The Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn Walkathon in Prospect Park yesterday, attracted more than 300 walkers and raised more than $100,000. More than 1,100 people made contributions. The proceeds will be used to help fund the legal challenges to the Atlantic Yards project. Those challenges will begin in earnest once the project is formally approved in Albany. Atlantic Yards reports, which has a good roundup of the walkathon, reports that the total raised this year was double the amount raised last November.
Actor Steve Buscemi, who has participated in a large number of DDDB events, was one of the people that spoke during the post-walk concert by John Wesley Harding and other performers. The walkers went up Prospect Park West from the Bandshell at Ninth Street, stopped briefly at Grand Army Plaza and then walked through the park back to the staring point. The Rude Mechanical Orchestra, which we’ve seen at events and parade’s plenty of times this year, led the way. It was a great event on a wonderful fall day for a walk in the park. We’ll try to get a short vid up tomorrow.