An Atlantic Yards Get-Together (But Will Ratner Show?)

Jim Stuckey has great hair

Appetites for a heated “public informational” discussion on Atlantic Yards’ affordable housing can be satisfied this very evening–6:30 at the Brooklyn Bridge NY Marriott. Forest City Ratner’s Jim Stuckey, newly dubbed President of the Atlantic Yards Development Group, will lead “an overview of the housing plan for Atlantic Yards,” along with Bertha Lewis of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Afterwards, the audience can ask their favorite rabble-rousing questions about the “unprecedented” Brooklyn project.

Best of all, a press release announces: “While applications are not available for housing at this time – the project is still in the public review stage – people will be able to provide their contact information for later follow-up.” Atlantic Yards, here we come.

Is this get-together not huge enough to demand the presence of Mr. Bruce Ratner himsellf? “Oh no,” clarified spokesperson Lupe Todd, “it’s huge.”

UPDATE: It’s so huge, in fact, that a second session has been set up at 8:15 to accomodate overflow. The RSVP phone-line (718-923-5300) announces that tonight’s attendence has been cut-off–a source says 5,100 have already expressed interest–though a Forest City Ratner rep suggests trying the 8:15 session.

Max Abelson An Atlantic Yards Get-Together (But Will Ratner Show?)