Stop the Plastic Park Response to NYS Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid

Letter From Elected Representatives to NYS Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid
State Senator Brian Kavanagh
State Assemblywoman Emily Gallagher
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
NY City Councilmember Stephen Levin

Letter from Stop the Plastic Park to Senator Kavanagh and Assemblywoman Gallagher

Letter from the Community to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
& NYS Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid
Stop the Plastic Park
American Indian Community House
BARC Bklyn Animal Resources Coalition
Community Education Council District 14
The Firehouse North Brooklyn Community Center
Friends of Box Street Park
Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park
Friends of Cooper Park
Friends of East River State Park
Friends of Transmitter Park
Kingsland Wildflowers
Los Sures Southside United HDFC
McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance
Milton Street Block Association
National Congress of Neighborhood Women
Newtown Creek Alliance
North Brooklyn Neighbors
North Brooklyn Open Space Stewards
Prevention Access Campaign
St. Nick’s Alliance
STARR Strategic Trans Alliance for Radical Reform
Sustainable Williamsburg
Town Square BK
TransLatinx Network
UNO United Neighbors Organization
The Well Project
…updates to come

Original East River State Park Design Evolution

In the Spring of 2005 Neighbors Against Garbage (NAG), its project, the Friends of the Williamsburg Waterfront, and Brooklyn Architects Collective (BAC) sought proposals From Neighbors, Artists, Gardeners and Students to Create a Working Waterfront That Restores Our Environment, for park design contest for the new East River State Park.

In 2010 FN Architecture collaborated with these teams to create the final design that has existed and park goers have enjoyed for almost 10 years.

The contest solicited ideas and active participation from Williamsburg/Greenpoint artists, artisans, gardeners and other interested community members to create living, sustainable works of beauty such as ecological art and water gardens along the 450′ water’s edge of the Williamsburg Waterfront State Park between N. 7th and N. 9th Street.

The Kaplan and Hudson River Foundations and the New York City Environmental Fund provided funding to elicit and document community ideas. Works chosen by the selection committee were paid a stipend to develop their proposals and include it in NAG’s proposal to the New York State Office of Parks and Historic Preservation for implementation.

Anyone was eligible, but those who did not live in the neighborhood had to obtain a community sponsor, such as a neighborhood based group.

The criteria was beauty, “green-ness”, sustainability, remediative capabilities, participatory nature, (how does your living machine attract and interact with people) and maintenance over generations.

The Winning Designs:

Final Design: Combined Winning Entries

Winning Team’s Final Design

Water’s Edge Winning Selections

Winning Team’s Combined Statement

Winning Team’s Combined Design

The Combined Team Members:

A Waterfront Sanctuary
View Design
Gareth Mahon

View Design
Stephanie Saulmon, Alison Duncan, Petra Mager

Fabrica 718: “Off The Grid” Sustainable Park
View Design
Julie Torres Moskovitz, Sarah Ludington
w/ Atelier Ten-Consulting Environmental Designers, Nico Kienzl
Alternative Power, Inc., Anthony Pereira
Water Stewards Network- Water Remediation Consultant Ryan Case

Community Board #1 Parks & Waterfront Committee Meeting Playback

March 4, 2021
After an incredible outpouring of expressed resistance against the park redesign and construction from committee and board members, Marsha P. Johnson’s family, STARR, community members from the LGBTQ+ and local North Brooklyn communities, the committee unanimously approved a resolution calling for NYS Parks to cease construction and meet with these communities to redo the design. Watch