on the waterfront
Long-simmering plans to put up two new high-rise towers along the Greenpoint waterfront should be put to a vote this week, and the project’s future mostly lies in the hands of City Council member Stephen Levin.
Mr. Levin, who represents the North Brooklyn neighborhood, must vote in favor of or against a 40-story and 30-story tower by the Council’s final meeting of the year on Thursday. The project’s developers Joseph Chetrit and David Bistricer hope to win approval for the towers that would soar past the area’s current 15-story zoning cap.
on the waterfront
Eight years after a rezoning paved the way for the Williamsburg waterfront’s transformation into Miami Beach, residents and politicians in neighboring Greenpoint are speaking up about their own shoreline.
District councilman hopeful Stephen Pierson vowed that he will go to court to reduce the size of planned 40-story towers to 15 or 20 stories. And other opponents of the waterfront redefinition have released renderings of hulking high-rises that dwarf the Manhattan skyline across the river.
It was about this time last year that The Observer had first heard that Greenpoint Landing, the just gigantic 10-building development at the mouth of Newtown Creek, was about to come back to life after having been forgotten following the building boom and subsequent collapse in North Brooklyn. “The project has been there a long time, but now the market is finally there,” one of the people involved in the project said at the time. It was predicted buildings would begin rising this year.
But here we are in October with nothing to show for it. Well, nothing but a blog post from Greenpointers hearing that work may just be beginning. The evidence? A message from the local councilman’s office and the apparent departure of the boardwalk from Boardwalk Empire that has been on one of the lots since the show debuted. But it’s true. While a year later than promised, The Observer has confirmed that the project is again underway.