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No reservations: Mayor omits promised Williamsburg park from environmental agenda

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Mayor DeBlasio shafted Williamsburg and Greenpoint residents on green space for Earth Day, park activists say.

DeBlasio touted upcoming expansions to Bushwick Inlet Park in his so-called “One New York” environmental agenda — which he released on the April 22 holiday — but failed to mention anything about the plot of land on Kent Avenue that the city promised to buy and turn into a park a decade ago.

Residents say they are concerned that the omission means that the city is trying to prune back its pledge to buy the waterfront lot that currently houses a burned-out CitiStorage facility.

“It stands out for what it does not say, and it is troubling, because it glosses over the central issue that we are facing,” said Adam Perlmutter, a Williamsburg resident and attorney who is helping to organize activism to convince the city to buy the CitiStorage plot to expand the park. “The administration needs to acknowledge its responsibi­lity.”

The mayor’s plan points out that the city has already purchased the former Motiva plot and is making payments on the Bayside Fuels lot, which it will take over in June. Those two plots will add the size of about 12 football fields to the park, which is currently a little more than the size of five football fields. That will put the total parkland at about 22 acres, but that is still far less than the full 28 acres — about 21 football fields — the city promised the residents as a part of its waterfront rezone.

“It is not enough,” said Laura Treciokas, a Greenpoint resident. “The jewel is the CitiStorage lot, and we need that.”

A fire gutted the CitiStorage warehouse on Kent Avenue in early February, sparking renewed calls for the city to buy the property and make good on its promise.

But increased property values, driven by the area’s zoning-enabled development boom, means buying the plot would be really expensive. At the time that the city made the commitment, the CitiStorage plot was worth about $30 million. A decade later, the value of the land is likely somewhere between $73 million and $100 million. But residents say that is too bad.

“We will be holding the city to its commitment of a 28-acre park, which this neighborhood desperately needs,” said Jens Rasmussen, a member of community group Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park.

Activists held a rally in front of City Hall in March that drew a capacity crowd of more than 300 park-lovers in the middle of a workday, and they plan to host a march and party in the existing Bushwick Inlet Park on May 16.

The mayor did not yet return a request for comment.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Vera from Brooklyn says:
No surprize - this mayor enjoys making promises to everyone and anyone that he has no intention of keeping.
April 23, 2015, 5:11 am
henry says:
this guy is a joker with a million hands out.
April 23, 2015, 8:45 am
MJ from Bay Ridge says:
Southern Brooklyn was completely left off of the mayor’s Community Parks Initiative! Just look at this MAP.

http://www.nycgovparks.org/about/framework-for-an-equitable-future/community-parks-initiative
April 23, 2015, 9:17 am
Gadfly from Greenpoint says:
If the value of the property is the stumbling block (Brodsky claims $500,000,000), a closer look at the "deal" struck by the City and Brodsky during rezoning should be looked at. Also, it should be noted that Brodsky is a founding member of OSA the lead organization in trying to get the property.
April 23, 2015, 10:09 am
spectrum from Greenpoint says:
Greenpoint and Williamsburg have been living up the butt hole of Brodsky for years now feeding off the crumbs he offers their organizations. Now they are humbly begging the city for his land.
April 23, 2015, 10:30 am
Isis from Brooklyn says:
I get a kick out of landed gentry crying foul on fellow landed gentry; yet both their property's values increased 1000% thanks to their personal involvement in the rezoning. But it's a park!
Wah wah wah.
April 23, 2015, 8:03 pm
GinaS from Bushwick formerly Greenpt says:
He has proven once again that he is a fake and talks out of both sides of his mouth. especially when it comes to real estate issues.
April 24, 2015, 8:12 pm
Patrick from Greenpoint says:
It's completely unacceptable for the Mayor's office to not proceed with the acquisition of this land. The park will serve the people of New york into perpetuity. When a like amount of money is on the table for short term projects, it highlights the short term thinking of this administration.

If the funds are not in place, issue municipal bonds. This isn't an unsolvable problem.

DiBlasio is stepping all over us New Yorkers in a bid for national attention. We need a different Mayor.
May 29, 2015, 7:50 am

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