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"Why should people get to see plans? This isn't a public project."
Bruce Ratner in Crain's Nov. 8, 2009

What Makes Brooklyn Different than Newark?
Nothing; not even the stonewalling.

Today's Times' article divulges information of great importance:
  • That the NYPD and Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) have stonewalled on the subject of the distance of Ratner's arena from Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues;

  • Forest City Ratner has at long last revealed a major security flaw in their project -- the Barclays Center Arena would be 20 feet from Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues and,

  • NYPD "has said that it does not comment on such matters. The department’s security analysis, which found that the arena was safe and streets need not be closed on game days, would stand."
Why is this a problem? Two weeks before the grand-opening of Newark's new Prudential Center arena, Newark police officials realized that the new arena was too close to the streets abutting it, and those streets would have to be closed during arena events for terrorism protection. "You can't construct an arena and put it right against a street in a post 9/11 world," Newark Police Director Garry McCarthy told the Star Ledger.

Is it remotely plausible that in Newark they planned, designed and constructed the Prudential Center arena without consulting the police department at any point? Of course it's not plausible.

So at some point in that process, the Newark police department must have "found that the arena was safe and streets need not be closed on game days." And then when it was built and two weeks away from opening, the Newark police department looked at it again and changed their minds, and decided they must close two streets abutting their new arena.

Imagine if this same scenario plays out in Brooklyn. We don't have the luxury of closing Atlantic and Flatbush, two already clogged arteries. No amount of congestion pricing will be able to solve the problems at the intersection of Atlantic, Flatbush and 4th Avenues.

So the overarching question remains, as asked in the Times article:
What makes the Atlantic Yards arena sufficiently different from the Newark arena that it will not require street closings?
That question needs to be forthrightly answered by an indepedent body.

Posted: 11.24.07
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