10 years later, still no park for Sheepshead neighbors. They’ve lost hope.
Residents of Sheepshead Bay aren't holding their breath for the opening of Brigham Street Park.
The lot at the corner of Brigham Street and Emmons Avenue in Brooklyn has sat vacant for more than a decade while talk of a park persisted for just as long. But even after a year of construction, many locals say they’ll believe it when they see it.
“They’re so slow; you don’t know what they’re doing,” said Frank Devito, a resident who remembers chatter about putting a park in the lot next to Plumb Beach in Sheepshead Bay as far back as 40 years ago. He’s not holding his breath, and his neighbors don’t know much about what’s going on at the site either.
“I would love to know what the plan is,” said Val Cash, who lives in an apartment across the street, overlooking the lot. Cash has also lived in the neighborhood for decades and raised his daughter, now 31, across the street from the lot. He said he looks forward to a park and is glad the space won’t be used for housing.
The Brigham Street Park project officially started in July 2011, but was delayed after Hurricane Sandy a year later even though no construction had taken place yet. A redesign, needed to adapt to the city’s new environmental guidelines after the storm, took place until July 2017. Like residents, officials recognize the obstacles included when working within the city government framework.