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Atlantic Yards

Atlantic Yards
is a development dedicated to building a new vision for downtown Brooklyn and creating an exciting new home for Brooklyn’s very own NBA franchise: the Brooklyn Nets. This development is not just about basketball. Atlantic Yards will be a dynamic mix of affordable, middle-income and market-rate housing, commercial offices, retail establishments and a boutique hotel surrounded by over 8 acres of beautifully landscaped publicly accessible open space. In order to blend masterful design with Brooklyn’s continuing growth and unique character, the developer, Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC), has hired world-renowned architect Frank Gehry and landscape architect Laurie Olin to oversee the design of the development. Atlantic Yards is a $4 billion investment in Brooklyn's future. While it may mean different things to different people–a home, a job, a community resource, andentertainment venue–it will be something special for everyone. We invite you to learn more, and ask questions about what Atlantic Yards will mean to downtown Brooklyn.


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ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Bunyan I. Bryant Ph.D.


Environmental Justice
(EJ) is broader in scope than Environmental Equity. It refers to those cultural norms and values, rules, regulations, behaviors, policies, and decisions to support sustainable communities, where people can interact with confidence that their environment is safe, nurturing, and productive. Environmental justice is served when people can realize their highest potential, without experiencing the "isms" Environmental justice is supported by decent paying and safe jobs; quality schools and recreation; decent housing and adequate health care; democratic decision-making and personal empowerment; and communities free of violence, drugs, and poverty. These are communities where both cultural and biological diversity are respected and highly revered and where distributed justice prevails.

We must focus on the disproportionate exposure of environmental hazardous on people of color, less fortunate and low-income communities. People of color, less fortunate and low-income groups suffer more from toxic-induced or aggravated disease and sickness than their more affluent counterparts. Because the market system gives rise to the organization of American society and its distribution patterns, microbes and viruses are the last agents--not the first--to examine for causality. The first place to look is a the social structure in which wealth is accumulated. If the social root of health and disease is the way in which society is organized, then community clean-up, pollution control, and preventive measures are only temporary stop-gaps. If we want to deal effectively with health risks and exposures, we must also deal with the structural components of poverty and racism. 

 

NEW ATLANTIC YARDS UPDATE

Weeks covering June 21, 2010 through July 4, 2010

       This is an Atlantic Yards Construction Activities Two Week Look-Ahead. Please note the scope and nature of activities is subject to change based upon field conditions. All work has been approved by appropriate City and State agencies where required.

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ATLANTIC YARDS UPDATE!

Weeks covering June 7, 2010 through June 20, 2010

           This is an Atlantic Yards Construction Activities Two Week Look-Ahead. Please note the scope and nature of activities is subject to change based upon field conditions. All work has been approved by appropriate City and State agencies where required.

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NEW AYP UPDATE!

Weeks covering May 24, 2010 through June 6, 2010

This is an Atlantic Yards Construction Activities Two Week Look-Ahead. Please note the scope and nature of activities is subject to change based upon field conditions. All work has been approved by appropriate City and State agencies where required.

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SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT TO ATLANTIC YARDS CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Weeks of May 10, 2010 and May 17, 2010

         This is an Atlantic Yards Construction Activities SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT TO ATLANTIC YARDS CONSTRUCTION UPDATE. Please note the scope and nature of activities is subject to change based upon field conditions. All work has been approved by appropriate City and State agencies where required.

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Atlantic Yards Construction Activities: Two Week Look-Ahead (Revised)

Weeks covering May 10, 2010 through May 23, 2010

This is an Atlantic Yards Construction Activities Two Week Look-Ahead. Please note the scope and nature of activities is subject to change based upon field conditions. All work has been approved by appropriate City and State agencies where required.

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NEW AYP UPDATE!

Weeks covering May 10, 2010 and May 17, 2010

1.  This is an Atlantic Yards Construction Activities Two Week Look-Ahead. Please note the scope and nature of activities is subject to change based upon field conditions. All work has been approved by appropriate City and State agencies where required.

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2.  This is an Atlantic Yards Construction Activities Interim Construction Staging Plan.  Please note the scope and nature of activities is subject to change based upon field conditions. All work has been approved by appropriate City and State agencies where required.

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NEW AYP UPDATE!

Weeks covering April 12, 2010 and April 19, 2010

This is an Atlantic Yards Construction Activities Two Week Look-Ahead. Please note the scope and nature of activities is subject to change based upon field conditions. All work has been approved by appropriate City and State agencies where required.

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NEW AYP UPDATE!

Weeks covering March 29, 2010 and April 5, 2010

This is an Atlantic Yards Construction Activities Two Week Look-Ahead. Please note the scope and nature of activities is subject to change based upon field conditions. All work has been approved by appropriate City and State agencies where required.


DOWNLOAD DRAFT TRAFFIC MITIGATION PLAN

Questions relating to this project may be addressed to:
Atlantic Yards Community Liaison Office
(866) 923-5315
communityliaison@atlanticyards.com

Office of the Atlantic Yards Ombudsman
Empire State Development Corporation
(212) 803-3233
atlanticyards@empire.state.ny.us

Click here to download the draft trafficmitigation plan.

