Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Wall on India Street

You want a waterfront park at the end of India Street In Greenpoint?

The Parks Department says "No problem". Well, actually there are quite a few:

1. A wall will be built of (what else) concrete barring access to the waterfront because:
a. The DEP will get involved because the park fronts the water
b. There is a sinkhole on said space
c. The adjacent property owners (one of whom has a driveway that cuts into said park space) are concerned that hoi polloi can gain access to their property.
2. A feral cat colony will be displaced.
3. This park is temporary.

Come to think of it, you should just read my blog post instead:

The Wall

And here's an update: India Street Revisited

The interests of our community were sold to the developers a long, long time ago. Not that this should come as a big surprise. It doesn’t to me, anyway. Nonetheless, it never ceases to anger yours truly.

Miss Heather


Anonymous said...

Of course....David Yassky....who else?

He's one of the worst scum sucking pols
that's been in league with his developer buddies
since day one!

Whattsa matta "Duvid" don't like
"poorer people of color" having a water view
like the rest of ----- ------ New Yorkers?

This looks more like a prison exercise yard
than a park.

Anonymous said...

This is a clear issue that is NOT being addressed by the waterfront advocacy community.

To often, they are go along with the developer ("They have waterfront 'access' ")

What the hell is that? Like 'affordable housing' a gimmick dreamed up by an ad agency.

Anonymous said...

Well you have to go to the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, a group under the umbrella of the Muni Art Society.

They will NOT take on the developers, but want to work WITH them.

Tell that to some kid who doesn't have a park in his community, but sees parks in Manhattan.

Anonymous said...

MAS- hey aren't those the guys involved with the Sacred Sites Program?

You know, the one the looks the other way when developers are involved in the outer boroughs?

What do you expect?

Anonymous said...

The fault goes a lot further.

Look at everyone involved with 'Two Coves' Goodwill, or Socrates and Suna, or Plaxel and the LIC Community Boathouse.

It doesn't take much for the developers to find Green advocates as they take away the 'green' from the community.