City to raze Duffield St. homes through eminent domain

The city is moving ahead with plans to build a park and parking lot in downtown Brooklyn even as residents fight to defend the homes

BROOKLYN - The city is moving ahead with plans to build a park and parking lot in downtown Brooklyn even as residents fight to defend the homes standing in the way.

While a city report found Duffield Street did play a role in the Abolitionist Movement, researchers found no evidence that the houses were part of the Underground Railroad.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has formed a six-member panel to develop a cultural organization commemorating the block's anti-slavery past.However, residents feel Bloomberg is talking about preserving the area while working to tear it down at the same time.

City officials said some of the properties will likely be seized through eminent domain, but some of the structures will also be saved.

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