In the Inbox today, a message from Task Force members Develop, Don’t Destroy Brooklyn:

“The fight against the Atlantic Yards project–and the broken process it symbolizes–has lasted more than four years now, and DDDB and the community are not giving up. Friday’s ruling by NY Supreme Court Judge Madden against the challenge, by 26 community groups, to the state’s environmental review and approval of Atlantic Yards, is indeed a disappointment and a punch in the gut.

But it’ll take more than a punch in the gut to knock us down. And more than the Borough President cheering the court’s decision against the community.

We believe the ruling was wrongly decided. The community plaintiffs will appeal the decision. Our fundamental claims are strong and valid, and we trust that the Appellate Court will give our appeal proper consideration, as the law requires. We are optimistic the court will reverse Judge Madden’s decision.

And let us be clear: Atlantic Yards cannot move forward while thirteen plaintiffs–homeowners, business owners and tenants–are in federal court in a separate case challenging New York State’s unconstitutional use of eminent domain. We expect to prevail in that lawsuit.”

Rendering of a view of AY from the Dean St. Playground via DDDB.