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  • From left: East River Plaza residence rendering, Edward Blumenfeld and Bruce Ratner

    From left: East River Plaza residence rendering, Edward Blumenfeld and Bruce Ratner

    East Harlem residents are sounding off in meetings with Blumenfeld Development Group and Forest City Ratner Companies over plans to build residential towers above the East River Plaza mall. [more]

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  • Bruce Ratner and the Nets' home court at the Barclays Center

    Bruce Ratner and the Nets’ home court at the Barclays Center

    Bruce Ratner is looking to unload the remainder of his ownership stake in the Brooklyn Nets, and has brought investment bank Evercore Partners on board to advise him on a deal. [more]

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  • From left: Atlantic Yards rendering, Bruce Ratner of Forest City Ratner and Goldman Sachs Urban chief executive Gary Cohn

    From left: Atlantic Yards rendering, Bruce Ratner of Forest City Ratner and Goldman Sachs Urban chief executive Gary Cohn

    A trade group for New York’s affordable housing sector is urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to consider whether using union labor for inclusionary zoning projects will do any good, according to an op-ed from member Nancy Lepre. [more]

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  • East River Plaza in East Harlem

    East River Plaza in East Harlem

    A developer based in upstate New York leased 14,500 square feet of retail space at the East River Plaza in East Harlem to Mount Sinai Hospital. [more]

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  • Forest City Ratner's pre-fabricated units for B2

    Forest City Ratner’s pre-fabricated units for B2 (Credit: Brownstoner)

    After a six-month delay, Forest City Ratner will begin stacking its fully-constructed modular units to form the 32-story Atlantic Yards building known as B2 next week. [more]

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  • From left, Bruce Ratner, James Dolan, Nassau Coliseum

    From left: Bruce Ratner, James Dolan, Nassau Coliseum

    The fight between James Dolan and Bruce Ratner for the right to rebuild and run Nassau Coliseum in Long Island is almost at an end, Crain’s reported. [more]

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  • James Stuckey, the divisional dean of the New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate resigned abruptly this past Friday, the school told The Real Deal, in a situation reminiscent of how he departed four years ago from a top job at the development firm Forest City Ratner Companies. At NYU, Stuckey left behind a mixed legacy in his two-year tenure, forcing through what some described as necessary changes to improve the school, but was criticized with operating with what they saw as an arrogant and biased management style.

    Stuckey resigned last Friday “effective immediately,” said Paola Curcio-Kleinman, executive director of strategic marketing and communications for the School of Continuing and Professional studies, of which the Schack Institute is a part.

    She said the school would likely make an announcement in the next few days about who would lead the division, but beyond that she would not comment. … [more]

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  • Empire State Development Corporation and Forest City Ratner Companies have served notice that they intend to fight a July court decision ordering further environmental review of the Atlantic Yards project, Brooklyn Speaks, a civic organization that has for a long time been opposed to the development, announced today.

    In July, a Supreme Court judge ruled that the project was subject to another environmental review, as the construction timeline for the second phase of the project was extended to 25 years.

    The filing of the appeal by FCRC and ESDC delays ESDC’s obligation to comply with the court order, Brooklyn Speaks said, thus delaying changes to the Atlantic Yards plan that would accelerate the delivery of affordable housing and jobs to the area. – Katherine Clarke[more]

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  • While Atlantic Yards developer Forest City Ratner has said it hopes to break ground this year on a long-delayed 400-unit residential tower slated for the Downtown Brooklyn project, a company spokesperson says that goal may be a ways off, according to the Brooklyn Paper. Forest City Ratner currently doesn’t have the funding lined up to start the project, the spokesperson said, and that may distort the developer’s timeline for the project. “We hope to release designs in late spring or early summer and still hope to break ground this year,” the spokesperson said. As previously reported, the developer has, however, picked an architect for the residential structure: SHoP Architects, the same company that designed the Barclays Center arena at the Atlantic Yards development. [Brooklyn Paper]

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  • Apple eyes Atlantic Yards

    January 11, 2011 03:38PM
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    Apple is reportedly eying retail space near Atlantic Yards

    Let’s hope Mikhail Prokhorov, the Russian oligarch who invested millions in the Atlantic Yards development, isn’t a Microsoft guy. Rumor has it that Apple has set its sights on a location adjacent to the Downtown Brooklyn project, according to the New York Observer. Insiders say that Apple has even been talking with Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner about potential retail spots in the area. But the tech company still has some major hang-ups, according to some. “They’ve been very gun shy, the Apple people,” a source said. “They’re focusing on the arena area right now, but there’s no space.” … [more]

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  • alternate textFrom left: the Barclays Center construction site in May and in June (source: Brownstoner)

    While ground broke on the new Barclays Arena at the Atlantic Yards development in Downtown Brooklyn three months ago, little progress has been made on the construction site, according to Brownstoner. The Brooklyn blog is tracking the development’s progress month-to-month — both photos from the soon-to-be-home of the Nets show little change. The 18,000-seat arena is slated to open for the 2012 basketball season. [Brownstoner]

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  • alternate textFrom left: the Barclays Center construction site in May and in June (source: Brownstoner)

