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Promises, Promises: Ratner Abandons 10-Year Timeline

Elsewhere in Brooklyn, Forest City Ratner has finally acknowledged what opponents to Atlantic Yards have been saying for years – the project will not be completed in 10 years. Even in the best of times, a 10-year construction schedule was rosy, to say the least. This matters, because all of the assumptions that went into the public process were based on that 10-yer timeline – environmental assessments, support from affordable housing advocates, cost-benefit analyses of public subsidies, and so on. It also matters because now it is clear that a […]

Yankee Stadium Parking Stalls Out

Tomorrow is Park(ing) Day in NYC (NAG will have a park(ing) spot on Bedford Avenue between North 6th and North 7th Street). For years, NAG has advocated for sane and sustainable transportation policy, and has fought against the over-construction of parking. For one look at why we think we need to rethink our parking policy, take a look at this article on the Yankee Stadium parking boondoggle.

Domino Affordable Housing – Guaranteed?

The Post reports that one-third of the affordable housing units at the New Domino development will not be guaranteed. Instead, they will be the subject of a non-binding understanding between the city and the developer. I have more on this at

Join NAG at School of the Future July 10 & 11

School of the Future is a collaborative project about what a school can be.  For the month of July, School of the Future will be an inter-generational free school for the community around Sgt. Dougherty Park, at Meeker and Vandervoort. From solar-powered lighting to a giant scrabble board, giant Tyvek mountains and experimental food sculptures, the School of the Future is an invitation to experiment and analyze learning through the arts. Each class, performance and student-teacher exchange provides inspiration for a curriculum that allows a community to respond to a particular […]

Community Meeting on Domino: April 14

From the Office of Councilmember Steve Levin: Councilmember Stephen Levin invites you to a town meeting. Topic: Domino Development Date: Wednesday, April 14th 2010 Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm Location: Pierogi Boiler 191 North 14th Street Williamsburg, Brooklyn (between Berry and Wythe) Join Councilman Levin for a lively discussion on the future of this site. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Hope Reichbach or Arisleyda Dilone at 718.875.5200