Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Develop Don't Destroy Holding Comedy Fundraiser at Union Hall

At least they haven't lost their sense of humor. Develop Don't Destroy, which is waging a legal fight against the Atlantic Yards project, is holding a fundraiser for its Legal Fund on Tuesday, February 6 at 8:30. The event will take place at Union Hall, the cool hangout spot and venue at 702 Union Street in Park Slope (at Fifth Avenue). Comedians include Michael Showalter, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Jon Benjamin, Andrea Rosen, Chelsea Peretti, Gilad Foss, Patrick Borelli, Robin Cloud and "special guests." Doors at 8. Ticket are $20. For more information go to Develop Don't Destroy. Hey, you might as well laugh.

BONUS: Screenings of documentary "Brooklyn Matters," are being held several times in coming weeks. (Check out Gothamist's review of the documentary here.) There's one on Jan. 31, from 7-8:30PM, hosted by the Boerum Hill Association at Belarusian Church, which is at 401 Atlantic Avenue (at Bond Street). There is another screening on February 1 at 6PM at the Pratt Institute at the Higgins Hall Auditorium, which is located at 61 St. James Place(at Lafayette Avenue). And there is a screening on February 27 at 7:00PM hosted by the Fifth Avenue Committee, which is at 621 Degraw Street(btwn 4th & 3rd Ave.).

DOUBLE BONUS: We didn't get around to it yesterday, but it was developer Bruce Ratner's Birthday. No Land Grab declared it Happy Bruce Day and related the following information from Wikipedia about Mr. Ratner: Born January 23, 1945 in Cleveland, Ohio. He is president and CEO of Forest City Ratner, the New York division of Forest City Enterprises, which is based in Cleveland. Ratner was New York City's most active real estate developer during the 1990s. Ratner graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1967 and graduated from Columbia Law School in 1970. After obtaining his J.D. Ratner became the director of a Model Cities program for the Lindsay administration in New York City. Subsequently he served in the capacity of chief of the Consumer Protection Division in the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs under Mayor Ed Koch in 1978.

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