Steve Levin at City Hall Rally

Striking oil: City buys Bayside Depot, expands Bushwick Inlet Park

Brooklyn Paper
March 11, 2016
by Allegra Hobbs

It’s Bushwick Inlet Park’s Louisiana Purchase!

The city has finally purchased a chunk of Williamsburg waterfront property on N. 12th Street it has for years promised to convert into green space as part of the long-awaited Bushwick Inlet Park — adding about six football fields of space to the park and taking a significant step towards the sprawling oasis’ completion, say park advocates.

“We’re really excited,” said Katherine Thompson of the Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park. “It’s not the whole park, but it is a piece — we’re getting closer.”

The city on Tuesday bought the eight-acre plot of industrial land from Bayside Fuel Oil Depot Corporation for $53 million, according to property records — the next step is to demolish the warehouse on the property and clean up the land so it can become green space, said a city rep.

The sale, first reported by Law360, has been in the works for years — the city has previously stated its intention to swipe up the parcel, most recently saying it had locked down a deal with Bayside in 2015, but failed to finalize the purchase before now.

The city still must purchase the 11-acre CitiStorage site between N. 10th and N. 11th Streets in order to make good in its decade-old promise to deliver a full 28-acre park — a promise meant to compensate for a massive waterfront rezoning that has paved the way for the rapid-fire development of luxury high-rises….

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Photo by Stefano Giovannini

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