Chelsea Flatiron Coalition v. NYC / BRC
The Chelsea Flatiron Coalition (CFC) commenced a civil action against the City of New York and BRC on October 7, 2010. We have posted on our website certain of the papers that were filed with the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County. Below are summaries of those documents, including links:
Click the links above to read the documents.
We strongly recommend that you read the memorandum of law, which provides a concise summary of many of our primary arguments. CFC has asked the court to grant a preliminary injunction compelling BRC to stop construction, compelling DOB to revoke permits already issued, and compelling DHS to register with the Office of the Comptroller of the City of New York any and all contracts between the City and BRC that are related to this project.
Judge Madden has ordered the City and BRC to respond by October 28, and CFC to reply to BRC's and the City's papers by November 12. On November 19, the parties will appear before Judge Madden for oral argument on the preliminary injunction.
This legal battle is not over, and now, more than ever, contributions to the legal fund are needed to help us continue prosecuting this lawsuit. In addition to financial contributions, we ask that you contact your elected representatives and demand that they support their constituents the way that Council Member James Vacca supported his constituents in the Westchester Sq. Pk. v. Department of Homeless Services case. Council Member Vacca was an outspoken opponent of that project, as noted in this Daily News article.
On a separate note, many of you may have noticed Muzzy Rosenblatt's quote in the New York Post article where he refers to the CFC as "a small group of unnamed parties." Like the information provided in his applications to various City and State agencies, nothing could be further from the truth. The CFC has over 100 members, and a significant number of those members are condo and co-op associations, each representing hundreds of your friends and neighbors in the Chelsea and Flatiron neighborhoods. This "small group of unnamed parties" is actually a group of several thousand neighborhood residents and business and property owners. We are not unnamed and we are not hiding in the shadows. We have appeared at every Community Board meeting since May 19 when Rosenblatt was "caught off guard" by the Wall Street Journal's reporting on this story, and at those meetings our members stood up, gave their names and addressed the Community Board and the members of the community that attended those meetings.