Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park

Envisioning Bushwick Inlet Park: What’s In Store for the Park in 2018

Aerial view of Bushwick Inlet Park
Via Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park

The community organization Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park has been fighting for green space in North Brooklyn since 2005. That year, the City rezoned Greenpoint and Williamsburg, leading to frenzied development in both neighborhoods. At the time of the Rezoning, the City promised to compensate North Brooklyn by adding park space to the neighborhood, with 27-acre Bushwick Inlet Park being the most prominent among the green parcels. But, 13 years later, residents are still waiting for that park space, and local advocacy groups like Open Space Alliance, Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning, and of course, Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park, have been fighting from that time til this to hold the City accountable.

The 2005 Greenpoint-Williamsburg Open Space Master Plan outlined 6 goals for Park Space in North Brooklyn:

Goal 1: Create a publicly accessible waterfront

Goal 2: Create a balance between active and passive recreation opportunities to serve the diverse recreation needs of the community

Goal 3: Identify appropriate opportunities for direct interaction with the river, such as boating

Goal 4: Promote a healthy east river environment through sustainable design practices, habitat enhancement, and public education

Goal 5: Develop design guidelines to unify the waterfront as a whole, while encouraging the creation of unique, memorable spaces on an individual basis

Goal 6: Reflect the rich character, heritage and culture of the community in both publicly and privately developed open spaces. 

Neighborhood advocates had enormous success working toward those goals in 2017: In April, Mayor de Blasio closed on all 27 acres of parkland, ensuring that Bushwick Inlet Park will be a reality; in October, the Mayor pledged an additional $17.5 million in funding to develop the park, and over the summer, the City finished remediating the 50 Kent parcel of parkland. Following those spectacular strides, Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park hopes to take advocacy “to the next level” in 2018, pushing the City, the Parks Department, and other involved stakeholders  to remediate, design and develop the rest of the park with community input, in a way that adheres to the principles of the original Master Plan.  Continue reading

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Friends of Cooper Park Meeting Next Monday (11/13)!

Cooper Park

If people get involved, Cooper Park will get better! Please join Friends of Cooper Park for their first meeting!

When: Monday, November 13, 6pm-7:30pm
Where: St. Nicks Alliance2 Kingsland Avenue
Who: Current and future volunteers, park stewards and activists
Food and Drinks: Yes! A complimentary light buffet dinner and drinks will be served
Childcare will be provided
 
More info: “Cooper Park can be so much more—health club, art studio, outdoor classroom, a place where we meet when we get together with friends and neighbors, and a space where we connect with nature. Our neighborhood’s friends groups, including Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park (FBIP) and McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance (MPNA), have demonstrated the value of parks groups, helping raise millions of dollars in capital improvements and getting neighbors involved in improving their parks! The sky’s the limit for Cooper Park….if we all get involved!”

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Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park Meeting Monday 3/27!

FBIP MTG 3-27-17 R1-01What: FRIENDS OF BUSHWICK INLET PARK  | General Meeting – Monday, March 27th
When: 6:30pm – Snacks and Meet + Greet, 7pm – Meeting
Where: Bushwick Inlet Park Community Room | 86 Kent Ave (N.9th Street)
What’s going on with Bushwick Inlet Park after the successful outcome of the 2-year long battle to get the city to buy the CitiStorage site and complete Bushwick Inlet Park? Come find out!

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Get Sloshed To Save Our Local Waterfronts: Waterfront Defenders Party At The Diamond!

Waterfront Defenders partyNext week, Tuesday March 7th from 7-10pm local watering hole The Diamond (43 Franklin St.) is hosting a Waterfront Defenders Party to benefit this trifecta of fantastic local organizations— The Billion Oyster Project, Newtown Creek Alliance and Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park. Proceeds from beverage sales will be donated and split evenly between them. Meet guest bartenders from these great organizations while learning more about what they do and how you can get your hands dirty!

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What’s Next For Bushwick Inlet Park As $100 Mill Offer Expires

The North Brooklyn Community and Elected Officials at the steps of City Hall
The North Brooklyn Community and Elected Officials at the steps of City Hall

“The city can’t just rest on its laurels and say it made an offer,” said State Assemblyman Joe Lentol on the steps of City Hall, where the North Brooklyn community alongside elected officials turned up the heat on an already sweltering summer day for Bushwick Inlet Park. It’s because the $100 million offer that the city made to acquire the last remaining parcel of prospective park land expired yesterday, Monday, August 8.

