Gentrification Rally Disrupts City Hall Meeting


    Following the release Monday of a 13-page report critiquing Mayor de Blasio’s East New York rezoning plan, local coalition Real Affordablility for All held a rally in Downtown Brooklyn — a “hyper-gentrified” neighborhood, according to the organization’s press release.

    After the rally, Real Affordability members and leaders headed to Lower Manhattan, where they disrupted the City Planning Commission’s hearing regarding the the rezoning process for East New York. The event’s timing purposefully coincided with today’s beginning of the public review process for the rezoning of East New York.

    Protestors chanted, “Hey! Hey! Bill de Blasio! Where are we supposed to go?”

    The group wants de Blasio to overhaul his current approach and build more affordable units in the area.

    “The worst gentrification and displacement seen in the rezoning of Williamsburg over the past decade will become the future of East New York, unless Mayor de Blasio implements our recommendations for creating real affordable communities,” Affordability for All Campaign Coordinator Maritza Silva- Farrell said.

    The rally and disruption were well documented on social media.

    [Photo: Real Affordability for All]

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