The renowned architect who designed Brooklyn's embattled Atlantic Yards project
says he now believes it will never be built because of the economic downturn. In
an interview with The Architect's Newspaper, Frank Gehry yesterday referred to
Bruce Ratner's $4 billion plan to bring an NBA arena and 16 residential-office
towers to Prospect Heights as one of several "unrealized commissions" he most
wishes had been built. "I don't think it's going to happen . . .
More than two years after officials approved the project in December 2006, little work has been done, private land remains to be acquired, and Ratner is scrambling to keep the project afloat. There is no timeline to compete the plan anymore. At best, construction on the arena and, perhaps, one of the skyscrapers could begin this year and possibly be completed by late 2011.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
You know how over the last few years we've been beaten over the head with stories from "reputable" media sources like ESPN saying that Lebron is headed to Brooklyn in 2010 to play for the Jay-Z owned Nets? Well, it seems like such talk may have been a little premature . . . And by premature, I mean partially fabricated and completely misleading.
You see, Jay-Z reportedly only owns about 1.47% of the Nets. That we've known for quite some time. But perhaps more important is the news coming out of yesterday's New York Post that the Nets are most definitely NOT moving to Brooklyn:
So, based on this article, it would appear that if Lebron shows up to play for the Nets in Brooklyn in 2010, he's going to be sorely disappointed and roughly 20 miles away from where any Nets games are actually taking place. Sadly, if Lebron wants to play "for" Jay-Z, he's going to have to do it in the house formerly known as Brendan Byrne Arena. Now I know downtown Cleveland isn't exactly paradise but if there's one place on earth that it trumps, it's the swamps of New Jersey. But don't start breathing too easily Cavs fans because there's always the Knicks; You know, that flagship NBA franchise full of tradition, stocked with great players, and coached by a wizard of all facets of the game. Face it Cleveland: Lebron is outta here. Stephen A. Smith told me so.