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At event: Comp. Scott Stringer and CouncilMember Laurie Cumbo, via NYC PoliticsOn the eve of the celebration for "Brooklyn's win in the fight for affordable housing at Atlantic Yards," held  Read more

Update: also see my analysis of the BrooklynSpeaks video touting an accountability win.I have an article in today's semi-monthly edition of the web magazine BKLYNR headlined When ‘Affordable’ Rents Push $3,000: With  Read more

There's a prominent empty storefront right across from the Barclays Center: the Viva Movil store at Flatbush Avenue and Pacific Street has closed. Betabeat reported 8/18/14:It was only a year ago  Read more

A message yesterday from Nicole J. Jordan, Director, Community Relations, for Empire State Development:Dear Community,Forest City Ratner Companies, along with New York State and New York City representatives will host  Read more

Two weeks after Greenland Forest City Partners renamed Atlantic Yards as Pacific Park, Empire State Development, which sends out two-week Construction updates after preparation by Forest City Ratner, had made  Read more

Notice anything odd about the rather stylized Pacific Park Brooklyn site plan--in green/gray hues below--that surfaced with the project's rebranding by Greenland Forest City Partners?Well, the design of the buildings has  Read more

From an 8/12/14 New York Times article headlined A Factory in Brooklyn That Constructs Homes Is Losing Its Own:Across from the Barclays Center sit hundreds of apartments built at a  Read more

Last Sunday, Danny Meyer's hamburger-and-shakes emporium Shake Shack--open already on Fulton Mall and Old Fulton Street--opened at 170 Flatbush Avenue across from the Barclays Center.As announced on the Shake Shack blog, the  Read more

From plan detailed in early June; click to enlargeA reader sent me photos yesterday of Atlantic Avenue being significantly narrowed near the Barclays Center to accommodate construction (drilling) of a  Read more

Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC) and BrooklynSpeaks will hold a summer celebration next Thursday, 8/21/14, as stated in the invitation, for "our win in the fight for affordable housing and accountability  Read more


Convention will help city, mayor says, according to the 8/12/14 Crain's New York Business:Some local politicians have questioned whether the convention would be more of a headache than a benefit,  Read more


From NY1's Inside City Hall last night, Brooklyn Leaders Make Case for Barclays DNC:City Council Member Laurie Cumbo, Tucker Reed, President of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Carlo Scissura, President  Read more

The sign was up yesterday at the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center subway station, welcoming the Democratic National Committee scouts, trying to evaluate a location for the 2016 presidential convention: "Welcome to  Read more

Two Forest City Ratner executives made Bisnow's New York Power Women 2014: Part 5, published yesterday presaging a party for the top 50 women in Commercial Real Estate.MaryAnne Gilmartin, President & CEO,  Read more

So, yesterday was kind of a big day, with Brooklyn and New York City elected officials, led by Sen. Chuck Schumer (Mayor Bill de Blasio) was busy, along with Barclays  Read more

An op-ed in the Daily News yesterday, Affordable housing units in downtown Brooklyn should be made available to the widest possible audience, deserves another look.The authors are Brooklyn Borough President Eric  Read more

From New York magazine's latest Approval Matrix:I don't quite agree with the placement. The issues that might push Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park further from brilliant aren't the delays or even the  Read more

Well, they really are tearing down the former Henry Weinstein-owned building at 752 Pacific Street, long home to the Atlantic Yards Community Liaison Office.A Community Notice from Pacific Park Brooklyn:Please note,  Read more

Would you believe that the New York City Regional Center (NYCRC), which raised $228 million for Forest City Ratner's Atlantic Yards project in 2010 from 456 immigrant investors seeking green cards for  Read more

Greenland Forest City Partners, the joint venture involving Greenland Holdings and Forest City Ratner, has renamed Atlantic Yards, dubiously, as Pacific Park. New York State still calls it the Atlantic Yards Project.Last  Read more

Robert Yaro, the longtime head of the Regional Plan Association, the centrist planning group that has pushed for pragmatic development in a business-friendly way, will retire at the end of  Read more

The Wall Street Journal's 8/5/14 article keyed to the renaming of Atlantic Yards as Pacific Park has some insight into Forest City Ratner's new partner/overseer,China Developer Broadens Its Reach, subtitled  Read more

From the Real DealThe Real Deal yesterday had some news regarding 215 Flatbush, the old Bergen Tile building: Developer to refile mixed-use rental plan near Barclays Center.The original plan aimed to  Read more

Forest City Enterprises executives on a conference call with investment analysts yesterday were upbeat about the company's prospects, especially for the re-named Atlantic Yards project, but even CEO David LaRue  Read more

In a press release yesterday, Forest City Enterprises issued its second-quarter and year-to-date results, highlighting a 68% increase in operating FFO (funds from operations), though total FFO was actually down  Read more

Guess what, those new residents in the next Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park towers to be built (now the surface parking lot) will have a post office next door, on Dean Street,  Read more

Yesterday, residents got the same notice of changes in and around Atlantic Avenue from Nicole J. Jordan, Community Relations, Empire State Development, regarding ESD's Atlantic Yards project and also the Community Liaison  Read more

The most notable thing about the "Atlantic Yards Construction Update" aka "Atlantic Yards Construction Alert" aka "Two-Week Look-ahead), issued two days ago by Empire State Development after preparation by Forest  Read more

From (not to be confused with the on the world famous Santa Monica Pier, Pacific Park® is the family place to play! It's the West Coast's only amusement park  Read more

The re-branding of "Atlantic Yards" (derived from Atlantic Avenue) as "Pacific Park" (derived from parallel, smaller Pacific Street) is "Orwellian, almost," to borrow a phrase from former Forest City Ratner  Read more

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