BrooklynSpeaks goes to court for accountability on Atlantic Yards

Date/Time: Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 2:30 PM
Location: NY Supreme Court, 80 Centre Street, Room 328 in Manhattan
Contact: Jo Anne Simon – (917) 685-3747
Linda Gross, LCG Communications – (718) 853-5568; (917) 767-1141

On January 19, 2010 at 2:30 PM, New York Supreme Court Justice Marcy Friedman will hear arguments in a suit filed by several BrooklynSpeaks sponsors, elected officials and individuals challenging the approval of the Atlantic Yards Modified General Project Plan. The case will be heard in Room 328, 80 Centre Street in Manhattan.

BrooklynSpeaks sponsors provide housing, relocation relief to families displaced by Dean Street shelter closure

Residents of the Pacific Dean Annex shelter on Dean and Pacific Streets between Carlton and Vanderbilt Avenues were advised Monday, December 7 that the facility would close permanently on January 15 and begin demolition shortly thereafter.

Shelter management explained that displaced families are receiving no assistance from the Atlantic Yards developer, Forest City Ratner.

As of January 8, the Fifth Avenue Committee had leased permanent housing to four of the displaced families.

The unfortunate alternative

The BrooklynSpeaks sponsors who filed suit against the approval of the Atlantic Yards modified general project plan considered carefully the current situation of the project and the opportunity for realizing greater accountability from the Empire State Development Corporation and the Atlantic Yards developer before deciding to pursue litigation. This article by Ezra Goldstein of the Park Slope Civic Council describes his organization's decision to join the suit.

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