Saturday, January 19, 2008

Greenpoint's Transmitter Park Coming Soon

Tranmitter Park Small

This is a conceptual plan for "Transmitter Park," which is one of the parks that was discussed at the Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning meeting the other night at Warsaw. The rendering has been around for a while, but New York Shitty reports that work on the park, which would be on the former site of WNYC's transmitter at the end of Greenpoint Avenue, would begin soon and that the park will be ready at the end of 2009 or in early 2010. The plan shows that it would include a cafe in the building that was once WNYC's transmitter building. The 1.8 acre park is budgeted at $10 million. Miss Heather writes: "Of all the plans presented last night this one was by and far my favorite. Not only is the location fantastic, but I suspect I speak for many when I say quality park space in north Greenpoint is long, LONG overdue." A final plan is due in June. To see the full conceptual planning document, which is a PDF, you can click here. (WARNING: Clicking will OPEN A PDF.)

A significant amount of open space and parks were promised as part of the 2005 Williamsburg/Greenpoint rezoning that allowed development of buildings up to 30-40 stories tall on the East River waterfront. Residents have been frustrated by the slow progress on the city's parks commitment versus the relatively quick pace of development that has followed. The rezone, which was not embraced by everyone locally, and was on one of the most significant neighborhood makeover attempts by the Bloomberg Administration. The open space component and "inland" downzone that was part of the bigger package were intended to create neighborhood support for the highrise part of the plan.

Transmitter Park Two

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