Council Member Lincoln Restler hosted a town hall meeting last night for constituents in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. On hand were representatives from city agencies, including Parks, Sanitation, and Transportation.
The council member gave a few updates about neighborhood projects and developments. He told constituents that his office is trying its best to get the Mayor’s office to demolish the city storage building, currently separating Marsha P. Johnson State Park and Bushwick Inlet Park from being one unified parcel of land. Another top priority for local parks is the long-promised Box Street Park.
While the council member was slightly dismayed that the NuHart development site was turning into luxury housing, instead of much-needed affordable housing units, he mentioned that the developer was fully committed to the site cleanup.
A rep from the Department of Transportation revealed that DOT has started to do some intersection work, including turn bans at Nassau, Driggs, and Engert. While there was some slight pushback from a few constituents via questions and comments in the chat, both the council member and the DOT rep stressed that these turn bans are means-tested, standard procedure for DOT, and can easily be removed if found not to yield intended results.
After presentations from city reps, the floor opened up for a Q&A. Top of mind for many constituents were questions concerning transportation, McGuinness Boulevard, and Open Streets. Folks wanted to know what was being done to address the poor conditions at American Playground, as well as Greenpoint Playground. Another person brought up concerns with dogs in public spaces, fearing that they dominated available green spaces.
Technical troubles prevented a planned recording of the session from materializing, but as always, contact email@example.com for any assistance with local issues.