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Only a year old… so why does award winning Bushwick Inlet Park look so bad?

BIP Walkway Fall 2014

BIP pathway photo

If you’ve been by Bushwick Inlet Park lately, you may have noticed that not even a year after the park opened, all the grass on the sloping roof and along the walkway is dead and the paving on the pathway up to the rooftop is badly degraded.  So why has this 2014 American Institute of Architects award winner fallen into such disrepair?

Here’s what North Brooklyn Parks Administrator and Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn Executive Director Ed Janoff had to say about it all earlier this week:

“These items are under guarantee and being addressed by Parks Capital and the construction contractor. The irrigation system in the lawn and the lawn itself is being serviced this week and the pathway coating is on the punch list for restoration – this should be addressed shortly. The Borough Office and Capital are reviewing measures to prevent these occurrences in the future.”

An update  from OSA – the problem with the irrigation system was reportedly repaired this week by one vendor, and another is expected later this week to hydroseed the lawn and mend the damaged areas of the walkway. Beginning Friday, the roof (but not the playground) will be temporarily closed to the public so the grass can rest and the mended walkway can dry.

Hopefully, these promised repairs will address the problems.  But the question remains – why did it all fall apart so quickly?  And what actions should be taken to insure that it won’t happen again?

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De Blasio Administration Moving to Fill in Pieces of Bushwick Inlet Park?

According to The New York World, the de Blasio administration is moving to fill in a missing piece of a planned waterfront park in Brooklyn — even as other parcels of needed real estate remain out of reach.

Read the whole article at http://www.thenewyorkworld.com/2014/04/07/bushwick-inlet-park/

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Volunteer for May 10th’s Riverkeeper SWEEP @ Bushwick Inlet & Park

A call for volunteers for the May 10th Riverkeeper SWEEP @ Bushwick Inlet Park shoreline.  The goal is to clean the shoreline below the soccer field (between North 9th and North 10th Street) and also the public sidewalk alongside the fence that faces the inlet itself (along Kent Avenue).

The cleanup will be from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm on Saturday May 10th.

Registered volunteers are eligible for raffle prizes from Hudson River Recreation, Storm King Adventure Tours, Hudson River Expeditions and others. Volunteers who become Riverkeeper members while registering for the Sweep are eligible to win one of 10 waterproof Sprout Watches, valued at $75.  Registered volunteers also receive an invitation to Sweep to Your Brewery for a free beverage after the cleanup at Brooklyn Brewery or one of several other participating businesses.

Use the link below to sign up:

http://www.riverkeeper.org/news-events/events/rvk-events/riverkeeper-sweep-2014/

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Get Dirty & Weed at Bushwick Inlet Park

Community residents are invited to join NYC Parks Gardener Jason Beury for an afternoon of weeding and learning about native plants in Bushwick Inlet Park. Meet your neighbors and help make the park more enjoyable for everyone. We’ll meet at the park’s entrance at N. 9th St. Wear comfortable shoes/boots and pants. Questions? Contact info@gwapp.org. RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/186347218208788/

Sunday, August 4th

1:30 to 3:30 pm

Bushwick Inlet Park

Free

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Sit. Stay. VOTE!

Friends of East River State Park have applied for funding through the Participatory Budgeting Program (PBNYC) for design and construction of a state of the art dog run accessible on Kent Avenue.

If you care about dogs and dog runs – spread the word!  Friends of East River State Park needs your vote. Only the top 5 proposals in District 33 will be funded.

Voting Details:
The People’s Firehouse: 113 Berry Street (between N 7th and N 8th Streets
Monday 4/1 – Thursday 4/4: 6-8 pm
Saturday 4/6 and Sunday 4/7: 2-5 pm

How else can you help? The campaign desperately needs folks to help distribute flyers. Click on the flyer below.  Here’s when and where:

  • Sat 3/23 at McCarren Farmers Market
  • Sat 3/30 at McCarren Farmers Market
  • Wed 4/3. 7:45am-9:30am PS 34 at 131 Norman Avenue
  • Fri 4/5. 7:30-9:30.  PS 31 at 75 Messerole Ave
  • Sat 4/6.  10-5.  Greenpoint Public Library 107 Norman Avenue

Contact info: friends.eastriverstatepark@aol.com

You can also find more information at the Friends of East River State Park Facebook page http://on.fb.me/ZhAVfR

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Demand Our Waterfront Parks! Rally and Hearing June 14th @ City Hall

Please Join Council Member Stephen Levin for a Rally to DEMAND the Waterfront Parks that this community was promised.

