Letter to Mayor de Blasio on Bushwick Inlet Park

February 19, 2016

Mayor Bill de Blasio
City Hall
New York, NY 10007

Dear Mayor de Blasio,

We are writing to request a meeting with you to discuss the City’s plans for Bushwick Inlet Park. As you know, in 2006, the New York City Council adopted a zoning map that included significant upzoning of Greenpoint and Williamsburg, along with a 27.8 acre park. Portions of the land set aside for the park include the property on which the CitiStorage facility is situated. When the zoning map was adopted, the City promised to acquire the site from its owner for the new park. To date, that has not happened.

When the City Council adopted the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Rezoning on May 11, 2005, it was with the understanding that in exchange for the rezoning, the City would provide the community with a park. This was not a gift, it was a trade. The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) noted that the rezoning would add 16,778 new residents to communities that were already seriously lacking open space. In order to mitigate the environmental impact of the new zoning, the City committed to provide a 27.8 acre park as shown on the newly adopted zoning map. Today, only about 3.5 acres of the promised 27.8 acres has been developed as parkby the City. We believe the City must keep its promise to our community. We would like to meet with you and appropriate members of your administration to discuss what the City is doing to acquire the land for the promised park. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Very truly yours,

CAROLYN B. MALONEY  
Member of Congress

ERIC L. ADAMS

Brooklyn Borough

MARTIN MALAVÉ DILAN

President State Senator
DANIEL L. SQUADRON JOSEPH R. LENTOL STEPHEN LEVIN
State Senator

JOSEPH R. LENTOL 

Member of Assembly

STEPHEN LEVIN

City Council Member