    While ground broke on the new Barclays Arena at the Atlantic Yards development in Downtown Brooklyn three months ago, little progress has been made on the construction site, according to Brownstoner. The Brooklyn blog is tracking the development’s progress month-to-month — both photos from the soon-to-be-home of the Nets show little change. The 18,000-seat arena is slated to open for the 2012 basketball season. [Brownstoner]

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  • While neighborhood advocate Daniel Goldstein was thought to be the last residential holdout in the Atlantic Yards development’s path, a family was discovered living at 481 Dean Street — and they’re not leaving without a fight, according to the New York Post. The Prospect Heights family, which has yet to be identified by name, has reportedly been offered around $85,000 to relocate but they’re not satisfied with the offering, according to sources close to the family. … [more]

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  • REITs a popular option in down market

    March 29, 2010 02:58PM

    Kent Swig

    Turns out Kent Swig isn’t the only one looking to form a real estate investment trust in the financial downturn. With more banks unlikely to hand over cash, high-profile companies like Forest City Ratner Companies and American Realty Capital Trust, are launching REITs, according to Investment News. And they’re not just looking for chump change either — American Realty New York Capital Trust’s new REIT, American Realty New York REIT, is angling to raise as much as $1.5 billion for distressed property purchases. Of course, launching a REIT to ease credit woes isn’t easy-breezy — Swig, for one, will have to get all his lenders and creditors on board before he can move forward with the plan.
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  • Barclays Center breaks ground

    March 11, 2010 01:16PM

    An interior rendering of the Barclays Center and Bruce Ratner

    Investors, city officials and developer Bruce Ratner, CEO of Forest City Ratner Companies, came together today to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Barclays Center at the Atlantic Yards development. The 18,000-seat arena, which will serve as the home of the soon-to-be Brooklyn Nets, is expected to open in 2010. At the ceremony, Mayor Michael Bloomberg described the Barclays Center as “the first piece of what will be one of the largest private investments and job generators in Brooklyn’s history.” Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Governor David Paterson were equally effusive in their praise, describing the development as “a dream” and “a boon to Brooklyn,” respectively. The arena, which is being designed by the Ellerbe Becket and ShoP Architects firms, is also expected to host upwards of 200 events annually, including concerts and non-NBA basketball games. Clarification: these comments were released in advance of the ceremony and were the planned statements of the individuals quoted. TRD

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  • David Childs and the planned Barclays Center at Atlantic Yards

    While Frank Gehry is long gone from the Atlantic Yards development, developer Bruce Ratner may be bringing another architecture heavyweight to the project, according to the Brooklyn Paper. Starchitect David Childs, who served as head designer on the Freedom Tower for the World Trade Center site, has met with Ratner to review Barclays Center plans and to discuss the possibility of designing one of the compound’s planned residential structures. “Bruce wants to bring in different architects, good architects, to do each of the residential buildings,” Childs said. “That’s something I’d be very excited about. Talking to Bruce, it’s clear that he wants to do this right.” Groundbreaking on the Barclays Center is set for tomorrow.
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  • The Nets basketball team released renderings of the new Barclays Center interior today, designed by Ellerbe Becket and SHoP Architects. The 18,000-seat arena in Downtown Brooklyn will also include luxury suites, currently available for sale. See slide show above for images.

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  • Freddy’s Bar has taken to the airwaves once again in protest of the Atlantic Yards development and the city’s use of eminent domain to displace businesses and residents in the neighborhood. This video, produced by ReasonTV, outlines the reasons why residents are riled over the Barclays Center and surrounding Atlantic Yards development, which is set to break ground March 11.
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  • Ratner kicks off Citi awards ceremony

    February 18, 2010 12:12PM

    From left: Citi Habitats’ Alexander Todd (MVP 2009 at 80 DeKalb), developer Bruce Ratner and Citi Habitats’ Cliff Finn and Gary Malin

    Citi Habitats held its 2009 company awards ceremony this week, honoring its top-producing employees, with a keynote address provided by Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner (click here to see additional photos from the ceremony). Gary Malin, president of Citi Habitats, named Tracie Hamersley and Elizabeth Hamersley, who specializes in the Murray Hill neighborhood, the top sales agents in the company, and honored the Metzger Team, led by Andreas Metzger, as the top rental agent. Dan Marrello and Luciane Serifovic were honored as the top managing directors of the year. Additionally, Danny Davis was picked as the top producing agent company-wide and Todd Lewin was honored as rookie of the year. TRD
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  • Sandy Annabi, a former city council member, and the Ridge Hill site

    A former city council member from Yonkers was charged today with selling her vote to approve developer Forest City Ratner’s Ridge Hill Project, as well as another developer’s real estate project in Westchester, the office of the United States attorney for the Southern District said.

    Sandy Annabi, the city council’s Democratic majority leader who served through the end of 2009, allegedly took more than $166,000 in cash and valuables to switch her votes to support the projects, the indictment says.

    Also charged in the complaint were Zehy Jereis, the former chairman of the Yonkers Republican Party and Anthony Mangone, a Westchester attorney. They each allegedly made illegal payments to Annabi, the indictment says. TRD[more]

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