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

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, 6/29/20, 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 August 17, 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 have started in the summer of 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 announce…

Times on Newswalk condo: "The Atlantic Yards run behind the building, which will mean living with construction at some point." (Um...)

From the New York Times Real Estate section today, On the Market, "a one-bedroom, one-bath, architect-renovated, 1,107-square-foot, loft-style apartment" at 535 Dean Street in the Newswalk building.

Pros include large rooms and closets, a renovated kitchen, proximity to subways, and shopping.

Cons: "The Atlantic Yards run behind the building, which will mean living with construction at some point. The unit does not have a washer-dryer, but there is a hookup in the foyer closet."

Well, credit the Times with more candor than the typical real-estate agent. Still, the article repeats a common error: Atlantic Yards is (was) the name of a project, not a place.

Just to be clear, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Vanderbilt Yard, the largest component of the 22-acre site dubbed Atlantic Yards, and renamed Pacific Park Brooklyn, is across the street.

And yes, there should be construction of three towers on the western block of the railyard, and three on the eas…

Waiting for B5 tower: initial permit filing in May was disapproved by DOB, which is not unusual

As I reported 6/10/20, in May, Greenland Forest City Partners filed permits for the B5 tower (698 Atlantic Avenue), the first over the Vanderbilt Yard.

But there's no date for construction, said Scott Solish of Greenland USA, indicating that the filing of permits "starts a lengthy review."

Indeed, I took a look at the Department of Buildings page for the site (aka 700 Atlantic Avenue) and saw that the submitted plan was disapproved, and is presumably being revised. That's hardly unusual, but it does mean that the simple filing of a permit deserves context. This could take a while.

In Australia, a PPE-related coronavirus controversy for Greenland; in the United States, a quiet contributor to local help, in New York and elsewhere

Half a world away, Greenland Holdings Group (aka Greenland Group), the parent company of Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park developer Greenland USA, was caught up in some coronavirus controversy, sourcing medical items to send to China.

And here in the United States, Greenland USA was part of a much quieter effort to contribute locally.

A scoop in March

As reported 3/26/20 in the Sydney Morning Herald, Chinese-backed company's mission to source Australian medical supplies:
As the coronavirus took hold in Wuhan earlier this year, staff from the Chinese government-backed global property giant Greenland Group were instructed to put their normal work on hold and source bulk supplies of essential medical items to ship back to China.
A whistleblower from the company has told the Herald it was a worldwide Greenland effort - and the Sydney office was no different, sourcing bulk supplies of surgical masks, thermometers, antibacterial wipes, hand sanitisers, gloves and Panadol for shipping. Greenla…