“Where’s Our Park?”: Will New York City Keep Its Promise to Build Bushwick Inlet Park?
March 12, 2015
Today, New Yorkers—North Brooklynites, in particular—will have the chance to come together as a community in order to rally and demand that the city fulfill a promise it made almost a decade ago: to construct Bushwick Inlet Park as a necessary balance to all the condos that would soon be built along the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfront. In 2005, when the Bloomberg administration rezoned acres of land along the East River so that it could be developed for residential use, North Brooklyn’s Community Board 1 vehemently protested the coming changes due to the fact that not only would incoming buildings dramatically alter the long-standing, low profile waterfront skyline, but also would bring countless new residents into an area that did not have a sufficient infrastructure to support their arrival. One major aspect of that insufficient infrastructure was a lack of green space, and so in an effort to appease residents, the city promised that 28-acres of land would be set aside to create Bushwick Inlet Park.
Ten years later, though, there is still no set schedule for finishing the park, …