The ‘Drastic Miscalculation’ That Stalled the Greening of Greenpoint-Williamsburg

Capital NY
May 17, 2012

On a hazy Monday morning, Rami Metal, a City Council aide who’d borrowed his girlfriend’s creaky blue bike to give me a tour of the Greenpoint-Williamsburg waterfront, gestured to a parking lot full of white-and-blue MTA Access-a-Ride vans and said, “A beautiful park, right?”

The lot at 65 Commercial Street wasn’t beautiful. But it happens to be in a beautiful spot. Past the chain-link fence and the boxy vans flowed the East River, and the Chrysler, Citigroup, and Empire State buildings towered in the distance.

“I don’t think you could really get a better view than this,” said Metal, the legislative director for Councilman Stephen Levin, whose district includes the waterfront…

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