Government Money trying to look like Government spent logo? #NETS #Brooklyn:

August 16, 2012

Does it come in Red White and Blue? No

(hoops) Brooklyn Nets Release Logo, Color Scheme: The Brooklyn Nets today introduced their black and white color scheme and logos as the team prepares for its move to the Barclays Center next season.
Created by Jay-Z, the Brooklyn Nets’ brand identity incorporates a timeless black and white color palette of the old New York subway signage system, including its clean “Roll Sign” typeface. The treatment celebrates the history and heritage of the city by drawing upon the familiar signage from when Brooklyn last had its own major professional team in 1957.
The Nets have two primary logos. One features a shield to symbolically identify the team with the strength and character of Brooklyn, and serves as a salute to the shield in the Nets’ past logo. The circular portion of the logo incorporates a prominent ‘B’ inside a basketball to proudly express the team’s new home borough, and includes the word Brooklyn below the shield. The other logo features a basketball with an iconic ‘B’ inside, along with a ‘Brooklyn New York’ mark surrounding a basketball.
“The Brooklyn Nets logos are another step we’ve made to usher the organization into a new era,” Jay-Z said. “The boldness of the designs demonstrates the confidence we have in our new direction. Along with our move to Brooklyn and a state-of-the-art arena, the new colors and logos are examples of our commitment to update and refine all aspects of the team.”
“Our black and white colors speak to Brooklyn’s strong traditions and grittiness and convey an uncompromising confidence,” Nets CEO Brett Yormark said. “With its daring color display, the Brooklyn Nets logos are the new badges for Brooklyn and who better to design them than one of the world’s top tastemakers and Brooklyn’s own JAY Z. We are thrilled to launch our brand and to introduce the Brooklyn community to its new team. It’s an honor to bring major professional sports back to Brooklyn and to become part of the fabric of this great borough.”

With Arena, Rapper Rewrites Celebrity Investors’ Playbook

The New York Times
by David M. Halbfinger
It’s a broadsheet war! Not to be outdone by today’s puffball Wall Street Journal interview with Bruce Ratner, The Times counters by tickling Jay-Z with feathers.

Mr. Ratner may have thought he was getting little more than a limited partner with a boldface name and a youthful following that could prove useful someday. But Jay-Z’s contributions have dwarfed the $1 million he invested nine years ago. His influence on the project has been wildly disproportionate to his ownership stake — a scant one-fifteenth of one percent of the team. And so is the money he stands to make from it.
Now, with the long-delayed Barclays Center arena nearing opening night in September and the relocated Nets bidding in earnest for Brooklyn’s loyalties, Jay-Z will perform eight sold-out shows to kick things off. But away from center stage he has put his mark on almost every facet of the enterprise, his partners say.
He helped design the team logos and choose the team’s stark black-and-white color scheme, and personally appealed to National Basketball Association officials to drop their objections to it (The N.B.A., insiders said, thought that African-American athletes did not look good on TV in black, an assertion that a league spokesman adamantly denied). He counseled arena executives on what kind of music to play during games. (“Less Jersey,” he urged, pushing niche artists like Santigold over old favorites like Bon Jovi.)
He even coached them on how to screen patrons for weapons without appearing too heavy-handed. (“Be mindful,” he advised oracularly, “and be sensitive.”)

NoLandGrab: Silly us! Here we were concerned about the arena’s security plan, when Hova had it under control all along.
Related coverage…
Atlantic Yards Report, NYT: Jay-Z & Nets have “written a new playbook for… strategic celebrity investor” (and generating unskeptical publicity)

“Jay-Z’s contributions have dwarfed the $1 million he invested nine years ago,” the New York Times observes in a none-too-tough profile just posted, adding that “he and the Nets have effectively written a new playbook for how to deploy a strategic celebrity investor.”

The Times reports:

Mr. Carter’s involvement frustrated opponents of Mr. Ratner’s development plans in Brooklyn who saw the arena and proposed residential and office towers as a subsidized land grab that could ruin the neighborhood….
“Bringing in someone who grew up in public housing, with a rags-to-riches story, who could identify with Brooklyn and African-Americans, that was slick,” said City Councilwoman Letitia James, a critic of the project. Mr. Ratner played down Mr. Carter’s importance in overcoming opposition. “Had Jay-Z not come along,” he said, “we’d still have an arena.”

Ratner’s right. Jay-Z wasn’t important in overcoming opposition; actual full-time Brooklynites like the leaders of BUILD and ACORN, signatories of the not-so-credible Community Benefits Agreement, were far more important, given that they brought people to rallies and public hearings.
Jay-Z was important in generating publicity, and in getting journalists/tv hosts like Rosanna Scotto to turn into simpering fans. And he’s still generating publicity, as with this article.

