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Bloggers continue banging Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards

7:11 PM, December 14, 2009 ι By RICH CALDER

As Brooklyn’s biggest project, it is no shock that Atlantic Yards is by far the borough's most blogged subject.

In fact, one blogger, Norman Oder, has reported the subject to death over the past four years through his Atlantic Yards Report site, pissing off developer Bruce Ratner and the state and exposing various funding anomalies that have been picked up by the major media.

But, with a $4.9 billion arena and office and residential tower project hinging on whether financing can be secured by the end of the year, many other independent bloggers have also stepped up their game the past few weeks. Here’s two of the best entries:

1. Michael D.D. White of Noticing New York takes a topic the New York Post Brooklyn Blog has previously written about – that the planned arena for the NBA’s Nets as currently proposed is not big enough to also host hockey despite talk of the NHL's Islanders coming.

However, White takes the subject to a whole other level with really cool diagrams illustrating how hockey doesn’t fit.

He also suggests that project planners are purposely misleading potential bond buyers being targeted to finance the arena by claiming in finance documents that the New York Islanders could play at the arena someday.

See: The Craftily Negative Promise Offered For Bonds Being Sold For Nets Arena (Noticing New York)

2. Eric McClure of No Land Grab in a beautifully sarcastic, yet serious piece points out that the arena could be tapping into ancient Egyptian technology to keep the future Barclays Center arena secure. No joke!!!

The piece talks about "closely spaced series of enormous, intrusive, Sarcophagus-like — and butt-ugly — blocks" earlier this month popping up by Ratner’s nearby Atlantic Terminal mall in Fort Greene.

"Our first thought was that the Brooklyn Museum was preparing an outdoor installation from its Egyptian collection, or that perhaps Green-Wood Cemetery had finally reached capacity. But then reality intruded, and we realized that we were looking at the Atlantic Terminal’s new security perimeter — and perhaps, a test run for perimeter security at Bruce Ratner’s planned Barclays Center basketball arena," he writes.

New arena financing documents drafted for potential bond buyers anticipate the installation of bollards at the arena’s main entry plaza – possibly similar to the Gaza-like objects at Atlantic Terminal. In 2007, the NYPD said bollards aren’t necessary.

"The public has a right to know how allegedly public space will be configured. An independent security review need not reveal blast resistance and composition of materials, but it should certainly reveal whether or not sidewalks will be able to handle the flow of crowds, and, crucially, whether or not traffic would be restricted in any way. Because protecting a 21st century arena shouldn’t depend on technology from Egypt’s Fourth Dynasty. When Bruce Ratner promised "world-class design,’ we didn’t think he meant the world circa 2500 BC," says McClure.

See: Tomb of the Unknown Ratner (No Land Grab)

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Rich Calder Rich Calder has been a staff reporter at the New York Post since 2004 and has been covering Brooklyn politics and real estate since 2006. Some of his biggest stories have been about the city's Coney Island redevelopment plan, the New Jersey Nets anticipated move to Brooklyn, and the long-stalled Brooklyn Bridge Park development. He lives in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

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