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Atlantic Yards Report: Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park graphic: what's built/what might be coming (post-dated pinned post)

Sun, 5 Aug 2018 14:42:00 EDT

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 



Atlantic Yards Report: In 2018, keep watch on not just B4 tower plan but also 615 Dean (no longer condos?)

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:00:00 EST

A post 1/16/18 on the pro-development blog New York YIMBY, accompanying a new rendering of the fully built-out Pacific Park project and highlighting the giant tower planned for Site 5, 



Atlantic Yards Report: The next Quality of Life meeting is tomorrow

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:00:00 EST

A message from Empire State Development about the bi-monthly meeting where attendees can learn updates about the project (including, perhaps this time, the new ownership and fuzzy timline):The next Quality 



Atlantic Yards Report: The passing of David Sheets, Dean Street renter, former Freddy's bartender, eminent domain plaintiff, and singular personality

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:30:00 EST

2009 photo: Tracy CollinsDavid Sheets, longtime Dean Street renter, Freddy's bartender, eminent domain plaintiff, and singular personality, died 1/17/18 in HCA Greenview Hospital in Bowling Green, KY. He was 56.There 



Atlantic Yards Report: Yes, Forest City was behind that "Sweet Polly in Pacific Park" press release

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:00:00 EST

I was confounded last July when the food website Eater, reporting on a new Hungry Ghost coffee location, described Sweet Polly as in the new Pacific Park neighborhood in Brooklyn.I suspected that, since the 



Atlantic Yards Report: Pacific Parks murky future: deal's taken a year; progress pledged on affordable units & huge tower, but no finish date or affordability details

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:30:00 EST

So we know that Forest City Realty Trust (FCRT) and Greenland USA will restructure their 2014 joint venture to build Pacific Park, with Greenland taking all but 5% of Forest City's 30% 



Atlantic Yards Report: In wake of Pacific Park restructuring, Forest City lays off 20 people in Brooklyn (third round of layoffs)

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:09:00 EST

The departure of CEO MaryAnne Gilmartin and some key aides does not represent the only departures from Forest City New York's office. The downsizing continues, with a layoff of some 



Atlantic Yards Report: Progress: Barclays Center to resume policy of announcing non-ticketed events in monthly calendar circulated to residents

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:00:00 EST

The Barclays Center will return to a small but important practice of transparency, announcing non-ticketed events on the monthly calendar circulated to community residents, it was announced yesterday.That longstanding practice 



Atlantic Yards Report: Given "complexity and longevity" of Pacific Park, state advisor seeks more process to support public interest as project changes (Site 5, etc.)

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:15:00 EST

Site 5 is indicated by the green arrow at the far left. More on this image.One looming question about Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park is the fate of Site 5, currently home 



Atlantic Yards Report: With transfer to Greenland, questions pending re off-site affordable housing (Forest City's role), the Community Benefits Agreement (where's the monitor?) and the school (when?)

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:00:00 EST

So, now that Forest City Realty Trust is selling all but 5% of its 30% share in Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park, what about that off-site affordable housing? And what about the 



Atlantic Yards Report: Newsday on Belmont arena: yes, 2021 best-case scenario; unspecified state funds will support full-time LIRR service

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:30:00 EST

A recent Newsday article by Jim Baumbach, Analysis: Islanders Belmont arena expected to take 3 years to open, concludes that the planned Belmont arena likely won't open before the 2021 



Atlantic Yards Report: Though Greenland now runs the joint venture, don't rule out multiple owners (starting with 461 Dean)

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:00:00 EST

The news seems to be that control of Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park is now consolidated, with Greenland USA about to own 95% of the joint venture Greenland Forest City Partners, diminishing 



Atlantic Yards Report: In press release re Forest City selling most of its Pacific Park stake to Greenland, more rhetoric than insight (timetable?)

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:30:00 EST

There's not a lot new--but there is some rhetoric and misdirection--in the press release issued yesterday (bottom) by Greenland USA--the stateside arm of Shanghai-based Greenland Holding, owned significantly by the 



Atlantic Yards Report: New image of Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park shows fully built-out project (with giant Site 5)

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:00:00 EST

There's something astonishing included in the web site set up for the new firm L&L MAG, established by Forest City's MaryAnne Gilmartin with new partners, plus former colleagues: a rendering of the 



Atlantic Yards Report: Forest City selling most of remaining project stake to Shanghai-based Greenland; Gilmartin firm to consult; huge tower starts 2019?

