Yesterday the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, denied the final appeal by Forest City Ratner and the Empire State Development Corporation of a lower court’s July 2011 ruling that the extension of the timeframe for the development of the Atlantic Yards project from 10 years to 25 years required a new Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to be conducted; the new environmental review will include a public hearing. Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, which was involved in bringing the original suit back in November 2009, had this to say: “The ruling today and the previous ones show, thankfully, that NY courts can actually be a check against public agencies running amok on behalf of private interests.” Brooklyn Speaks, the umbrella group for a number of community groups involved in the suit, reiterated one of the key charges on its blog yesterday–that the review process was fast-tracked, and the public interest thereby short-changed, by ESDC back in 2009 in order to allow Forest City to meet a deadline to qualify for $100 million in tax-exempt bonds. Council Member Letitia James used the occasion to call on Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo to “recognize the urgent need to reform the Atlantic Yards project, its plan, and its oversight by State and City governments.” For an analysis of the decision, check out Atlantic Yards Report’s coverage.
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There will be five homes, all with gardens or landscaped decks, on The Brooklyn Heights Association’s house tour this year. Also on the program are refreshments and guided tours of the sanctuary at the historic Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims. The tour takes place Saturday, May 10, from 1 to 5 pm. Tickets ($30 for members […]
Brooklyn, one building at a time. Name: The Decatur Address: 142-144 Decatur Street Cross Streets: Corner Marcus Garvey Boulevard Neighborhood: Stuyvesant Heights Year Built: 1888 Architectural Style: Romanesque Revival Architect: George L. Morse Other work by architect: Temple Bar Building – Court Street, Franklin Trust – Montague Street, Abraham & Straus annex – Livingston Street, […]
Brooklyn-based real estate firm Realty Collective will open an office in Clinton Hill, its fourth location. The official opening of the office at 466 Grand Avenue will take place Sunday April 27, the firm said in a press release. The new location will also handle business in Fort Greene, Bed Stuy, Crown Heights and Prospect Heights. Its […]
OK, it’s really narrow and there are a lot of down lights but this Greenwood Heights house at 396A 19th Street looks pretty cute to us. Goes to show what some great rugs and Timorous Beasties wallpaper can do, right? That bath looks pretty slick, and we also like the new unpainted clapboard exterior. We’re not so […]