Saturday, July 22, 2006

Yards protest rallies 2,000

Atlantic Yards: More than 2,000 people — all hot and bothered by Bruce Ratner’s plan to build 16 skyscrapers and an 18,000-seat basketball arena in Prospect Heights — assembled Sunday at Grand Army Plaza in the largest opposition rally since Ratner’s Atlantic Yards proposal was unveiled three years ago. Comment

State big to Brooklyn: You’re Manhattan now

Atlantic Yards: Atlantic Yards will cost more to build and benefit the public less than Bruce Ratner said it would — and carry with it environmental impacts that can not be mitigated, a state analysis disclosed this week. Comment

Inside Ratner’s Atlantic Yards

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-development would “transform a blighted area into a vibrant mixed-use community,” with affordable housing, a basketball arena and seven new acres of greenspace, according to a new state study — but the $4.2-billion, 16-skyscraper, hotel, residential and office space complex would also put a significant strain on the public school system, already-choked intersections, aging sewers and hundreds of residents who just want to see the sun. Comment

Gargano to B’klyn: Get big

Editorial: The Manhattanization of Brooklyn is now official state policy. That’s what Empire State Development Corporation Chairman Charles Gargano said this week, as his agency released a disheartening draft environmental impact statement for Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project. Comment

Rally on!

Atlantic Yards: Thousands gathered at Grand Army Plaza on Sunday to protest Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project. Speeches were lengthy, so we thought it best to provide excerpts of the more-moving moments. Comment

The battle for 4th Avenue

Development: “Kill the 12-story monster,” read a hand-painted sign sprouting up amid weeds and abandoned toys in a lot on Fourth Avenue and 12th Street. Comments (1)

Brooklyn and Wal-Mart: Perfect together

Editorial: There is one unavoidable conclusion written between the lines of this week’s Chamber of Commerce report on our local economy: Brooklyn needs Wal-Mart. Comments (1)

Academic joins fight to save ‘Underground RR’ houses

Development: An expert on the Underground Railroad has joined the crusade to save two Duffield Street houses that are facing demolition by the city. Comment

Brooklyn’s ‘Hi,’ Sierra

Bridge ‘Park’: The 750,000-member Sierra Club — which normally concerns itself with global warming and the federal Clean Water Act — has backed a comparatively small local lawsuit claiming that the proposed Brooklyn Bridge Park is actually a handout to real-estate developers. Comment

Every group hates traffic

Development: A coalition of 28 community groups — spanning a wide swath from Bay Ridge to Greenpoint — are demanding that Mayor Bloomberg focus more attention on the traffic that is “blanketing our streets with cars and trucks.” Comment

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