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Click on graphic to enlarge. Graphic by Ben Keel.This graphic, posted in November 2017, is post-dated to stay at the top of the blog. It will be updated as announced configurations change  Read more

The latest Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Construction Update (bottom), covering the two weeks beginning December 18, was circulated at 1:42 pm yesterday (lead time) by Empire State Development (ESD) after preparation  Read more

With all the publicity regarding controversial national legislation and rulemaking, we might lose sign of the fact that the EB-5 investor visa program--used three times to bring cheap loans to  Read more

In an exclusive 12/13/17, the Daily Beast published The Shady Bank Where This Russian NBA Owner Stashed Money, suggesting a whiff of scandal surrounding Mikhail Prokhorov, currently owner of the  Read more

Brooklyn Council Member Mark Treyger has a good idea--to make housing lotteries more transparent--but, as I explain below, it needs a few tweaks to better understand the response to higher-income  Read more

It's big news on Long Island, at least, as the cover of yesterday's Newsday (right) suggests, but it should have ripples in Brooklyn, where the New York Islanders face an  Read more

It's not certain--no lease has been signed--but the major retail tenant at 535 Carlton, at the corner of Dean Street and Carlton Avenue, could be another branch of Mekelburg's. It  Read more

I wrote in January how real estate developer Bruce Ratner joined celebrities urging Congress to "vigorously oppose” (then) President-elect Donald Trump’s “racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, anti-worker, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, anti-environmental policies.”I  Read more

Park life pulling buyers to new south Brooklyn, declared Real Estate Weekly in an 12/8/17 article that could, perhaps, be appended to a piece about Sheepshead Bay.Nah, it's about 550  Read more

From the Real Deal, 12/6/17. The Agency hires a new team to tackle sales at Greenland’s Metropolis:Nearly two months ago, a brokerage shakeup occurred at Greenland USA’s $1 billion Metropolis  Read more

So, this casual, and not so wise, remark by Mayor Bill de Blasio certainly caused a firestorm:Did he mean that the team wasn't winning? or did he mean that the  Read more

From the Real Deal yesterday, To the future! Experts talk tech, and how to lure companies to NYCAt Pacific Park, Forest City put modular construction to the test, an experiment  Read more

It's important and overdue that we're having national/local conversations and investigations regarding sexual harassment in political and media circles (while remembering that some less publicized workplaces leave workers even more  Read more

Shadowing the uncertain future of the New York Islanders in Brooklyn (see my article in The Bridge) is an uncomfortable fact: the Islanders aren't earning the profits they want, nor  Read more

I have an article in The Bridge, a new Brooklyn business publication, headlined The Uneasy Future of Islanders Hockey in Brooklyn, with the deck, "With disappointing crowds and an awkward fit,  Read more

Yesterday, a few days (and two events) late, the Barclays Center announced in December 2017 event calendar to arena neighbors.It includes a total of 20 ticketed events, including eight Islanders  Read more

Four-and-a-half months after announcing to The Real Deal, with a shift in brokers to stimulate sales, that the condo building 550 Vanderbilt would not lower prices, developer Greenland Forest City  Read more

From The Real Deal, 12/1/17, Is retail turning a corner?:Cushman [& Wakefield], for one, was tapped by Ronald Dickerman of Madison International Realty this year to handle leasing at the 2.1  Read more

[Update: not sure what happened to the original tweet I was replying to, which contained the quote in the headline.]As hinted in my analysis of the #affordablehousing lottery for #535Carlton  Read more

The latest Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Construction Update (bottom), covering the two weeks beginning December 4, was circulated at 5:43 pm yesterday by Empire State Development (ESD) after preparation by Greenland  Read more

A more efficient entry for railroad trains to Atlantic Terminal is on the way, thanks to the West Portal work that's part of the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park project.We just don't  Read more

On Tuesday, when I walked by in late afternoon, there was a large green fence around 38 Sixth Avenue, the latest building in Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park to open, a "100%  Read more

A new report on an "affordable housing crisis for seniors" has been issued by LiveOn NY, an advocacy and policy organization for New York’s community-based aging service providers. (See coverage in the New York Daily  Read more

So Eric Phillips, press secretary for Mayor Bill de Blasio, has invited former DNAinfo and Gothamist reporters for a " long no-holds-barred roundtable QA session w/ the Mayor."Several responded with enthusiasm,  Read more

In How Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump, Jr., Avoided a Criminal Indictment, a collaboration between The New Yorker, ProPublica, and WNYC published 10/4/17, we learn a very troubling story.As Andrea Bernstein, Jesse Eisinger, Justin  Read more

From Real Estate Weekly, 11/22/17, Real Estate power players split on city╩╝s chances to win Amazon HQ:[Forest City New York's MaryAnne] Gilmartin agreed that the economics of the situation make a  Read more

There are some interesting twists regarding the compromise announced this past Tuesday (11/21/17) regarding more affordable housing at the Bedford-Union Armory project, including some very misleading advertising (with no sanction?),  Read more

"Apartments renting for $3,700 a month are part of the city's affordable housing program, but can't find tenants," the New York Times Metro section tweeted, promoting columnist Ginia Bellafante's critical  Read more

An 8/23/17 post from Shelterforce, "the only independent, non-academic publication covering the worlds of community development, affordable housing, and neighborhood stabilization," points to the page at right and below, suggesting  Read more

Two days ago, a "Monday Madness" email from the Barclays Center promised some deals, including $10 tickets to a 1/10/18 (Wednesday) Brooklyn Nets game versus the Detroit Pistons. For now,  Read more

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