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March 14, 2012

Ratner and Wang have Been Talking

According to Bruce Ratner in his New York Times interview, he and Islanders owner Charles Wang have had various discussions.

Q. And what about bringing the Islanders hockey team there?

A. We’d love to have the Islanders. We’ve had various discussions with the owner, Charles Wang. He has to stay where he is, I think, until 2015. I don’t know what will happen.

Another topic in the interview was about the Atlantic Yards Development that will be built around the arena.

Q. What is the status of the Atlantic Yards housing? Groundbreaking was supposed to have begun this year.

A Breaking ground on the housing we had hoped would begin this year, and it will begin this year, toward the end of the year. A major reason that it’s gotten delayed is a strong desire to do modular.
Let me just say, there’s a lot of construction going on there besides the arena. Part of what we are doing and had to do was the infrastructure. We also had to move a railroad storage yard. And we’re working on additional infrastructure: the subway tunnel that connects the project, the arena, with existing subways.
 That was just a small segment of on Atlantic Yards Development of the interview.  Hopefully, Wang and Ratner have also talked about joining forces on this project as well as having the Islanders play in the Barclays Center.

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