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Brooklyn “Not Very Much in the House” at Atlantic Yards Rally?

June 6th, 2008 · No Comments

[Photo courtesy of Tracy Collins/flickr]

That big pro-Atlantic Yards rally sponsored by Forest City Ratner took place at Borough Hall yesterday. There were speeches by Borough President Marty Markowitz, Curtis Sliwa, ACORN’s Bertha Louis and others, although top-billed speaker Rev. Al Sharpton didn’t make it because of travel problems. The organizers said that 3,500 people came, although some estimates were only half that number. Atlantic Yards Report notes that “Brooklyn was just not very much in the house. Despite decent weather, free t-shirts, a full-page ad in the Daily News, an E-newsletter, requests from union bosses to attend, and promises of free food, free transportation, and “international recording artist Maxi Priest,” the disparate and soon-diminished crowd was often subdued, even bored, and a passel of Forest City Ratner operatives monitoring the event looked somber, despite the billing as a ‘fun day.’” There is Daily News coverage of the event here. Tracy Collins has a full photoset here and Adrian Kinloch has a large set here.

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