Bruce Ratner's controversial Atlantic Yards project is a state project. The State of NY can, by law, supercede all local zoning, as they are doing in this case.
That's how Ratner can get away with building an arena just steps away from a three-story clapboard house, According to the Atlantic Yards Draft Environmental Impact Statement, "the New York City Zoning Resolution prohibits arenas within 200 feet of residential districts as some of the operations could be incompatible with districts limited primarily to residential use."
WHO KNEW: No rezoning for Atlantic Yards
Wow, now there's something I didn't realize. If Bloomberg becomes governor (God help us), he'll probably make every project a state project to easier cram 1 million people into NYC by 2030.