Mayor Mike Bloomberg awkwardly walked past a press conference on the steps of City Hall this morning as advocates criticized him and called on the city to change its housing plans for Brooklyn's Broadway Triangle.
The group of advocates and residents, with the support of two electeds, had rallied today to urge the city to support inclusive affordable housing in the Broadway Triangle, a plot of city-owned land in north Brooklyn at the heart of the borough's gentrification tensions. Along with arguing that the city's plan violates the federal Fair Housing Act, the group came to City Hall today to celebrate a state Supreme Court decision last week that granted a preliminary injunction barring the city from moving forward with its housing development on the border of Williamsburg and Bedford-Stuyvesant. The decision argued that the city's plan would perpetuate discrimination.
"We want to send our city and our mayor a message about perpetuated segregation in Brooklyn," said Juan Ramos, chair of the Broadway Triangle Community Coalition, glancing to his left as the mayor walked around the press conference and up the steps of City Hall. "And what is that message? That we don't accept segregation in Brooklyn."More »