North Brooklyn’s Bushwick Inlet Park saga may seem never-ending, but the project is now a significant step closer to fruition. According to Brownstoner, New York City recently purchased the Bayside Oil Fuel Depot Corp lot that was earmarked to make up a portion of the park area. It’s a significant victory for those who have been working for nearly 10 years to convince the city to fulfill their promise of building the waterfront park.
Greenpoint and Williamsburg residents have been waiting on Bushwick Inlet Park for close to a decade after reaching a deal with the city to rezone the waterfront to allow for residential development in exchange for a vibrant 28-acre public green space. As time has passed, however, passion for the unrealized park has grown into all-out activism, with countless creative attempts by residents to spur the city into finally keeping its word.
Although the recent purchase is certainly a step in the right direction, the fight for the promised park land is far from over considering that much of the proposed park space is still under private ownership. Co-chair of Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park Steve Chesler explained that the group is encouraged by the newly purchased land, but ready to push for more. “We’re very happy [and] grateful that another parcel of the park is under city ownership,” Chesler said. “But there’s still 11-acres to go.”
Images via Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park Facebook