The Appellate Court in Brooklyn Borough Hall is a particularly fancy room that conveys authority. The show Law and Order may have even used it as a set.
During the approval process of Atlantic Yards, I noticed that the borough president’s meetings—held in this room—covered all issues associated with the environmental review process except land use. I brought this omission to the attention of the community boards, and despite the fact that it was their time that would be wasted, they asked him to schedule a meeting. Although the developer and state were the only ones with information, they did not attend, so the community boards and elected officials met with city agencies instead.