All those protesters who have trailed Brooklyn Beep Marty Markowitz over the past 18 months chanting “Not a done deal” were right. A surprise bidder, Gary Barnett’s Extell Development Corp., made an offer today (Wednesday) on the MTA’s Atlantic Yards and might bump off Frank Gehry’s Crystal City.
Barnett–not to be confused with the Gary Barnett of college football infamy–joined with the Carlyle Group to buy out Donald Trump (and a whole bunch of other people who probably held a greater stake but who don’t count because they’re nobodies) on the West Side last month. Extell’s also building a 60-story condo building at 42nd Street and Ninth Avenue.
The MTA press office wouldn’t say how much they were offering, or what Extell had in mind, but somehow we don’t think he’ll want to put in that organic dairy farm the neighbors pitched.