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Buzzer beater! Ratner workers will toil longer, and on Saturdays, to get arena done

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And on the seventh day, Bruce Ratner won’t rest.

Work in and around the developer’s Atlantic Yards site on Atlantic and Vanderbilt avenues will stretch into Saturday for the next three months, and last longer during the weekday, according to an updated schedule released late last week by the Empire State Development Corporation, the agency overseeing the work.

Beginning on May 2, workers will be busy from 6 am to 4:30 pm, one hour earlier and later than previously agreed upon.

The Saturday work will begin on May 7, and will occur between 7 am and 5:30 pm.

The work includes the installation of support pilings at Atlantic Avenue near Sixth Avenue and at Vanderbilt Avenue near Atlantic Avenue.

It is unclear how traffic will be affected.

Forest City Ratner spokesman Joe DePlasco said the $4.9-billion mega-project is proceeding “completely on schedule,” and the time changes reflect the fact the project is located above an active Long Island Rail Road train yard belonging to the adjacent Atlantic Terminal.

“You can only work in certain areas when the trains are not live,” he said.

The project officially consists of 16 residential and office towers, plus a basketball arena, but currently only features one under-construction sports facility, the Barclays Center, which is slated to open on Sept. 28, 2012.

The remainder of the residential and commercial buildings are on hold until the economy improves, Ratner has said.

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Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Once again, the sheep have been lead to the slaughter house in believing Ratner. He originally said that he will agree to union workers, and now he will go against that. It looks like PT Barnum was right when he said that famous quote, "A sucker is born every minute." Then again, that's Ratner for you in believe he will keep his promises when he won't.
May 2, 2011, 7:25 pm

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