Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn is inviting Atlantic Yards opponents to grab their pickets (and don formal dress if they so desire) to protest the Brooklyn Museum’s decision to honor the developer Bruce Ratner at its annual $1,000-a-plate Brooklyn Ball, which DDDB calls an “affront to Brooklyn communities.”
Kayne West will perform at the Thursday night gala celebrating the Forest City Ratner CEO—described as “an upstanding corporate citizen” and a “singular supporter of the arts and many other philanthropic endeavors” in the invitation—as well as the launch of the Louis Vuitton Murakami boutique there.
“Join your friends, neighbors and the Brooklyn community to protest the Museum’s insensitivity to all those whose lives have been, and would be, turned upside down by Ratner’s Atlantic Yards – a project that has become the national poster child for bad development,” the DDDB website reads.
“We don’t question the Museum’s right to raise funds to support itself. We don’t even question the Museum’s accepting donations from Bruce Ratner. What we do take issue with is honoring and celebrating Bruce Ratner in light of what he has done and proposes to do to Brooklyn’s communities.”