Worried about being blown over by the Atlantic Yards project? You might not be so wrong, says Norman Oder in Atlantic Yards Report (check out the wonkish definitions of just "Sitting" vs. "Leisure Sitting" and the impacts of wind thereon):
...a newly released “pedestrian wind impact study,” cited in the Atlantic Yards Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), suggests that the area around the Urban Room wouldn’t be suitable for leisure sitting/dining and even some short-term sitting. That suggests that [artist Laurie] Olin’s illustration [above] is rather fanciful.
Deck the Yards with Rows of Jolly (Carols.) On the lighter side of the Atlantic Yards project, from Gowanus Lounge:
How many Atlantic Yards Christmas Carols can you watch? There are eight--count 'em eight--posted over at youtube. All credit for bringing this latest mashup of Holiday Season, Controversial Brooklyn Development and $1.65 billion website goes to the crew at No Land Grab, which has posted two of them so far. They're done up by the Prospect Heights Action Carolers. The top one, "Let Ratner Rule," is notable for the performance of former Congressional candidate Chris Owens, who it turns out, has a kick ass voice. Others are "God Rest Ye Marty Markowitz!," "Jingle Bell Rock/Ratnerville Sucks," "Deck the Halls," "The Twelve Days of Christmas," "Silent Night/Blighted Heights," "Winter Wonderland" and "Marty the Two Faced BP." (Do you begin to sense what will happen if the BP runs for Mayor and people hold a grudge? The only mayoral candidate with a pre-mixed opposition group.)