Judge to rule on motion to block Broadway Triangle rezoning

TRD New York /
Jul.July 12, 2011 10:59 PM

A State Supreme Court judge starting tomorrow is scheduled to rule on a motion to block the city from rezoning the so-called Broadway Triangle urban renewal area in Brooklyn, a 31-acre site that activists say has favored politically connected members of the Hasidic community in Williamsburg over African American residents of Bedford Stuyvesant.

The Broadway Triangle Community Coalition will present expert testimony before Judge Emily Goodwin over what they claim to be long-standing housing segregation that has given members of the Hasidic community preferential treatment in public housing, despite a waiting list that is overwhelmingly black and Latino.

“Their goal an intention has always been to accommodate the political connected Hasidic Jewish community,” said attorney Marty Needelman of the Brooklyn Legal Services, representing the coalition. “Mayor [Michael] Bloomberg has totally given in to whatever they can come with.”

The lawsuit, filed in September 2009, alleges the Bloomberg administration steered affordable housing to Kings County Democratic Leader Vito Lopez and United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg, at the expense of other rival Hasidic groups and African American residents of Bed-Stuy.

The coalition alleges that half of the affordable housing in South Williamsburg has gone to Hasidic allies of Lopez and other whites, while 90 percent of the people waiting for such housing are black and Hispanic.

Gabriel Taussig, chief of the city Law Department’s administrative law division, said the city will fight the proposed injunction.

“Because we believe there is no merit to plaintiff’s lawsuit, we are vigorously opposing their application for a preliminary injunction and we will demonstrate that the challenged actions were in all respects lawful,” he said.

In 2010, Lopez came under fire after U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch launched an investigation into possible civil rights violations. 

In January, the city lost a bid to lift a stay on development of the site. 

A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office was not immediately available for comment and nor was Lopez.


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Michael Bloomberg and the Westlands in Meeker, Colorado (Credit: Bloomberg by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Michael Bloomberg picks up $44M estate in Colorado

Michael Bloomberg picks up $44M estate in Colorado
A rendering of Broadway Triangle (Credit: NYC Housing Preservation & Development, iStock)

Suit against Rabsky’s Broadway Triangle project dismissed again

Suit against Rabsky’s Broadway Triangle project dismissed again
A rendering of Broadway Triangle and an aerial of Broadway Triangle (Credit: Magnusson Architecture via Department of City Planning and Google Maps)

Rabsky, Spencer land $70M refi for Broadway Triangle site

Rabsky, Spencer land $70M refi for Broadway Triangle site
Michael Bloomberg and 229 West 43rd Street (Credit: Getty Images and Wikipedia)

Bloomberg moving campaign HQ to Times Square

Bloomberg moving campaign HQ to Times Square
Rudin Management Company's Bill Rudin, Blackstone's Jonathan Gray and Mike Bloomberg (Credit: Getty Images)

Bloomberg pitches real estate execs at NYC campaign HQ

Bloomberg pitches real estate execs at NYC campaign HQ
Michael Bloomberg (Credit: Getty Images, iStock)

Love, hate, and real estate: Bloomberg’s record may polarize voters

Love, hate, and real estate: Bloomberg’s record may polarize voters
Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg (Credit: Getty Images)

Bloomberg v. Trump: Real estate edition

Bloomberg v. Trump: Real estate edition
Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg (Credit: Getty Images)

Bloomberg v. Trump: Real estate edition

Bloomberg v. Trump: Real estate edition
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...