Firstly, the counter-demonstration. I went to the Rally (Sat, May 3, Pacific Ave, Brooklyn) of people opposed to the planned stadium and luxury condo development of the Atlantic Yards 'hood and before I even got there I ran into the counter-demo organized by the trade unions and the stadium developer, Forest City Ratner.
Got out of that mess and found the real rally, sponsored by Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, who I think of as the good guys. They're at http://www.developdontdestroy.org/
These signs say what everyone knows - the counter-demonstrators were paid to participate. They were also bussed in from Long Island and Connecticut to parade as 'local' labor union members.
The fabulous Velmanette Montgomery, New York State Senator representing the 18th Senatorial District in Brooklyn, speaking out against the planned development.
The effervescent Letitia James, New York City Council Member, representing the 35th District in Brooklyn, and representing the views of the residents of her district - develop don't destroy! And stop tearing down the neighborhood! (see yesterday's blog for photos of destruction in progress, brought to you by Forest City Ratner).
Tony Avella, New York City Council Member, representing the 19th District, Queens, speaking out against unfair use of eminent domain to destroy homes for commercial development. He's also running for mayor in NYC in 2009. Something to consider.
Tony Avella happens upon the murals and is actually surprised - he said they were his first campaign billboards..and they were free!