From The New York Shitty Inbox: Much Ado About 65 Commercial Street
The following comes courtesy of the headmistress of the McCarren Dog Run group. She writes:
It’s Rebecca11222.Â When I am not discovering Lifetime Achievement Awards in shrubbery, I serve as Email Maven for the McCarren Park Dog Run Association.Â This crossed my desk & pissed me off.Â The people should know.
Hello McCarren Park Dog.Â On behalf of Council Member David Yassky, I have attached two letters that we are going to deliver to the Mayor and the MTA on behalf of the community residents and organizations concerning 65 Commercial Street.
As part of the 2005 rezoning of Williamsburg/Greenpoint, 65 Commercial Street in Greenpoint was to become a waterfront park for the
community.Â The MTA has been using the lot and had promised the Administration that they would vacate the lot once a suitable alternative was found for them.Â Yet four years after the rezoning the MTA remains on the site.
We are asking community groups to sign on to the attached letters and we hope that you will lend your name to this cause.Â We will be doing a press conference about this in the coming days as well and I will certainly keep you posted about that.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
This seems all well and good until you ask the question:
How will this park be paid for?
You could ask Rami (who can be reached at rmetal (at) council (dot) nyc (dot) gov) but I’ll answer it for you:
By selling the air rights so as to build yet more “luxury condominiums” Greenpoint neither needs nor wants. High rises no less. The last I checked they are to be designed by north Brooklyn’s architect of choice and author of the unfolding atrocity at 200 Franklin Street…
none other than Karl Fischer! Don’t believe me? go to Karl’s web site, look up “60 Commercial Street” and see for yourself!