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Here’s one way for a developer to ingratiate himself with the new neighbors.

Jed Walentas, the new owner of the Domino Sugar factory, will temporarily hand over a football-field-sized lot on his massive Williamsburg site for use as an urban farm, bike course, yoga studio, and reading room until the builder gets around to developing the property.

The east end of the Kent Avenue lot between S. Third and S. Fourth streets will be run by community space guru Bobby Redd and will include an all-weather reading room, a community farm headed by North Brooklyn Farms and a green space that will be used for activities including yoga, aerobics, and public events.

“We plan to establish a community green space where all are welcome,” said Redd. “We have had immense success working with the Bushwick community over the past 14 months and we look forward to working together with our new neighbors in South Williamsbu­rg.”

The west side of the lot, which will be run by Jessica Kocher of Ride Brooklyn, will include a practice cycling space for young riders, beginner and intermediate bike tracks, and a pump track, which is a small course set up with bumps, jumps, and berms.

Volunteers from the New York City Mountain Bike Association will oversee the courses, and Kocher said she hopes to get a handful of loaner bikes for children and possibly adults.

“The purpose of this is to have a place to mountain bike in Brooklyn,” said Kocher, who lamented the fact that Brooklyn is the only borough without mountain bike trails. “Personally, we wanted a place to ride.”

Redd and Kocher submitted separate proposals, but Walentas’s company, Two Trees Management Co., merged them together, creating an urban utopia for the fixed-gear, organic-dining set.

“We married them,” said Dave Lombino, director of special projects at Two Trees.

Two months ago, Two Trees announced it was searching for operators to take over the space across the street from the main refinery building while it pushed its new plans through the city’s land-use review process.

Two Trees will not charge the interim operators rent, said Lombino, but they will pay utilities.

The initial agreement with the operators is for one year, and it could be extended, depending on how long it takes Two Trees to get approval and finish the site design.

Walentas has said the company wants to build on the Kent Street lot first, but Lombino said ground will not be broken until late 2014 at the earliest.

“For us, it’s silly to have this site fenced off from the community,” said Lombino. “We want to signal to the community that we are creative and ambitious.”

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.
Updated 10:09 pm, July 9, 2018: Story updated to include more information and quotes.
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JAZ from hunting redbeards says:
Bikes, Yoga, Veggies - LIKE YAHHH!!

“We want to signal to the community that we are creative and ambitious.” - LIKE YAHHH!!!

And wow, that photo is right out of central casting.
March 21, 2013, 11:49 am
blargh says:
So they are planning on distracting any naysayers with yoga, urban farming, and bikes. What a cliché.

Then, when it comes time to build those ugly towers, they'll raze it all.
March 21, 2013, 12:07 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Let this be a lesson to developers. If you have land you're not using yet, keep it fenced off. Keep it an eyesore for years. You only invite lazy mockery if you try to do anything nice.
March 21, 2013, 12:18 pm
s from bklyn says:
This is a great idea and a nice way to keep some of this land accessible to the general public!
March 21, 2013, 1:04 pm
diehipster from Louisville Slugger Factory says:
....and diehipster promises plenty of beatings.

Everything is predictable with these people.
March 21, 2013, 1:09 pm
diehipster from ——ville says:
die hipster is a ——.
never hit any hipster
only talks sh•t from a keyboard
March 21, 2013, 3:48 pm
diehipster from ——ville says:
die hipster is a ——.
never hit any hipster
only talks sh•t from a keyboard
March 21, 2013, 3:49 pm
diehipster from ——ville says:
die hipster is a ——.
never hit any hipster
only talks sh•t from a keyboard
March 21, 2013, 3:49 pm
diehipster from ——ville says:
die hipster is a ——.
never hit any hipster
only talks sh•t from a keyboard
March 21, 2013, 3:49 pm
diehipster from ——ville says:
die hipster is a ——.
never hit any hipster
only talks sh•t from a keyboard
March 21, 2013, 3:49 pm
diehipster from ——ville says:
die hipster is a ——.
never hit any hipster
only talks sh•t from a keyboard
March 21, 2013, 3:49 pm
manposeur from brokeland says:
This developer is retarded and greedy. If he wants to ingratiate himself to the community what about developing below market family apartment dwellings.
March 21, 2013, 10:54 pm
manposeur from brokeland says:
This developer is retarded and greedy. If he wants to ingratiate himself to the community what about developing below market family apartment dwellings.
March 21, 2013, 10:54 pm
manposeur from brokeland says:
This developer is retarded and greedy. If he wants to ingratiate himself to the community what about developing below market family apartment dwellings.
March 21, 2013, 10:54 pm
manposeur from brokeland says:
This developer is retarded and greedy. If he wants to ingratiate himself to the community what about developing below market family apartment dwellings.
March 21, 2013, 10:54 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
manposeur, it's already clear that providing below-market apartments does not make the community happy. because the developer is providing below-market apartments, and the community still isn't happy. failing to lock off unused land for years, but instead making it accessible, also angers the community.

sometimes i hate the community.
March 22, 2013, 7:55 am
ty from pps says:
Right, Mike? This is ridiculous.

