Ethnic tensions flare up over Rabsky’s plans for the Pfizer site Hispanic residents worry units will be rented only to Hasidic Jews
Rabsky’s plans for the site, Council Member Stephen Levin and Council Member Antonio Reynoso (Credit: Rabsky Group)
UPDATED, Oct. 10, 10:22 a.m.: The dispute over the Rabsky Group’s Pfizer development site in Williamsburg is turning into an ethnic conflict, pitting Hispanic and African-American residents against their Hasidic Jewish neighbors.
There will be a contingent that will be against this project and they will exclusively be people of color, said council member Antonio Reynoso, who represents a district neighboring the project.
Hispanic residents of Williamsburg’s Broadway triangle worry that Rabsky will market the development’s 1,146 planned units only to Hasidic families and build mostly large apartments. Critics sued to block construction on city-owned land in the neighborhood, alleging discrimination, and won a court order halting construction in The Broadway triangle 2012.
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