Stuck in Park: Williamsburg, Greenpoint Residents Take Waterfront Fight to City Hall
March 13, 2015
More than 300 protesters rallied outside City Hall on March 12 to demand the city make good on its decade-old promise to turn a waterfront plot in Williamsburg into parkland.
Many in the crowd, so big that officers forced late arrivals to wait outside the barricades, said they feel crowded in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, where waterfront parks were supposed to ease the burden of the towers allowed by a 2005 rezoning. Some parks have been built and others are under construction, but Bushwick Inlet Park remains incomplete. The burning of a CitiStorage warehouse on Kent Avenue in late January and into early February sparked renewed calls for the city to buy the property and convert it to green space.
“I have lived here my whole life and there has never been enough open space,” said Slade Koval of Williamsburg. “This rally might be a way to finally change that.”…