Atlantic Yards Combatants Finally Forced To Sit Through State Senate Hearing (Village Voice news blog)

I sit through the first state legislative hearing on the Atlantic Yards project, so you don’t have to:

Today was the long-awaited — like, six years long — first state legislative hearing on Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project, with State Senator Bill Perkins convening his Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions Committee (think of him as the Senate version of Richard Brodsky) at Pratt Institute.

While there were lots of questions that could have been raised, the one most everyone is wondering was: Is it still happening, and if so, does it bear the slightest resemblance to the vision that Ratner and then-architect Frank Gehry unveiled back in the Friends era?

Or will it now be a stripped-down arena surrounded by what the Municipal Art Society has dubbed Atlantic Lots?… [read more]