New York - City bringing to two piers to Greenpoint, Brooklyn
The city is looking to expand East River waterfront access in once-heavily industrial North Brooklyn by building two massive piers in Greenpoint.
The city Economic Development Corp. today began soliciting proposals from developers interested in building a pier at the end of Java Street on nearly 18,000 square feet of city land, much of which is submerged.
The site once held a working pier decades ago that was used to import and export goods, but the city dismantled it in 2000 because it was in poor shape.
The Java Street pier would be two blocks from another pier the city plans to bring to India Street, which would provide ferry access. Proposals have yet to be solicited for this project.
The Java Street pier would allow for smaller vessel docking and provide residents greater waterfront access along what was once a former industrial haven now attracting high-rise housing projects through the city’s massive Williamsburg-Greenpoint rezoning of 2005.
Both piers would connect to the 14-mile Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway that is under construction and would be within a few blocks of the planned “Transmitter Park” at the former WNYC radio station site on Kent Street.
“We look forward to responses that will seek to rejuvenate an underutilized portion of the Greenpoint waterfront and will allow local residents and visitors to access the waterfront,” said David Lombino, an EDC spokesman.