Monday, April 29, 2013

Free Atlantic Yards tour Sunday, May 5, part of Jane's Walks weekend

From the Municipal Art Society: On Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, thousands of New Yorkers will come together for Jane’s Walk NYC – a weekend series of 100+ FREE guided walks (and bike rides!) throughout New York’s five boroughs. Registration is NOT required. Whether you choose to stroll through neighborhoods you love or discover new neigborhoods you’ve never visited, you’ll enjoy this international program created to commemorate the life and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs.

My tour: Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards and the Barclays Center, In Context
   Time: Sunday, May 5, 3:00 PM – 5:15 pm 
   Walk Host: Norman Oder
   Accessibility: Partially Accessible - curbs, uneven terrain, busy sidewalks

Description: Join Atlantic Yards Report watchdog journalist and New York Like A Native guide Norman Oder on a walk around and beyond the controversial Atlantic Yards site, home to the new Barclays Center arena, and 16 planned towers, one under construction. While visiting Fort Greene and Prospect Heights, Oder will discuss the context, history, and still uncertain future of the ambitious project (announced in 2003), and the debates about urban design, architecture, public process, and eminent domain. Current issues involve the developer's plans to build the world's tallest modular tower and the mostly favorable reception of the arena, sited adjacent to a transit hub yet still frustrating some neighbors, who won a court decision requiring a new environmental review of the project's second phase.

Meeting Place: Outside Williamsburgh Savings Bank, One Hanson Place, just north of Atlantic Terminal mall and Atlantic Avenue/Barclays Center subway terminus, Brooklyn

Ending Place: Dean Street & Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn



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