Bloomberg’s housing initiative meets opposition in Brooklyn

August 05, 2009 12:07PM

Community organizer Luis Garden Acosta, The Broadway Triangle

A group of Williamsburg community activists have lodged complaints against the city’s plan to rezone and develop a 31-acre Broadway Triangle. At the crux of the matter is the Department of Housing and Preservation’s move to bestow development rights to the United Jewish Organizations of Brooklyn and the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, a move that many residents feel was rushed, according to this New York Times story. One community leader, Luis Garden Acosta, said that the move has rekindled decades-old tensions between the Hasidic and Hispanic communities in the neighborhood. “To be thrown so violently into the past is startling,” Acosta said.


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