That missing disclosure
I don’t know what the Times’s policy is any more: do they no longer feel obligated to disclose the parent company’s business relationship with Mr. Ratner? Wouldn’t that prompt readers to be a wee bit skeptical?

no doubt government infrastructure has always had fascinating logo designs. It’s how they sell the lies. It is a post modern irony here. A sports team paid by the public dollar trying to look like New Deal era type font.


Brookly Nets/Barclays Center Weathered Steel Company Demise

January 6, 2012

( The developer of the Barclays Center arena in downtown Brooklyn says that the year-end demise of the company that is fabricating the weathered steel for the arena’s distinctive façade will not result in any construction delays.
The 675,000-square-foot arena that will be home to the Brooklyn Nets is supposed to open this fall in time for the start of the basketball season. It is the first building to rise in the vast $4.9 billion, 14-apartment tower Atlantic Yards project being developed by Forest City Ratner Cos.
“We are concerned when any of our partners has problems, but we don’t believe it will affect our construction schedule,” said MaryAnne Gilmartin, executive vice president of Forest City Ratner, referring to steel fabricator ASI Limited having gone out of business. “We can still continue with construction.”
In a statement, a spokesman for Forest City said the site’s construction manager, Hunt, and the bonding company for ASI have developed an action plan. They have already started work on site and have developed several options for on-going fabrication. It didn’t specify the options.
According to a blog by SHoP Architects, the façade’s designer, it started working with ASI in the summer of 2010 to develop the process to weather the steel. Early last year, ASI started to process the 12,000 weathered-steel panels plus support rails that were needed for the arena. Those panels are combined into 921 large units that are used to enclose the center and build the canopy. The spokesman said that 57% of the 561 panels that will enclose the arena have been put up. He said the enclosure panels are critical because they protect the arena from the elements.
There was no answer to calls placed to Whitestown, Ind.-based ASI. Gregg Pasquarelli, a partner at SHoP Architects, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
The Atlantic Yards Report, a watchdog blog about the controversial project, first reported the news about ASI. It also reported that a construction monitor report said the metal work for the exterior skin had an “early finish” date of May 13.

Jay-Z, "a reverse morals clause," and the flexibility of morality

April 9, 2011

Michael D. D. White, in his Noticing New York blog, suggests that Jay-Z’s take from Forest City Ratner might be going up because of a “reverse morals clause” triggered by the company’s questionable behavior.

Perhaps, but Jay-Z himself is hardly pure, not merely his unquestioning endorsement of Atlantic Yards, but the $50,000 fine the Nets recently incurred because Jay-Z inappropriately visited the locker room of the Kentrucky Wildcats.

Ultimately, I suspect Jay-Z’s fine with it all as long as he can open the Barclays Center with some hugely promoted concerts.

Dubai may get new financial aid from Abu Dhabi

April 7, 2011
Abu Dhabi might offer more fiscal aid to sister state Dubai to help refinance maturing debt, Barclays said
like the company that is building the home of the Nets in Brooklyn
is involved in saving Dubai from financial failure.
Dubai failed because of Shariah finance which did not allow debt because credit was all hypothetical.

The New Taqiyya: Islamic finance and Islamic banking, which are among the fastest growing financial industries in the world, are best understood in their political and cultural contexts, and by what formed their theoretical origins.

via hmmm…..

wonder if Randi Zuckerberg
intends on going back soon?

To begin with, Islamic banks are based on a corpus of doctrines called “Islamic economics,” which claims to be based on the Quran, but is actually the creation of the Islamist thinker Abu’l-A’la Mawdudi (1903-1979).

Anyhow… back to Barclays who is announcing a plan to save Dubai which shafted Western finance when their little dream city went into debt. The irony is the West deserved to be shafted for doing business with these people.

Abu Dhabi might offer more fiscal aid to sister state Dubai to help refinance maturing debt, Barclays said
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates and home to 90 percent of the country’s oil reserves, might offer more fiscal aid to sister state Dubai to help refinance maturing debt, Barclays Capital said.
“As higher oil prices and production replenishes the coffers in Saudi, Kuwait and UAE on improving fiscal and external balances, we would not rule out oil-rich Abu Dhabi supporting Dubai in meeting some of its refinancing needs to avoid negative headlines and confirm its solidarity with other emirates,” Alia Moubayed, London-based senior economist for the firm, said in a research report Wednesday.
Abu Dhabi agreed a $20bn deal with Dubai after Dubai World, the state-owned holding company, roiled global markets by seeking to alter terms on about $25bn of debt following the 2008 property crash.
Dubai and its government entities have about $18bn of loans coming due in 2011, Shady Shaher of Standard Chartered Plc said in December.

