From The New York Shitty Inbox: The Other Barge Park?

January 6, 2012 by
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

I imagine some of the people reading this will want to enjoy this recent bit of pleasantly mild weather at one of our public spaces. If so, you will probably want to avoid the Manhattan Avenue Kayak Launch. An anonymous tipster (who sent the above photographs) writes:

Hey there,

Just wondering if you’ve seen the atrocity that is the metal recycling barge at the end of manhattan ave near the Newtown Creek. These guys are parked a 1/4 of the way into the park and have destroyed the entire view looking east. My dog won’t even take a shit down now there cause the metal being splashed around scares the hell out of her.  They’re at it 12 hours a day… please help spread the word, and have people call 311.We have too few parks as it is. I can’t believe the city would approve of this nonsense (assuming they know about it, which is doubtful).



6 Comments on From The New York Shitty Inbox: The Other Barge Park?

  1. eagle_teater on Fri, 6th Jan 2012 1:29 pm
  2. Yeah…this is a fucking atrocity. I watched them build this nonsense. They were actually pulling stones out of the bottom of the creek with a crane. This is a god damn super fund site! So, now not only do we have a huge barge eye sore, we’ve got:

    1) Toxic shit stirred up
    2) trucks full of scarp metal idling on the street
    3) a giant pile of scrap metal in the yard


  3. Peter on Fri, 6th Jan 2012 8:31 pm
  4. Not to sound churlish or anything, but Newtown Creek is a working navigable waterway, recreational uses are nice but aren’t its main purpose.

  5. EThroop on Tue, 10th Jan 2012 6:21 pm
  6. I work in the design center next door. At first, I was kind of annoyed cause of the change. But now I kinda like watching the operation. The barge is painted up nice, and it’s fairly quiet. Btw, you shouldn’t be taking your dog to the park to “take a shit.” It’s a small place for people to have lunch, and access the waterfront. Nothing worse than neighbors who walk down with their dogs to defecate on what little greenery exists as most of the park is composed of brick pavers.

  7. geet83 on Tue, 10th Jan 2012 6:24 pm
  8. That “atrocity” is keeping a lot of trucks of the streets. It will reduce street congestion and pollution. You can probably fit 50 truckloads of metal in that barge. So you should be happy that the barge is being used. If you’re complaining about the “view east” what were you fond of looking at? I guess you prefer the digester eggs. Yummy! Have a sandwich there instead.

  9. SpillConspirator on Fri, 13th Jan 2012 10:32 pm
  10. The recycling facility isn’t the problem. It’s how they are operating that’s the problem. They just appeared, rather than announce their arrival. And then their barge intruded on the waterfront space in front of the park where kayakers launch. In addition, they didn’t put netting up to prevent debris from dropping into the water or onto kayakers. They may turn out to be good neighbors, but they are off to a rocky start.

  11. geet83 on Sat, 14th Jan 2012 11:21 am
  12. You will note that when loading, the barge is fitted with quite a substantial steel spill plate that prevents material from falling into the waterway.

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