Recently developer of the Atlantic Yards project, Bruce Ratner, revealed his latest revision of the new Barclay’s Center Arena and Atlantic Yards project. The latest revision is missing 15 of the proposed 16 skyscrapers and shows no traffic on Atlantic Ave and Flatbush Ave.
“We’re all in trouble,” said Ratner while unveiling the new design which includes a giant oval oculus and an odd triangular-shaped public green patch in place of the approved office building. The new design was referred to by NY Post columnist Steve Cuozzo as a “monstrosity” and an “abomination.” He also referred to the new mysterious public grass patch as a “mugging ground…more conducive to hosting a Crips-Blood scrimmage.”
At the press conference, Ratner also scrapped the ten-year completion plan for the project. “If there’s no market for the kind of middle-income housing with the amenities and the numbers we’re doing, then New York City is in serious trouble,” Ratner stated at the event according to the Brooklyn Paper.
Who knows? Maybe they will allow all of the residents removed from their homes by eminent domain return to the now unused 22 acres of prime downtown Brooklyn real estate.
After noticing that all of the renderings and presentations were void of traffic, Forest City Ratner officials told NY1 that once the new arena is completed in 2012, there will be minimal traffic in the heavily congested area.
No word yet on where exactly the nearly 24-hour-a-day bumper-to-bumper traffic on Flatbush Ave and Atlantic Ave is supposed to disappear to once the 18,000 seat arena is completed. “You look at plazas all over the world in front of great buildings and they’re open plazas and they’re great spaces for people to feel like they’re entering and seeing a place so they’re very welcoming,” said Bruce Ratner.
Steve Cuozzo, Monstrosity of a design only a mugger could love, NY Post
Jeanine Ramirez, Developers Unveil Plaza Design For New Barclays Center, NY1
Gersh Kuntzman, Arena going up – but will the rest of the project?, The Brooklyn Paper