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Is NBA basketball "socialism," as NYT (and Tsai) approvingly suggest? Well, it offers both lessons and caveats.

Is It Basketball … or Socialism?, writes New York Times editorial board member Binyamin Appelbaum, suggesting that "While nobody was looking, the N.B.A. figured out how to fight inequality."

The gist:
The N.B.A. knows that unregulated competition would be a disaster. And the N.B.A.’s rules, as explained in the video above, could help to revive the American economy, too. It may be a while before you can catch a live game, but you can still pick up something from watching the N.B.A. That video, produced with Tala Schlossberg and Andrew Blackwell, notes the following "socialistic elements of the NBA:
revenue sharing among rich and poor teams, some of which have much larger media platforms;spending limits via a salary cap so the richest teams can't spend their way to victorythe annual players draft, which advantages the weakest teams Unregulated competition, the video suggests, "would be like the rest of America, where the wealthiest people can set their kids up wit…

Outside 550 Vanderbilt, adjusted wall for B12/B13 construction truncates privately operated open space

The interim open space behind the 550 Vanderbilt condo building just got tighter.

It turns out that the construction start at the B12 and B13 sites--615 Dean and 595 Dean--necessitates the adjustment of the concrete-plus-wood barrier between the eastern site, B13, and the adjacent 550 Vanderbilt, aka B14.

That means the barrier has been moved about 8-10 feet closer to the B14 site, thus approaching the benches that point west. See photo below, from July 1, looking north. That's sub-optimal, even for times after-hours when construction has stopped. (As I explain below, the fence has not been moved to encroach on the B11 site, 535 Carlton.)

Ultimately, construction of B12/B13, scheduled to be complete in Spring 2023, will result in a shared open space with the adjacent 550 Vanderbilt and 535 Carlton. But only construction over the Vanderbilt Yard, as yet unscheduled and likely to take until 2035, will deliver the lion's share of project open space.


By contrast, the February 2018…

Work in progress at B12/B13: Spring 2023 anticipated completion

Well, the construction fence on Dean Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt Avenues now has a "Work in Progress" sign indicating that the B12 (615 Dean) and B13 (595 Dean) towers are expected to be complete in Spring 2023, a little less than three years after the start of construction.


Concrete workers picket outside B4 & B15 sites, part of citywide contract action

A broad strike by concrete laborers across the city began yesterday at various construction sites, including pickets outside the B4 (18 Sixth Avenue) and B 15 (37 Sixth Avenue) sites.

The strike relates to not any specific action by the developers of those projects but rather a contract offer by the Cement League, the umbrella group of contractors, that the union considers inadequate.

The impact of the strike? Unclear, but it continues today, as documented at bottom.

One neighbor told me that three trucks delivering cement were sent away, while another saw one delivery. Yesterday I did see what appeared to some ongoing construction work, and today a witness said some work continued.

I did contact CEMENT AND CONCRETE LABORERS' LOCAL 20, as well as a representative of the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park developer, but didn't hear back.

Previous strikes

There have been at least two strikes by concrete workers in recent years, as Crain's New York Business reported 7/1/15, exactly …

Yes, it's much harder for low-income households to win the affordable housing lottery

This more broadly confirms what I reported4 @CityLimitsNews in 2017 re #535Carlton@pacificparkbk#AtlanticYardshttps://t.co/TJTmZGowv3
Far more lower-income people apply4 income-linked #affordablehousing.
So it's misleading 2aggregate number of applicants for a single building — Norman Oder (@AYReport) June 29, 2020Affordable Housing Lottery Odds Worst for Those Who Can Afford the Least, The City reported 6/28/20, crunching numbers in a broad way, for the first time on this issue:
A review by THE CITY of more than 18 million applications to the NYC Housing Connect system between January 2014 and March 2019 shows that for every one of the 21,382 new apartments built as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Housing New York plan, 314 eligible applications poured in.
...Of the five income categories within the lottery system, households like Cardona’s that are classified as “extremely low-income” — currently defined as earning up to $30,720 for a family of three — faced the most competitio…

As two Nets test positive, a "crisis" for the team and more worries for NBA's planned restart

