Atlantic Yards will be many things to many people. Designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, Atlantic Yards
combines a sports and entertainment arena, landscaped open space, a boutique hotel, ground-floor retail space for local businesses, office space and more than 6,400 units of affordable, middle-income and market-rate housing to create a vibrant addition to a thriving borough.
Located at the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues, bounded by Pacific and Dean Streets and Vanderbilt Avenue, and primarily situated over the MTA/LIRR’s Vanderbilt Rail Yards, Atlantic Yards will span 22 acres and transform the current railyards and predominantly underutilized and industrial area
(opens 2,700K photo slideshow of original conditions at Atlantic Yards project site) into 17 iconic buildings, including the state-of-the-art arena
The $4 billion development will encompass 336,000 square feet of office space, 6.36 million square feet of residential space (6,430 units of affordable, middle-income and market-rate housing
), an 850,000-square-foot sports and entertainment arena, 247,000 square feet of retail space, a 165,000-square-foot hotel (180 rooms) and over 8 acres of intricately designed publicly accessible open space
The development will produce tremendous economic growth for the borough and city, creating more than 15,000 union construction jobs plus between 1,500 and 6,400 permanent jobs
, as well as generating over $5.6 billion in tax revenue
for the city and state over 30 years.
The height of the buildings will range from approximately 190 feet to 511 feet. "Miss Brooklyn," the building proposed for the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues, will not be taller than the nearby Williamsburgh Savings Bank, which stands at 512 feet. Separate from the Atlantic Yards development, building heights as high as 600 feet have been approved by the City Council as part of the Downtown Brooklyn Plan.
Frank Gehry is designing the individual buildings and the larger development to complement the surrounding communities, creating a sense of scale that fits the low-rise feel of nearby neighborhoods and the more urban feel of downtown Brooklyn.
The buildings are spaced and sized to minimize bulk. For example, the heights of the buildings along Dean Street and Vanderbilt Avenue have been stepped down to better conform with the residential neighborhood. The taller buildings of the development will be located near the commercial corridor of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues.
Atlantic Yards is one of the most important developments in the history of Brooklyn. It will serve as a proud emblem of Brooklyn’s reenergized vitality and create a new home for Brooklyn's very own NBA franchise–the Brooklyn Nets
The Barclays Center
The 850,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art sports and entertainment arena will be home to the professional basketball team the Brooklyn Nets. For the first time since the Dodgers left in 1957, Brooklyn will have a major league sports team to call its own. The Barclays Center
will welcome some of the most exciting sports and entertainment events in the world: concerts, fine arts performances, circuses, NCAA college basketball games, hockey tournaments and music award shows are just some of the possibilities.
The design of the arena invites the outside in: The center’s Atlantic and Flatbush Avenue façades will be expanses of glass, flooding the inside with natural light during the day and allowing patrons on the concourses inside to glimpse the vibrant life of downtown Brooklyn. A new subway entrance at the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues will provide direct access to New York's third-largest public transportation hub
(10 subway lines and the LIRR).
The Barclays Center will be a community centerpiece for the borough. FCRC has worked with local organizations to ensure the arena is an integral part of the community, where local college and high school athletes will have a new stage to showcase their skills. The center will also host thousands of proud families and friends for college and high school graduations.
At least 10 events a year will be set aside for multicultural, recreational and nonprofit uses, with proceeds from those days benefiting local nonprofit community groups. FCRC will create a nonprofit sports foundation to fund youth, recreation and community programs. At least 50 upper bowl tickets, four lower bowl tickets and one box per Nets basketball game will be set aside for community use, with priority given to youths and seniors. The center will also include a nondenominational meditation room.
The Barclays Center offers Brooklyn a world-class venue in which to come together, to cheer, to celebrate, to listen, to learn, to connect and to allow Brooklyn to be Brooklyn...on the world's stage.