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The city is going to install a new public pier at the end of Java Street in Greenpoint, plus bring in new ferry service.

The Economic Development Corporation last week began a search for an operator for the new Java Street pier to provide public access to the water — and also announced that they will soon seek bids on a ferry service at the foot of India Street, in anticipation of the burgeoning “residential community” that has begun to take shape since a major waterfront rezoning in 2005.

The goal, said EDC spokesman Dave Lombino is “rejuvenating an underutilized portion of the Greenpoint waterfront [and] add to a “more sustainable and comprehensive East River ferry service.”

But ferry service has not had smooth sailing on the East River. New York Water Taxi’s service from Schaefer Landing on the southside of Williamsburg has been on the chopping block since November due to lack of public subsidies.

And there might be other problems for the party that takes over the development of the pier. In the request, the city states that there is a landowner who claims that he owns part of the dock.

“The dispute is over a portion of the site and it’s the city’s position that the portion is owned by the [city],” Lombino said.

The pier, one of the only plots of land on the Greenpoint waterfront that’s city-owned, is now mostly submerged. It was once a functioning pier, but was taken down in 2000 because it was unstable.

Responses are due on Aug. 5.

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Mark from Greenpoint says:
It would be nice if the pier were truly publicly accessible.

Not just accessible during certain hours for certain people.
The waterfront should be accessible at any point.

If someone wants to take a walk to the waterfront at 3am and stare at the city skyline it shouldn't be an issue.

If there is someone who is claiming to own part of the dock on the waterfront the city should simply purchase it from them... or use Eminent Domain
July 23, 2010, 9:07 am
nancy from midwood says:
If there is an owner who is disputing the ownership, then eminent domain should be applied here as it will be for public use. No one is living there and no one will have to be forced out of their homes. In this case, the city would be fair in using eminent domain to acquire the property.
Not like in the NJ shore area where people were forced out of their cherished homes,all in the name of eminent domain, to make way for luxury apartments.
July 23, 2010, 10:01 am
Mark from Greenpoint says:
Nancy --- I agree. Eminent Domain can be used for horrible purposes when used in the manner you described. As far as allowing access to a pier on the waterfront goes I'm not too sure what the harm is as nothing extra would be built and nothing would change as far as the "owner" is concerned. I think the area they are talking about was recently gated off by the owner. About a month or so ago they put up these crazy fences that extend out into the actual water and rocks in the east river.
July 23, 2010, 1:09 pm

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