Atlantic Yards, now referred to as Pacific Park, is a mixed-use commercial and residential development project expected to consist of 17 high-rise buildings in Prospect Heights.
There had been many proposals to develop the area around Flatbush and Atlantic avenues before the current project began. In the mid-1950s, Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley proposed a new stadium in the area for the team to replace Ebbets Field. City officials refused and O’Malley relocated the Dodgers to Los Angeles in 1958.
Then in 1968, Long Island University had its eye on the site but its project was opposed by Mayor John V. Lindsay.
Forest City Ratner finally announced it would build Atlantic Yards in 2003, conceiving the name for its location over a Long Island Rail Road train yard. A major component of the project was the Barclays Center, which opened on Sept. 21, 2012.The development was renamed Pacific Park in August 2014 as part of a rebranding and is expected to be completed by 2025.
Brooklyn-born Norm Goldstein is retired, after working 44 years for the Associated Press, the global news agency, where he served as a reporter, feature writer, editor, author and administrator. He also worked for AP as director of Educational Services and editor of the AP Stylebook.
He graduated from Brooklyn College and the Penn State Graduate School of Journalism.
He currently lives in Brooklyn Heights.