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Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007

Moment of Truth: Court to determine if Ratner gets land

Atlantic Yards: The climactic legal battle against the Atlantic Yards mega-project began in a Manhattan courtroom this week, where lawyers argued over one of the oldest issues in American jurisprudence: When can the government seize a person’s home and give it to someone else to tear down and redevelop? Comments (3)

Atlantic Yards case is strong

Editorial: A federal appeals court must reject Atlantic Yards unless it wants to defy the Supreme Court’s landmark Kelo ruling from just two years ago. Comments (2)

Marty skips gay Atlantic Yards talk

Atlantic Yards: Borough President Markowitz has declined a gay Democratic club’s invitation to herald the positives of the Atlantic Yards project at a forum later this month, and, while he’s there, explain why he supported a notoriously homophobic Borough Park politician in his race for a Civil Court seat. “I have little interest in becoming someone’s punching bag,” the Beep told the group. Comments (3)

Apple to Billyburg?

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The Apple Store and a Barneys Co-op are reportedly in talks to lease retail space in the ground floor of the Williamsburg Edge, the mammoth, 1,350-unit development rising on the Kent Avenue waterfront. Comments (1)

Hit the road, Dolly!

Atlantic Yards: Brooklyn’s representative on the Planning Commission — whose business dealings with Bruce Ratner forced her to recuse herself from discussions on the largest development in Brooklyn’s history — will not be appointed to a second term. Comments (3)

Build, but listen to us before you do

Bloomy in the ’Hood: Bloomberg leapt at a chance to discuss housing when Community Board 1 Land-Use Committee Chairman Ward Dennis complained about a lack of communication between city agencies and the community. Comment

Close zoning loopholes!

Bloomy in the ’Hood: Bloomberg certainly heard plenty of complaints about the 2005 rezoning that unleashed the wave of high-rise development on the neighborhood. Comment

Money muddies port support

Red Hook: The operators of Brooklyn’s last working cargo port came under fire this week after they reportedly funneled tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to elected officials who oppose the Bloomberg Administration’s plan to evict them to create a tourist haven in Red Hook. Comment

Pier-less future? The Explainer

The Explainer: A city plan to evict the operators of Red Hook’s working cargo port from Port Authority-owned piers ran into opposition last week when 21 officials sent a letter urging the bi-state agency to give the dockworkers a new 10-year lease. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Council Speaker Chris Quinn and Councilman David Yassky were among the signatories of the letter. Comment

‘Finger’ may get amputated

Williamsburg: A notorious, half-built tower on North Eighth Street — which locals call “the Finger Building” because of how it resembles a middle digit flipping the bird — should get cut off at the middle knuckle at a public hearing next week, members of Community Board 1 say. Comment

New mansion on the block

Downtown: The Landmarks Preservation Commission has cleared the way for a four-story Greek-revival-style mansion at the corner of Hicks and State streets — on the last empty lot in the notoriously snooty Brooklyn Heights Historic District. Comment

DUMBO landmarking on the map

Downtown: The creation of a DUMBO historic district moved closer to reality this week when the Landmarks Preservation Commission agreed to discuss the topic later this month, the first step in a process to protect the waterfront warehouse district from the wrecking ball of redevelopment. Comments (2)