There's been so much lately about the Broadway Triangle fiasco that I decided to post a number of links here to allow you to absorb it all. In a nutshell...
From the Daily News:
The Ridgewood-Bushwick group and UJO of Williamsburg are said to have used their ties to Brooklyn Democratic boss Assemblyman Vito Lopez (D-Williamsburg) to be chosen as the developers.
The plan also caps building heights at eight stories - which opponents charged is a nod to Orthodox Jews who cannot take an elevator on the Sabbath. They further contended that Orthodox Jews' attraction to the shorter buildings would create fewer housing opportunities at Broadway Triangle for Williamsburg's Hispanic population and African-Americans from nearby Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Besides alleged racial bias, the lawsuit charged the rezoning plan to turn the manufacturing area into a residential community violated the city's land use rules because it skipped review by Bedford-Stuyvesant's Community Board 3.
Housing Project Splits Bushwick District
Taking 'Triangle' to Court
Lawsuits over Broadway (Triangle)
Community Groups Sue City over Broadway Triangle
Bullets over ‘Broadway’ as city is sued over Triangle rezoning
And of course, as per the Bloomberg Doctrine, the plan calls for eminent domain for private gain.