August 13, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
A new space has opened along the Greenpoint waterfront as part of an ongoing development and a years-long promise to build out publicly-accessible green space along the shore.
The green space opened last week between Blue Slip and Bell Slip, two pathways built between Commercial Street as part of the Park Tower Group’s massive Greenpoint Landing development
The new site, to be maintained by NYC Parks, includes a waterfront esplanade, a lawn, and a picnic area all spanning 1.5 acres, according to a Greenpoint Landing spokesperson.
The triangular lawn sits at the tip of Bell Slip, directly across from the completed 7 Bell Slip and the not-yet completed 37 Blue Slip, two buildings that form part of the planned 10-building Greenpoint Landing project.
South of the lawn are a series of fixed picnic tables, trash cans, and seating areas, along with a variety of plantings and small trees.
The open space, with views of Manhattan and Long Island City, ends at Blue Slip, where 41 Blue Slip is currently under construction.
The newly-opened space is part of what will eventually be about 4 acres of publicly accessible waterfront area as part of the Greenpoint Landing development.
Amenities in upcoming parts of the waterfront park, which will span from Box Street down to Green Street, include a dog run, cove, pier, plaza, along with pathways, plantings, and seating areas. In addition, two city parks under different stages of construction—Newtown Barge Park and Box Street Park, will connect to the Greenpoint Landing waterfront.
The public park along the waterfront was promised to the neighborhood as part of the 2005 Williamsburg-Greenpoint rezoning, where private developers seeking to build by the water would be required to help build out publicly accessible space there.
The new space at Greenpoint Landing makes the developer the first to provide the concession, even as prior reports said “The Greenpoint,” an entirely separate development at 21 India St., would complete a roughly 30,000 square feet waterfront park by spring 2018. The park, however, is still under construction.
The entire 22-acre Greenpoint Landing development will have approximately 5,500 residential units when completed, of which 1,400 apartments will be affordable. Three buildings have been completed so far as part of the project.
BKLYNER was first to report on the esplanade’s opening.