New York Observer (Blog), By Azi Paybarah, April 12, 2011. Protesters looking to block Wal-Mart from opening their first store in New York City are now aiming at the developer who could play a role in the mega-store's arrival: Related Companies. Here's video of a musical protest conducted inside the Time Warner building, where Related is headquartered.
New York Daily News (Blog), By Adam Lisberg April 13, 2011. The battle over Walmart moved to the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development Wednesday as the agency considered selling a chunk of city land to developer Related Companies for the new mall the big box chain is eyeing for its first city store
Crain's New York Business, By Daniel Massey, April 13, 2011. Walmart opponents took their campaign to a mayoral hearing Wednesday, trying to delay the transfer of a city-owned parcel in Brooklyn to The Related Cos. The retailer has had talks with Related about building its first store in the city on the site in East New York, Brooklyn. The property already has City Council approval for retail use. News that the real estate giant would welcome Walmart has opened it up to protests from the retailer's opponents, who want Related to lease to a unionized company like ShopRite.
Huffington Post, By Matt Ryan April 13, 2011. Last Friday, NY Jobs with Justice / Urban Agenda, along with New York Communities for Change, the Retail Action Project, and other members of the Walmart-Free NYC Coalition staged a flash mob in Time Warner Center, headquarters of the Related Companies, the real estate developer currently in talks to lease Walmart space to build its first store in New York City.
Nearly a hundred singing and dancing New Yorkers converged on Related's lobby with brass band backing to let the mega-developer know we don't want it opening the floodgates for Walmart to take over our city.
WNYC, By Cindy Rodriguez, April 12, 2011. A public hearing on the purchase of city land in Brooklyn by a major real estate developer Wednesday drew dozens of opponents who feared that Wal-Mart will move into the East New York property.