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Old October 23rd, 2006, 11:47 PM   #501
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I am seeing Red X's on all the renderings I have posted... I don't know what happened but I have to re-post every picture again.
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Old October 24th, 2006, 09:30 PM   #502
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http://www.nypost.com/seven/10242006...eve_cuozzo.htm
ANOTHER TIMES SQ. HIT

ISTITHMAR PURCHASES PRIME 42ND STREET LOT FOR $76M

October 24, 2006 -- BIG doings on 42nd Street: Mawan Dalloul's American Properties sold the spectacularly situated empty lot at 140 W. 42nd St. for $76 million to Dubai-based Istithmar, which plans to build a hotel/condo. Istithmar also owns 6 Times Square, the former Knickerbocker Hotel, next door.

Dalloul shuttered the site's longtime flea market a few months ago. But he decided to sell the land rather than develop a speculative office project he'd long planned at No. 140, which is just west of his Bush Tower at No. 130.

The deal paves the way for Istithmar - which has been on a local buying spree - to fill in the street wall on the south side.

At one point, Dalloul said, "We considered a joint venture with Istithmar, but things got accelerated." The site can support a project of about 180,000 square feet.
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Old October 24th, 2006, 11:56 PM   #503
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Old October 25th, 2006, 04:19 AM   #504
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no this is NY, nothing goes on here anymore remember?!

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Old October 29th, 2006, 04:28 AM   #505
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http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/27/nyregion/27yards.html
Suit Against Atlantic Yards Challenges Eminent Domain

By THOMAS J. LUECK
Published: October 27, 2006

In a widely anticipated legal maneuver, opponents of the Atlantic Yards project filed suit in federal court yesterday, challenging the state’s authority to use its eminent-domain powers to acquire property and make way for the $4.2 billion development near Downtown Brooklyn.

The plaintiffs in the case were 10 people who the developer, Forest City Ratner, said have refused offers or resisted negotiations to buy their homes or businesses, or to be relocated to other rental apartments. The suit was filed in United States District Court in Brooklyn.

The plaintiffs’ lawyers, from firms in Manhattan and Albany and from South Brooklyn Legal Services, said the use of eminent domain would be unconstitutional because it would result in the transfer of private property to a developer without the public benefit that eminent domain is intended to bestow.

“The Atlantic Yards proposal is premised on the abuse of eminent domain,” said Matthew D. Brinckerhoff, the plaintiffs’ lead lawyer. It would mean “the taking of one citizen’s property to benefit a powerful and influential private citizen,” he said.

That citizen, Bruce Ratner, the president of Forest City Ratner, was named as a defendant, along with Gov. George E. Pataki and his chief development official, Charles A. Gargano, the chairman of the Empire State Development Corporation. Other defendants include Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Daniel L. Doctoroff, the deputy mayor for economic development and rebuilding.

Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday that opponents of the Atlantic Yards project, who have long protested the use of eminent domain, were “misguided” and called the suit a “delaying tactic.”

“This is a project whose time has come,” Mr. Bloomberg said.

Jessica Copen, a spokeswoman for Mr. Gargano, declined to comment, saying that Mr. Gargano’s staff had not received a copy of the suit.

Joe DePlasco, a spokesman for Forest City Ratner, said the lawsuit was disappointing, but not unexpected. “We have tried everything in our power to negotiate fair and beneficial transactions,” he said. “However, a small group of people have either refused to speak with us or, for whatever reason, we have been unable to reach an agreement.”

The Atlantic Yards project would include 8.7 million square feet of housing, office and retail space and a basketball arena for the Nets.

If eminent domain were used by the state, it would be intended to complete the process of assembling property needed for the project, some of which the developer has negotiated to buy from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Forest City Ratner said yesterday that it controls 89 percent of the land needed to complete the project. Forest City said it has control of 93 percent of the condominiums and co-ops on the site and 66 percent of the commercial property.

Forest City is also the development partner in building a new Midtown headquarters for The New York Times Company.

The lawsuit comes at a time of heightened public scrutiny around the country of the use of eminent domain, with a groundswell of sentiment in some regions that it has been used too often to unfairly seize private property.

