(Photo of Borough President Marty Markowitz at Brooklyn Day by Tracy Collins)
Here are a couple of suggestions:
1) It's easier to be against something than to be for something. While the pro-project at the Pratt Institute hearing Friday were ostensibly for jobs, housing, and hoops--even though there would be many fewer jobs than initially promised and housing is in doubt--they were much more against the effort sponsored by State Senators Bill Perkins and Velmanette Montgomery to try to get some information.
2) The above goal is much easier to accomplish when you're committed to being disrespectful. The whistles, the heckling, and the interruptions Friday should not have been permitted, especially by people of the cloth like the Rev. Herbert Daughtry (at right in photo), head of a community group funded by Forest City Ratner.
3) A group is much louder inside a building than outside a building. While many more union members and community members attended the Brooklyn Day rally last year than attended the hearing last Friday, they made a lot more noise at Pratt.
Brooklyn Day comes on the first Thursday in June, so this year it will be June 4, three days from today.