Sunday, April 8, 2007

Q: What Do These Groups Have in Common?

Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, Inc.
Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods, Inc. (representing 41 community organizations)
NY Public Interest Research Group, Inc.
Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats (CBID)
Sierra Club, Inc.
Atlantic Avenue Betterment Association, Inc.
The Brooklyn Bear’s Gardens, Inc.
Bergen Street-Prospect Heights Block Association, Inc.
Boerum Hill Association, Inc.
Brooklyn Vision Foundation, Inc.
Carlton Avenue Association, Inc.
Carroll Street Block Association (5th and 6th Ave), Inc.
Crown Heights North Association, Inc.
Dean Street Block Association, Inc. (4th to 5th Ave)
East Pacific Block Association, Inc.
Fort Greene Association, Inc.
Fort Greene Park Conservancy, Inc.
Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus
Park Slope Neighbors, Inc.
Park Place-Underhill Avenue Block Association
Prospect Heights Action Coalition
Prospect Place of Brooklyn Block Association, Inc.
Society for Clinton Hill, Inc.
South Oxford Street Block Association
South Portland Avenue Block Association, Inc.
Zen Environmental Studies Institute, Ltd.

A: On Thursday, these twenty-six co-petitioners filed another Atlantic Yards lawsuit -- to annul the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and approval of Forest City Ratner's "Atlantic Yards"project. The suit alleges that former Governor Pataki's Empire State Development Corporation's FEIS was fatally flawed.

The group seeks a "fresh look from Governor Spitzer..."

According to a press release issued Thursday, New York City Councilwoman Letitia James said, "The preliminary injunction sought by this lawsuit would postpone demolition while protecting my community and constituents for intimidating and premature destruction. Once the buildings are torn down they cannot be put back..."

UPDATE: The Brooklyn Eagle provides many more details, including this: there are six more lawsuits ongoing against the megaproject.

Photo of Atlantic Yards courtesy of MK Metz, Brooklyn photojournalist

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