Mr. Brinckerhoff said yesterday that the plaintiffs’ case was supported by a United States Supreme Court ruling in 2005 that said the city of New London, Conn., could proceed with a large-scale plan to replace a faded residential neighborhood with offices and commercial development, over the objections of 15 homeowners, who refused offers for their homes and wanted to stay.

Even though those plaintiffs lost, Mr. Brinckerhoff said the case, Kelo v. New London, buttressed the arguments of the plaintiffs in Brooklyn because of what the Supreme Court said the government could not do, including using eminent domain simply to transfer property from one individual to another without sufficient public benefits.

Daniel Goldstein, one of the plaintiffs and a member of Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, said yesterday that the suit may heighten nationwide awareness of the conflict in Brooklyn and help raise money for the group’s legal bills.
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Old October 31st, 2006, 04:11 PM   #506
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NEW-WAVE CONEY





By RICH CALDER
October 31, 2006

Here's a sneak peek at Coney Island's glamorous future.

Architectural renderings obtained by The Post show a grand vision of the famed summer amusement area's rundown streets being transformed into a glitzy year-round playground and public attraction.

In one image, Stillwell Avenue becomes a fantasy-filled boulevard marked by larger-than-life street furniture, such as a mermaid swimming in a martini glass and a gigantic tattooed elephant.

The landmark Cyclone roller coaster can still be seen from down Bowery Street - which itself is reinvented as a permanent festival and sideshow area.

Thor Equities has purchased 10 acres of boardwalk land in the hope of building a $1.5 billion entertainment destination.

The project is awaiting city approval, but the company hopes to break ground in 18 months and wrap up in about five years.





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Old October 31st, 2006, 08:34 PM   #507
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what the hell are Batman and Superman doing at Coney Island and why is that girl wearing a pumpkin on her booty? that rendering is awful.
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I say that we should let Coney Island stay itself before any other eye-in-the-sky plan causes it to loose face just like what is happening to other neighborhoods.
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Old October 31st, 2006, 10:50 PM   #509
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I think Coney Island should have a new looko to it.. This isistance on keeping things looking like "itself" is counterproductive. Coney hasnt been "itself" for years and what we defines as "itself" hasnt been what people pay to see for years... To realize the potential of Coney Island, there has to be a new look to it, something to bring back the excitement of the past.
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Old October 31st, 2006, 11:07 PM   #510
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Old November 1st, 2006, 10:24 PM   #511
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More on Coney Island...


More Coney Island Aquarium Redo Renderings





Wednesday, November 1, 2006

After yesterday's publication of a couple of more "visions" of the future Coney Island in all of its odd dystopian glory, the additional renderings and models from one of the finalists vying to redesign the butt ugly utilitarian New York Aquarium are almost a breath of fresh air. (At least, there are no mermaids with pumpkins on their asses.) It may or may not win and get built, but they're pretty cool. This is the propsal from WRT and Cloud9. More images after the jump if you click through.

Aquarium Design Proposal

BONUS: The city digs the Thor Coney vision. Coney Island Development Corp. interim president Joshua Sirefman tells the Post their latest renderings "show the right kind of energy that we've always talked about for Coney Island." But, Coney blogger Kinetic Carnival says they look like "lesser quality rejects" of drawings mistakenly released this summer and a "rehash."


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Old November 2nd, 2006, 12:59 AM   #512
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uhhh whoa, big whoa.
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 01:40 AM   #513
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At first glance it looks like a giant whale about to swallow it's prey. Strangely appropriate for a seaside attraction.
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 01:55 AM   #514
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I love NY, i never was in NY, i wish to vizit NY while in it no damaged all old buildings. Forgive for feelings)...
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 02:11 AM   #515
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New York has all old buildings?
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What's with the delay at the development of Coney Island anyhow?
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 05:37 AM   #518
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That Whale/Fish looking proposal looks amazing. How much of Conney would it actually cover? I know it says he has 10 arcs but it looks like it could cover a lot more than that. I also agree that it is better that a tattooed elephant.
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Pobre diabla se dice que se te a visto por la calle vagando...
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 06:28 AM   #520
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...even in spanish that is confusing.
the aquafish building... is interesting, but is that just a metal frame over some generic box buildings?
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