Judge Blocks Broadway Triangle Housing Plan

Saying it would “perpetuate segregation,” State Supreme Court Justice Emily Jane Goodman issued a temporary injunction Jan. 4 halting the city’s plan to build public housing on the Williamsburg/Bedford-Stuyvesant border.

 The three-building project is slated to be constructed on city-owned land in the “Broadway Triangle,” an area bounded by Broadway, Union Avenue, and Flushing Avenue. The Broadway Triangle Community Coalition and the New York Civil Liberties Union filed a suit to block it in 2009. They charged that the plans discriminated against blacks and Latinos and in favor of Hasidic Jews. 

Specifically, they claimed, the project discriminated by giving priority for apartments to residents of Community Board 1 (Williamsburg/Greenpoint, including the heavily Hasidic neighborhood west of Union Avenue) but not to residents of predominantly black Community Board 3 (Bed-Stuy, south of Flushing Avenue). Witnesses testified that the project would be 31 percent black if CB3 residents got priority, but only 3 percent black if only CB1 residents did. The plaintiffs also charged that the number of three- and four-bedroom apartments in the plan favored the Hasidim, who often have large families. 

Justice Goodman said their claims were likely enough to succeed to warrant an injunction. The Bloomberg administration plans to appeal.