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Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007

Now he tells us! On the way out, Doctoroff admits Atlantic Yards process was flawed

Atlantic Yards: Departing Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff took a parting shot at the Atlantic Yards mega-development this week, offering the stunning admission that if the city had to do it all over again, it would have demanded a proper public review of the $4-billion project. Comments (4)

Doctoroff’s disaster

Editorial: We always knew that the Atlantic Yards project would afford us many occasions over the next 30 years to say, “We told you so.” But we just didn’t expect to get one so soon. Comment

All Drawn Out

Atlantic Yards: Our cartoonist’s take. Comments (1)

Happy anniversary

Brooklyn Angle: Four years ago this week, Bruce Ratner unveiled the Atlantic Yards project. That anniversary gives us a chance to revisit whether the developer is living up to his original promises (thank goodness we saved the press kit!). Comment

Battle lines drawn over Navy Yard’s ‘Row’ future

Downtown: Scores of Brooklynites rallied on Tuesday to support a plan to tear down a row of historic, yet badly damaged, houses inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard to make room for a supermarket — even as the federal government issued a report declaring that most of the 10 150-year-old mansions can be saved. Comments (1)

Painting the town: Pols show up for groundbreaking of $60M Fulton Mall hotel

Downtown plan: The InterContinental Hotel Group — an extremely high-end chain with lodges from Andorra to Zimbabwe — joined forces with a 25-year-old developer to break ground this week on a $60-million hotel on Duffield Street. Comment

Have a seat in the Standish

Downtown: The Jehovah’s Witnesses, a major landowner in Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO, have netted a whopping $50 million for the Standish Arms Hotel, a Columbia Heights building that will be turned into luxury rentals, the new owner says. Comments (9)

Garden security has Brooklyn pols asking Yards questions

Atlantic Yards: State officials said that the NYPD won’t need to close streets around the Nets arena because police don’t close roadways next to Madison Square Garden on game nights — but there’s only one problem with that promise: the NYPD did shut a roadway between the Garden and Penn Plaza after 9-11. Comments (1)

Council sweet on landmarking

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The developer planning to transform the long-shuttered Domino Sugar refinery into a vibrant residential community will face increased costs now that the City Council has landmarked three historic buildings on the site — but the company couldn’t be happier. Comment

‘Finger’ stretching upwards

Williamsburg: A notorious 16-story apartment project on North Eighth Street that has been holding steady at 10 stories for seven months was cleared for takeoff this week. Comment

Fore! Junior links on course

Bay Ridge: A long-awaited junior golf course on unused land at Dyker Beach Park is on schedule for completion and will be ready for play by next June. Comments (1)

Survey says: Nabe wants low-rent units

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The developer who wants to build 2,200 units of luxury housing on the Domino Sugar refinery site just north of the Williamsburg Bridge is using its “affordable housing” component — about 660 of the new units — to promote the project in the community. Comments (1)