But that one story led to a widely-reprinted AP story that even the New York Times published, even though the Times less than a month ago reported essentially the same story.
The Daily News, in its online coverage yesterday, added a highly-analytical quote from Forest City Ratner spokesman Loren Riegelhaupt: ""It's a very exciting thing for Brooklyn." Here's the Star-Ledger article.
Keep adding a year
Remember, back in March, Chuck Ratner of parent Forest City Enterprises seemed to admit to a 2010-11 schedule, then backpedaled, asserting, "We remain committed to our goal of opening the arena in time for the 2009-2010 NBA basketball season.” (Of course, the original goal was 2006.)
He was blowing smoke. We should take the current 2010 pledge with a grain of salt. Arena construction takes 24 months and can't begin until the pending lawsuits are cleared. As I wrote, it's possible they could be cleared by July 31, but under other scenarios, they will persist much longer.
Even if the legal challenges end soon, it still would take a scheduled three years to reconstruct bridges on Carlton Avenue and Sixth Avenue, and it would be a very unwise move to open the arena with a major traffic bottleneck next to it.
The Carlton Avenue bridge won't close until January 16. Three years from then would be mid-January, 2011.