(1) Offers below-market rentals
(2) Injects much-needed housing stock into the marketplace which will lower or at least help stabilize rent prices overall... though admittedly, it might raise prices in the immediate area because this will also add nice amenities
(3) Offers to allow access to unused land for at least 2 years
(4) Will provide a waterfront parkland (bigger than the original plan)
(5) They are making something of a derelict industrial site that I'm sure is full of nasty...
(6) etc. etc.

And this is all horrible! Horrible! And before you mention anything else, I can preemptively say it's horrible!

Sometimes these whiners in the "community" should think about pooling all of their resources and forming a development collective... then they can get exactly what they want! All they need is a few billion dollars and I'm sure a few thousand people will be able to make a unanimous decision about what is "best" for their community, no?
March 22, 2013, 9:30 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Listen to these parrots in their bird cages embittered by Shere Khan, parroting each other about what they think they know of 'jungle.'

'Mike from Williamsburg' and 'Ty from pps,' you pretend being magnanimous, but your laundry list of false dichotomies and straw man still pigeonholes and orders capitulation than reasons compromise. Have "either" of you considered those "communities" you despise, yet you wonder why they give you wide berth, possibly have another solution in mind?

Check you out all petulant and intransigence and if Shere Khan doesn't stick feathers on his fur and parrot you somehow it's " everyone else's fault" for lack of compromise and cooperation.
March 22, 2013, 9:39 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
*intransigent

Manhattanposeur, I disagree with your previous portrayal of "local"/"hipster/hamster" relationships. But I appreciate and applaud your words for the poor. Your comments have tilt the right way. That being said, what if campus for civic engineering, environmental science and urban design were built on the site, dismissing all the luxury housing consideration but generating revenue on large scale regional projects in Williamsburg and the world, built by affordable housing residents as students alongside their peers?
March 22, 2013, 10:02 am
ty from pps says:
Hmm... Looks like Dennis has been practicing with his thesaurus this week! You should work on grammar next week.

By the way, Dennis, I think the "laundry" list I made above actually represents a considerable compromise by the developers. The plan didn't have to include (1) (3) (4) or (5), but does... compromise.

And what is this weird little social engineering project you are proposing in your comment to Manhattanposeur? basically you're saying this project wouldn't meet your approval unless it had some magical polytechnic university imbedded into it with, what, free tuition for all of the low-income children in the area.... designing projects that will magically meet your bizzarro world standards?

Like I said, Dennis, you find a few billion dollars and you can build whatever you want. (Or would you prefer a fenced-off decaying industrial site for rats and gang members to hang out in?)
March 22, 2013, 10:34 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Pathetic how someone constantly trumping up some cultural superiority to others would ever disparage reading a thesaurus, but such is the duplicity and hypocrisy of the agents of gentrification: feigning wisdom, anti-intellectual.

Your laundry list is not a compromise because you provided the template for all Koch/Giuliani/Bloomberg development. A true "compromise" would exceed your model's bullet-points of fait accomplish.

And yes, in fact, I am counting on billions--Walentas'. That's why I wrote to him directly of, indeed, a "magic plan." Thank God I respond to you out of sheer entertainment and not necessity. It is Walentas and his legacy I appeal to, not Mr/s. Parsimony Police.
March 22, 2013, 10:46 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
*accompli
March 22, 2013, 10:47 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Since it wasn't clear, "reading a thesaurus" is an insult leveled against people who use words just a little bit incorrectly. Being needlessly redundant, for example.

I'm not even taking up your misuse of "compromise." Maybe head to the dictionary for help with that one.
March 22, 2013, 12:24 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
I know, "Mike from Williamsburg," that you need to turn to baseless insults because baseless economic theory is getting your ass kicked here. I challenge you here to list just one word I've not used according to its definition--you and "Ty from pps" have got quite the industry here, falsifying and misleading, but unfortunately for you, people own dictionaries as well. Like your projection: "oversimplifying 'compromise.'" Would that oversimplification be anything like the fact these supposed "incentives" and "offerings" so graciously offered by developers as 'forthcoming compromise' (ha!) are subsidized by taxpayer credits and dollars to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars? Oops! Forgot to mention that, did you? Why, that's textbook for "oversimplification.' And all your euphemisms concealing this and numerous other facts about the supposed nobility of developers? Why, we could call that 'straight up stank face lying' but for now, we'll call it "abuse of thesaurus" by a projectionist, "at the movies" as Bad Brains once sang.
March 22, 2013, 12:52 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
I looked up "Thesaurus for Agents of Gentrification" and in the section, "Sockpuppet Mike from Williamsburg," there are three overriding synonyms: "misuse," "oversimplification" and "projection."
March 22, 2013, 12:54 pm
ty from pps says:
Dennis, you also "seem" to like "scare quotes" and "awful lot"
March 22, 2013, 3:28 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
"ty from ops" you "seem" to give up all hope on making meaningful contribution to this particular discussion, or you've recognized you got no game but envy and pettiness, and want to pretend "literary critic" an "awful lot." That "scares" me so much because you deserve to be in "quotes." So meta. I save your hamster pedigree once again.

