The map below is courtesy of photographer Tracy Collins. Note how two fingers of row houses would bookend the southeast block of the Atlantic Yards site, slated to be a staging area for arena construction, and also a massive parking lot for workers and visitors, ultimately with 2070 spaces.
Blight and the Ward Bakery
The Atlantic Yards site, according to the Empire State Development Corporation, is blighted. I wonder how many blighted areas are abutted by historic districts.
NoLandGrab's Eric McClure points to the loss of the Ward Bakery--mention of which unsettled the LPC last October--on that southeast block, and the role of the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) and the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC) in advocating for the historic district.
NoLandGrab: While MAS and PHNDC are to be commended for their efforts, had the two groups been more vociferous in their opposition to Atlantic Yards — both are members of the "mend-it-don't-end-it" BrooklynSpeaks coalition — one has to wonder if the Ward Bakery, too, could have been saved from Bruce Ratner's wrecking ball.