Could Atlantic Yards be in line for another new design?
The Post reported this morning that Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz would love to see the Islanders come to his borough if they flee Nassau County. The only problem–aside from all of the existing hurdles facing Atlantic Yards–is that the current design is too narrow to accomodate hockey.
An N.H.L. rink is 85 feet wide, and an N.B.A. basketball court is only 50 feet wide, so we’re talking about a difference of 35 feet. Surely it’s not cheap to widen an architectural design, but the Post’s expert seems to think it’s a good idea. “To build an arena today without a second major tenant is really shortsighted,” said Robert Boland, a sports business professor at NYU. “If I were Bruce Ratner, I’d be on the phone with the architects to change the design because the finances work a lot easier with a second tenant.”
The the subtle irony here is that the Islanders might leave Long Island because they’re “frustrated with the town of Hempstead’s lack of action on a proposed development plan that would provide the Islanders with a new arena.” So, clearly, Atlantic Yards is the natural choice.