Friday, May 04, 2012

Tonight: eight years of Atlantic Yards distilled into 20 minutes (and a few laughs)

There are still a few tickets left for nerd nite nyc tonight at Galapagos in DUMBO, starting time 9 pm. My presentation, in about 20 minutes, will be more entertaining than this blog. That was a requirement:
*Presentation #3
Atlantic Yards: Why Brooklyn’s Biggest Controversy is as Noir as Chinatown
by Norman Oder
Description: The massive arena-plus-skyscrapers complex planned for a key Brooklyn crossroads spawned controversy, protests, and lawsuits since it was announced in 2003. Why? Little things like eminent domain, encroachment on a residential neighborhood, and major efforts to manipulate the public. The details may seem dry, but once you pull back the cover, the story behind the Barclays Center, and the rest of Atlantic Yards, becomes as noir as the film Chinatown. (Well, almost — no murders.)
Bio: Veteran journalist Norman Oder has, for more than six years, written the daily Atlantic Yards Report blog, which Malcolm Gladwell called “brilliantly obsessive.” He’s contributed to numerous publications and appeared on Brian Lehrer’s TV show (but not Brian’s radio show). Norman also runs a walking tour company, New York Like A Native, and even leads an Atlantic Yards tour.
Indeed, I'm giving a free tour Saturday, May 5 at 2 pm, part of Jane's Walks. Meet outside the Williamsburgh Savings Bank building, aka One Hanson Place. Rain or shine.

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