Well, the Brooklyn Nets are on the back pages of the tabloids today, with the New York Post above the New York Daily News, at right, From the New York Post's Marc Berman last night:
The Nets’ chances of missing the playoffs have increased as Spencer Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan have tested positive for COVID-19.
Jordan ruled himself out of the Orlando restart while Dinwiddie left the door open. It all leaves the Nets in shambles as they look to fly to Orlando on July 7.
If this sort of spread continues, it’s not too early to wonder whether the NBA’s elaborate Disney World-bubble plan will ever make it to the playoffs. From NetsDaily, under the headline NETS IN CRISIS: DEANDRE JORDAN BECOMES SECOND PLAYER TO TEST POSITIVE, OPTS OUT OF ‘BUBBLE’:
Under league rules, the Nets can add substitute players. After Wilson Chandler opted out of the “bubble” over the weekend, the Nets added Justin Anderson. Woj reported late Sunday, that sources told him the Nets plan to sign a substitute for…

Barclays Center to host MTV Video Music Awards August 30, without audience; also, local performances in boroughs planned

Confirming a report first floated in Variety 5/28/20, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his press conference yesterday, declared that the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Sunday, August 30.
"The event will follow all safety guidance, including limited or no audience," a graphic stated.
Later, the daily email from the Governor's office clarified, "The event will take place without an in-person audience."
Still, it's unclear how many personnel will be needed to manage/operate the event, or how many performers/guests there will be.
This will be the first event held at Barclays since it shuttered in March for the coronavirus pandemic. Surely, they need the money. 
It will be interesting to see whether any protests will be continuing on the arena plaza. That said, it's possible that protests can proceed while the side entrance(s) and loading dock are used to make the vent go.
"Extensive social distancing" but also…

How about... the Jackie Robinson Arena at Barclays Center? Advocate Piccolo renews effort.

What if… the Barclays Center Had Been the Jackie Robinson Arena?, I wrote June 4 for Bklyner, suggesting that we would not merely have honored the former Brooklyn Dodger as the first black man in major league baseball, but also would've had to reflect on Robinson's criticisms of American racism.

Since then, longtime Brooklynite Arthur Piccolo, who years ago (as I wrote) quixotically proposed that the Brooklyn arena be named for Robinson, has renewed his cause in a new video, embedded at bottom.

It ends with a photo-shopped image of a Robinson statue with #blacklivesmatter protesters at the arena, Brooklyn's protest epicenter, invoking the gruesome police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The name Jackie Robinson Arena is appended to the arena oculus. (Screenshot at right)

I had mused about a hybrid name, such as “The Jackie Robinson Center, Presented by Barclays” or even “The Barclays Center: Honoring Jackie Robinson," but Piccolo suggests a dual name: the "…

From the latest Construction Update: excavation and foundation work expected to start at B12/B13

The latest Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Construction Update (bottom), covering the two weeks beginning Monday, 6/19/20, was circulated Friday, 6/26/20 at 3:22 pm (lead time) by Empire State Development (ESD) after preparation by Greenland Forest City Partners.

Judging from the text highlighted in in red in the document below, the only new work (compared with the previous update) expected is excavation and foundation work for the B12 (615 Dean) and B13 (595 Dean) towers, as described at the recent Quality of Life meeting.

That will occur after already-started fencing work is completed.

Those two towers would have 798 rental units and, underground, a fitness center and fieldhouse.

After-hours work--to enable social distancing, we learned--continues at both the B4 (18 Sixth) and B15 (37 Sixth) towers, until 7 pm daily and Saturdays 8 am to 5 pm. (Night and weekend work continues at the Vanderbilt Yard.)





PPB Construction Alert 6 29 20 (PDF)


PPB Construction Alert 6 29 20 (Text)

Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park graphic: what's built/what's coming + FAQ (pinned post)

This graphic, last updated in June 2020, is aimed to stay at the top of the blog. It will be updated as announced configurations change and buildings launch. The information in the text has been updated through June 28, 2020, though considerable uncertainty remains: note buildings with question marks, as well as the project's general history of changes.

Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park is complicated, and it's changed a lot. Four of 15 (or 16) towers have been built (plus the Barclays Center), which is rather slow progress for a project announced in 2003 and approved in 2006 (and re-approved in 2009), though momentum is increasing.

Four towers on terra firma are in process: B15 and B4 launched in 2019, while B12 and B13 are just starting in June 2020. However, the developers still must complete about 900 more affordable units by 2025 to meet a state deadline--a significant challenge, but not insurmountable.

So what's coming after that? The developer as of 9/30/19 announced plan…