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Check out our new website!

July 6, 2010

We can’t help gushing about our new website.
It’s supercool – courtesy of two local web gurus who gave us their time pro-bono to create this kick-ass web spot.
Find it at www.bushwickinletpark.org
It’s chock-a-block with information about our future park and what needs doing to make it happen.
We at Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park hope it will do an even better job of keeping you – the community – informed.
FBIP will soon be retiring this WordPress site and devoting all our attention there.
Thanks for checking us out!

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DING DONG THE POWER PLANT IS FINALLY DEAD!

January 22, 2010

After nine years of litigation, it ends with more of a whimper than a bang. The New York Court of Appeals denied TransGas permission to take a further appeal to New York’s highest court. So TransGas has now officially exhausted all of its appeals and will never, ever build a power plant on our community’s waterfront!

There are too many people to thank for this incredible victory. Special recognition must go out, however, to Professor Ed Lloyd and the staff at the Columbia Environmental Law Clinic, William Plache with the New York City Corporation Counsel, local attorney Adam Perlmutter, the Pace Energy Project and its lead counsel Victor Tafur (now with Riverkeeper), and Assemblyman Joseph Lentol. Many community organizations and individuals were also critical to the victory — far too many to list here (this did go on for 9 years after all). Suffice it to say, we are especially grateful to Christine Holowacz and Peter Gillespie who provided great leadership throughout this long fight.

The decision appears below.

2010 N.Y. Slip Op. 60611
Unpublished Disposition
NOTE: THIS OPINION WILL NOT APPEAR IN A PRINTED VOLUME. THE DISPOSITION WILL APPEAR IN A REPORTER TABLE.

Court of Appeals of New York.

In the Matter of TRANSGAS ENERGY SYSTEMS, LLC, Appellant, v. NEW YORK STATE BOARD ON ELECTRIC GENERATION SITING AND ENVIRONMENT, et al., Respondents.

No. 2009-1190. Jan. 12, 2010.

Motion for leave to appeal denied with one hundred dollars costs and necessary reproduction disbursements.

Judge Read took no part.

BUSHWICK INLET SOCCER FIELD NOW OPEN!!!

January 14, 2010

HIP HIP HOORAY!

THE SOCCER FIELD AT BUSHWICK INLET PARK IS OPEN AS OF TODAY!

IT’S A LITTLE TASTE OF THE GREEN WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR ON OUR WATERFRONT.

STARTING TODAY, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13TH THE GATES WILL BE OPEN EVERY DAY.

EXACT OPEN AND CLOSE HOURS ARE STILL BEING WORKED OUT BUT CHANCES ARE IF IT’S DAYLIGHT, YOU’RE GOOD TO GO.

NO SCHEDULED GAMES ON THE FIELD AS OF YET.

THE PARKS DEPARTMENT IS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR PERMITS TO PLAY ON THE FIELD.

GO TO WWW.NYCGOVPARKS.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION.

NOTE THE VERY COOL MISTING STATIONS.  THERE’S ONE ON EACH END OF THE FIELD.

ALSO NOTE THE VERY POWERFUL MOUNTED LIGHTS ALLOWING FOR NIGHTIME PLAY.

CONSTRUCTION ON PHASE TWO OF THIS PARCEL BEGINS IN THE SPRING.

SO UNFORTUNATELY THAT UGLY CORRUGATED FENCE BLOCKING OUR VIEW OF THE WATER WILL REMAIN UNTIL CONSTRUCTION WRAPS UP IN 2011.

WALK, SKIP, RUN.  GO CHECK IT OUT!

BETWEEN NORTH 9TH AND NORTH 10TH ON KENT.

YEAH!

BIP IN THE NEWS: Yassky in search of Bushwick Inlet Park

November 24, 2009

Yassky’s Bargain: A Departing Councilman in Search of a Quo for His Quid by Katharine Jose for the New York Observer November 23, 2009

Though he has only a few weeks left in office, City Councilman David Yassky has lost none of his enthusiasm. On a recent Wednesday afternoon, he parked a blue minivan on Kent Street in Williamsburg and bounded out, wearing a black suit and a black tie with green flowers, and no coat, although it was cold and damp and the suit jacket flapped in the unyielding wind.