When: Thursday June 14th
Rally at Noon: City Hall Steps
Hearing at 1pm: 250 Broadway, 16th Floor

As part of the 2005 Greenpoint/ Williamsburg Waterfront Rezoning, Mayor Bloomberg promised the community over 30 acres of waterfront parkland, including Bushwick Inlet Park and 65 Commercial Street. Seven years later the Mayor has fallen woefully short on his promises.

Immediately after the rally (1pm) the City Council will be conducting its first ever comprehensive oversight hearing of the 2005 rezoning. Please stay after the rally and testify at this critical hearing.

Please RSVP for the rally and the hearing to Rami Metal at rmetal@council.nyc.gov or by phone at 212-788-7348. Written testimony can be submitted via email to the address above by June 14th.

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Where’s Our Park Makes Noise at City Council Hearing on Parks Funding

The Where’s Our Park movement asked tough questions about promises made and yet to materialize at a City Council Hearing on Parks Capital Spending. Read all about it in this article in the Greenpoint Gazette.

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More bait and switch on our waterfront?

Read about what’s going on with the Domino Development in this article from L magazine… looks like they are defaulting on their loan and looking to unload the 11 acre site despite all the concessions made by the community.

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City Council Public Hearing on Parks This Thursday 3/22

Our promised parkland on the North Brooklyn waterfront has never been in more danger. In January, the mayor unveiled his budget plan for coming fiscal year. Unlike last year – when deep cuts were administered across the board – this year’s budget was remarkably robust. In fact, Mayor Bloomberg proposed $700 million in new capital spending over the next five years—a huge increase.

Certainly, those of us who have waited patiently for long-promised funding from the mayor would be first in line and finally receive our vital open space…right? Wrong. Not only did the mayor choose brand new pet projects and other parks funding over our neighborhoods, but his administration is still insisting there isn’t enough money to go around.

We know better. And we’re not going to let them get away with it.

This Thursday, March 22nd at noon, is your chance to let the mayor know how you feel about how he has mistreated and ignored our community. The City Council will hold its once-yearly budget oversight hearing at which the Bloomberg Administration will have to answer questions publicly about their now seven-year-old broken promises.

Your presence will show the administration how serious we are about getting our parks. You can also participate in the hearing itself by joining your neighbors, testifying to the Council and arguing our case. The Council ultimately makes our budget, and so it’s important they understand the injustice happening on our waterfront.

Info for attending the hearing is at the bottom of this e-mail. We’ll continue to update you as our campaign to reclaim our waterfront progresses, and we have other ways for you to get involved as we fight for our parks throughout this year’s budget process, ending in June.

As always, you can help us organize and educate the community by also doing three easy things:

- If you haven’t already, spread the word about Where’s Our Park to your networks through Twitter, Facebook, email and any listservs or news groups you’re a part of. It’s easy to do through the wheresourpark.org website.

- Sign the petition for our parks at wheresourpark.org.

- Volunteer by sending a note to info@wheresourpark.org.

Please get involved however you can, and join us at the Council hearing on Thursday. This is a critical time for our parks. Together, we can get the open space our community so desperately needs.

Info for March 22nd City Council Hearing*

Hearing title: Mayor’s FY’12 Preliminary Management Report and Agency Oversight, Department of Parks & Recreation

Time: Thursday, March 22nd at noon (FYI – you can get there as early as 10 AM and as late as 2 PM; the hearing has an earlier portion on expense spending, and a later portion on capital, starting at noon—the earlier you get there, the more likely you’ll be able to get in to the hearing right away.)

Place: New York City Council offices, 250 Broadway in Manhattan – 14th Floor hearing room (To enter: tell the Sargent at Arms at the front desk which hearing you are going to, and they will give you a pass and send you through security.)

*If you plan to testify, please let us know at info@wheresourpark.org, and we can make sure you’re on the list.

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