You got anything else? Nothing? Want me to send you a manuscript the next time you pretend you know what you're talking about?
March 22, 2013, 3:35 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
While "ty from ops" plays Parsimony Police and "literary critic" [Oh my God! Scare quotes, next thing you know this writing will strap a bomb to its chest! Look out!] while, o hamster irony, not being a terribly good writer himself, let's return to more meaningful voices in this discussion. Here is Brian Paul's summary of the current Two Trees' proposal for the former Domino Sugar site, "BATTERY PARK CITY ON BEIJING-DUBAI STEROIDS" [Oh my God! Cue "ty from pps'" attack on all-caps! Literary license being taken! Ahhh!]:

http://thedominoeffectmovie.com/battery-park-city-on-beijing-dubai-steroids/
March 22, 2013, 3:43 pm
tty from pps says:
Dennis,
What was your "meaningful contribution to this particular discussion" in your last two comments? (other than some sort of an odd stream of consciousness poem?)
March 22, 2013, 4:31 pm
"Interloper" from Kent Ave says:
hey diehipster - I encourage you to show up on the corner of Bedford and 6th wearing a tshirt that bears your handle here and try and pick actual fights with people. After you do it, put up a youtube that shows exactly what you've done. Once you've done that then you have credibility. Until then, all you are and will continue to be is some punk sitting behind a keyboard in your mother's basement. You're a complete joke.
March 22, 2013, 5:31 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
I'll repeat,

http://thedominoeffectmovie.com/battery-park-city-on-beijing-dubai-steroids/

And, towards ideas that better alternatives, that are financially successful, empowering, provocative and, indeed, egad, "artful," bonding than multiplying "luxury" space in Los Sures, Williamsburg. And, if I may be so indulgent, towards the Idea that her people build and contemplate their building/s upon a Civic Engineering, Environmental Science and Urban Design Multiversity of North Brooklyn.

Your move.
March 22, 2013, 5:31 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
I know you hate It that I know how to add, but It should add that I briefly met Jed Walentas. Manhattanposeur owes Mr. Walentas an apology for calling him a 'retard,' but how does one enforce upon pseudonymity, especially if one's indulgent? Walentas is thoughtful and meaningful. My sole criticism of his personality is that he constantly sighed and heaved during the affordable housing segment of his presentation at the Woods en Los Sures last Thursday. So be it that he finds his spark of darkness [1.15a] in the poor who will build this Multiversity alongside him. It's easy to suggest I dislike 'developers'. In truth, last good one was Alexander the Great. Walentas sincerely cares about his legacy. He won't fully magnify It building under current plans.
March 22, 2013, 5:37 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
I can't believe I forgot to mention this other awesome contribution I made on this thread:

At the Movies
Bad Brains

Here's to the maker
The film double taker
The illusion type faker
Guaranteed shaker, para vision viewer

Or it just may seem
Lost the real scope of life
The hope of life to cope with life
And found it on the screen

And how many times have we heard that line
Do you think I'm blind to trade my mind
For what you call fine
Never in my time I'm not in your movie

Hey, what can it be on the big white screen
Hey how can you see you're living in 3D

I guess you think you're
At the movies somewhere
Stale popcorn, don't you stand in your chair
Stale popcorn, don't you stand in your chair

A child is influenced by the make believe
To take advantage of this truth is cold hearted sin
So I say to youth right now, don't sway to the unjust
No matter what they say, never give in
March 22, 2013, 5:53 pm
Annie from 11249 says:
Ty needs a bigger buttplug. His head appears to slip out.
March 22, 2013, 6:09 pm
ty from pps says:
Dennis -
What's your opinion on chemtrails?
March 22, 2013, 6:30 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
They make for beautiful sunsets.
March 22, 2013, 6:33 pm
Claire from Cobble Hill says:
I don't think there are any mountains in Brooklyn. Why don't the white folks just stick to jogging?
March 24, 2013, 4:51 am
Hunter from Williamsburgh says:
It amazes me to watch people fight over such small intellectual matters, all concept and theory, ideas, possibilities. Nothing is set in stone yet. Anything can go any way. The most fundamental problem with most human beings is that they waste so much energy fighting linear viewpoints but fail to see that the whole of the world is diverse. Imagine if the lion and the lamb work together? Imagine putting two candle flames together. It's still the same flame. There's an old saying that after the game of chess is over the pieces all go back into the same box.
March 25, 2013, 11:18 am

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