DeBlasio takes a stand on Bushwick Inlet Parkby on
According to a December 2015 report in Crain’s New York, although sources say the Mayor’s office was once seemingly friendly to a compromise that would involve developing residential space on the site of Bushwick Inlet Park, City Hall is now denying being open to development there. “The administration would never accept a rezoning here that did not have the support of the Councilman and community,” a spokesman for the Mayor said.
What does this mean? According to Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park, as big time developers are being lured into the fray, the City for the first time is taking a stand against rezoning the CitiStorage property. FBIP’ers say this is a huge development that makes the property less viable to prospective buyers and creates a more favorable environment for the City to acquire it.
Meanwhile, as the one year Anniversary of the CitiStorage Fire approaches and the fight to Save Bushwick Inlet Park from being sold to developers continues, here’s a recap of the year’s events:
- City Hall Rally with over 400 supporters
- Flash Mob with over 300 friends from GWYSL
- Neighborhood rally with over 11 elected officials, community leaders and open space advocates
- Occupy the The Bushwick Inlet by Land and by Sea with our friends from NBBC LICBH WFA HBH
- CB1 Unanimously Supported Resolution to complete BIP and never rezone the CitiStorage property
- Letter of Support to the mayor signed by 7 elected officials to complete BIP and never rezone the CitiStorage property
- Almost 3,000 petition signatures on letter to the Mayor
- Over 1,200 postcards sent to City Hall
- Funeral staged at Midtown Equities
- Applied Theater Workshops
- Over 14 City-Wide Hearings and Town Halls where FBIPers Gave Testimony