CBS 880's Tom Kaminski has obtained dramatic photographic evidence of construction at the controversial Atlantic Yards development/parking lot. The big arena that may one day be the home of the Brooklyn New Yorkers (currently the New Jersey Nets) seems to be coming along, despite numerous lawsuits attempting to stop it. Today, in fact, opponents of the project will square off in court against the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC). A coalition of community groups wants a court order to halt all construction because the ESDC's environmental impact statement analyzed Atlantic Yards as a 10-year construction project. Now it's expected to take a quarter century, and critics want the environmental impact reconsidered.
ESDC attorney Philip Karmel scoffs at the lawsuit: "Remarkably, the five-year legal battle over Atlantic Yards has thus come down to this: a dispute as to whether the 2009 Technical Memorandum should have assumed a 25-year build out instead of a 15-year build out in its analysis of the environmental impacts of a market-driven delay in the schedule for the Project's development." Norman Oder at Atlantic Yards Report scoffs at Karmel's scoffing: "He seemed to be suggesting that ten years is an insignificant interval, even for an interim surface parking lot... It all depends on perspective, right? Consider some alternatives in which the difference between 15 and 25 is significant:
- Remarkably, it has come to this: whether we think the warranty on the boiler should last 15 years rather than 25.
- Remarkably, it has come to this: whether the pill should be 15 mg, not 25.
- Remarkably, it has come to this: whether he should have known that the female was 15 rather than, as she said, 25."
Get your popcorn: The case will be heard today at noon in Manhattan Supreme Court before state Supreme Court Justice Marcy Friedman, at 60 Centre Street, IAS MOTION Part 57, Room 335.