Friday, April 02, 2010

Brooklyn Paper gets all excited about Daughtry's "meditation room" (aka "atrium")

The Brooklyn Paper, breathlessly, reports:
Call it Zen and the art of basketball!

The Brooklyn Paper has learned that the Barclays Center will be the first sports arena to feature a meditation chamber — an intriguing element that is one of the few unreported details of the widely covered home of the future Brooklyn Nets.
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“The idea is to say to people there are values in reflection, contemplation,” explained Daughtry, who gave the convocation at the groundbreaking ceremony for the arena last month.

That link goes back to the Brooklyn Paper's coverage, which neglected to point out Daughtry's claim that the project site was a "long-neglected, rodent-infested, garbage-strewn strip of geography." Nor did the Brooklyn Paper's coverage of the state Senate oversight hearing last May point out Daughtry's regular heckling.

An "atrium" and the CBA

Daughtry has previously (as reported) called it an "atrium," but the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) says "Meditation Room." From the CBA:
E. ARENA RELATED PROGRAMS. The Arena Developer seeks to make the Arena an integral part of the Community by providing the following:

(1) Events. The Arena will be available to Community groups for at least ten (10) events per year, at a reasonable rate, with net proceeds from such events to be used to support non-profit community organizations.

(2) Tickets. The Arena Developer will designate one (1) box and four (4) seats within the lower bowl, and fifty (50) seats in the upper bowl, for community use with priority given to seniors and youths for all events throughout the year. As more fully detailed in the Project Implementation Plan described in Section III, Part G, the Arena Developer, in conjunction with the DBNA, will establish the terms and conditions of a program governing discounted Senior Citizen Nets general admissions ticket purchases.

(3) Meditation Room. Upon completion of the Project, located inside the Arena will be a meditation room to be used by the Community and patrons. As will be more fully described in the Project Implementation Plan described in Section III, Part G, DBNA will work with the Arena Developer to design this room for structured programs and services under the supervision and guidelines of the DBNA’s committee on Arena Related Programs, described below.

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G. Project Implementation Plan. (1) Upon signing of this Agreement, the Developers, in consultation with the Coalition members, shall create a manual for the implementation of the programs and goals described in this Agreement (the “Project Implementation Plan”). Developers will prepare the sections of the Project Implementation Plan that relate to programs for which a Coalition member is designated pursuant to Section III, Part B, in close collaboration with such Coalition member, including through regular meetings and exchange of drafts.

(2) Developers shall submit the Project Implementation Plan, as approved by Developers and the designated Coalition members, for comment by the Executive Committee within 120 days from the date hereof. Upon presentation and adoption by the Executive Committee, the Project Implementation Plan will become a part of this Agreement and the ICM shall use the Project Implementation Plan as a tool for judging the Developers’ and Coalitions’ progress in achieving the objectives set forth in this Agreement and the Project Implementation Plan.
Note that the Project Implementation Plan has not been publicly released.

1 comment:

  1. If he gets his "meditation room" maybe Reverend Daughtry can meditate on his unbecoming behavior throughout the six-plus years of the Atlantic Yards "process" or his devious "prayer" at the groundtaking ceremoney.

    By the way, he's been talking about his meditation room for years, not sure how it became breathless "news."

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