I say, “Where Is Our Nature?” It’s actually right there behind that fence. And we should leave it alone. The best thing we can do on an industrial shoreline with high rises going up at an incredible rate is leave Bushwick Inlet, that little spot behind the banner, for the birds – literally.
According to: Where’s Our Park? “The community vision for the park includes a boat launch, a museum dedicated to the Civil War era battleship USS Monitor, picnic grounds, athletic fields, volleyball courts, wetland preserves, gardens, performance spaces, a dog run and a two-mile bicycle and pedestrian path.”
When I road by on my bike last night, I took in fresh country air and I heard crickets chirping – in Brooklyn. We need parks, but we also need natural habitat for birds and other wildlife, who have so little as it is.
Part of the plan is wetland preserves, but where there is currently undisturbed wilderness for water fowl, a boat launch is proposed.
Have you been to the No. 6th pier on a Saturday Smorgasburg afternoon? You can’t even see the lawn. It’s covered with people, lots of people. People tend to do that, take over every single crevice.
I agree that we need more open spaces, but we also need more wild spaces. The actual inlet of Bushwick Inlet is a perfectly wild place that should stay that way and be protected from picnics, sod, hot pavement, gravel, park benches, lights and people.
Take down those ugly gas tanks and buildings, please! Finish off that awesome athletic field. But why not leave that fenced off area – fenced off? The birds need an advocate, too.