Discriminatory Housing Development in Williamsburg?

No more room: Housing activists, including some Orthodox Jews, say a segment of Hasidics have moved into nearly all the affordable housing in the Broadway Triangle, and have blocked out other Jews, Latinos, and blacks. (Photo by Stefano Giovannini via The Brooklyn Paper)

No more room: Housing activists, including some Orthodox Jews, say a segment of Hasidics have moved into nearly all the affordable housing in the Broadway Triangle, and have blocked out other Jews, Latinos, and Blacks. (Photo by Stefano Giovannini via The Brooklyn Paper)

Broadway Triangle, an area on Williamsburg’s borders with Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, is being developed with private construction of 3 and 4 bedroom apartments designed, critics say, to serve some large families in the Hasidic community. Now, housing activists – including some Orthodox Jews – are appealing to the de Blasio administration to put a stop to what they deem discriminatory development, writes Danielle Furfaro of The Brooklyn Paper.

“They are not creating places for non-white families,” said Shekar Krishnan of Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A, one of the organizations fighting the construction.

The Broadway Triangle Community Coalition, representing about 40 groups, is asking the mayor to extend an injunction that prohibited the development of city-owned properties within the triangle (formed by Broadway, Union and Flushing avenues) to private land and developers.

As it stands now, the housing that developers are building there is catering almost exclusively to the Orthodox Jewish community, because, along with the size of the apartments, a “community preference” to families in Williamsburg is offered, meaning families from Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant, which have a far higher percentage of Latinos and blacks, miss out.

“What is being built now is creating a more segregated and less inclusive Williamsburg,” said Juan Ramos, who lives on S. Third Street and is the chair of the Broadway Triangle Community Coalition. “Latinos and blacks who could desperately use housing cannot find it because of building projects like these.”

Go to the original article to learn more on the history of the coalition’s challenges to construction in the area.

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