Greenpoint Landing ULURP: Community Testimony

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Earlier this month, there was a well-attended Community Board 1 ULURP subcommittee meeting regarding Greenpoint Landing’s variance requests. You can read a recap of the event or watch an edited video of the meeting.

At the end of the meeting, community residents who had signed up were allowed two minutes to speak. GWAPP & NAG presented a joint testimony. Below is the testimony of Greenpoint resident, Keith Sirchio:

Hello, my name is Keith Sirchio and I’ve been a Greenpoint resident going on 17 years.

Greenpoint Landing is a prime example of OVER-Development which will add over 12,000 residents to the area. The population of the ½ mile study radius around this development will increase by 100.55% effectively doubling the number of people on the Northern tip of our neighborhood. For them to claim that they can mitigate all of the issues that are going to be exposed with these numbers (transportation for example) an extra 2 or 3 seconds of green-signal times and an extra turn-style at India St G-train station are illusionary at best and will won’t come close to assuage the impact that that Greenpoint will face.

I want to remind people that the affordable housing that’s planned isn’t really “adding” the numbers they claim. These units will only serve a fraction of the current Greenpoint residents that will be displaced because of this action to begin with.

There are multiple buildings in the ½ mile study area that are listed as Industrial/Manufacturing when in-fact they are residential. My building and the 210-unit residential complex currently going up across the street are just two that are falsely designated. This is misinformation and changes the number of residents who will be impacted by this development. This is one of many issues, which should cause a detailed review and re-assessment of the EIS.

I object to the transference of development rights to any further parcels of city owned land to GLA.

Their data also reflects, I quote, “a proportionately lower demand for passive recreational space among study area residents compared to Brooklyn as a whole.” Meaning that they came to the conclusion that Greenpoint is so special in our demographics and by chance, lucky for them that we don’t need as much open space as the rest of the borough of Brooklyn.

The fact that the footprint of these buildings reach over a million and a half square feet, which leaves us, the community of Greenpoint a paltry, insufficient 47,000 sq ft. of open space is one of the biggest F*** You’s to a community that I’ve seen since living in this city.

Everybody, get involved. The information is out there. Demand responsible development. Thank you.

To make your voice heard, contact your local representatives, including:

Community Board No. 1, Brooklyn:
Phone: 718-389-0009. Email:

Councilman Stephen Levin:
Phone: 718-875-5200. Email:

State Assemblyman Joe Lentol:
Phone: 718-383-7474, Email:



The Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks & Planning, Inc. ("GWAPP") is a not-for-profit group, 501(c)(3), comprised of individuals, community organizations, religious institutions, and concerned citizens from the Greenpoint-Williamsburg communities dedicated to the development of parks and public access on the Greenpoint waterfront.