The organizers at Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn are planning a protest for this upcoming Monday in reaction to a judge's ruling that allows Forest City Ratner to proceed with its demolition plans, refusing a group of 26 co-plaintiffs' request for a temporary restraining order. The protest will begin at 8 a.m. in front of 191 Flatbush Ave. between 5th Ave. and Dean St. The state lawsuit maintains that an environmental impact study of the project was flawed. An earlier lawsuit challenging the legality of the eminent domain procedure has thus far failed to stop the Atlantic Yards project. From the Develop Don't Destroy press release about the judge's ruling:
Manhattan State Supreme Court Justice Joan Madden today declined to issue a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) that would have blocked developer Forest City Ratner from commencing demolitions within the footprint of the “Atlantic Yards” project before the legal challenge to the state’s environmental review and approval of the project, as well as a motion for a preliminary injunction, can be heard in court on May 3rd.
The court expressly stated that in making today's TRO decision it was not pre-judging the merits of petitioners' claims filed on April 5th.
So Monday morning on Brooklyn's Flatbush Ave. could be quite a scene, with area residents protesting and construction workers showing up to knock down some buildings. We wonder if Bruce Ratner will be standing in a window high above the action, taking it all in and perhaps muttering "Excellent" as he drums his fingers together.