This puts the future of all 28 acres of open space in a precarious position and Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park is not taking it lying down. With impassioned chants of “Where’s our park?” and a series of speeches by community leaders and elected officials, they demanded that Mayor de Blasio does what it takes to deliver the waterfront park that was promised 11 years ago. Continue reading

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Rally at City Hall to Save Bushwick Inlet Park Tomorrow (Mon, 8/8, 11AM)

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The city is just 11 acres away from fulfilling its promise to deliver all 27 acres of Bushwick Inlet Park and made a $100 million offer to purchase the final piece needed on June 9th. Two days later, owner Norm Brodsky officially refused the offer and it expires tomorrow (Monday 8/8).

In a call to action to the community to rally at City Hall tomorrow (Mon, 8/8, 11AM), Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park writes:

We’re Close! But North Brooklyn Needs YOU To Make a COMPLETE Bushwick Inlet Park a Reality!

We’ve been fighting for over a decade to get this park built. And after Mayor de Blasio’s historic $100 million offer to buy the last piece of land, we are inches from the goal line. Continue reading

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Pokemon Go Takeover, Evolved L Train & Turf Battles at Bushwick Inlet Park — The Hook-Up 7/15

The commute of the future. Via Van Alen Institute.
The commute of the future. Via Van Alen Institute.

2019 isn’t that far off, and it’s certainly not too soon to pit designers against each other to dream up alternative transit solutions for the dreaded L Train Shutdown. Although some fantastical entries included the above Donnie-Darko-esque translucent tunnel, the winning design involved small (and speedy) ferries jetting along Newtown Creek and the East River.

Because roving Transmitter Park on your own is not as fun as joining a marauding gang of eager Pokemon trainers, North Brooklyn will get to enjoy its very own Pokemon Go Bar Crawl next Saturday.
 
Though park advocates have been literally camping out in Bushwick Inlet Park and counting down the days left for CitiStorage owner Norm Brodsky to accept the city’s offer of $100 million, Brodsky recently thumbed his nose at them by putting the site up for public auction.
 
How depraved can you get? Someone allegedly set a homeless man on fire in Transmitter Park. The New York Post being the New York Post, it managed to crack a few jokes at the victim’s expense.
 
There’s something meta about being caught on film while robbing a film set. Police are looking for a man suspected of committing a string of robberies at mostly unlocked production studios around Greenpoint.
 
This architectural game-changer just had its grand opening in Williamsburg on Monday. 
 
After a $315,000 facelift funded by Nike, the McCarren Park skate park is back in action with more ways to do tricks (and keep it safe).
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The City’s Offer to Purchase Last Piece for Promised Park Expires on August 8th

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Bushwick Inlet Park is 11 acres away from being realized and the city is trying to make good on the promise it made over a decade ago by its offer of $100 million to purchase the last remaining parcel of land.

Though owner of the CitiStorage site Norm Brodsky rejected this offer, there is still time to negotiate a deal – 45 days as of today. To put the pressure on closing the deal, Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park along with local politicians and community organizations, are counting down the remaining days on a clock located on the corner of Kent Ave and North 14th Street.

The city’s offer expires on August 8th. Do you want to help push the deal for the promised park? Join the community to flip the numbers on the countdown clock weekdays at 8AM and 9AM on weekends. Or, sign this petition started by the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Youth Soccer League.

 

 

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$100 Million Still Not Enough for Final Piece of Bushwick Inlet Park

Rendering of Bushwick Inlet Park
Rendering of Bushwick Inlet Park

The city is only one purchase away from obtaining the final puzzle piece needed to complete Bushwick Inlet Park: an 11-acre piece of land owned by Norman Brodsky and Samuel Kaplan of CitiStorage.

On June 9, 2016, New York City made a major offer of $100 million.

Brodsky officially refused the offer on June 11, under the pretext that he can get more money for the property. Continue reading

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The Peril of the Birds, Plus Election Aftermath — The Hook-Up 4/22

That's Ted Cruz territory in yellow. All hail the Sewage King. (via New York Times)
That’s Ted Cruz territory in yellow. All hail the Sewage King. (via New York Times)
What’s stopping Greenpoint’s birds in their tracks? A discussion on the North Brooklyn Community page on Facebook brought attention to a weird prevalence of dead birds (and even a hawk) around the bus stop on the corner of Lorimer and Driggs, supposedly after flying into the glass.
 
As you’re surely all aware, Bernie’s best electoral NYC performance took place in Greenpoint. What you don’t know is that Ted Cruz’s also did. He didn’t just win by one vote, though. He won with one vote. Yeah, just read the thing.
 

Re: shutting down Riker’s Island: the city’s looking into it. But apparently it’s looking at Greenpoint as a potential site for a new satellite jail where it can transfer inmates.

The latest news in the L Train saga is that the city is setting its sights on 2019 as closure time. But things are still inconclusive.

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