Mayor de Blasio announces $ 75 million investment in Bushwick Inlet Park development


December 27, 2021

NEW YORK– Mayor Bill de Blasio today joined Parks Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Martin Maher, Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park Co-Chairs Katherine Thompson and Steve Chesler, State Senator Brian Kavanagh, to Councilor Stephen T. Levin and community members to announce a $ 75 million investment for the development of the CitiStorage plot in Bushwick Inlet Park in North Brooklyn.

“Bushwick Inlet Park shows how much a community can change together,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “This $ 75 million investment will ensure that 27 acres of world-class green space on the North Brooklyn waterfront will be completed for families to enjoy for generations to come.”

“Bushwick Inlet Park is a testament to what is possible when there is advocacy, determination and collaboration. Thanks to the investment of Mayor de Blasio, we are taking one more step towards realizing the vision for this park and respecting the open space commitments that have been made to the community of North Brooklyn, ”said Parks Commissioner Gabrielle Fialkoff. “Open space is a necessity and all New Yorkers should have access to world-class green space. Through the development of Bushwick Inlet Park, we are making transformational and generational changes that will benefit and improve the quality of life for countless New Yorkers.

“For years, residents of Greenpoint and Williamsburg have fought for open spaces along the waterfront. I was proud to lend my voice to this fight, supporting this project with investment funds. essentials and even hosting an evening with other 2016 leaders to ensure the city meets its commitments. North Brooklyn have a world-class location for healthy recreation and relaxation in their backyard. I would like to thank Mayor De Blasio and Parks Commissioner Fialkoff for this historic investment, and we look forward to overseeing the completion of this new phase ”, declared Mayor-elect Eric Adams.

“From the lively playground on weekday mornings to the lively club football games on weeknights and the crowded Smorgasburg food festival on weekends, there’s always something going on at Bushwick Inlet Park,” said Senator Charles Schumer. “I am so grateful to Mayor de Blasio for honoring the incredible grassroots work of the Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park, Caucus Member Emily Gallagher, Council Member Stephen Levin, Elected Council Member Lincoln Restler and other members of the community, who have given so much time. and energy to improve and develop this precious local resource. This $ 75 million investment will make Bushwick Inlet Park an even greater urban oasis for residents of Williamsburg, Greenpoint and the rest of the city.

“I am very grateful to Mayor de Blasio for continuing his commitment to fully fund and build Bushwick Inlet Park until his final months in office. This $ 75 million investment fund allocation will ensure that this long-promised park, the jewel of the Williamsburg -Greenpoint community, is complete. Thank you, Mayor of Blasio ”, declared Board Member Stephen Levin.

“New York City promised the people of North Brooklyn a park 16 years ago, and I’m delighted Mayor de Blasio is committing $ 75 million to complete Bushwick Inlet Park. None of this would have been possible without the activists, community organizers and elected officials who had a vision for a green space by the water, and I am proud that the job is finally done, ”said Congressman Carolyn Maloney. “I fought for the first phase of the park when Borough President – now mayor-elect – Eric Adams and I slept all night in space, and I will not stop fighting for it. ‘completion of the park until the ribbon is completely cut. construction of the park.

State Senator Brian Kavanagh said, “Bushwick Inlet Park is a long-promised vital green space to a community with a rich tradition of environmentalism, but not enough parks or open green space. I thank Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council member Steve Levin for keeping the promise of this project and providing this vital funding – a huge victory and an incredible testament to the determined advocacy efforts of so many residents and community leaders, whom I was happy to join. I look forward to continuing to work alongside the friends of Bushwick Inlet Park, community residents and my elected colleagues, including elected Councilor Lincoln Restler, Borough President-elect Antonio Reynoso and Mayor-elect. Eric Adams. until the vision for Bushwick Inlet Park is fully realized.

Assembly Member Emily Gallagher said: “When the 27-acre Bushwick Inlet Park is completed, it won’t just deliver on a promise made in Greenpoint and Williamsburg almost two decades ago, it will be a gift to our entire city, a model of world-class for urban open spaces at the water’s edge. With Mayor de Blasio’s $ 75 million investment in the 2022 city budget, he has put us on the right track to finally do it. I would like to sincerely thank his administration and outgoing board member Levin for all they have done to move this project forward and thank Senator Schumer for his support. There is still a long way to go, but we are on the right track.

“The creation of Bushwick Inlet Park was a central promise of the Williamsburg-Greenpoint Waterfront rezoning 15 long years ago. Mayor de Blasio’s pledge of $ 75 million to build the park on the Citi Storage warehouse plot is a monumental step towards the achievement of Bushwick Inlet Park Thanks to the friends of Bushwick Inlet Park, the Mayor of Blasio, to Senator Schumer, Assembly Member Gallagher, Senators Kavanagh and Salazar, Borough President Adams, Congressman Maloney and Councilor Levin for coming together to create the majestic Waterfront Park. space a reality! “said Elected Lincoln Restler Board Member.

The $ 75 million in new funds, combined with the previously allocated $ 17 million and $ 1 million in discretionary city council funding, brings the total invested in park development to over $ 90 million. These funds will be used for the demolition of the old CitiStorage warehouse, as well as for the design and construction of the next phases of the multi-phase construction of the park.

The CitiStorage site is one of six plots that make up Bushwick Inlet Park, the centerpiece of the Greenpoint-Williamsburg waterfront. Already 3.5 acres of the park are full and open to the public, with multi-use land and a building for community activities with a state-of-the-art green roof that doubles as a seating area. The most recent section to be renovated, 50 Kent, will open to the public in early 2022. All the parcels of land required for the park have all been purchased by the City and are in various stages of remediation and development. development. When complete, the park will add over 25 acres of green space to the community of Greenpoint-Williamsburg.

This administration has made notable strides in bringing open space to North Brooklyn, including:

  • In 2017, the acquisition of the CitiStorage site was finalized ($ 165 million).
  • In November 2019, the NYC Economic Development Corporation completed the demolition of the Bayside site.
  • In April 2021, construction of the 50 Kent Site Park began and is expected to be completed in early 2022 ($ 7.8 million).
  • The design of the Motiva plot park is expected to be completed in early 2022, and construction is scheduled to start at the end of 2022.

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