‘War canoes’ and ‘protest kites’ will be occupying Bushwick Inlet this Sunday

August 4, 2015

When the CitiStorage building went up in flames, the physical fire was put out, but it also lit a more metaphorical fire under activists fighting for the completion of the full 28-acre Bushwick Inlet Park. The park, promised to the community in exchnge for the Williamsburg waterfront rezoning, was supposed to stretch from North 9th Street to North 15th Street along the East River.

Instead, it’s sitting in development hell, with piecemeal acquisitions of parkland coming along slowly but expensively. With one more piece remianing in the puzzle, park advocates are planning on coming out in force this weekend for Occupy the Inlet, a demonstration that will fill Bushwick Inlet with human-powered watercraft in a push for the completion of their promised outdoor space.

This Sunday, August 9, Bushwick Inlet will be full of canoes and kayaks, and the fence runnung along the Kent Avenue will be lined by people who either fly kites or tie them into the fence separating the street from the polluted land that could one day be a beautiful park. The ultimate goal of the protest is to call more attention to the missing park whose costs have spiraled into the stratosphere since the 2005 Williamsburg waterfront rezoning.

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