Rally for Smart Growth in Brooklyn

Sunday, July 16, 2 pm 
Rally Starts at 2 pm
Gather at 1:30 pm

On Sunday, July 16th, at 2 p.m., please join thousands of your friends and
neighbors at Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza to rally in favor of appropriate,
inclusive, and innovative development with truly affordable housing and
sustainable jobs, and against Forest City Ratner’s "Atlantic Yards" scheme. 
Stand up and speak out against government support of eminent domain abuse at
taxpayer expense!
This is our last chance before New York State issues the draft
Environmental Impact Statement for the "Atlantic Yards" to demonstrate to
elected officials, state authorities and Forest City Ratner that our community
has grave concerns about what would be the largest single-sourced private
development in Brooklyn’s history.
Please help make this rally a success. Spread the word to your friends and
Celebrate the strength and unity of our communities with performances
— Family Music Bard DAN ZANES



— Brooklyn’s own Acrobats, Jugglers and Stiltwalkers from LAVA and
Rally MCs: Robin Cloud and Roger Paz


Team Ratner Unveils Brooklyn’s Most Exhaust-Filled Public Space

Yesterday Forest City Ratner released images of the temporary public plaza slated for the triangle between Flatbush and Atlantic, and you’ve gotta appreciate the spin coming from the developer and his design team. Wedged between two epic traffic sewers, without much noticeable provision for shade or shelter, it will become, in the words of Bruce […]

Bruce’s Way

Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, the organization fighting Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards boondoggle, point us to the latest traffic "mitigation" from the Empire State Development Corporation, pictured above. Over at Pacific Street and Sixth Avenue in Prospect Heights, the sidewalk has been transformed into a motor vehicle travel lane. DDDB writes: Yes, they’ve turned the sidewalk […]

DOT’s Park Slope Proposal: Is this Atlantic Yards Planning?

Last week, DOT quietly revealed that it was planning to narrow Fourth Avenue and transform Park Slope, Brooklyn’s Sixth and Seventh Avenues in to one-way streets. Agency officials say that the the changes are being proposed for no reason other than "to make it safer for pedestrians crossing the street." Fourth, Sixth and Seventh Avenues […]

Atlantic Yards Hearing Set for… When You’re Out of Town

The view up Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn, looking northward. Before Frank Gehry and After. Renderings by Jonathan Cohn, BrooklynViews The Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Forest City Ratner’s "Atlantic Yards" project in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn was released today. It can be found here on the Empire State Development Corporation’s web site. The release of this […]

A Parking Lot Grows in Brooklyn

Norman "the Human Tape Rec’oder" Oder , the hardest working advocacy journalist in New York City, has really been digging in to the important but not-particularly-sexy issue of parking policy at Forest City Enterprise’s proposed "Atlantic Yards" development in Brooklyn. In July when the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was issued it included a plan to […]

Jim Brennan Wants to Force Ratner to Build More Atlantic Yards Parking

Could the state legislature get in on the costly, congestion-inducing parking minimum game? And could they do it at the site of Brooklyn’s biggest transit hub? Under a proposal by Assembly Member James Brennan, that’s exactly what would happen. Brennan is working on legislation that would force Forest City Ratner to build more off-street parking […]