On November 22, 2016, the de Blasio administration reached an agreement to acquire the 11-acre CitiStorage site for $160 million, giving the City control of the full 27-acre footprint of the proposed Bushwick Inlet Park and making good on the City’s commitment to the people of Williamsburg and Greenpoint.
For more than 11 years, the Williamsburg and Greenpoint community fought doggedly for the full 27-acre park. There was enormous amount of community support — without which none of the full park never would have happened. Volunteers attended rallies, made signs, camped out on the sidewalk in the rain, decorated fences, signed petitions and besieged the City with tweeted and Facebook posts.
Thank you State Assemblyman Joe Lentol and City Council Member Steve Levin for being so instrumental in bringing the City and the property owner to the negotiating table and keeping them there until the deal was reached. Thank you elected officials for standing together. Thank you Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Borough President Eric Adams, Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna, State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Dilan, Council Member Antonio Reynoso and Public Advocate Letitia James.
In 2005, the City dramatically changed the landscape of the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfront through a rezoning that included a commitment to build a new 27-acre park. The park was a trade, not a gift and the CitiStorage site represents roughly 40% of the park. The completion of this park is imperative to the health of North Brooklyn, and to the long-term well-being of the City as a whole.
FBIP is now working to enhance the use of the current park and plan for the development of the remainder of the park. For more information, please visit bushwickinletpark.org