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Impact Of Gehry's Departure From Atlantic Yards Project Debated
Published June 9, 2009
|Gehry's Departure From
Arena Project Debated
BEST FOR THE PROJECT: N.Y. Mayor Michael Bloomberg Friday on his radio show indicated that "scrapping a costly sports arena design will help ensure that construction of the long-delayed Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn could soon begin." Bloomberg said that the move "bodes well for the project." Bloomberg said Nets and Forest City Ratner Owner Bruce Ratner "came to the conclusion ... that in this day and age you just cannot finance something as complex to build as that stadium." On Long Island, Michael Frazier noted the new design for Barclays Center "will be unveiled in late June" (NEWSDAY, 6/6). In N.Y., Calder & Seifman wrote now that Gehry is not involved with the project, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is "flip-flopping and claiming it's for the best." Markowitz, a longtime supporter of Gehry's design, said that he "now believes Gehry's glass-and-steel design was 'too ultramodern.'" Markowitz: "I think the new design is actually better for Brooklyn" (N.Y. POST, 6/6).