NEW AYP UPDATE!

Weeks covering March 15, 2010 and March 22, 2010

This is an Atlantic Yards Construction Activities Two Week Look-Ahead. Please note the scope and nature of activities is subject to change based upon field conditions. All work has been approved by appropriate City and State agencies where required.

Atlantic Yards Groundbreaking for the Barclays Center

AtlanticYardsReport

NEW AYP UPDATE!

Weeks covering March 1, 2010 and March 8, 2010

This an Atlantic Yards Construction Activities Two Week Look-Ahead. Please note the scope and nature of activities is subject to change based upon field conditions. All work has been approved by appropriate City and State agencies where required.

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SPECIAL NOTE:

This is an Atlantic Yards Construction Activities Two Week Look-Ahead. Please note the scope and nature of activities is subject to change based upon field conditions. In addition, during the utility work water shut offs may be required; these shuts downs are done under the oversight of DEP and property owners will be given advance notice. All work has been approved by appropriate City and State agencies where required.

In addition to the activities described below, noise attenuation and vibration monitoring measures are underway in connection with the Amended Memorandum of Environmental Commitments dated as of 12/21/09.  

NEW AYP UPDATE!

Weeks covering February 15, 2010 and February 22, 2010

This is an Atlantic Yards Construction Activities Two Week Look-Ahead. Please note the scope and nature of activities is subject to change based upon field conditions. All work has been approved by appropriate City and State agencies where required.


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NEW AYP UPDATE REVISED!

Weeks covering February 1, 2010 and February 8, 2010

This is an Atlantic Yards Construction Activities Two Week Look-Ahead. Please note the scope and nature of activities is subject to change based upon field conditions. All work has been approved by appropriate City and State agencies where required.

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NEW AYP UPDATE!

Weeks covering February 1, 2010 and February 8, 2010

This is an Atlantic Yards Construction Activities Two Week Look-Ahead. Please note the scope and nature of activities is subject to change based upon field conditions. All work has been approved by appropriate City and State agencies where required.

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Community Notice - FifthAvenue

This is an Atlantic Yards Construction Activities Two Week Look-Ahead. Please note the scope and nature of activities is subject to change based upon field conditions. All work has been approved by appropriate City and State agencies where required.

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NEW AYP UPDATE!

Weeks covering January 18, 2010 and January 25, 2010

This is an Atlantic Yards Construction Activities Two Week Look-Ahead. Please note the scope and nature of activities is subject to change based upon field conditions. All work has been approved by appropriate City and State agencies where required.

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COMMUNITY NOTICE

Directional Changes on Fifth Avenue and Pacific Street

 Beginning on Tuesday, December 22, 2009, the following streets in Brooklyn will undergo directional changes: 

Fifth Avenue, between Atlantic Avenue and Flatbush Avenue, will become northbound only
Pacific Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, will become two-way

These changes will accommodate utility upgrades underneath the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Pacific Street/Flatbush Avenue. Southbound traffic on the affected streets can use Sixth Avenue.

Advisory signs will be posted in advance of the closure and detour signs will be posted during the work. Traffic agents will be assigned to facilitate the flow of traffic and pedestrians. Local and emergencyvehicle access will be maintained on the affected streets at all times. City services will be maintained in the area at all times.

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NEW AYP UPDATE!

Feb 4, 2009

This is an Atlantic Yards Construction Activities Two Week Look-Ahead. Please note the scope and nature of activities is subject to change based upon field conditions. All work has been approved by appropriate City and State agencies where required.

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NEW AYP UPDATE!

Dec 1, 2008

This is an Atlantic Yards Construction Activities Two Week Look-Ahead. Please note the scope and nature of activities is subject to change based upon field conditions. All work has been approved by appropriate City and State agencies where required.

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GET INVOLVED!

 Tips for Greener Living

Learn more EASY WAYS to make a difference.

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Why Go Green: 8 Ways to Make the Case
by Trey Granger Published on July 13th, 2009

 
This story is part of Earth911’s “Green Eight” series, where we showcase eight ways to green your life in various areas.
We’ve all been there. A co-worker or family member throws that plastic bottle in the trash. Your response:  “Hey, that’s recyclable!”  In return, you get a blank stare followed by “So…Why does it matter?” While thousands of reasons flood your brain, how do you translate those into a simple, easy statement that sums it all up?
 