The UAE and neighbouring countries are benefiting from oil prices that have risen 19 percent this year, reaching a 2011 high today of $109.15 a barrel, as conflict raged in Libya and protests gripped countries from Morocco to Bahrain.
The UAE is home to about seven percent of the world’s oil supply.
Dubai and its state-owned companies ran up debt of at least $129.3bn, according to estimates by Credit Suisse Group AG, as the emirate, lacking Abu Dhabi’s oil, developed its property, tourism, trade and financial-services industries. Dubai World signed a final deal with creditors March 23, marking the end of the restructuring.
“Dubai’s refinancing risk, which has preoccupied markets for the past 18 months, has moved to the background, as Bahrain’s mounting political risk comes to the fore,” the report said.


Green Design looks like an Eminent Domain Shit Sandwich –
SHoP Architects Alters Design For Barclays Center

 Interesting… both Bloomberg and Barclays are involved in Shariah finance and both are involved with the New Jersey Nets… which Obama helped promote… quite an incentive for Bloomberg to cater to Islam.  Government in NY is four timees bigger then Bloomberg’s fortune.  The man has a lot to gain by giving his fellow Westerners the shaft.

Green Design looks like an Eminent Domain Shit Sandwich – SHoP Architects Alters Design For Barclays Center

October 1, 2010

 cough cough cough…. sure

barclays center plaza, barclays center, atlantic yards, green roof, shop architects, brooklyn, new york city
The Plaza in front of the Barclays Center for Atlantic Yards is located at the busy intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues, and it will serve as the main entrance to the arena. When designing the plaza, SHoP’s main focus was on creating a smooth, flowing area centered around transit and pedestrian traffic. The roof of the subway entrance will feature Sedum plantings that will compliment several other planters spread throughout the plaza. Seating around the plaza and planters will be made from Ipe wood.In addition to the green roof subway entrance, the updated plaza will feature a large covered area at the entrance of the arena with a giant oculus (read: hole in the roof), which will include a state-of-the-art display screen that can be programmed for games, events and other activities on the plaza.

I thought they were designing it for the Jolly Green Giant to light his farts on fire

Currently, there is a lot of debate and contention regarding Atlantic Yards and the Barclays Center, and a small green roof and transit-oriented design don’t do a whole lot to reduce the footprint of the massive development. Is it a peace offering or a necessity to make the space work? In other news, that affordable housing the developers promised is supposedly not gonna happen.
+ Barclays Center
+ SHoP Architects
Via Gothamist

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz could be headed to China to help developer Bruce Ratner trade green cards for cash for his Atlantic Yards project, our Erin Durkin reports:

tiny markowitz hat.jpg

Markowitz is waiting for the OK from the city Conflicts of Interest Board to accompany Ratner’s delegation on the trip, which kicks off Oct. 11.
The New York City Regional Center invited Markowitz on the trip and would pick up the tab, his spokeswoman said.
It’s part of the EB-5 visa program, which offers up green cards to foreigners who invest $500,000 in a project that creates or saves at least 10 jobs.
The federal government sets aside 3000 a year for such deep-pocketed investors.
Ratner is looking to lure 498 Chinese investors for a total of $250 million in financing for the new Nets arena and 16 tower project. The money could go to pay off land loans or build the new railyard that Ratner has to put up for the Long Island Rail Road.
Markowitz spokeswoman Laura Sinagra said: “Part of his role is to encourage investment in Brooklyn, and this program is designed to bring investors to the table for projects that create jobs. As the person who came up with the original idea of bringing major league sports back to Brooklyn and one of the biggest supporters of Atlantic Yards, he obviously believes this project is worthy of investment, and is seeking guidance from the Conflicts of Interest Board on the possibility of accompanying the group.”

The trip was first reported by prolific Atlantic Yards blogger Norman Oder, who has questioned whether raking in Chinese cash for the project, already under construction, should really count as creating or saving jobs.

Daniel Goldstein to tell you why this sucks:

Today the developer unveiled designs for an outdoor “public plaza” where the tower and atrium structure were promised, and told reporters at a press conference that his firm has no plans to build 15 of the 16 towers he promised to build, which would include nearly all of the “affordable” housing Ratner used to sell his plans to Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Paterson and a long list of other politicians.
“Ratner’s not-so-pretty drawings of a barricaded, exhaust-enveloped plaza—including the absurd rendered fantasy of a traffic-less Atlantic and Flatbush intersection—is not the Atlantic Yards news of the day. The news of day, which is not surprising but is very troubling, is that Bruce Ratner admitted that he has no plans whatsoever to build the affordable housing he promised or the office tower he promised. It is crystal clear that Atlantic Yards is nothing but a scam, a money-losing arena, surrounded by massive parking lots, in the middle of a housing and unemployment crisis,” said Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn co-founder Daniel Goldstein.

I can’t see any reason why any organization would want to hold an event here…much less outdoors trapped between the exhaust of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues. Rarely have I seen a less impressive design and a worse use of Eminent Domain. It is also alarming what measure government is claiming creates jobs or removes urban blight. I see little cohesion with any community whatsoever.