeles (but not close to full occupancy)

A 12/17/19 press release, Greenland USA Announces Completion of Metropolis in Downtown Los Angeles, had the subheading "Redefining DTLAs' skyline,...

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As of 2009, another sign developer was estimating more rental units and fewer condos
Blog 3 months ago
As of 2009, another sign developer was estimating more rental units and fewer condos

Maybe, I wrote in February 2018, Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park would have more than 4,500 rentals and fewer than 1,930 condos, given previous...

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Has Site 5 condemnation moved forward? No evidence yet.
Blog 3 months ago
Has Site 5 condemnation moved forward? No evidence yet.

As I wrote yesterday, there's a glut of office space in Brooklyn, though that still doesn't rule out the chances for Site 5, which could deliver...

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For now, there's a glut of office space around Brooklyn. What does that mean for Site 5?
Blog 3 months ago
For now, there's a glut of office space around Brooklyn. What does that mean for Site 5?

25 Kent Lands A 65K SF Short-Term Occupant As Its Anchor Search, Bisnow reported 12/5/19:Rubenstein Partners and Heritage Equities Partners reached...

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TRD: In Los Angeles, a very bumpy ride for Greenland USA's Metropolis project save Greenland’s Metropolis?
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TRD: In Los Angeles, a very bumpy ride for Greenland USA's Metropolis project save Greenland’s Metropolis?"

Can influencers and college students save Greenland’s Metropolis?, The Real Deal Los Angeles reported 12/2/19.Official renderingThe gist: Greenland...

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Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation meeting Dec. 4 has been postponed
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Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation meeting Dec. 4 has been postponed

OK, the Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation meeting scheduled for Wednesday, 12/4/19, has been postponed to an unspecified later date....

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Lawsuit: after signing 20-year lease in 1999 with 20-year renewal, McDonald's across from Atlantic Yards site faces huge rent hike because landlord would rather build tower
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Lawsuit: after signing 20-year lease in 1999 with 20-year renewal, McDonald's across from Atlantic Yards site faces huge rent hike because landlord would rather build tower

Landlord hits Brooklyn McDonald’s with super-sized rent increase, the New York Post reported in an article that went online in the evening Saturday...

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Curbed: Barclays Center among NYC’s 10 most important buildings of the past decade
Blog 4 months ago
Curbed: Barclays Center among NYC’s 10 most important buildings of the past decade

Curbed New York on 11/27/19 included the Barclays Center--the only Brooklyn example, and one of two outer-borough picks--among NYC’s 10 most...

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Blog 4 months ago
Will there be art on the Dean Street construction fence? Unclear. If so, it won't be like last time.

This is the seventh of several articles on the 11/19/19 Quality of Life meeting, which focused on the new B12 and B13 towers. The first concerned...

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