From the Daily News:
A judge slammed the breaks on the city’s controversial plan to build housing at Williamsburg’s Broadway Triangle Wednesday.
Opponents went to court to block the massive housing project, charging it illegally favored Hasidic families over blacks and Latinos.
“The Court agrees,” Judge Emily Goodman wrote in an injunction halting the project, saying the development “will not only not foster integration of the neighborhood, but it will perpetuate segregation in the Broadway Triangle.”
The city tapped the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council and the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg - two nonprofits with close ties to Brooklyn Democratic boss Vito Lopez, who made Broadway Triangle a pet project - to build about 1800 apartments on the mostly-barren 31-acre stretch near the Bedford Stuyvesant border.
Opponents objected that the plans for large apartments in low-rise buildings, and a special preference for residents of Williamsburg and Greenpoint that didn’t include nearby Bedford Stuyvesant, illegally favored Hasidic residents who often have large families and can’t use elevators on the sabbath.