In 2005, Mayor Bloomberg promised the neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Williamsburg a 28-acre park along North Brooklyn's waterfront to soften the impact of a massive rezoning of the area. More than six years later, tens-of-thousands of new residents have moved in, but very little of Bushwick Inlet Park has materialized--and much of the land for the park has not even been acquired by the City. Recently, the Bloomberg administration completely reversed itself, and told local leaders that it had "no funding for" and "no schedule for" finishing the park.
Our park is in jeopardy. Our mission is to fight back, force Mayor Bloomberg to make good on his promise, and get Bushwick Inlet Park built so that North Brooklyn can finally have the open space it needs and deserves. Join us.
Both L magazine and Brooklyn 11211 have great write ups about the slow development of Bushwick Inlet Park – now 6 years after the initial promise made to the communities of Williamsburg and Greenpoint.
On March 14th, the Bloomberg Administration announced the release of “Vision 2020: New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan”, a 10 year vision for the future of our city’s shoreline. Along with it came the “New York City Waterfront Action Agenda” which lists a set of key projects to begin within the next three years. Among them is a directive to continue the acquisition, remediation and development of the new Bushwick Inlet Park. Let’s hold the Bloomberg Administration to its 2005 promise!
Brooklyn’s got a new parks commissioner and in an encouraging sign he is talking about Bushwick Inlet Park as one of his priorities. Kevin Jeffrey, 51, of Crown Heights, officially starts work as borough commissioner on Tuesday, October 12th, taking over from Julius Spiegel who held the post for nearly three decades. From the NY Daily News on October 10th:
Jeffrey’s got more than just trash on his mind: He’s planning to focus on getting renovation projects done at McCarren Park in Williamsburg, Bushwick Inlet Park and Coney Island’s Steeplechase Plaza – and wrangling cash from politicians to complete them.
“It’s going to be a challenge to make sure those projects [get done],” he said. “Money and resources are certainly a problem. There’s no way to get around that.”
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The Department of City Planning’s Draft Comprehensive waterfront plan, also known as Vision 2020, is out. That vision, at least with regards to North Brooklyn, reiterates many of the same promises from the 2005 rezoning, including aquisition and development of Bushwick Inlet Park, but there’s also some new stuff for North Brooklyners to get excited about, including support for a waterfront park underneath the Williamsburg Bridge in the space currently occupied by two city agencies – DCAT and DOT. Check out the full report on the City Planning website here. A public hearing on the report is planned for the evening of October 12th.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is making available $10 million to communities affected by delays constructing the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. Three groups — a State agency called NYSERDA, Hudson River Foundation and City Parks Foundation — will spend these funds after consulting with community groups.
The funds will be spent in the neighborhoods most directly affected by the Plant and can be spent in several different ways. This survey, created by City Parks Foundation, is a chance for you to have input. The deadline is July 14th. Go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/newtowncreeksurvey. Do it now!
Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park thinks of the North 5th Street Pier to the south like a little sister (or a little brother depending on how you like to genderize your waterfront parks). So we’re thrilled to announce that after what seemed like endless holdups the North 5th Street access to the waterfront pier is finally open. One of our favorite Northside Pier residents Cory K. sents us the above picture this morning and wrote…
“Pier is open! Access on the N. 5th St. side. I believe it is weekend access to start. Hooray!”
While it was initially expected that construction on Phase Two of the Bushwick Inlet Park development would begin in the spring, as often happens with construction projects, there has been a holdup gumming the works.
Apparently the issue was getting the NYC Comptroller’s office to OK the contractor on the job. That’s apparently finally happened but it’s caused a 3 month delay.
The new hope is that we’ll be seeing a groundbreaking for the Community and Parks building at North 9th and Kent Avenue with the sloped green roof either in late June or early July of 2010.
After that construction should take approximately 18 months. Look for the new building’s completion around November of 2011.