Fire Sparks Renewed Demand to Complete Bushwick Inlet Park

Brooklyn Paper
February 17, 2015

It burned down, and now they are burning up.

The city must deliver on its 10-year-old promise to turn a recently burned-down storage facility on the East River in Williamsburg into a park, and it should spend the $100 million necessary to buy the property it needs to get the job done, residents demanded this week.

The Greenpoint and Williamsburg residents say they were promised the parkland as a part of the 2005 rezoning that crammed thousands of new waterfront apartments and people into the neighborhoods — with not enough space for residents new and old to chill out.

“Our children do not have places to play,” said Greenpointer Jens Rasmussen. “We need to get Greenpoint back to being known for being green because of nature, not for developer money going into the waterfront.”…

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