Sunday, September 04, 2011

Variations on a B: emerging Barclays Center signage, visions of a Prospect Heights corner, and reminders of some anti-AY murals

At the western end of the southeast block of the Atlantic Yards site, Block 1129 (east of Carlton Avenue and between Pacific and Dean streets), a wall section of weathered metal used for the exterior of the Barclays Center has been established for a little more than a week.

I walked by on Friday, September 2, and shot several pictures with an extended lens.

Thus the buildings in the background seem extremely close, though they're not. At right, for example, the gray and white building, 470 Vanderbilt, looks quite close, though it's actually bordered by the railyard and wide Atlantic Avenue.

And while the wall section looks large in close-up, it looks much smaller from a distance.

Below are photos shot from farther away along Carlton Avenue south of the corner as well as directly west of the corner. Note that Block 1129 will eventually by used for indefinite interim surface parking, for 1100 vehicles.

From Carlton south of Dean

The Carlton Avenue Bridge is closed and signage indicates that those going north on Dean can turn west on Pacific but not right, as that street is closed. Carlton Avenue immediately south of Dean is a residential block lined with handsome brownstones and trees, and is part of the Prospect Heights Historic District (as is the west side of Carlton to the north, between Dean and Pacific.)


Closer to the corner

Again, 470 Vanderbilt seems very close, as do other buildings across Atlantic Avenue. Note how the wall section at left is blank, where anti-Atlantic Yards murals, including "Gehry, thy name is eminent domain," were painted over.

However, the "Obama!!" mural, also painted by the anti-AY Prospect Heights Action Coalition (PHAC), was, prudently, allowed to remain.


Another close-up

The metal gate retains the Prospect Heights Action Coalition credit but not the "Atlantic Yards 'R' Bellyup" claim.

 

Looming large

The yellow building at 752 Pacific Street, which was supposed to be demolished (and will be someday), is being used by Forest City as offices.


Looking inside

Beyond the gate is a trailer for Forest City Ratner's Atlantic Yards Community Liaison Office.



A close-up of the CLO sign

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