Pols to DeBlasio: Buy promised Bushwick Inlet Park land before it’s too late!
November 2, 2015
The city should stonewall any efforts to develop a Williamsburg waterfront lot it has long promised to turn into parkland by refusing to rezone it for apartments or office buildings, say elected officials in a recent letter to Mayor DeBlasio.
As real estate companies move in to acquire the coveted CitiStorage warehouses between N. 10th and N. 11th streets, the pols are demanding Hizzoner finally honor a pledge the city made a decade ago to buy them and use the land to expand Bushwick Inlet Park, vowing they will never support rezoning it into anything but green space anyway.
“We want to be clear that we will not support any rezoning of any part of the promised Bushwick Inlet Park,” read the Oct. 22 letter signed by Borough President Adams, and councilmen Stephen Levin (D–Greenpoint) and Antonio Reynoso (D–Williamsburg), among others, backing up a similar resolution Community Board 1 passed earlier in the month. “After 10 years, it is time for the City of New York to live up to its promise to the citizens of Williamsburg and Greenpoint, who have been waiting for decades to have access to their waterfront.”…
photo credit Stefano Giovannini