The city has finally purchased the last piece of land needed to complete the long promised Bushwick Inlet Park along the Williamsburg-Greenpoint waterfront. The city announced it will purchase the 11-acre site for $ 160 million. The 27 acre park was promised more than a decade ago in exchange to allow luxury high-rise housing. (Image: Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park) Click on image to enlarge
The deal ends years of contention between the community and two administrations. Much anger was also directed towards Norman Brodsky, the majority owner of the former CitiStorage site, who many park and open space advocates felt was holding the site hostage preventing the purchase from moving forward.
The city has now spent $358 million purchasing land over the past decade on the park plan.
Brodsky gave credit to the local Council member.
“The deal was made possible because of Steve Levin’s work, period,” Brodsky said.
“He put the whole deal together."
"Today is the day we begin turning the full vision of Bushwick Inlet Park into a reality," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.
“After an extensive negotiation, we have struck a fair agreement to acquire the CitiStorage site. This is an investment in the future of Brooklyn, and in the children, longtime residents and newcomers in this community,” he said.
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