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As the leader of the broad-based coalition of organizations
opposing Bruce Ratner's arena / high-rise plan in Prospect Heights,
Brooklyn, DDDb is the organized voice of opposition to this
- DDDb has reached out to tens of thousands of community
members; maintains regular contact with a mailing list of
thousands of supporters; and has recruited more than 150
active volunteers who carry out the organization's work.
- Held two community rallies, the second of which was attended
by 3000 people and supported by 40 organizations.
- Is organizing a range of legal challenges to the Ratner
Plan with a multi-faceted legal team led by noted Civil
Liberties lawyer Norman Siegel and top-ten rated New York
State law firm Young Sommer.
- Working with Hunter College to leverage local expertise to scope for pending environmental impact study.
- Filed an amicus curiae brief (friend of the court
brief) to the United States Supreme Court, in support of
PetitonersNew London Connecticut homeownersin the landmark
eminent domain case, Kelo v. The City of New London.
- Released and secured widespread attention for a major
economic analysis of the Ratner Plan that found a $1.3 billion
credibility gap in Ratner's numbers.
- Organized a lobbying trip to Albany which educated 45
assemblymen and senators about what's wrong with the Ratner
proposal, and what type of development would truly benefit
the effected communities.
- Has held numerous press conferences with a growing number
of political supporters, and drives the opposition's position
in the Media.
- Has met with more than half of New York's City Council
members and successfully lobbied for a City Council public
hearing held on May 4. Provided expert testimonies at that
hearing, and at public information meetings in Park Slope,
Fort Green and Prospect Heights.
- Co-sponsored the creation of six alternate development
plans (for both an arena and for the site targeted by Ratner)
that illustrate flaws and weaknesses in the Ratner Plan.
- Successfully reached out to 15 organizations to cosign
a letter to our assembly people urging the use ULURP of
the project. These organizations included NYPIRG, FAC, PICCED,
PACC, FGA, AABA, Dr. Tom Angotti, FROGG and others.
- Successfully reached out to 15 organizations to cosign
a letter to all our Community Board Members urging them
not to be rushed into giving input into any ‘Community
Benefits Agreementsâ€™ until public hearings have been
had and information on the project and requested subsidies
- Held numerous meetings with citizens who live in the
proposal's footprint and surrounding neighborhoods, and
has gathered thousands of signatures on a petition opposing
the Ratner Plan.
- Met with community Boards 2,6,8 and Editorial Boards
of the cityâ€™s major daily newspapers.
- Wrote a white paper on the arenaâ€™s impact on the
NYC2012 Olympic bid, and lobbied theInternational Olympic
Committee on the issue.
the white paper)
- Lodged a Conflicts of Interest complaint about the City
Planning Commissionerâ€™s investmentin the proposed
- Secured pro-bono legal services for the lower-income tenants
on the footprint.
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Letter to Forest City Ratner
Destroy Brooklyn is advocating to bring greater transparency,
government accountability and community involvement to the
development of the Atlantic Yards area in Brooklyn. We challenge
Bruce Ratner's proposed Nets Arena and 17 Highrise development
plan for the area.
is Ratner proposing?
People in Brooklyn may want the Nets, but no one
wants a secret, taxpayer- subsidized sweetheart deal forced
on Brooklynâ€™s communities. We want a development plan
that's good for Brooklyn, not simply good for Mr. Ratner and
wrong with Ratner's proposal?
Develop-Donâ€™t Destroy Brooklyn leads a broad-based
community coalition fighting for development that will unite
our communities instead of dividing and destroying them.
list of achievements.
Wednesday, March 16, 12pm. Forest City-Atlantic Yards Informational Luncheon. Gargiulo's Restaurant 2911-15 West 15th Street, Coney Island. POSTPONED.POSTPONED.
The Chamber of Commerce event is billed as "A presentation to formally introduce the Atlantic Yards project to businesses in the outer parts of the borough.Â The presentation will cover how the project will benefit all Brooklyn businesses."
Come, let them know the reality and have some good food.
Chamber Members and Non Chambers Members Free.Â Contact: Yuk Ling Lo 718-875-1000 ext. 116. More info.
Wednesday, March 16, 7:30pm. Thy Neighbor's House: A Forum on Inclusionary Zoning and Affordable Housing in New York City.
Old First Reformed Church
126 Seventh Avenue (@ Carroll Street) Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Good zoning laws can preserve housing for poor and middle-income people. We want to maintain the economic and cultural diversity of our neighborhoods.Â What's the way forward? Is there hope?Â How can we do this?
Featuring Brad Lander, Director, Pratt Institute Center for Community & Environmental Development (PICCED) and David Yassky, New York City Council Member, 33rd District
Sponsored by the Social Action Committee of Old First Reformed Church, the Fifth Avenue Committee and Park Slope Neighbors.Â .
Thursday, March 17, 7pm. CENTRAL BROOKLYN INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATS: Candidate Forum. Park Slope United Methodist Church, 6th Ave. & 8th Street in the basement (enter through the garden gate on 6th Ave). Candidate Forum
-- Gifford Miller, candidate for Mayor
-- Norman Siegel, candidate for Public Advocate
The public is welcome to monthly Club meetings. Refreshments will be served. More info.
The UNTY Development Plan initiated by Councilwoman
Letitia James (PDF)
Land Grab.net: Archives of news articles and letters from
For Fair Play.com: Challenging Bruce Ratner's Brooklyn
Atlantic Yards Project
York Games.org: News and Views on the New York Olympic
Bid/And Ratner's Arena Proposal
Field of Schemes: The
Source on Stadium Scams/Schemes
on the Slope Blog: Chronicling the Brooklynization of two
Good Blogging Coverage of Ratner and Real Estate
Domain Watch: A Blog About Eminent Domain in the News
The online resource for residential tenants
YORK CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMBERS
YORK STATE SENATORS
Velmanette Montgomery's Website
PRESIDENT MARTY MARKOWITZ
YORK STATE CONGRESSMEN/WOMEN
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