Box St. Park Closer to Reality – MTA Moves Vehicles

The Daily News is reporting that the MTA has finally agreed to move their vehicles from a parking lot at 65 Commercial Street to City-owned land in the Westchester Village section of the Bronx. As part of the 2005 Greenpoint Waterfront re-zoning, the MTA agreed in principle to move the vehicles so the City could convert the parking lot to a park, but it has taken 8 years to find a suitable replacement lot.

During the lengthy search for a new lot, the $14 million dollars the City had budgeted for the park was reduced to only $1 million dollars. The City is now banking on the sale of the park’s air rights to an adjacent development site, 77 Commercial St., for $8 million dollars. Last month, the City and the developer’s of 77 Commercial Street pitched their proposed purchase of the air rights to the community at a CB1 ULURP hearing, coverage here. While it is true that the City has almost no money in the budget for a park and their plan to generate the funds has angered many local residents, the fact that the MTA will finally move their vehicles is a major step toward to getting a new park for green space-starved north Greenpoint.

Greenpointers, what kind of open space and amenities would you like to see at this new park?

6 Comments

  1. Greg says:

    A DOG PARK!! Northern Greenpoint is grossly under serviced in this area considering it has one of the highest dog populations in the city! Plus, a proper dog park will help keep our streets clean. Check out Dog Alliance Within Greenpoint (DAWG), they are trying to do something about it.

    https://www.facebook.com/DogAllianceWithinGreenpoint

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  2. smo says:

    honestly i’d rather keep the mta vehicles than have the sky blocked out by towers.

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  3. Claire says:

    Dog Park!

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  4. andrew says:

    a dog park / dog run. I have a dog and hate having to run her on community green property. I do, however, clean up after her if she does poop, which is more than some of our neighbors.

    Closest dog park is either wburg, or the complete opposite side of greenpoint

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  5. blondie says:

    This is the stupidest thing yet…..why in the hell would ANYONE want a park there? Sure, let’s put a park right by a homeless shelter where registered sex offenders live. The stupidity is astounding

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    • Sherry says:

      It was promised to us in the 2005 re-zoning. If the city re-zones the area for high-rise residential towers on the waterfront, it must also provide more open space for those extra people. Too bad it can’t add a better police precinct, more firefighters, or a hospital.

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