Protesters rally outside arena groundbreaking

As some celebrated the Atlantic Yards groundbreaking Thursday, a rally was held panning the development.Nearly 100 protesters say the developer, Forrest City Ratner, illegally acquired

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN - As some celebrated the Atlantic Yards groundbreaking Thursday, a rally was held panning the development.

Nearly 100 protesters say the developer, Forrest City Ratner, illegally acquired the land for the project - expected to include a basketball arena, office towers and apartments - and that politicians were complicit.

"I don't think anyone in this community who has worked so hard opposing this project regrets what they've done for a second," says Daniel Goldstein, for years the most visible opponent of the project.

State officials have sent a letter saying they will move to evict 22 families and businesses on the Atlantic Yards footprint unless they leave voluntarily by April 3.

To watch the Atlantic Yards groundbreaking ceremony in its entirety, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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