Atlantic Yards Groundbreaking Ceremonies – March 11th

March 9, 2010

UPDATE: See coverage of the official groundbreaking ceremony on Atlantic Yards Report.

(Un)fortunately, I won’t be there to witness the lies first hand, but all the Atlantic Yards perpetrators will be wielding their golden shovels this coming Thursday, March 11th, at 1:30pm for the ceremonial Barclays Center & Atlantic Yards groundbreaking.  I expect Develop-Don’t Destroy Brooklyn’s Groundbreaking Ceremony (to bury the soul of Brooklyn) to be a much more interesting event, and I am sorry that I’ll miss that.  Read the dueling press releases below.

First up, Forest City Ratner & accomplices:



Ceremonial Groundbreaking to Celebrate the Next Phase of Construction

On Atlantic Yards and Sports and Entertainment Arena in Brooklyn

(BROOKLYN, NY) – March 8, 2010 – Governor David Paterson, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Forest City Ratner Companies Chairman and CEO Bruce Ratner, Barclays PLC President Robert E. Diamond, Jr., NETS investor and cultural icon Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter, and Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment President and CEO Brett Yormark, among others, will be on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Barclays Center at Atlantic Yards on Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 5th and Atlantic Avenues in Brooklyn (12:30 PM press set up, 1:30 PM ceremony).

While work has been ongoing at the site since last fall, and with the temporary rail yard completed last December, the March 11 groundbreaking ceremony will mark the next phase of construction on the 18,000-seat world-class sports and entertainment arena. The Barclays Center will host more than 200 events annually, including professional and collegiate sports, concerts, family shows, NETS Basketball, and much more. The first phase of Atlantic Yards will also include three residential buildings, with the first starting later this year.

WHAT: Ceremonial groundbreaking for Barclays Center at Atlantic Yards.

WHO: Governor David Paterson, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Forest City Ratner Companies Chairman and CEO Bruce Ratner, Barclays PLC President Robert E. Diamond, Jr., NETS investor and cultural icon Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter, and Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment President and CEO Brett Yormark, among others.

WHEN: Thursday, March 11, 2010. Ceremony to start at 1:30 PM.


WHERE: Intersection of 5th and Atlantic Avenues, Brooklyn

Next, Develop-Don’t Destroy Brooklyn:

March 11: Two Groundbreakings to Protest Ratner’s Boondoggle Ceremony
Many of us are angry, no…mad, and lots have already said, “I’ll be there.”

This is the moment to express your anger and outrage:

Take off work or take a long lunch to express all of your anger and outrage about the abusive, destructive, and corrupt Atlantic Yards project…

Thursday March 11 at 12:30pm
DDDB Joins Bloomberg, Markowitz, Pataki, Spitzer, Paterson, Schumer, Cuomo, Prokhorov and Ratner’s Groundbreaking to Bury the Soul of Brooklyn
Featuring Markowitz’s Proclamation Marking the Events of the Day

Exact location (in the project footprint, probably in front of Freddy’s Bar on Dean and 6th) yet to be determined…stay tuned.

Thursday, March 11. Reportedly 1:30pm
Join us to Protest the Barclays/Ratner Boondoggle Ceremonial Groundbreaking
Exact location (in the project footprint) yet to be determined…stay tuned.


November 1, 2009

Little Buddy Biscuit Company

September 30, 2009

Little Buddy Biscuit Company

I’m waaaaay late to this party, but a new spot for foodies in Brooklyn opened a couple of weeks ago:

When is was the Grand Opening of Little Buddy Biscuit Company?

Saturday, September 12th

11 am – 1 pm

635 Fifth Avenue at 18th Street

What are Little Buddy Store Hours?

Monday – Friday 7am – 5:30 pm

Saturday 8 am – 6 pm

Sunday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

What’s Little Buddy All About?

Little Buddy Biscuit Company, a Brooklyn-based micro bakery specializing in handcrafted baked goods made in small batches, has just opened its first storefront establishment in South Slope at 635 Fifth Avenue at 18
th Street. The shop will feature an array of Little Buddy cookies, brownies, cakes, cupcakes, muffins, quick breads, and savory items, a selection of vegan goods, as well as ice cream from artisanal purveyor, Jane’s Ice Cream of Kingston, New York (served in all the best restaurants of the Hudson Valley but available only in a handful of city establishments), and specialty fair trade organic Equal Exchange coffee as well as tea selections from SerendipiTea.

What Goodies Does the Store Offer?

  • Traditional favorites like Chewy Oatmeal Raisin and Chocolate Chunk
  • Artful combinations like Orange Cardamom with Coconuts and Macadamia and Molasses Spice with Crystallized Ginger
  • An Almond Oat Breakfast Cookie that appeals to vegans and non-vegans alike
  • Creative spins on butter cookies, brownies, ganache and buttercream-frosted cupcakes, cakes, scones, muffins, crumb buns and savory biscuits
  • What’s The Story Behind Little Buddy Biscuit Company?

