To make room for the proposed Atlantic Yards project — which calls for a basketball arena and high-rise buildings at the nexus of Park Slope, Prospect Heights and Fort Greene — the state will permanently close several streets to traffic. According to NY1, starting on or around February 1, Pacific Street between both Vanderbilt and Carlton avenues and Fifth and Sixth avenues will be closed, as well Fifth Avenue between Flatbush and Atlantic avenues. But what will those closures mean for commuters and residents?
For one thing, they will lead to the elimination of the B63 bus stop on Fifth Avenue between Pacific Street and Atlantic Avenue. According to the Atlantic Yards Report, neighbors and folks who travel near the the site should "[e]xpect a lot more traffic on Sixth Avenue between Flatbush Avenue and Pacific Street, which will become two-way." That is, of course, if the closures happen. While the project seems to be making headway since developer Bruce Ratner closed the deal on the project, sold $511 million in bonds before a deadline, and won a lawsuit over the use of eminent domain, opponents are still trying to halt it.
Dan Goldstein — who lives in the Atlantic Yards footprint and is facing eminent domain proceedings for his property — told the Brooklyn Paper that the state is acting too soon. "They're taking the streets prematurely," said Goldstein, who has reportedly started looking for a new place to live. "We'll be challenging that [street seizure], which is part of [the state’s use of] eminent domain."