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Brooklyn officials sleep in tents to push Bushwick Inlet Park deal

A little rain doesn’t stop overnighter

July 11, 2016 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and others slept in tents Saturday night to spotlight the city’s offer to pay $100 million for the land needed to complete the long-promised 28-acre Bushwick Inlet Park. Courtesy of the Office of the Borough President
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Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney and residents in Greenpoint and Williamsburg slept in tents on Saturday night – in the driving rain –to spotlight the city’s offer to pay $100 million for the land needed to complete the long-promised 28-acre Bushwick Inlet Park.

Organized by Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park, the overnight campout was capped by a ceremonial turning of the countdown clock. The clock is ticking off the days leading up to the offer’s deadline on Monday, August 8.

Despite the rain, the overnight went well, said Adams’ spokesperson Stefan Ringel.

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“The rain only strengthened the community’s resolve,” he told the Brooklyn Eagle.

A decade ago, New York City promised to build a park along the waterfront in exchange for rezoning that would allow luxury residential development. While the development has arrived, the park has not.

One stumbling block has been the city’s acquisition of an 11-acre plot owned by Norman Brodsky, owner of CitiStorage. According to Crain’s New York Business, the plot is worth at least $120 to $180 million.

Sources told the New York Times that Brodsky has said he was hoping for a higher bid, however — reportedly as much as $325 million.

Brodsky has put the property up for an auction ending in July, the Times reported.

 


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