I am beyond overjoyed. Thank you, Mayor de Blasio, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, and your committed staff, for making the Williamsburg and Greenpoint communities whole once again. The historic 160 million dollar deal to acquire the CitiStorage parcels will positively touch the lives of millions over the course of future generations. Your leadership throughout this process has set an example for future administrations. Beyond North Brooklyn, communities citywide, especially those undergoing the land use process, will know and appreciate what this precedent might mean for them — when the City makes a promise, it keeps it.
That promise, made over 11 years ago, will impact a community in great need of public space, and will continue to benefit individuals for generations to come. Long after we are gone, a completed Bushwick Inlet Park will continue to serve the community and bring joy to the residents of Williamsburg and Greenpoint.
I would also like to thank my North Brooklyn elected officials for their tireless dedication and support for this acquisition. I am sincerely appreciative of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Borough President Eric Adams, Senator Daniel Squadron, Senator Martin Dilan, and Assemblyman Joe Lentol for helping to make this happen. I would also like to thank Norm Brodsky for keeping his commitment to working with the community to make Bushwick Inlet Park whole.
Most of all, I’d like to thank the community. This is for you. I appreciate the countless community residents who have tirelessly advocated for Bushwick Inlet Park, especially the Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park and the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn. Their steadfast support, undiminished for two decades, galvanized the community in anticipation of this historic agreement. We will continue to rely on your efforts, advocacy, and support to make our neighborhoods a vibrant and safe place for everyone.