While I would love for the activists to improve next time, developers are often able to discredit such rabble rousers merely by calling them "NIMBYs".
As more money is wasted on such enterprises, eventually, the public may conclude that:
-our government is too incompetent and corrupt to help those in need of jobs and affordable housing, and/or
-that those in need of affordable housing should not be looking in NYC, and/or
-that entity should be forced to hire those who can not presently get a job at McDonald's.
At this very moment, there is a big gathering of people in Florida who have reached similar conclusions.