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST

So MaryAnne Gilmartin's new firm L&L MAG (web site live today), indicating the loss of key Forest City New York personnel (notably those working on Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park), is apparently 



Atlantic Yards Report: OK, now Long Island Nets are giving away free kids' tickets (a bargain?)

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 06:20:00 EST

So it doesn't look like minor league basketball is proving to be an anchor tenant for the Nassau Coliseum.Newsday, in a 1/12/18 article headlined Long Island Nets games to offer 



Atlantic Yards Report: New Atlantic Terminal/Atlantic Center mall owner: "experiential retail" on third floor, rents doubling

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 06:15:00 EST

In Betting on Brooklyn: One Major Retail Landlord's Survival Plan, The Deal (via The Street) interviews Ronald Dickerman, founder of Madison International Realty, which bought Forest City's New York retail properties, 



Atlantic Yards Report: Real Estate Weekly claims 550 Vanderbilt stands out because it's in a "public park."

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 06:00:00 EST

Would you believe that Real Estate Weekly, in a 1/12/18 encomium, Top New York apartment buildings that stand out in the crowd, included 550 Vanderbilt under the category "Best Bonus 



Atlantic Yards Report: From the Bridge: Is Real Estate Titan MaryAnne Gilmartin Starting a New Firm? (and what happens to Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park)

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST

(Updated) From The Bridge Is Real Estate Titan MaryAnne Gilmartin Starting a New Firm?, subtitled The powerful Brooklyn executive appears to be taking key Forest City staffers with her. Will the team 



Atlantic Yards Report: Developer of "100% affordable" 535 Carlton now offers free month; net rent for 1BR = $2,474, 2BR = $2,975

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 06:20:00 EST

So it's come to this. In an effort to fill the "100% affordable" 535 Carlton, the developers are now offering one month free on middle-income one- and two-bedroom units, at 



Atlantic Yards Report: From the latest Construction Alert: nothing new

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 06:00:00 EST

The latest Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Construction Update (bottom), covering the two weeks beginning January 15, was circulated at 5:54 pm Friday (lead time) by Empire State Development (ESD) after preparation 



Atlantic Yards Report: With little notice, Atlantic Yards CDC meeting announced for next Wednesday (something's up, I suspect)

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 07:00:00 EST

Something is up, I suspect. (Update: see news of Forest City's sale of most of its stake to Greenland USA and  new real estate firm involving Forest City principals.)At the most 



Atlantic Yards Report: That Dean Street construction fence is down, pretty much

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 06:00:00 EST

From the Dean Street Block Association, 1/8/18, the 16-foot fence, with those large murals, was being dismantled, after neighborhood pressure :By two nights ago, it looked as in the photo below, 



Atlantic Yards Report: The five criticisms of megaprojects: yes, some apply to AY/PP (lack of governance & public benefit)

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST

This is the third of three posts reflecting on megaprojects and Atlantic Yards, responding to recent articles in Project Management Journal. Here are the first and the second.In the December 2017 



Brooklyn Heights Blog: Brooklyn Historical Society Opens “Waterfront” Exhibition, Presents Three Programs This Week

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:41:17 EST

The Brooklyn Historical Society has opened a new exhibition, “Waterfront”, at its second location in the Empire Stores, Brooklyn Bridge Park (55 Water Street in DUMBO). The exhibition contains many 



Brooklyn Heights Blog: Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinity

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:14:25 EST

From 10:45 PM Friday, January 20 to 5:00 AM Tuesday, January 23, there will be no 2 or 3 train service (meaning no service at Clark Street or on the 



Brooklyn Heights Blog: Open Thread Wednesday

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:44:04 EST

What’s on your mind? Comment away!



Brooklyn Heights Blog: Alternate Side Parking Suspended Tomorrow

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:42:00 EST

Tomorrow — Wednesday, January 17 — alternate side of the street parking rules are suspended to facilitate snow removal, but meter requirements remain in effect. NYC schools will be open. 









Curbed: To bed frame or not to bed frame?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:39:04 EST




























Grub Street: Grub Street’s Restaurant Power Rankings: Noodle Soup, Lots of Pasta, and, Alas, Even Salt Bae

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:40:00 EST

Its our weekly ranking of the citys most important restaurants.



Pardon Me for Asking: Picture Of The Day: Almost Dark

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:22:00 EST

Our lovely little neighborhood of Carroll Gardens.The sun was just setting as I walked down Smith Street.



