Bushwick Inlet Park
In May 11, 2005, the City upzoned nearly 200 blocks in the Greenpoint and Williamsburg neighborhoods of Brooklyn. As part of the upzoning, the City committed to provide a 27.8 acre park as shown on the newly adopted zoning map. As of March 2016, only about 3.5 acres of the promised 27.8 acres had been developed as park by the City. The commitment to provide a park was a trade, not a gift, and I will continue fighting, along with the community and my colleagues in government, until that promise is kept.
More on Bushwick Inlet Park
New York—After years of advocacy on behalf of Bushwick Inlet Park, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney today celebrates the news that the de Blasio administration has reached an agreement to purchase the 11-acre CitiStorage site on the Williamsburg waterfront for $160 million.
Before we break for Thanksgiving, I wanted to make sure that you heard the wonderful news: a deal has been reached to acquire the last remaining parcel for Bushwick Inlet Park! Park land is critical throughout New York City, and I was pleased to join in the effort to ensure that this park became a reality.
New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan) sent a letter to Mayor de Blasio urging him to use eminent domain to fulfill the City’s long-delayed promise to create a 27.8 acre park in Greenpoint/Williamsburg as part of a 2005 rezoning of the area that is expected to add roughly 17,000 new residents to a community starved of green space. The CitiStorage site constitutes 40% of the promised Bushwick Inlet Park.
NEW YORK—Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney today released the following statement on this weekend’s sleep-in protest at Bushwick Inlet Park
“We have held press conferences, we have written letters, but we have not gotten the result we are looking for. The city’s offer for the CitiStorage site has still not been accepted. So the community decided to try something different to be sure that our voice is heard. We decided to sleep-in for our park, to make it clear that we expect promises to be kept.
New York—Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), local elected officials, Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park, Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, and community members gathered to call on CitiStorage to accept the City’s offer of $100 million for the last remaining site that was supposed to be included as part of Bushwick Inlet Park. The CitiStorage site comprises roughly 11 acres, a significant portion of the anticipated 27.8 acre park promised to residents of Greenpoint-Williamsburg, as part of the rezoning of the area.
February 19, 2016
Mayor Bill de Blasio
New York, NY 10007
Dear Mayor de Blasio,