Residents rally against exclusion from plans for Downtown BK

BROOKLYN - Residents of public housing in Downtown Brooklyn say they are being excluded from plans for their neighborhood's future by developers and politicians.

A group of more than 50 protesters from Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE) rallied yesterday across the street from the Downtown Sheraton, where some members of the local community were holding a meeting.

The meeting was organized primarily by the MetroTech Business Improvement District. They invited local condominium owners and politicians to discuss plans for the future of Downtown Brooklyn, including safety, schools and supermarkets.

News 12 Brooklyn was told the meeting was open to the public, but hotel security said the meeting was private and by invitation only.

Although a couple of representatives from the rally were eventually allowed into the meeting, protesters left on the outside said it was only a token gesture.

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