Pardon Me for Asking: Have Your Broken Household Items Fixed By Fix-Up At The Carroll Gardens Greenmarket Now Through June 2018

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:23:00 EST

(photo credit: Carroll Gardens Greenmarket)(photo credit: Carroll Gardens Greenmarket)If being green and less wasteful is on your list of resolutions for 2018, I have good news.The talented folks of Fix-Up 



Pardon Me for Asking: Picture Of The Day: Oh, Gowanus

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:45:00 EST

The Union Street Bridge in Gowanus#graffiti



Pardon Me for Asking: Smith Street Workshop Building On Its Success In Carroll Gardens, Will Soon Open French Immersion Pre-School On Henry Street

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:15:00 EST

Smith Street Workshop at 339 Smith Street Olivia Ramsey, Smith Street Workshop's founder and DirectorSmith Street Maternelle's new home at 607 Henry StreetSince opening its doors at 581 Henry Street in 



Pardon Me for Asking: Ten-Ichi: New Ramen And Poke Eatery Coming To Smith Street Soon

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:56:00 EST

(photo courtesy of Ten-Ichi Ramen)Ten-Ichi, a Ramen and Poke restaurant has been operating on 7th Avenue in Park Slope since 2015. Now the eatery is expanding to Boerum Hill, taking 



Pardon Me for Asking: NYC DOT To Present Proposed Locations For Carshare Pilot Program In Community District 6 At A Meeting This Thursday

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:20:00 EST

  The New York Department of Transportation will give a presentation on its new NYC Carshare Pilot Program and its implementation in our neighborhood at Community Board 6's Transportation/Public Safety Committee 



Pardon Me for Asking: Scotto Funeral Home And Sal's Pizzeria: Is Carroll Gardens About To Lose Two Long-Time Businesses?

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:50:00 EST

Pardon Me For Asking began as a celebration of Carroll Gardens more than ten years ago. In that decade, our little Brooklyn neighborhood has undergone tremendous changes. It has been 



Brooklyn Based: Women’s March pre-game

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:15:56 EST

What better way to spend the eve of the Womens March: 2018 Edition than at a special evening of live band karaoke to benefit Safe Horizons, which helps women who 



Brooklyn Based: Women’s March redux

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:14:01 EST

Its hard to believe that its already been a year since millions of protesters descended upon the Mall in DC and in other cities across the country and around the 



Brooklyn Based: A Sunday shvitz

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:13:52 EST

Enjoyingor rather, enduring winteris all about finding ways to warm up, and this city has a ton of spas and saunas that will do the trick. Sunday promises to be 



Brooklyn Based: A girl band that wasn’t meant to last

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:12:54 EST

Icelandic-English trio Dream Wife was not supposed to tour. Three artists formed this “fake girl band” for an exhibition, even creating a Spinal Tap-like mockumentary for it. But their pop-punk 



Brooklyn Based: Conquer your fear of bread

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:12:49 EST

Of all the culinary experiments I’ve performed at home, bread is the final frontier for me, and maybe you, too. I’ve eased my way in, starting with cinnamon buns and 



Brooklyn Based: Wondershow Wednesday

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:11:22 EST

Looking to add a little intrigue to your mid-week plans? House of YES has got you covered Wednesday, Jan. 24 with The Wondershow, a variety show featuring mentalists, magicians, and 



Brooklyn Based: Great Scot party

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:07:18 EST

Is anyone besides me old enough to remember the SNL skit in which Mike Myers owns a Scottish store with the slogan if its not Scottish its CRAP!? Its the 



Brooklyn Based: Finding my Russian roots at the banya

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:02:10 EST

Rows of hairy men sweat it out, their paunches sagging gently in their laps like cats waiting to be stroked. Between bouts in the sauna, they put the world to 



Brooklyn Based: Brooklyn’s best new breweries

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:49:33 EST

New Yorks beer scene has undergone a seismic shift in recent years. As recently as five years ago, youd be hard-pressed to find Brooklyn-brewed beers on tap that werent from 



DUMBO NYC: Making History…but not Pizza — Hometown Headlines (1/18)

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:32:26 EST

Welcome back to Hometown Headlines, our bi-weekly local news feature. On January 7th, Grace Church Brooklyn Heights (254 Hicks Street) announced that Rev. Dr. Allen F. Robinson will be its 



DUMBO NYC: What’s Happening, Dumbo? (1/17-1/23)