Yassky, joined by his community liaison Rami Metal, was facing several rows of dusty trucks, a wide expanse of Astroturf and the East River. We were there to look, four years after the fact, at what had become of the parks the city promised Yassky in exchange for a sweeping 2005 rezoning of the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfront.

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A glimpse of a green future…

November 10, 2009

Green turf at North 9th

CHECK OUT THE LATEST SIGNS OF LIFE AT THE NORTH 9TH-NORTH 10TH STREET PORTION OF BUSHWICK INLET PARK.

THIS PHOTO SNAPPED ON MONDAY SHOWS THAT THE TURF FOR THE ATHLETIC FIELD IS IN….  YEAH!!!

October 7 Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park Meeting

September 30, 2009

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE NEXT FRIENDS OF BUSHWICK INLET PARK MEETING

WHEN: October 7th, 2009
WHERE: 66North 11th Street Between Wythe and Kent (Offices of Pure Kitchen)
THERE’S LOTS OF NEWS INCLUDING…
*The latest on the fight against the power plant — It’s still not over (but things are looking up)!!!
*The architectural plans for the first phase of the park are available for you to see!
SO DON’T MISS OUT!!!
BUSHWICK INLET PARK MEETING FLYER

Where’s My Park?!? Day – May 16th

May 11, 2009

Wheres My Park Day Postcard

Where’s My Park Day?!?

May 16th: Where’s My Park?!? Day

Two Events:

Where’s My Park?!? Bike Tour
Sat, May 16, 9:30 am – 12:00pm

We will meet at the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge @ 9:30am.  (Near S. 5th Pl). Please RSVP to wheresmyparkride@gmail.com.

We will be visiting parks in Williamsburg and Greenpoint to learn more about some of the existing parks and find out what is happening with many of the waterfront parks that were promised to the community when the neighborhood was rezoned in 2005. Stops will include Cooper Park, McCarren Park, Greenpoint Nature Walk, undeveloped park sites near Barge Park, and the future Bushwick Inlet Park, amongst others.

This ride will be at a family pace, 10 miles/hr, with frequent stops.

Volunteers to marshall are needed, if you would like to volunteer please let us know when you RSVP.

Remember the 2005 Greenpoint-Williamsburg Rezoning? In it, we were told that in exchange for enormous buildings along the water front we would receive a number of parks and open spaces to relax in, to get up by the water, to play soccer, to do whatever we please!

Where’s My Park?!?
Saturday, May 16 12:30 &2:00pm (see below)

Not one park has been completed, not one has been opened.

So while the rest of New York City is celebrating “It’s My Park Day!” on May 16th, NAG and GWAPP will be instead asking, “Where’s My Park?!?” in an act of community awareness and civic action.

Bring your kids and your grandmas to the NAG Office (N 8th and Kent) at 12:30 to make some pro-park crafts and picket signs, and then join us at 2:00 at Bushwick Inlet (N. 14th and Kent Ave) as we march down past several of the promised parks’ locked gates. The day will end with a block party full of music, games, refreshments, and community… in a parking lot.

Come help us make a scene! It’s the only way we’ll unplug the City’s deaf ears across the river.

May 11, 2009 – Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park Meeting

May 6, 2009

LOVE YOUR FUTURE PARK!
Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park Meeting
Monday May 11, 2009
7pm @ Greenpoint Reformed Church
136 Milton Street
RSVP to bushwickinletpark@gmail.com

Come learn about how to take our future 28 acre waterfront park from a fantasy to a reality.
-Learn more about Where’s My Park Day on May 16th
-Plan garbage clean ups and other community outreach activities along the future Bushwick Inlet Park
-Letter writing and other ideas for advocacy
-Volunteers needed to help with the website & other activities

Invite your Friends, Invite your neighbors!

We need you to Love Your Future Park (or there won’t be one!)

-The Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park

Welcome to the Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park

March 23, 2009

Welcome to the online home of the Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park.

The Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park is a newly formed community group that advocates for the groundbreaking and completion of the 28 acre park on the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfronts created when the area was re-zoned. As parts of the park are completed and opened to the public the group will act as stewards and advocates for the park. The future park stretches between the waterfront and Kent Avenue from N. 9th Street to Quay Street.

This blog will serve as a resource for information on the park and its development and the activities of the friends group.