The Brooklyn Navy Yard has found a new captain. David Ehrenberg, an executive vice president of the city's Economic Development Corp. in charge of real estate, has been chosen by the Navy Yard board to serve as executive director of the nonprofit that manages the 300-acre waterfront industrial park.The longtime head of the NYC Economic Development Corporation, Seth Pinsky, also left recently for a job in real estate.
Mr. Ehrenberg has big galoshes to fill following the departure in June of Andrew Kimball, the Navy Yard's top brass for the past eight years. Mr. Kimball helped oversee a renaissance of the once-derelict docks and warehouses into a hub of neo-Brooklyn industrial artistry, hosting everything from electronics distribution to whiskey distillers, two separate modular housing manufacturers and even a film studio.
...Mr. Ehrenberg served most recently as co-head of the real estate department at the Economic Development Corp., where he worked on marquee projects. He helped oversee the bidding bid process for what eventually became Cornell's tech campus planned for Roosevelt Island. He also shepherded plans for a new Memorial Sloan Kettering/CUNY medical facility on the Upper East Side and served as the city's point person on the 22-acre Atlantic Yards development.
This watchdog blog, by journalist Norman Oder, offers analysis, commentary, and reportage about the $4.9B project to build the Barclays Center arena and 15-16 towers at a crucial site in Brooklyn. Dubbed Atlantic Yards by developer Forest City Ratner in 2003, it was rebranded Pacific Park Brooklyn in 2014 after the Chinese government-owned Greenland Group bought a 70% stake going forward. As of 2018, after the arena and four towers were built, Greenland will own 95% of future construction.