Analysis by who walk in brooklyn:
"Liu is grandstanding; while the preservation of the Duffield Street buildings would be welcome regardless of the motivation, he plainly spoke out IN FAVOR OF the greater downtown Brooklyn redevelopment as "important to the city as a whole." Excuse me? High rise &/or luxury condos w/tax subsidies? Atlantic Yards?
By speaking up against the ridiculous Duffield Street seizures, Liu is getting cover for his complicity elsewhere AND throwing black folks a bone, because they will surely NOT be welcome in the new downtown Brooklyn (except as security guards).
What's interesting too is, besides the historical importance (which isn't ENTIRELY clear but why not err on side OF preservation once?), keeping the weirdo buildings in the area would, in the long run, make things better for all by maintaining a varied streetscape... not that the city gives a shit about that except when it happens by accident."
Analysis by Forgotten-NY:
"It's admirable that J-Loo cares so much about the historic houses on Duffield Street. Strange, though, that half of Flushing is disappearing under his nose, replaced by Fedders buildings in concrete lots."
Analysis by Crapper:
Where was Johnny this past year when preservation rallies were held in Queens?