At clergy-led rally for arena justice, some new voices, some ironies, and a request for new oversight; “we’re not just going to get caught up in the [Nets/Jay-Z] hype”

Written by Norman Oder

In the annals of Atlantic Yards rallies, yesterday’s rally catercorner to the nearly-finished Barclays Center arena, was on the not-huge side, perhaps 130-150 people, but with new energy sparked by the several clergypeople, as well as four elected officials, two of them longtime project opponents representing the Atlantic Yards site.

And part of the message–bring the promised jobs and affordable housing now–came not without irony, as it echoed the message from Atlantic Yards proponents, issued when the project faced legal or jurisdictional roadblocks.

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