A Megaproject Unresolved: What Happened with Atlantic Yards?

Janes Walk


Led By Norman Oder

Hugely controversial when proposed (in 2003) and later approved, the megaproject Atlantic Yards (in 2014 renamed Pacific Park Brooklyn), still deserves attention. See what’s been built (the Barclays Center, home to the Brooklyn Nets, plus 8 of 15-16 towers) and what remains: delayed plans to deck an MTA railyard for 6 towers and to build a two-tower project opposite the arena, plus an affordable housing deadline.

With watchdog journalist Norman Oder, learn Atlantic Yards’ tangled history, uncertain timetable, changing designs (and ownership), and ongoing questions. Topics include public accountability, affordable housing, open space, arena design/operations, and the changing neighborhood/Brooklyn context, including a push for new development nearby.

We will walk around part of the 22-acre site’s perimeter, plus a few adjacent blocks.


We will walk on urban sidewalks and cross various streets. The route will be about 1.2 miles.

Location Information

RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.


Friday, May 5, 2023
6:00 PM
Greater than 1 hour

Borough: Brooklyn
Theme: Advocacy, Art & Architecture, History & Culture
Language: English
Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The Barclay's Center in Brooklyn. Photo by Norman Oder.