New York Communities for Change and Make the Road New York Take Firm Stance Against Bushwick Rezoning, Reported by the Village Voice

Posted on May 21, 2018

Bushwick Residents March to Block New DeKalb Monolith

Originally Posted in the Village Voice on May 18, 2018
Written by Jake Bittle

Few intersections are more focal for Bushwick residents than the corner of Wyckoff and DeKalb avenues, it’s also the focus of new attention from the developer Camber Property Group, which has proposed upzoning the entire area around the intersection to allow for a pair of nine-story apartment buildings, to be built on what is now a parking lot used by employees of a nearby hospital. On Thursday, nearly 150 people marched through Bushwick to protest the planned rezoning, gathering before the site of the planned development and chanting, “Bushwick no se vende” — Bushwick is not for sale.

“The development proposed at this site will take away my home and the homes of many others who live in our building,” Chika Kobari, a resident, told the rally. “But it’s become apparent to us that it’s not just about one building or one block — it’s about a tidal wave coming to Bushwick.”

The march, supported by Make the Road New York and a number of other local community groups, declared that Bushwick has had “¡Basta Ya!” — “Enough already!” — of the displacement that results from new development. The organizations involved, including Tenants & Neighbors, Brooklyn Legal Services, and New York Communities for Change, called on elected officials to oppose the proposal.

“This is a bad deal,” he [City Councilmember Rafael Espinal] told the marchers. “There is no way I could move forward with this plan until they come back to the table with a plan that makes sense for everyone standing here today and all those who live around this community.”

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