Following the new developments in Brooklyn, it is interesting to note that Bruce Ratner has even mentioned numerous times in the press that there was much more opposition and obstacles to overcome for Metrotech than there has been for Atlantic Yards.
If you look back at the Times Square development process and Metrotech, the amount of opposition this time around for Coney Island and Atlantic Yards has not been impressive at all. In reality, it hasn't accomplished anything except to delay development a bit.
You can look back at Coney Island in particular and this NY Times article from a couple of years ago spelled it out pretty clearly. This outline is extremely close to what eventually happened in final zoning. It turned out to be almost exact-
As Brooklyn moves ahead expect the 150 million in infrastructure to take a 3-4 years for year round Coney Island development (hotels, retail etc) to begin. It will become a mini Times Square on the beach. But in the meantime Luna Park will attract more year round development interest in Coney and will open this year, and Atlantic Yards construction begins this Thursday!
Brooklyn development progress is in high gear now! The opposition accomplished absolutely nothing but delays.
Does anybody remember the Times Square and Metrotech opposition today???