Bloomberg’s SOTC Touts North Brooklyn Waterfronts

by Heather Van De Mark on

We at GWAPP think waterfront issues in North Brooklyn are of the utmost importance, and we’re not the only ones! Yesterday, NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg delivered his 2013 State of the City address. Below are a few excerpts from the speech:

Now, the Barclays Center is the latest sign of just how hot Brooklyn has become.

…We’ve added more than 750 acres to our parks and turned New York City into an international leader on green growth and climate change.

… As you know, many of the biggest economic and community renewal projects we’ve undertaken have been along our waterfront. Just look at the East River. From Long Island City and Hunters Point South – where Borough President Helen Marshall has helped us create new housing and jobs to Greenpoint and Williamsburg and DUMBO we have re-zoned old industrial areas and brought them back to life.

… In Brooklyn, we’ll begin creating a new community called Greenpoint Landing – with more than 5,000 new homes, parks and open space, a marina, a public school and shops. Just a little south of there, we’ll move forward with a plan to turn the old Domino Sugar Plant into new housing and we’ll create the commercial space that Brooklyn’s growing tech community needs.

More Information

View the full text of the address (also available in Spanish), as well as a video of the address, at the website.

GWAPP’s coverage of Greenpoint Landing.

GWAPP’s coverage of the Domino Sugar Factory.

Heather Van De Mark

Heather Van De Mark

Heather is a designer/writer specializing in non-profit organizations and social causes. Originally from central NY, Heather settled into the charming Greenpoint neighborhood in 2011. While most of her community activism takes place from behind a computer screen, Heather can often be found at CB1 meetings, the McCarren Park track and any of the parks along the waterfront.
  • Dewey Thompson commented:

    Aside from – or, in addition to – the infuriating reality of the city’s broken promises regarding the redevelopment of the Greenpoint Williamsburg waterfront, this phrase, “we’ll begin creating a new community called Greenpoint Landing” really confuses me; “we” as in the City of New York? It’s a privately developed property – is there some public component to the development? A “new community”? as somehow separate from the existing community that surrounds it? And, the plans don’t suggest any significant parks, just an enormous cluster of 40+ story towers.
    Ground should not be broken on this project until the open space and housing promises of the 2005 Waterfront Rezoning Agreement are delivered.


  • Heather Van De Mark