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The New York Times + Mayor de Blasio + Real Estate = Garbage

Matthew Chapman | Posted 02.09.2015 | New York
Matthew Chapman

The Yorkville garbage processing factory scandal reveals just about everything that's wrong with government and a lot that's wrong with journalism. How local reporters have managed to get this story so wrong and miss so much is a mystery.

Barclays Center Owners Say City Overvalued Arena By $600 Million

DNAinfo | Posted 11.20.2012 | New York

PROSPECT HEIGHTS — The owner of the Barclays Center has a low opinion of its high appraisal. Developer Forest City Ratner says its taxpayer-subsi...

An Elegy for Brooklyn, in the Shadow of Barclays

Jay Michaelson | Posted 12.02.2012 | New York
Jay Michaelson

Like most Brooklynites, I didn't break out the champagne when Jay-Z officially opened the Barclays Center arena. Quite the contrary: This odious monstrosity represents the death of a vibrant, diverse culture at the hands of a corporate monolith.

Beat the Barclays Center Traffic Blues: Use Mass Transit

Ellen Freudenheim | Posted 05.24.2012 | New York
Ellen Freudenheim

I have a case of anticipatory road rage from being stuck in stadium traffic. To solve the anticipated parking crunch, the Barclays Center should make it harder to park, to scare drivers away from the arena. Here are 7 ideas:

WATCH: Future Home Of Brooklyn Nets Almost Complete

Posted 02.27.2012 | New York

After years of controversy, Barclays Center at Atlantic Yards--future home of the Brooklyn Nets--is "much more than halfway complete" according to Bob...

Shocker: Brooklyn Jobs And Housing The Old-Fashioned Way

Steve Ettlinger | Posted 01.18.2012 | New York
Steve Ettlinger

Kudos to Catsimatidis and Red Apple Group for their development the old-fashioned way, with their own cash and vision, and congratulations to the city government for making this all work.

Atlantic Yards Developer Sued By Construction Workers

Patch | Amy Sara Clark | Posted 11.16.2011 | New York

Claiming they were duped, seven Brooklyn construction workers are sueing the developer of the Atlantic Yards Project and a local community organizatio...

Atlantic Yards Twist: Judge Agrees State Agency Catered To Developer Forest City Ratner

Norman Oder | Posted 09.17.2011 | New York
Norman Oder

The new decision, if no slam dunk, is more than a "minor victory." As previous Atlantic Yards litigation has shown, state judges rarely second-guess state agencies.

BAM Will Put On Performances At New Brooklyn Nets Arena

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 08.30.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — A little Shakespeare with your basketball? The developers of a new arena for the NBA's Nets that is under construction in Brooklyn sa...

Brooklyn BP Markowitz's Atlantic Yards Falsehood (Video)

Norman Oder | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Norman Oder

Brooklyn's not close to "1000 percent behind Atlantic Yards." Did Markowitz really think no one would notice such a claim?

Reuters Nails Promoters of Green Cards for Investments as Liars, Gets Dubious Excuses on Brooklyn Arena

Norman Oder | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Norman Oder

A couple of astonishing things happened last week in coverage of the EB-5 immigration visa program -- green cards for investments -- the dubious use of which I've investigated for months regarding Atlantic Yards.

Atlantic Yards Stopped?

Steve Ettlinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Steve Ettlinger

Longstanding opponents Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn and Brooklyn Speaks got a favorable response last month and will have a hearing tomorrow, Dec. 2...

Anatomy of a Green Card Pitch: In China, Atlantic Yards Backers Rely on the Distraction of Basketball

Norman Oder | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Norman Oder

The next astounding step for Brooklyn developer Forest City Ratner involves raising a $249 million interest-free loan from 498 Chinese millionaires seeking green cards.

The Marty Markowitz Memorial Parking Lot

Jimmy Askew | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jimmy Askew

The latest blow to Atlantic Yards is renewed legal challenges over a plan for an "interim" parking lot for 1,100 cars that would be in place for up to 25 years.

Atlantic Yards: Judge Slams State Development Agency for "Failure of Transparency"

Norman Oder | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Norman Oder

A ruling in the last Atlantic Yards lawsuit laid bare just how the state cut corners to favor developer Forest City Ratner, allowing a 25-year buildout while insisting the project could get done in just ten years.

Green Cards for Sale? Atlantic Yards Backers Seek Chinese Investors

Norman Oder | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Norman Oder

If a seven-city promotional tour in China is successful, here's what may happen: 498 millionaires will park $500,000 for five years in an investment fund organized for the developer of Atlantic Yards.

Cursing Atlantic Yards

Steve Ettlinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Steve Ettlinger

The most peculiar groundbreaking ceremony took place on March 11 at the edge of Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

A Sad Day for Brooklyn: Atlantic Yards Groundbreaking

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Petro

In theory, it should be everything that a progressive urban policy analyst like me would want from a new development. But, somehow, Atlantic Yards developer Forest City Ratner got it all wrong.

Why I Will Be Protesting Atlantic Yards Thursday

Steve Ettlinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Steve Ettlinger

They may have scheduled a ground-breaking ceremony, but I just don't think the fat lady has sung yet, as far as the Atlantic Yards boondoggle/landgrab goes.

Bloomberg/NYC Gave $131 Million to Bruce Ratner

Steve Ettlinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Steve Ettlinger

This whole Atlantic Yards boondoggle thing is still getting more amazing.

Last Holdout of Atlantic Yards Speaks Out!

Steve Ettlinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Steve Ettlinger

Despite being delayed years beyond its original schedule, FC Ratner persists in pursuing its increasingly expensive dream of taking 22 acres of real estate in Brooklyn with eminent domain.

Forest City's Longshot Bond Issue in Brooklyn

Steve Ettlinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Steve Ettlinger

As Forest City Enterprises markets bonds for Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn -- which includes the most expensive basketball arena in the country -- I'm struck by how tenuous the whole thing is.

A Bad Deal for the MTA and Its Riders

Gene Russianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Gene Russianoff

NYPIRG's Straphangers Campaign joined in a lawsuit this week objecting to the rotten deal that the MTA struck this past June for the rights to build over the Vanderbilt Yards in Brooklyn.

Tens of People Breathing Easier on Atlantic Yards Issue

Matt Rodigheri | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Matt Rodigheri

A slideshow from the Saturday March by Develop, Don't Destroy Brooklyn.

The MTA $200 Million Shortfall: Where Did All of the Money Go?

Daniel Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Daniel Goldstein

MTA revenue is $200 million short in its 2009 budget. How could that be, where did that shortfall come from? The answer lies in simple math...