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Tournament, Rally to protest Basketball City tomorrow

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A few weeks ago we reported on the negotiations taking place between community organizations and "Basketball City." Tomorrow, those organizations are planning a free basketball tournament, followed by a march to Pier 36, where the company will soon open a for-profit gym.

The groups (the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council and Good Old Lower East Side) opposed the city's decision to offer a 20 (plus) year lease to Basketball City, which once operated a facility on the West Side. But now that it's a done deal, the activists want to make sure there's "free court time and individual discounts" for working people and communities of color…"

The tournament, featuring more than 30 teams, will take place starting at 3pm. They'll be playing at the Henry M. Jackson Playground (at Henry, Jackson and Grand Streets.) The rally and march begins at 730pm.

We're told the talks with "Basketball City" are ongoing. The company says its willing to make accomodations for working-class people in the neighborhood.

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