Bruce Ratner's sprawly, ugly Atlantic Yards development finds an unlikely ally in n+1 magazine, the literary journal famously helmed by book-hot Ben "Indecisive" Kunkel. "The authenticity of a place as volatile and heterodox as Brooklyn, and New York in general, lies in incongruity, the disorienting juxtaposition of century-old brownstones and Gehry's warped, twisting towers." Purty-soundin', yes, but all the grad-school adjectives in the world won't sell us on the desirability of a massive new development that can't be supported by the neighborhood's infrastructure. If the n+1 article is the backlash to the backlash, then consider this the backlash to the backlash to the backlash. Undulate that, NYMag.

A Sporting Chance [n+1]