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Temporary Restraining Order Halts Construction of High-Rise Near Prospect Park

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A State Supreme Court justice issued a temporary restraining order that's halting the construction of a high-rise building near Brooklyn's Prospect Park.

The work will be on hold until the judge decides if opponents of the tower will win out.

Opponents of the 23-story luxury high-rise say it would do more harm than good in a neighborhood that's low-rise and of mixed income.

They argue that it violates state environmental law because an impact study was not performed, and they say a skyscraper could change the low-rise mixed-income neighborhood forever.

At a protest at the construction site Friday before the temporary restraining order was is sued, a leader of a neighborhood coalition was arrested. 

Protesters also said low-income renters would be priced out of the neighborhood.

"Without community input," said one person at the protest. "Where was our representatives? Who was sitting there protecting us? How did this happen?"

"We simply want them to lower the building, not have 23 stories. We would like more affordable apartments." said another.

Developer Hudson Companies says the project complies with all zoning and building laws in the city, and excavation work at the site will continue as planned next week.

The project seems to have some support in the neighborhood, where some residents welcomed what they see as progress.

"My opinion is that the NIMBYs (not in my backyard) are out of control in this neighborhood," said one person from the neighborhood. "I think the development, I think this neighborhood could use a little development, and so anything that helps the neighborhood, I'm for."

Opponents are not taking anything for granted, saying that more protests are scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

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