Following up on my Atlantic Yards walk of last week, where I'd met photographer Tracy Collins: his wonderful pictorial essa on AY has been noted by noLandGrab here. In his words, "...my home would be less than a block from the nearest hi-rise building [...] My neighbors and I will have to live with decades of construction and the consequences of whatever gets built. I'd love to have a reasonable, rational and attractive development built over the rail yards. Who doesn't? But if Atlantic Yards in its current form is what is actually built, I fear that the neighborhood in which I chose to make my home will not be merely transformed, but will be replaced."
[De]Construction of The Neighborhood
By Tracy Collins
Hardcover, $40; Softcover, $25 AtlanticYardsPhotoBook.com [click on photo for detail]
Photographer Tracy Collins has been posting his dramatic images of his neighborhood-in-flux on flickr, as Bruce Ratner's controversial Atlantic Yards project is not only transforming the footprint of the project, but looms over the surrounding blocks.
Now, Collins has organized these images into a book that provides a snapshot of a neighborhood on the precipice of dramatic change.
With a simple neighborhood map outlining the footprint and showing the location of all of the images, the photos speak for historic buildings set to be demolished and their neighbors, which will remain to endure and bear witness.
In addition to buying this wonderful book, you should catch a screening of Brooklyn Matters, the documentary on Atlantic Yards, which shows Jun 13th at 87 Lafayette St., Fridays in June at Spoke the Hub, 748 Union St., and other places.
“Brooklyn Matters is a remarkable film that slowly, quietly, calmly reveals the extreme ugliness at the heart of one of the most ill-conceived mega-development schemes in New York history.”
-Francis Morrone, Architectural Historian.