As the freelancer crowd was just rolling out of bed today and starting to think about where their post-holiday drunch would be coming from, many were hit this morning with a terrifying site: suits taking over their neighborhood! Not to worry though, skinny jeans are still here to stay and the fancy pants come in peace—it's all in the name of leisure.That's because Mayor Bloomberg, Marty Markowitz, Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and a few other pols came down to the Williamsburg waterfront to break ground on Bushwick Inlet Park.
The park is being built where Williamsburg meets Greenpoint at North 9th Street, right next to the East River Park and only a block away from the fire this weekend at Rosenwach Wood Tank Company. It's the first of three promised parks for the area during the mayor's 2005 campaign, this one coming on top of land formerly used for a rental car storage lot and not long ago considered for a power plant.
The city says that the first phase of the park "will include the construction of a synthetic turf multipurpose field for soccer, football, lacrosse, field hockey, rugby, and ultimate frisbee." Of course, when all is said and done, that will probably just mean more room for kickball and Quidditch. Bloomberg said, "It will be latest but not the last new park we're bringing to this part of Brooklyn and the latest but not the last waterfront park we're bringing to New York City." He did not mention if he would be coming back this weekend to see his hometown heroes from back in the day, Mission of Burma, play along with Fucked Up as part of the river's arts and leisure revitalization.
Miss Heather thinks that there's something curious about how under-publicized today's ribbon-cutting ceremony was. The first phase of the plans announced today are expected to actualize by winter 2010.