As construction work intensifies and prospect of legal success diminishes, residents in the "footprint" of Barclays Center and the larger Atlantic Yards are leaving. There's no accurate number of how many people still live on the 22-acre site, but estimates ranged between 15 and 62 before the recent exodus. Among those who left were plaintiffs in various lawsuits. Some received better settlements than others, writes Norman Oder. Among the holdouts: Daniel Goldstein, the face of Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn. He claims the state has imposed draconian restrictions on his lifestyle since his condominium, the only one occupied in a nine-story building, was condemned. Even the manager of Freddy's Bar admits he's looking for another location for Freddy's II.
Meanwhile, Bruce Ratner is negotiating with a range of top architects, including the legendary David Childs, to design the residential and office buildings that will surround Barclays Center at Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues.
- Even before Gerges decision, footprint renters were leaving; for some, it was life; for others, it was blight - Norman Oder - Atlantic Yards Report
- State 'cages' key Atlantic Yards holdout - Rich Calder - New York Post
- Now Get Ready for Freddy's II - Chantal Martineau - Village Voice
- ‘Childs’ play: Bruce may be bringing in top architects to work on Yards - Gersh Kuntzman - Brooklyn Paper
- Brooklyn Man Won't Back Down From Atlantic Yards Fight - Anthony Pascale - NY1
Atlantic Yards set to break ground as neighboring families, companies are told to take a hike - Mike McLaughlin & Erin Durkin