Monday, December 07, 2009

NYPD, 2007: no bollards around arena; Goldman Sachs, 2009: bollards needed

In November 2007, faced with public concerns about security procedures at the Atlantic Yards arena, just 20 feet from the street (the same distance that led to the closing of streets in Newark), a New York Police Department spokesman said the department doesn’t foresee any street or land closures, sidewalk widening around the arena, or the installation of bollards.

Now, as noted in the the Barclays Center Arena Preliminary Official Statement (prepared by Goldman Sachs), the "Urban Experience" (aka urban plaza) would include bollards.

Eric McClure of NoLandGrab puts it all together, noting that models of the Barclays Center include no such security measures and showing photos of the adjacent Atlantic Terminal entrance, newly constructed, with--yes--bollards.

It's another example of the lack of transparency so frequently part of the Atlantic Yards story.

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