Councilwoman James and John Turturo leads DDDB Walkathon against Atlantic Yards project

17 10 2009

Community members, politicians and even a celebrity or two turned out on a chilly October day to protest Forrest City Ratner’s Atlantic Yards development today. Dozens gathered at Borough Hall where they¬† City Councilwoman Leticia James and actor John Turturro, among others addressed the crowd.

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The protesters marched down Court St. and on to Atlantic Ave., led Turturro and James who encouraged onlookers to say “Brooklyn if you love Brooklyn!” The crowed was buoyed by the whimsical outfits and tunes of the Magic Circus Band, who followed closely behind. The group¬† stopped to protest in front of Michael Bloomburg’s Brooklyn campaign office, where they broke into a chant of “Brooklyn’s not for sale!”

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The crowd then marched through the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush. There, Councilwoman James, bullhorn in hand, proclaimed to gridlocked motorists: “if you think traffic is bad today, just imagine it with an arena!”

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The group then circled the Atlantic Yards site, crossed into Fort Greene, and ended with a party at Habana Outpost. Stay turned for more pics and video soon.

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Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn hosts walkathon this Saturday

14 10 2009

wdd5finalDDDB is gearing up for a final push to block the Atlantic Yards development project. They are sponsoring a walkathon through the neighborhoods that they development will affect. If you are interested in registering, check out their website here. The walk will begin at Borough Hall at 2 PM, travel down Court St. and through Boerum Hill on Atlantic Ave. The walkers will then circle the Atlantic Yards and head up to Fort Greene where a party will be held at the Habana Outpost. Check out the map below

Anyone planning on going to this event? Look for me, I’ll be reporting on it!

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