Hooray! City acquires land for full 27-acre Bushwick Inlet Park!

Posted:
11/28/16
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City acquires last parcel of land needed for full 27-acre park

Yesterday, 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.

Thank you Mayor de Blasio for making good on the City’s promise in 2005 to build the full Bushwick Inlet Park!

Thank you Greenpoint and Williamsburg community for doggedly fighting for your full 27-acre park for these 11 long years! There was an enormous amount of community support — without which the full park never would have happened. Thank you to all the volunteers who 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 helping bring 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 and fighting for our full 27-acre park! 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.

Thank you Brooklyn Community Board 1 for your steadfast support and advocacy!

Thank you NYC Parks, OSA’s core partner, for being supportive of the community’s advocacy efforts.

Congratulations and thank you most of all to Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park for their tremendous leadership and determination!

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. While the residents of Williamsburg and Greenpoint have seen and felt the impacts of rapid real estate development, until today, Bushwick Inlet Park had been a broken promise. The completion of this park is imperative to the health and welfare of North Brooklyn residents, and to the well-being of the City as a whole. This is a historic moment for the City, both in terms of securing open space for future generations of New Yorkers and for keeping the promises that communities count on when the City rezones neighborhoods.

Mounting a major advocacy effort has required tremendous time and resources. It just goes to show you, when people get involved, parks get better! Moving ahead to develop and build the park will require more passionate citizen involvement. We ask for your continued support. But, hey, we’re North Brooklyn, we know we can do it!

For now let’s celebrate a win for our community and our City!

Finally, here’s our park!!

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