The New Domino Get’s Approved and Affordable Housing Prevails!

This afternoon the City Council Land Use Committee Unanimously voted to approve The New Domino Project with minor changes.

All the Major stuff that local church groups and not for profits have been fighting for stays in tack.

The interesting story is Vito Lopez and Steve Levin attempt to spin a victory with claiming union jobs and a few stories off the top.  The real winners  are community leaders, church groups, not for profits and Council Member Diana Reyna for standing together on the 660 units of affordable housing, the open space and job training.

Read the Press Release below sent by Council Member Diana Reyna.


Council Member Diana Reyna applauds Creation of Affordable Housing, Jobs and Open Space on Williamsburg Waterfront

New Domino to create 660 affordable units, hundreds of jobs and 4 acres of open space

BROOKLYN, NY- June 29, 2010 – Today’s action by New York City Council is an important step in an inclusive journey, which started after the Greenpoint/Williamsburg rezoning of 2005, for residents and the Community Preservation Corporation (CPC).  The community, in need of balance, wanted affordable housing, jobs, and open space; CPC responded with the New Domino project. Their process has been an example of inclusiveness – five years of dialogue with residents, community leaders, and elected officials.

“The New Domino development is a true reflection of a collaborative process with community,” said Council Member Diana Reyna. “I praise the hard work from CPC as well as community leaders, who have clocked countless hours throughout five years of deliberation.  Under Speaker Quinn’s leadership, the New York City Council has been instrumental in ensuring the high levels of affordable housing and vast public space, while preserving the integrity of the design and viability of the project.”

The New Domino development is a unique model, offering varying levels of affordability, senior housing and home ownership opportunities. An unprecedented 100 of the 660 affordable rentals will be set aside for families with incomes under $23,000. Also, CPC committed to 4 acres of waterfront public access open space, which is more than double required elsewhere.

“The true winners of this campaign are the families who will be receiving affordable housing, they wanted 660 and they got 660, this is victory for them, brokered not by one person but an entire community standing united,”  added Rob Solano, Executive Director of Churches United For Fair Housing.

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Broadway Triangle Moves forward

Breaking News and CUFFH News is first to have it!

Judges Rules in the favor of the BTCC’s Motion on Discovery :

Here are words from Shekar Krishnan, Coalition’s Attorney on the decision of discovery:

Ten minutes ago, we got a decision from Judge Goodman on discovery.
It’s the right decision and a very good one.

The Court ordered the City to produce all the data we asked for or
provide sworn affidavits, including from HPD employees, saying that
the information was not available.

The Judge also pointed out that it’s very ironic that the City reached
out to DHCR
but hasn’t reached out to NYCHA, even though the Mayor (a defendant)
appoints the chair and board members of NYCHA and the City subsidizes
NYCHA. Those were arguments we made at the hearing and in our papers.

The Judge also said that the issue is not just what documents the City
may have themselves, but what documents they also may have access to.
And the Judge also added that the purpose of the City having archives is to
store information for a later date.

The Court also noted that the Schaeffer Landing data may actually
support our position
because it shows that whites have more 3 and 4 bedroom apartments than
blacks and latinos.

Finally, the Court did not set a date for the next hearing – Judge Goodman said
that after the City shows it followed the Court’s orders, by providing
the documents or providing affidavits, then only will a hearing date
be scheduled.

This is a very good and just decision. We as a Coalition are extremely
satisfied with it.
Click on Link below to view the Judge’s decision.


GREC To Host Affordable Housing Policy Forum Today

GREC will host an Policy Forum today

at 6:30pm at 211 Ainslie Street.

The recent trend of ” for profit

companies” getting affordable

housing sites i.e. YUCO and others

should be the spark of coversation at

today’s forum.

This is also great opportunity for folks

to discuss how we can get the

local not for profits organizations to get

these affordable housing projects

instead of for profit

organizations who do not

understand the unique and delicate

needs of our residents.




Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY- This Thursday

June 17, 2010 at 4pm Churches United for Fair

Housing (CUFFH) will have a press conference

before they embarked in their unique endeavor

they call “The New Domino Awareness Day” at

CUFFH’s main office located at 66 Whipple

Street , Brooklyn, NY 11206.

“The reality is the majority of the community

supports the New Domino Project, it offers

affordable housing, open space, community

space and jobs that are extraordinary and

unprecedented,” said Rob Solano, Executive

Director of Churches United for Fair Housing.

Immediately following the press conference the

organization will be at every major train stop

in North Brooklyn handing out a one page

information sheet about the New Domino

Project.  The New Domino is located on Kent

Avenue between South 1st and Grand Street in

Williamsburg, Brooklyn and is currently being

reviewed for a change of rezoning.  The plans

calls for 660 units of affordable housing,

4 acres of open space,  hundreds of

permanent jobs, the preservation of the main

refinery building and the iconic domino sign.

“We hope that at the end of the day we

informed the community on the facts and let

them know the importance of supporting

projects that are inclusive and transparent,”

said Rob Solano, Executive Director of

Churches United for Fair Housing.


For More information, Contact:

Our Web page:

Our Facebook Community:


The New Domino Project Website:

Recent Articles written about the New Domino Project:

Broadway Triangle Hearing in plain english.

