Even though I have clearly voiced my opinion in favor of Fresh Direct coming to the Bronx, here is a post related to an event organized by "South Bronx Unite Stop Fresh Direct", "Friends of Brook Park" and "Development Don't Destroy Brooklyn". The organizations have joined forces to show a documentary related to "developer abuse" in BROOKLYN. I assume the documentary deals with the use of eminent domain to confiscate private property so public or private development can take place? I don't see the connection since I do believe eminent domain was NOT used in the Fresh Direct Deal. I doubt there even changing the zoning. Where I see Fresh Direct bringing jobs, commerce and a fleet of ELECTRONIC ZERO EMISSION TRUCKS to an industrial zone that sees an estimated 85,000 fuel burning trucks per day, they have a vision for a park with a bicycle bridge connecting to Randals Island. I am sure the event will be passionate and informative. Let the debate begin!!! The more information the public has, the better.
Thursday, March 8 at 7:00pm
614 Courtlandt Avenue (@ 151st St.)
Bronx, New York 10451
(close to the 2 or 5 train at 3rd Avenue—149th)
Battle for Brooklyn (93 minutes) follows the story of reluctant activist Daniel Goldstein as he struggles to save his home and community from being demolished to make way for a professional basketball arena and the densest real estate development in U.S. history.
The film will be followed by a Q&A featuring the filmmakers; Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn’s Daniel Goldstein; Good Jobs New York’s Bettina Damiani; and South Bronx Unite Stop Fresh Direct. The discussion will explore how mega economic development deals that seem isolated are connected by grassroots struggles that affect us all. Panelists will discuss the seven-year battle over Forest City Ratner’s eminent domain abuse at Atlantic yards and the current burgeoning struggle against the city’s proposal to help move FreshDirect, the online grocer, from Queens to the Bronx waterfront, where activists have long been trying to establish a greenway. Both are campaigns against destructive, undemocratic, and publicly subsidized land deals bolstered by spurious promises of jobs that, as “Battle for Brooklyn” proves, never seem to materialize.