Get ready to rumble: Tonight is the first of two public meetings to discuss the Atlantic Yards project - but this is the only public hearing, where comments will be recorded into the record (a public forum will be held on September 12 - Primary Day - and it's unclear whether testimony with be recorded). While the Empire State Development Corporation seems to support this project no matter what, it's important for residents to speak up. Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn is asking that anyone attending read up on the project by checking out sites like Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods, Brooklyn Papers and Atlantic Yards Report. And here is the link for the ESDC-issued hundreds and hundreds of pages about the project.

The meeting starts at 4:30PM and will end at 8:30PM. It's at the New York City Technical College, Klitgord Auditorium, 285 Jay Street (here's transportation information). And NY1 reports, "Nets' stars, Jason Kidd and Vince Carter are said to be attending tonight's hearing in favor of the project along with several other community leaders and officials. But many Brooklyn residents, including Rosie Perez and Heath Ledger, are expected to testify against the project." VC versus Rosie? That would be amazing.