So the Broadway Triangle Hearing Live Blog might have you a little confused and with some lingering questions.  So, I hope this Q & A helps:

Q:  Is the court going to rule on something?

A:  The Judge is going to rule on the motion of discovery submitted by BTCC.

Q:When will she decide on the discovery and the original injunction?

A:  Judge gave no indication of when she would decide of either.

Q:  Is there a timetable for a response?

A:  Judge said when she’s ready she’ll will respond. That can mean anything.

Q:  What’s Next?

A:  After she makes a decision on the discovery then she will established a date for the hearing on the overall injunction and case.

I hope this helps…

Live Blogging- Broadway Triangle Hearing

Looks like I’m on a few minutes delay just keep hittting refresh every couple of minutes and scroll down

10:12 am

Ok the hearing is getting started everyone is in place judge Emily Goodman , the BTCC’s and City’s lawyers are here


Judge Emily is clearing up the motions


Shekar “Omar Little” will be leading the way.


City request a few minutes on the side with something that has nothing to do with the broadway triangle case.


The Court is Still discussing the other stuff that’s not the Broadway Triangle. In private.


Just mumbles from everyone. Not sure what’s going on. But no action as of yet on the Broadway Triangle.


Still waiting…..stay tune this feels like the perfect storm..


Ohh the steno person has arrived now I know what the wait was…


Looks Like their almost ready


Your honor confirms that the City requested a recorder


Shekar Omar is on: says hello and jokes to the interns who sit in the jury box and says , welcome members of the jury

Shekar argues
That the defendents are the city and the mayor and not just the city


Your honor clarifies you need the bedroom breakdown of the entire city

10:36 am

The 3rd set of data that Shekar request is the breakdown of cb1 and cb3 and all of NYC. The city has said in the past that it does not have that data


Shekar continues that the city has said that the information is not needed for this case, but BTCC claim that they are

In additions, what kind of agreements were enter between RBSCC and UJO

what type of affordable housing has been built , and marketing has been done by the two organization


Shekar continues , we need this information to display what is the need of affordable housing, especially the NYCHA information , the City says they have nothing to do with NYCHA, however the mayor who represent the City,

Shekar continues,
Your Honor, please Grant the motion to obtain all these infomation.

Now the City’s turn

The City is cleared that NYCHA has nothing to do with the city

City: NYCHA is not a proxy for the rest of the City.

City: used Shaffer landing as a model of why broadway triangle is correct

City: marketing plans are all the same.

CIty: regulatory agreements are not possible to obtain.

There are no secrets that will be found and that are public documents.

HPD will not give up this information.

Regulatory agreements are not active are filled

CB3 or rather CD 3
The city clams that CD3 has no claim to the broadway triangle.

And that the Urban renewal Area that is shared by cd3 has no claim on the properties.

10:51 am

Your honor says you site ami’s , the city says that Ami are not important to this case.


So the city brings up that the bedroom size are not important and that after they funded by the city but are not monitored.

Your honor , says 50 perecent are set aside.

Back on the Broadway Triangle.

The city says their are no inside deal.

33,000 application for 139
Shaffer landing

15,000 application 101
Palmer’s Dock

Your honor: How do people know about this?

Your honor: And who choses the local paper

Your honor: So UJO are likely to put it in a hatian paper?

City agree’s.

who monitors the process? The City

Back to shaffer landing

Your honor: lets’s discuss the breakdown of shaffer apartments

The city is claiming that white people are taking over these big apartments. But Latinos claim there latino.

And the judge said , that’s sad.

Back to NYCHA- city says this is not important.

city is wrapping up.

Your honor aka the Judge looks like she’s dieing to talk.


The city says the delay is killing the chance of making this whole
Case of making mute.

The City says I don’t have it.

Your honor: to the city, why can’t you ask NYCHA? You ask DCHR? why not ask NYCHA.

Ok back to Shekar


Bond- we reject the bond

The city is not losing money

The city is not being hurt in anyway.

Let’s get the information.

The City says that we should get it

Back to shaffer- community preference that shaffer , is that this cb1 preference

Nobody are experts-

Ads are placed- but where are they being placed?

11:13am wait list

Shekar continues:…

The City explains that there is no waiting list. NYCHA is important because our case is based on the need for Housing. The Mayor had better relationship with the mayor

The city can’t have it both way

The judge says what have you done?

Yes we gone to the census and all the wesbsite is all about what is happening now.

But we need waiting list.


We check none have 3 to 4 bedroom.

The judge says 90 percent of NYCHA

citywide source is the fiscal year projection

93 percent undecase 2009 went into 2010 second circuit.


Let me ask you all something

This community has been in combat ..

Is there any indications of resolving , the sticking point, is the 4 bedrooms ?

My question is their any interest?

The city is saying maybe or maybe not.

Shekar, explains it’s about the fundmentals maybe we want this done correctly.

Judge says do you want this done?

Ok judge says this is everything , my dicovery information will have another date .

Judge says I will get you something when I get you something ,

The city says when?

The judge says when I’ll get back to you when you get back to me on a resolve meeting ..

Ok folks that’s it! I hope you enjoyed it and I’m sorry for all the spelling errors.