Thursday, September 27, 2007

Brooklyn Paper: ‘Abolitionist’ Duffield Street

The Brooklyn Paper reports on the co-naming of Duffield Street in ‘Abolitionist’ Duffield Street:

"Duffield Street represents sacred ground," James said. "Co-naming Duffield Street ‘Abolitionist Place’ was [an] attempt to put pressure on the administration to recognize that they need to incorporate these homes into their development plan, which they can easily do."
Um, unfortunately the Brooklyn Paper inaccurately reports that it was the Bloomberg administration was behind the co-naming:

The Bloomberg Administration co-named a stretch of Duffield Street in Downtown Brooklyn "Abolitionist Place"

It was really the idea of Jacob Morris who worked with Community Board Two and the office of Councilmember Letitia James. Oh, and Councilmember David Yassky also showed up- the Duffield Street Abolitionist homes are in his district. Yassky was the only person who said anything nice about the Bloomberg plan to destroy the homes while "commemorating" Brooklyn's Abolitionist history. Nobody else pretends to buy Bloomberg's plan.