RTU Protests Outside of Luxury Developer’s Home to Demand Accountability for His Blatant Disregard of Our Community

Members of the Ridgewood Tenants Union protested Monday morning outside the house of Meir Babaev, president of AB Capstone. The developer is set to build a 17-story “as-of-right” luxury tower in Ridgewood, Queens and has refused to meet with the group despite repeated requests since 2015.

Ridgewood Residents Demand Luxury Developer Meir Babaev Take Down Racist Signs From Construction Site & Halt Project

Black people and people of color are not only the most likely targets of police brutality, but they are also the most likely to be displaced and evicted from their homes. AB Capstone’s luxury tower will only exacerbate gentrification, worsening an already dire situation for the working class residents of Ridgewood who have been unable to pay their rent during the coronavirus pandemic and who previous to the pandemic, were already rent-burdened.

Statement by the Ridgewood Tenants Union Regarding Proposed Shelter Openings In Ridgewood and Glendale

We would like to make the following statement in light of tonight’s town hall meeting organized by Councilmember Bob Holden and an upcoming public hearing organized by Community Board 5: We want to support the voices most often excluded from…