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Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009

Walentas ‘Dock’ project sails ahead — though foes still say it would ruin Brooklyn Bridge

DUMBO: A local community board resoundingly approved a controversial plan on Wednesday night for an 18-story building that opponents say would forever ruin views of the fabled Brooklyn Bridge, but supporters say will bring a much-needed public middle school and affordable housing to DUMBO. Comments (18).

… And now for something completely useless: The public offers its vision for Coney Island

Coney Island: The Manhattan-based the Municipal Arts Society asked the public for its ideas for Coney Island. Here’s what you came up with. Comments (7).

Hotel no tell

Bridge ‘Park’: A ballyhooed hotel that would have funded a large part of the maintenance budget for the controversial Brooklyn Bridge Park has been quietly abandoned by the condo-and-greenspace development’s planners. Comments (3).

Bait and switch

Editorial: Our editorial board says that the new calls to cut costs at Atlantic Yards are par for the course for developer Bruce Ratner: promise the stars, shoot for the moon, get state officials to approve the clouds, then build a project that barely gets off the ground. Comments (5).

Experts: Real-estate boom about to go bust

Development: It’s the beginning of the end. Housing prices remained strong in Brownstone Brooklyn, but a huge drop in the number of sales might herald real estate doom, experts said. Comments (1).

D’town park moves forward

Downtown plan: The economy may be in trouble, but it hasn’t slowed down the city’s plans to build a Bryant Park–style park in Downtown. Comments (1).

All drawn out

Atlantic Yards: Now, Atlantic Yards cheerleader Marty Markowitz falls prey to our cartoonist Cristian Fleming’s rapier pen. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009

Marty: Atlantic Yards no longer ‘economically feasible’

Atlantic Yards: Borough President Markowitz, one of Bruce Ratner’s staunchest allies, dropped a bombshell on Tuesday, saying that the $1-billion basketball arena at the heart of Atlantic Yards is no longer “economically feasible” and that Ratner and state officials need to give the expensive design “a second look” so that the structure can actually get built. Comments (11).

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009

City to cobble together DUMBO streets

DUMBO: DUMBO is about to get stoned — restoned, that is. Comments (2).

Monday, Jan. 12, 2009

The future of Coney Island is now porn! Sitt gives up site — and now it’s XXX rated

Coney Island: A Web site created by Coney Island landowner Joe Sitt to herald “the future of Coney Island” is now an adult-only site that hawks “the best porn on the Net.” Comments (7).

Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009

Walentas opponents rally to ‘save’ Brooklyn Bridge  

DUMBO: Opponents of a controversial 18-story residential building and public middle school rallied on Sunday morning in hopes of blocking a building that they say will forever block views of the historic Brooklyn Bridge. Comments (13).

Friday, Jan. 9, 2009

Coney — the destruction continues

Coney Island: The iconic, cartoonish Coney Island Rocket was removed from its long time perch atop a fast-food stand in Astroland on Tuesday as part of the dismantling of the theme park that went out of business last fall. Comments (1).

Di-nied! Cheyenne Diner NOT coming to Red Hook

Red Hook: A Red Hook developer who tried to rescue a Manhattan railcar diner from the wrecking ball has given up on his plan to move it to Brooklyn — but an 11th-hour purchase of the relic by an Alabama investor ended the eatery’s deep-fried deathwatch. Comment.

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