When: Thursday, January 15th, 2015
What: A Rally/Press Conference to bring awareness to the Broadway Triangle
Where: At City Hall
Who are we: A group of over 40 nonprofit organizations, community residents, activists, advocates, & attorneys for fair housing. Focus- Broadway Triangle Renewal Area
Why – to bring attention to the segregation and the inconsiderate permitting and construction happening on this land.
Our goal – To halt the construction and permitting process at the Broadway Triangle so that we can discuss how the rest of the land that hasn’t been built on, can best be utilized for everyone.
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See below for our official Broadway Triangle Community Coalition Press Release.
COMMUNITY COALITION TO DEMAND THAT MAYOR DE BLASIO STOP AUTHORIZING SEGREGATED HOUSING IN BROOKLYN’S BROADWAY TRIANGLE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The Broadway Triangle Community Coalition will hold a rally/press conference on the steps of City Hall this Thursday, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday, January 15th at 10am to demand that the City stop permitting segregated and exclusionary housing in the Broadway Triangle Urban Renewal Area, located at the border of South Williamsburg and Bedford Stuyvesant. The Coalition demands that the Mayor finally take action to reverse these ongoing discriminatory housing practices of the Bloomberg years, end longstanding residential segregation in this area of Brooklyn, and build much more affordable housing that truly benefits all ethnic communities.
The Broadway Triangle is the largest plot of vacant land available for affordable housing in Brooklyn. Fixing this discriminatory rezoning, the subject of a preliminary injunction and years of fair housing litigation, presents an extraordinary opportunity for the De Blasio Administration to put into action its ambitious and much-touted affordable housing plan. Rather than seize this opportunity, however, the Administration has taken no action in the last year. Instead it has repeatedly granted permits for private developers to continue building exclusionary housing for the Hasidic Jewish community, further segregating the Broadway Triangle and wiping out possibilities for integrated and affordable housing. The Coalition demands that this stop immediately.
The Broadway Triangle Community Coalition is a group of over forty nonprofit organizations, community residents, activists and advocates for fair housing from across Williamsburg and Bedford-Stuyvesant. In December 2009, the City rezoned the Broadway Triangle from manufacturing to residential. The next day, the Coalition sued the City of New York under federal and local fair housing laws, arguing that the rezoning would have a disparate impact on minority residents and perpetuate residential segregation in an area that has suffered from decades of housing discrimination.
After first obtaining a temporary restraining order, in early January 2012 the State Supreme Court granted the Coalition’s motion for a preliminary injunction, significantly blocking implementation of the City’s plan for the Triangle as violative of the federal Fair Housing Act. Despite the Court’s immensely troubling findings, the Bloomberg Administration permitted private developers to continue building segregated housing. The Coalition has been even further outraged that the De Blasio Administration, despite their hope and expectation to the contrary, has shockingly permitted these discriminatory housing practices to continue. It has failed to take advantage of this lawsuit to correct and redo a discriminatory rezoning, and in the process, begin effectuating its affordable housing vision.
Coalition Chair Juan Ramos declared:
“Mayor, fair housing is our right! This is your chance to break from the past and make the Broadway Triangle your legacy of housing for all. Stop the construction, stop granting permits, and stop allowing discrimination. As a Coalition, we call on the Administration to work with us and our communities to comprehensively, and transparently, plan for integrated, inclusive, and affordable housing for our neighborhoods that so desperately need it. The Broadway Triangle has sat vacant for far too long. The time for the City to act is now.”
The Court challenge of the re-zoning has revealed the extent of residential segregation in North Brooklyn through demographic and census data. Following decades of City-endorsed discrimination in Williamsburg public housing, Williamsburg/Greenpoint (Community District 1) is less than 5% African American, while the adjoining Bedford-Stuyvesant (Community District #3) is over 75% African-American. Flushing Avenue, the border between both neighborhoods, has sadly become a racial barrier. Court testimony of City employees under oath also demonstrated how, in planning this rezoning, City officials did not heed any requirements of the fair housing laws.
In spite of these shocking admissions and court findings, the City has still done nothing to address the Broadway Triangle rezoning and stop the continued discrimination.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Juan Ramos, Chair: 347-254-2413
Shekar Krishnan, Esq., 718-487-2332; 917-679-7107
Host of Cafecito Break
Community Relations Director for CUFFH – Churches United for Fair Housing
Member of the Broadway Triangle Community Coalition
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