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Atlantic Yards
A proposal by the developer Forest City Ratner to build 16 towers and an arena on a 22 acre site in Prospect Heights.

UNITY 4 Community Meeting

Start Date: 
June 15, 2011 - 7:00pm
Categories
Topic : 
Urban planning
Housing
Sustainability
Atlantic Yards
Sponsored By: 
Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, Councilmember Letitia James, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery
Location: 
Atlantic Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt and Bond)
United States
Description: 

Forest City Ratner is constructing the arena, but the rest of the demolished 22 acre site is a big questions mark...except for enormous "interim" surface parking lots.

In order to plan, set a better framework, and change the dynamic for the future development of the site Councilmember Letitia James, Senator Velmanette Montgomery and Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn invite you to UNITY 4, a community meeting on Wednesday, June 15th to discuss the community's plans for the Atlantic Yards site, with the UNITY Plan and its principles as a jumping off point.

The meeting will include a presentation by UNITY Plan designers and architects Marshall Brown and Ron Shiffman, a discussion of the current and future status of the site and Q&A with a panel including elected officials. Your ideas, thoughts and input will be invaluable to the meeting.

Open to: 
General public

Community meeting on Atlantic Yards traffic mitigations

Start Date: 
June 14, 2011 - 6:30pm
Categories
Topic : 
Traffic and transit
Atlantic Yards
Sponsored By: 
Forest City Ratner Companies
Location: 
Brooklyn Borough Hall
United States
Description: 

On Tuesday, May 24, Forest City Ratner (FCR) announced permanent changes to be made to the roadway network beginning on or about July 24.

Fourth Avenue (between Atlantic Avenue and Flatbush Avenue only) will be converted to one-way southbound. Pacific Street (between Fourth Avenue and Flatbush Avenue only) will be reversed, changing from one-way westbound to one-way eastbound. To accommodate this change, a new traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Pacific Street and Flatbush Avenue, as will a new crosswalk across Flatbush Avenue. Vehicles will be able to make right or left turns onto Flatbush Avenue at this location. This block can be accessed from both northbound and southbound Fourth Avenue.

Fourth Avenue northbound traffic, including all commercial vehicles, can use Third Avenue via Atlantic Avenue to access Flatbush Avenue. Pacific Street will offer secondary access to Flatbush Avenue. No through truck traffic will be permitted on Pacific Street.

There will be a community forum to discuss the new traffic patterns on June 14 at 6:30pm at Brooklyn Borough Hall. There will be a presentation detailing the traffic changes and the public will have an opportunity to ask questions.  Click here to view the community notice as well as the detailed presentation that will be shown at the community forum.  For more information, community members may email FCR's community liaison office at communityliaison@atlanticyards.com.

Open to: 
General public

Atlantic Yards 2011: Real Governance Matters

Start Date: 
June 11, 2011 - 2:00pm
Categories
Topic : 
Urban planning
Atlantic Yards
Sponsored By: 
BrooklynSpeaks
Location: 
Atlantic Terrace
673 Atlantic Avenue (corner of South Portland Street)
United States
Description: 

It’s been more than a year since Atlantic Yards broke ground, and more than four years since the project was approved. Now construction may take 25 years or longer. Promised jobs and affordable housing haven’t materialized, while hundreds of millions of tax payer dollars have been spent already. And in the near term, most of what Brooklyn may end up with is an arena and a massive surface parking lot.
 
How did this happen? And, more importantly, what can be done now to ensure that promised public benefits are delivered and construction impacts are reduced?
 
Join the BrooklynSpeaks sponsors, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery and other local elected officials Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 2:00PM for a community forum on real reform of Atlantic Yards oversight. Find out what community organizations and local legislators are doing to make Forest City Ratner and the Empire State Development Corporation accountable to Brooklyn and to New York City.

Open to: 
General public

"Battle For Brooklyn" screening in Fort Greene Park

Start Date: 
June 9, 2011 - 9:00pm
Categories
Topic : 
Atlantic Yards
Sponsored By: 
Rooftop Films/Brooklyn Film Festival
Location: 
The Myrtle Avenue Hill in Fort Greene Park
Myrtle Avenue and North Portland Avenue (enter the park at Myrtle and N. Portland and walk up the path.)
United States
Description: 

Rooftop Films in partnership with the Brooklyn Film Festival present a free screening of Battle For Brooklyn in Fort Greene Park, Thursday, June 9 at 9PM.

A group of people in Rooftop’s beloved Brooklyn come together to fight the Atlantic Yards Project—a massive real estate development that threatens to destroy their homes and neighborhood—in this epic tale of how far people will go to fight for what they believe in.

More information at: http://rooftopfilms.com/2011/schedule/battle-for-brooklyn/.

Open to: 
General public

Civic associations launch web site to monitor impacts from Atlantic Yards construction

Posted: May 18, 2011 - 3:25pm
Civic organizations in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Park Slope and Prospect Heights today announced the launch of Atlantic Yards Watch (http://www.atlanticyardswatch.net), a web site which will monitor ongoing construction and operational impacts from the Atlantic Yards project on surrounding communities.

Atlantic Yards walking tour

Start Date: 
May 7, 2011 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Categories
Topic : 
Atlantic Yards
Sponsored By: 
Atlantic Yards Report/New York Like a Native
Location: 
Begin at One Hanson Place (Williamsburgh Savings Bank)
Hanson Place and Flatbush Avenue
United States
Description: 

Understand the context of Brooklyn’s most controversial development project, with Norman Oder, the journalist behind the Atlantic Yards Report and veteran New York City tour guide. The walk begins at the edge of Downtown Brooklyn, where one of the borough’s tallest buildings has been converted to luxury condos, dips into revitalized Fort Greene, and looks at decades of urban redevelopment before traversing the Atlantic Yards footprint itself in Prospect Heights.

The Barclays Center arena is going up, but the rest of the project remains in question. Thus, the tour provides an opportunity to discuss the challenge of fitting an arena into an area that bridges low-rise Brooklyn and edge of Downtown Brooklyn, and the plans for space adjacent to the arena. Beyond that, the tour will traverse the 22-acre site beyond the arena block, looking at, among other things, a planned superblock, historic preservation and conversion in the area, and plans for indefinite interim surface parking.

The history of Atlantic Yards also will be discussed, including the initial designs by Frank Gehry, the legal challenges, and promises of jobs/affordable housing.

For questions, please email AtlanticYardsReport@hotmail.com.

Open to: 
General public (reservations not required)