Bushwick Inlet Park – Who Owns What

by Laura Treciokas on

As part of the 2005 rezoning project, the city proposed purchasing several parcels of land on the Williamsburg/Greenpoint waterfront to turn them into public open spaces including parks and a promenade. Below is an update of current ownership for several of those parcels along Kent Avenue.

Google Map courtesy of Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park. Used with permission.

North 9th – North 10th (Yellow): New York City took this property by eminent domain in September 2007. The first phase of this development, a soccer field, began in March 2009 and was completed in January 2010. Construction on the second phase of this development began in Summer 2010 and will include a sloping grass hill underneath which will be a building for community meeting spaces, exhibition space, and the regional offices for the Parks Department and Open Space Alliance. This stage of development will also include extending the parkland to the waterfront. Phase Two construction is expected to be completed in the Summer of 2012.

North 10th – North 11th (Orange): This property is owned by New 10th Street LLC/CitiStorage Inc. CitiStorage is a records management and storage business. The community has been lobbying the City to negotiate with the owner, CitiStorage, to purchase this property so plans for the park can move forward. The City will also need to finance the relocation of the CitiStorage business to another location in New York City.

North 11th – North 12th, Kent Avenue Side (Blue): New York City took this property by eminent domain in September 2007. From approximately 1887 thru the late 1930‘s or early 1940‘s, gas used for cooking, lighting, heating and commercial purposes was manufactured here. Substantial amounts of coal tar were produced as a byproduct, and some of that tar leaked into subsurface soils, where it remains today. National Grid has been conducting environmental testing on the lot since 2009 and is responsible for the remediation of this site because it was operated by a National Grid predecessor company at the time contamination occurred. Final results and a plan for cleanup are still pending. Meanwhile in the Summer of 2012, the Open Space Alliance began using this location for its summer concert series OSA Presents and issued a call for proposals to develop the space into a temporary park.

North 10th – North 12th, East River Side (Pink): This property is also owned by New 10th Street LLC/CitiStorage Inc. and operates as records management and storage business. This property will also need to be acquired from its current owner, CitiStorage, to complete the vision for the park.

North 11th – North 12th (Purple): This property is currently owned by Bayside Fuel Oil Depot Corporation. Bayside Fuel is an oil storage and trucking terminal. The City announced in 2011 that they had reached an agreement with Bayside Fuel to acquire this property after a drawn-out lawsuit by Trans Gas Energy ended in court. The City will pay for the total cost of the property over a number of years–and huge gas tanks and a depot will likely remain on the property thru 2015. The site will likely require environmental remediation before it can be converted to parkland.

In addition, the lot is home to a building that houses a number of artists and design and music studios.

North 12th – Land surrounding Bushwick Inlet (Green): The majority of this property is owned by Motiva Enterprises LLC, a 50-50 joint venture between Saudi Refining and Shell Oil, which operates refineries, storage and distribution terminals and Shell branded service stations. There currently is no active business on this parcel.

North 12th – Land surrounding Bushwick Inlet, East River Side (Striped Green):
In 2003, Motiva donated a portion of this property to the Greenpoint Monitor Museum (light, striped greenin the map.) Currently without a home, the Greenpoint Monitor Museum plans to build a museum to commemorate the Civil War battleship USS Monitor. The community has been lobbying the City to negotiate with the current owner, Motiva, to purchase the remainder of this property so plans for the park can move forward.

For more information on Bushwick Inlet Park, visit the Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park site.

For more information on the owners of other parcels along the Greenpoint waterfront, visit our Community Map page.

Laura Treciokas

Laura is a new-ish addition to the Greenpoint community, moving here in 2007 with her husband Jonathan Fox and their Boston Terrier, Buster Brown. The family is recently joined by one Jasper Fox, last seen drooling on a non tree-lined stretch of sidewalk near you. Laura abandoned a life of glamour and excitement as a network news producer in Manhattan for a life of excitement and glamour in North Brooklyn, where she is renovating a home on Guernsey Street which dates back to 1872. Her involvement with community work began after she misunderstood her neighbor, Trina McKeever, believing that an invitation to join forces as Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park was the promise of a permanent boat slip on the East River. She soon discovered an outlet for her steady tiller hand, helping to set up the Community Committee for the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn and serving as the group’s first co-chair. Laura joined the board of GWAPP in 2012.
  • Heather Van De Mark

    heather van de mark commented:

    This is super fascinating. Would love to see this sort of information for basically every parcel in Greenpoint. Knowledge is power right?


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