By Slade Koval, NAG volunteer
Despite efforts taken by the Williamsburg/Greenpoint-based organization Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park, the new residents and many of the old community still lack knowledge of the city’s failed promise to build a 28 acre park to remediate the community’s growing population after the 2005 rezoning of the waterfront (which allowed the waterfront condo towers to be built). If residents are aware of the proposed park, they still are unsure of its location, size, the possible values it would bring to the community as well as the city’s broken promise. After the recent fire in January at the CitiStorage warehouse, the community’s fight has been re-ignited by the imminent sale of the 11-acre CitiStorage property to developers who want to build a shopping mall and residential skyscrapers in the core of the promised park. In an effort to raise community awareness and interest in this fight, Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park is organizing an “OCCUPY the INLET” event that will take place Sunday, August 9th from 12:30 to 2:00.
By land and by river, residents of North Brooklyn and members of local boat clubs will circle the 28 acres of proposed park space on the Williamsburg/Greenpoint waterfront. Kayaks and canoes adorned with signs and flags will occupy the actual Bushwick Inlet and continue south towards the Bushwick Inlet Park soccer field. Families and residents, by land, will weave caution tape through the barbed wire fences from the water’s edge at N. 9th st., up to Kent ave., and northward to N. 15th st. to mark the boundary of the promised 28 acre park. People by land will be flying kites and will attempt by holding hands to create a human-chain surrounding the exact boarder to gain local attention. Additionally, drones will be flying overhead to capture the multi-colored boats, caution tape, and kites, making it clear where the promised 28 acre park is supposed to be.
The health, quality of life, and the future of north Brooklyn all depend on the attention and participation of local residents.
“OCCUPY the INLET”
Sunday, August 9th
12:30pm to 2:00pm
Meet up at Kent Ave. & N. 14th
BBQ at Dirck the Norseman at 3:00pm