A new lawsuit is being filed over the Duffield Street homes in Brooklyn:
Suit: Underground Railroad homes at risk
The suit seeks to show the city violated its own laws by failing to fully examine the historical significance of the houses it wants to demolish. Preservationists say the houses were important stops along the Underground Railroad in the 19th century. They criticize the city for not holding public discussions on their demolition.
"There is no debate at this point that prominent abolitionists lived at 227 Duffield St.," said Jennifer Levy, a lawyer with South Brooklyn Legal Services, which filed the suit Friday.
"But the city didn't include that fact in its final environmental impact report. I guess they missed it."