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May 4, 2008

Not a done deal: “Time Out” rally met with “Build It Now” counter-protest

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Atlantic Yards Report offers complete coverage of the rally and the counter-protest. See Norman Oder get manhandled by a cop! See civil rights get trampled on! Ponder the mysterious Ukrainian contingent!

“I now believe that you were so right,” proclaimed State Senator Velmanette Montgomery from the podium at the “Time Out” rally held Saturday afternoon on Pacific Street near Carlton Avenue by three groups critical of or opposed to Atlantic Yards. “It’s not a done deal.”

The rally, with City Council Member Letitia James speaking at right, aimed to get Gov. David Paterson “to suspend demolitions, displacement of residents and businesses, infrastructure disruptions and further subsidies to the project so that changes to the project can be assessed and a new plan prepared with community involvement.”

Confirming that was the first-ever example of a counter-protest, a well-engineered effort by Forest City Ratner--with several operatives on hand--to assemble a boisterous crowd of union workers and Community Benefits Agreement signatories, groups that have received the developer's support. No pro-project elected officials were visible.

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Posted by amy at May 4, 2008 3:12 PM