Maker Park: Reimagining North Brooklyn's Waterfront as a Vibrant Creative Hub

As New York City planners and developers continue to develop the long neglected waterfronts along the East River, a new proposal begins to take shape. In North Brooklyn, the former industrial site which was home to the Astral Oil Works refinery has finally been secured by the city after a contested battle to purchase the last piece of land from a private owner. The Bushwick Inlet Park is a 28-acre site which straddles a small river inlet, and sits directly adjacent to Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood. The City of New York has promised to convert the former refinery, which contains 10 oil tanks and a concrete structure, into a park for local Greenpoint and Williamsburg residents to have a greatly anticipated expanse of green space. A neighborhood organization Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park has formed since the city acquired the first parcel of land to make sure the wishes and needs of the city are heard throughout its development process. Aerial rendering of Maker Park Just as the full plot of land has been acquired, a new proposal, Maker Park, emerges from a team assembled by a group of advocates, designers and planners, including The Municipal Arts ...
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