Taking the Underground Railroad Over the Bridge

First, some downtown Brooklyn residents were unhappy when a city-hired consulting firm did not take oral histories of whether Underground Railroad stations existed in their neighborhood. Now that the firm did the study, they are saying the interviewer “intimidated, interrupted and eventually chose when to turn on and off her tape recorder.” This according to a press release, pitched by the campaign for state Assembly candidate Bill Batson, announcing a march across the Brooklyn Bridge tomorrow demanding the Mayor’s attention.

The march probably won’t attract as many participants as today’s demonstration for immigrants’ rights, but the controversy so far has held up the redevelopment of Duffield Street, which was included in the 2004 up-zoning of Downtown Brooklyn as the location of a 1 million square foot office tower, a park and an underground parking garage.

-Matthew Schuerman