    Little Buddy Biscuit Company is the creation of baker Pete Solomita, who, while visiting local cafés wit his then-infant son, Jack (the original “little buddy”), found finding a great cookie to go with his coffee a challenge. It was at that time that Pete was also seeking to combine his creativity as a musician (drummer and DJ) with his experience as a chef to develop a business. The Little Buddy Biscuit Company was soon born in the top floor apartment of his Brooklyn house where as a stay-at-home Dad, Pete spent months developing and testing recipes which resulted in a line of handcrafted cookies that he started selling to several Brooklyn cafés and catered events. Using high quality, natural ingredients and blending tradition and innovation—putting modern twists on classic recipes, “gourmet but not fussy”—Little Buddy Biscuit Company quickly developed a cult following. Fans asked for other desserts and Pete responded with an array of treats from brownies to cakes.

    After four years of wholesale business, Pete began to seek out space for a retail store – focusing on the South Slope area where he and his wife, Jill, have called home for 30 years. Reminiscing about his childhood on Long Island, with a local ice cream shoppe as the focal point, Pete sought to recreate a space that would harken back to those days. He found that space in a vacant storefront that formerly housed Regina Bakery. Pete and Jill, an art director, then set out to capture their signature vision for this neighborhood establishment – an inviting and fun environment for people to enjoy, which even includes a mascot, Mr. Bisky.

    Who is Pete Solomita?

    Pete graduated from the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health, where he received his culinary training. Prior to that, he worked for more than twenty years in the nonprofit sector, using music as a tool to empower the lives of people living with disabilities. Pete’s sense of community and love of Brooklyn are both integral parts of Little Buddy Biscuit Company. He finds that his passion for both food and music share parallels of creativity, improvisation, and focus. For Pete, food and music also reflect his commitment to enjoying life while bringing pleasure to others. His enthusiasm is evident in his ceaseless energy to experiment with new recipes, and his passion for bringing something new to the neighborhood and to Brooklyn

    Where Can I Go to Find More Info About Little Buddy?

    Please visit the Little Buddy Biscuit Company Website or read Pete’s Blog Groovalicious in Brooklyn
    For all press inquiries, please contact Josie Diels, 917-514-0485,

    NOW WHAT? – A Community Informational Meeting about Atlantic Yards

    August 3, 2009


    The Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods and the Fort Greene Association are holding a community informational meeting this Thursday, August 6th, about Atlantic Yards at the Irondale Theatre Project (85 South Oxford, 2nd Floor, Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church [map]).  From the Fort Greene Association website:

    If you weren’t able to attend the ESDC public hearing to testify, not to worry, a more powerful tool is right at your fingertips. Come and join the FGA and the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods for an instructional, how-to meeting on what will possibly be your last chance to respond to this ill conceived project.

    To download and read the Modified General Project Plan (MGPP)

    To see elements from the ESDC Hearing and DDDB Rally visit the Atlantic Yards Report

    Stay tuned for further updates on what you can do to bring responsible development to Fort Greene.

    Bergen & Flatbush

    June 28, 2009
    Bergen & Flatbush

    precious sky

    Bergen Street and Flatbush Avenue
    Prospect Heights
    Brooklyn, New York

    Time Out on Atlantic Yards Rally! – Saturday, May 3rd

    April 25, 2008

    Ward Bread Bakery demolition continues
    Ward Bread Bakery demolition continues, originally uploaded by threecee.

    The Atlantic Yards developer, Forest City Ratner, has recently announced that most of the project’s 17 towers have been delayed indefinitely. However, demolition of existing buildings continues in areas of the project footprint where the developer makes no commitment to build, leaving our community with acres of vacant lots, possibly for decades. The most egregious case is the demolition of the historic Ward Bread Bakery, shown currently being demolished in the photo above. Its signature smoke stack and water tower have already been destroyed.  

    Thank goodness that at least the arena will be built, in maybe 6 years.  At least we’ll have “hoops!”
    And, all that affordable housing?  Think it’ll materialize before Barclay’s Bank $20,000,000/year for 20-year arena naming rights contract expires?  Not so much.

    A Community Rally to Tell Governor Paterson to Halt the Atlantic Yards Project:

    A major community rally will be held Saturday, May 3, 2pm at 752 Pacific Street at Carlton Avenue.  The Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods, Brooklyn Speaks, and Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn will join with community leaders and elected officials in calling for a freeze on all Atlantic Yards activities. The three sponsoring organizations represent thousands of New Yorkers that have had differing perspectives on issues raised by the Atlantic Yards proposal, but all agree that the current state of affairs is intolerable.

    The following elected officials have confirmed attendance: NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery, NYS Assemblywoman Joan Millman, NYS Assemblyman Jim Brennan, NYS Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, NYC Councilwoman Letitia James, NYC Councilman Bill Deblasio, NYC Councilman David Yassky, NYC Councilman Tony Avella.

    Hopefully, you’ll be out there with us, letting Governor Patterson know that it’s crazy to let this train continue to runaway, and run over, our neighborhood.

    2007 NYC Marathon

    November 5, 2007

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    in a blur, originally uploaded by threecee.

    yesterday, i was among the many thousands (millions?) who lined the marathon route and snapped untold millions (billions?) of photos and videos, which are taking up untold billions (trillions?) of megabytes on a really big number of hard disk drives, flash cards and digital video (DV) tape. and, there were lots of runners, too.

    this shot (near the Brooklyn Academy of Music) is my favorite of the 200+ i snapped as the runners passed within several blocks of my home.

    you can see a few others here.


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