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:55:49 EST

Wednesday 1/17 Book Launch: Stalking God: My Unorthodox Search for Something to Believe In@ Powerhouse @ the Archway (28 Adams Street), 7pm, FREE, Anjalis first book humorously chronicles her attempts 






The Real Deal: From the archives: Meet the little Wburg building thats home to over 1,000 LLCs

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:00:23 EST

From the archives: At first glance it seems like one nondescript building among scores in South Williamsburg, a three-story brown-brick property housing a small retail store and a couple of 



The Real Deal: Chris Rock gets $3M for Clinton Hill house

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:40:27 EST

Chris Rock, who struck a $40 million deal for two upcoming Netflix specials, has sold his carriage house in Clinton Hill for a fraction of that. The famed comedian bought 



The Real Deal: Forest City lays off 20 staffers at BK office

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:28:04 EST

MaryAnne Gilmartin isnt the only person leaving Forest City New York. The company has laid off 20 staffers from its Brooklyn office, according to the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Report. Some 



The Real Deal: Fortis wants $79M sellout for 25 BK condos

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:00:56 EST

Jonathan Landau and Joel Kestenbaum’s Fortis Property Group is looking to sell 25 apartments at 5 River Park for a total of $78.9 million, an offering plan filed with the 



The Real Deal: Heres what Catsimatidis Coney Island project might look like

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:05:57 EST

UPDATED, 12:35 p.m., Jan. 18:John Catsimatidis large mixed-use project on Coney Island has a new rendering. The project, dubbed Ocean Dreams, will feature a glass faade with a white trim 



The Real Deal: These were the biggest Q4 deals in Brooklyn

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:30:04 EST

Another quarter, another massive Jehovahs Witnesses deal in Brooklyn. The religious organizations $202.5 million sale of 21 Clark Street topped the list of Brooklyns biggest deals in the fourth quarter, 



The Real Deal: The Long View: Is the real estate industry ready for an older New York?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:00:05 EST

Once upon a time, a brash attorney became New Yorks mayor and saved the city from crime. Now that the mean streets werent so mean anymore, young, wealthy, white people 



The Real Deal: Manhattan office leasing activity reaches three-year high

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:00:29 EST

Residential Rental Report | RentCafe Manhattan and Brooklyn both ranked top two in the country in terms of rent declines. During the year, rental rates in both boroughs dropped by 



The Real Deal: Hudson Companies targets $478M sellout for BK Heights condo project

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:00:52 EST

Hudson Companies plans to bring 134 condominium units to market at its 1 Clinton Street development with a total target offering price of $477.7 million, an offering plan filed with 



The Real Deal: Landmarks approves Hidrocks restoration plans for site next to Park Slope cinema

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:30:27 EST

The Landmarks Preservation Commission has approved Hidrock Properties plans for their Park Slope site next to the closed Pavilion cinema following years of controversy over whether the property would become 



The Real Deal: Where Brooklyn at? I-sales in the borough tumble for 2nd straight year

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:00:45 EST

Investment sales in Brooklyn have dropped for the second year in a row, according to a new report on the borough from TerraCRG. Overall commercial transactions in Brooklyn were at 



The Real Deal: Greenland says Pacific Parks B4 site will remain residential

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:00:37 EST

Greenland USA is no longer planning to switch one of the Pacific Park sites from residential to office use. The site, known as B4 and located at the northeast corner 



KARMABrooklyn: SNOW WILL AFFECT PARKING BUT NOT TRASH COLLECTION

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:09:00 EST

Alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended on Wednesday, January 17th, to facilitate snow removal by the Department of Sanitation (DSNY). All other regulations, however--including parking meter regulations--will 



KARMABrooklyn: FREE LIVE ACOUSTIC ROCK ON CHURCH AVE.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:47:00 EST

The Flip Side: Purple Pam, The Flip Man, and Friends Friday, January 19th, 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Purple Pam, The Flip Man, and their friends will play acoustic instruments live at 



KARMABrooklyn: FREE MOVIE NIGHT: "THE BOSS BABY"

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 21:17:00 EST

Movie Night: The Boss Baby Friday, January 19th, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. "Meet a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and 



KARMABrooklyn: PAID FAMILY LEAVE WORKSHOP; THE LAW HAS GONE INTO EFFECT

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:50:00 EST

Paid Family Leave Workshop Sunday, January 14th, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The law firm Crumiller P.C. and the Gender Equality Law Center (GELC) will hold a free workshop for the public