Thursday, January 15, 2009

Is arena value engineering also a security upgrade? Marty drops hint

From today's New York Daily News, in an article headlined Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz: Ratchet down Yards arena:
The glitzy, world-class pro basketball arena slated for the Atlantic Yards project is now likely to be merely "functional," Borough President Marty Markowitz told the Daily News Wednesday.

In his strongest language yet, Markowitz called on developer Forest City Ratner to eliminate the costly flourishes and glassy facade of the Frank Gehry-designed NBA basketball arena in the face of an economic meltdown.


Maybe that that would make the AY arena more like Madison Square Garden and less like Newark's Prudential Center, and thus not pose dangers that require street closings.

And, as NLG points out, now Forest City Ratner is treating all the changes as Markowitz's idea.

Flashback, 2003

Remember what Markowitz said when the project was announced 12/10/03:
“We are on the threshold of restoring Brooklyn to its rightful place on the national sports stage. Brooklyn, as everyone knows, is a world-class city, and it deserves a world class team playing in a world class arena designed by a world-class architect.”

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