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

Click on graphic to enlarge. This is post-dated to stay at the top of the blog. It will be updated as announced configurations change and buildings launch. The August 2014 tentative configurations proposed by developer Greenland Forest City Partners will change, and the project is already well behind that tentative timetable.


The downsizing (and de-tournamenting) of the Barclays Center Classic

Something a little odd appeared when I checked out the 2017 Barclays Center Classic, a fifth annual college basketball event.

The first two games, on November 24, will, for the first time, not be held at the arena but rather the Steinberg Wellness Center at Long Island University Brooklyn (which is, of course, an arena partner).

That's a nice venue, but it only seats 2,500 people. That night, Barclays is holding an apparently more impressive college basketball event, the NIT Season Tipoff.

Indeed, there are schedule conflicts and, as noted by SBNation's Chris Dobbertean, there are also games at the Gallagher Center in Lewiston, NY.

No longer a tourney?

Even more oddly, the Barclays Center Classic is apparently no longer a tournament. The schedule listed on the web site (above) already lists the Saturday matchups at Barclays, with the two top-ranked teams, #25 Alabama and #14 Minnesota, scheduled to play each other. What if one loses in the first game?

Wrote Dobbertean 11/16/17…

From the latest Construction Update: progress toward replacing huge fence; median restoration on Atlantic continues

According to the latest Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Construction Update (bottom), covering the two weeks beginning November 20, was circulated at 4:45 pm Friday (lead time) by Empire State Development (ESD) after preparation by Greenland Forest City Partners, there's a modest amount of new work compared to the previous period, but it will be noticed.

Most prominently, outside the B12 site (aka 615 Dean) next to 550 Vanderbilt, "Work related to grading the site in preparation of replacing 16ft fence will commence."

Neighbors, as well as members of the Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation, have pushed to have that fence--ostensibly to protect against noise and dust from construction--moved back, given that there's no construction. The new plan was finally announced at the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Quality of Life meeting last week.

Work on Atlantic Avenue

The improvement of Atlantic Avenue near and beyond the Barclays Center continues:
The lane shift on ea…

NYT columnist notes 535 Carlton "affordable" units "go begging"; missing: previous skepticism amid boosterism

So, "New York Times Big City" columnist Ginia Bellafante, who writes weekly in the Metropolitan section, today offers At $3,700 a Month, ‘Affordable’ Apartments Go Begging, describing how the mayor's ambitious affordable housing plan has been criticized for offering too many below-market apartments to those between "51 to 165 percent of the median income for the metropolitan area, or from $43,000 to upward of $141,000 for a family of three. "

(Let's pause for a moment and acknowledge the vast difference even within that scale, since those in lower half of that cohort find far more trouble on the private housing market.)

Her target is a building that's been in the news. She writes:
The fate of a building at 535 Carlton Avenue in Brooklyn, would suggest that they are right. The building was developed with all 300 of its units designated as affordable and available to prospective tenants through a city housing lottery. Half the apartments, though, were sla…

Ripple effect in Brooklyn as Greenland USA pulls back on investments elsewhere?

From CoStar, 11/15/17, Greenland Exits NoHo Metro Development:
The American subsidiary of Chinese developer Greenland Group has backed out of negotiations for the massive 1.9 million-square-foot, mixed-use project at North Hollywood's Red Line Metro stop.

Greenland USA and Trammell Crow Co., the Dallas-based development subsidiary of CBRE Group, Inc., were originally selected for joint negotiations last May by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The two firms were expected to enter into exclusive discussions for developing the 15.6-acre project around the North Hollywood Metro station at Lankershim Blvd. As proposed, the project would include two high-rise residential towers - a 300,000-square-foot, mid-rise office building and 140,000 square feet of retail shops and restaurants. Greenland USA instead will focus on a project in South San Francisco, the Landing at Oyster Point, according to CoStar, but Greenland is also negotiating with Kilroy Realty Corp. …

Post puffs 38 Sixth among "cheapest... chicest" housing; reality: 1,876 households applying for 152 costly middle-income units

Yesterday, the New York Post published a sunny real estate roundup, NYC’s cheapest housing might be its chicest, prominently featuring two "100% affordable" buildings within Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park, 38 Sixth and 535 Carlton.

That's 38 Sixth leading off with the two images on the first page, the interior and then the exterior view. From the article:
Greenland Forest City Partners — a joint venture with Greenland USA — is developing Brooklyn’s Pacific Park, which includes two new affordable addresses. “Whether it’s market-rate, mixed or affordable, we want to create a sense of community … and then everyone becomes invested in the home.”
One of the Pacific Park buildings, the SHoP Architects-designed 38 Sixth Ave., opened in August. All of its 303 units are priced below market-rate for individuals making between $20,126 and $173,415.
(A studio is as low as $532, and a three-bedroom as high as $3,695, for those who met the income requirements and won the lottery.) Note …

Barclays Center rep claims non-ticketed events not listed on neighborhood calendar for security reasons (nah)

It's a small but significant change in Barclays Center operation: not since May 2016 has the arena circulated a monthly calendar that includes non-ticketed events, indicating the timing and expected crowd size.

And that leaves arena neighbors unprepared for crowds and traffic from events like graduations or religious gatherings.

At the bimonthly Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park meeting 11/14/17, the question of restoring such cordial notices came up again, and Sarah Berlenbach, the Director of External Affairs for Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, gave a new but not-so-convincing answer.

Claim: It's about security

“This has come up before in these meeting, and we continue to stand by the decision to not publish many events, unless we expect there to interference with the quality of life," she said. "Think of the graduations that came in and had people like Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders... Any time there might be a security threat we don’t want increased attention o…