Don’t worry. We are here to sort through all the mumbo-jumbo with some stock replies that lay out easy answers to that complex question. From reduce to reuse, with a  little recycle mixed in, our eight green activities are easy to translate to even the toughest of crowds.
Bored? Head outside for a bike ride or a round of tennis. You'll work up a sweet and get back to nature. Photo: Phillyburbs.com
Bored? Head outside for a bike ride or a round of tennis. You'll work up a sweet and get back to nature. Photo: Phillyburbs.com
 
1. Take It Outside

Why Apply:
In general, outdoor activities use less energy while offering a more natural experience, and often times, cleaner air. For all our outdoor worries, we spend up to 90 percent of our lives indoors, where pollution levels are often higher than they are outdoors, based on volatile organic compounds released by paint and cleaning supplies.
How to Do It: Take a hike! We’re not trying to throw you out but, Gorptravel.com is a great place to find info on national parks, hiking trails and forests.
 
2. Power from the People

Why Apply:
Energy use is a huge deal, but why? All energy sources, including fossil fuels, coal and natural gas, give us the ability to run our cars and power our homes. However, energy use is not without its consequences. The harvesting, production and use of these energy sources leads to byproducts and in some cases, greenhouse gases. It’s easy to know what your impact is and more important, how to effect it. There are carbon calculators, energy audits and even programs that weigh your recycling.
 
How to Do It: Monitor energy usage on your utility bill and set a target for the following month. You can find high energy-draining devices using a Kill-a-Watt and save heating/cooling energy with a programmable thermostat. Check your next bill for a progress update and keep reducing until you hit the target.
 
3. Upgrade Your Plastic Recycling

Why Apply:
You may already recycle plastic bottles in your curbside program and bags at your grocery store, and this represents a good majority of the plastic we use. But as a whole, we recycle less than 7 percent of plastic, and often times this plastic is landfilled because we don’t know where else to take it.
 
How to Do It:
  1. Take bottle caps to your local Aveda store
  2. Mail used gift cards, hotel key cards and other plastic cards to Earthworks
  3. Ask your local shipping store if it reuses packing peanuts and Styrofoam blocks
  4. Your local Whole Foods may accept Brita filters for recycling
  5. If you have biodegradable plastic, it can be commercially composted
    Photo: Rhodo.co.nz
    Add some green to your backyard and create a healthy output of resources for your garden. Photo: Rhodo.co.nz
4. Let Organics Nourish Your Yard

Why Apply:
A healthy garden is beneficial to the environment. But part of every garden is yard waste, such as leaves, weeds and tree trimmings. This organic material can be combined with food waste in a composting bin, which converts it into nutrient-rich fertilizer to use in the garden. In laymen terms, your garbage from yesterday could be your free soil of tomorrow.
 
How to Do It: Start a compost pile. If that step is down the line a little, you can do other things today to help get you in the swing of things.  The next time you mow the lawn, let grass clippings decompose instead of collecting them. This is known as grasscycling and provides nutrients to the remaining grass while reducing the water requirements for your lawn.
 
5. Give Your Car Some DIY Love

Why Apply:
Many times we associate gas mileage with how eco-friendly our car is, and that’s understandable. But just because a car is capable of 30 mpg doesn’t mean you’ll automatically achieve it. In addition to smart driving, there are several do-it-yourself jobs that can improve your car’s performance and save you money. For example, under-inflated tires can significantly reduce your gas mileage and reduce the life of your tires.
 
How to Do It: DIY activities for your car maintenance range from monitoring/re-filling your car fluids to testing your air conditioning system. If you’re not much of a car person, make sure you stay on track for schedule maintenance with your dealership or mechanic.
 
6. Make Your Paperless Documents Shine

Why Apply: The idea of going paperless makes sense, especially since it accounts for about a third of our total waste. Beyond the waste factor, non-printed items can easily be jazzed up to make a better impact on the viewer. Save trees and get creative, it’s a win-win.
 
How to Do It: Take advantage of features offered in email programs and word processing documents. You can often import templates and choose non-traditional fonts that will stand out on a computer screen. Play with color and photos and let your imagination be your guide.
Utilize social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to spread the word about your eco-activities. Photo: Foxnomad.com
Utilize social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to spread the word about your eco-activities. Photo: Foxnomad.com
 
7. Speak Up

Why Apply: How many times have you heard one person can’t make a difference? Regardless of how you feel about the statement, one person is not what it use to be. With the Internet, most people have a much larger reach then they did 10 years ago.
 
No matter how you decide to be green, you have an opportunity to educate others in the process. In today’s age of blog posts, Facebook updates and hourly Tweets, there are plenty of outlets to green by example.
 
How to Do It: After you’ve finished making your own household cleaners, tell others your secret recipe and steps to avoid. You can even brew extra and offer it to friends to get them started.
 
8. Small Things Add Up

Why to Apply:
Think those things you do every day are not making a big difference? Believe it or not, you can always make your green activities even greener. Carpooling takes one car off the road, but a pair of carpoolers taking public transportation once a week takes two cars off the road. It really starts to add up.
 
How to Do It: Let’s take a step further. You’ve already cut your shower time to reduce water use. Now, put a bucket underneath the faucet to capture water before you’ve reached the desired temperature. You can use this clean water for plants, washing your car or even flushing the toilet while using less water. It’s tweeking your everyday effort to make it even bigger.

 
   
 
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