In August 2010, the city Parks Department broke ground on a $12 million redevelopment of WNYC Transmitter Park, located at the end of Greenpoint Avenue along the East River in Brooklyn. The project, which was expected to take 18 months or so, includes an esplanade for "passive recreation" and 1.6-acres of open space on the waterfront. Some local residents have been frustrated with the slow pace of the redevelopment, but it's finally expected to open on Saturday, about six months late.
“The city needed a real kick in the ass,” 50th Assembly District Committeeman Lincoln Restler tells the Post. “Whatever work was done the past six months could have been done in weeks. We’ve already lost most of this summer to use it." Some locals were so fed up that they broke the lock on the gate in order to get in to use it, and the park appeared to many to be ready before summer even started.
Parks officials, however, said the safety railings weren't installed along the East River shoreline until last Thursday. And although the park will open this weekend, more work remains to be done. For one thing, the recreational pier stretching out from the foot of Kent Street won't be ready for several more months, and plans to convert the former transmission towers building onsite into a café with rooftop seating are also far from fruition.
And the park amounts to just a small fraction of the 54 acres of parkland the Bloomberg administration promised North Brooklyn residents in 2005 when rezoning the waterfront to allow high rise condos. The luxury residential buildings have gone up, the promised waterfront park space is still undelivered.