Dear Honorable, ,
I am writing you today to ask for your much needed help. We are approaching one of the last stages of the ULURP process in terms of two Bloomberg proposed and approved projects - Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial Street. As a resident of Greenpoint, I am very concerned and disturbed that these projects may get approved, as they have been nodded through thus far along the ULURP process.
I am asking you, begging really, to please please vote NO when these projects come up before you. Our Council Person, Stephen Levin (whom our group Save Greenpoint has met with personally several times), wants to turn them down, but he needs fellow council people to do the same.
Greenpoint is one of the last homegrown neighborhoods in New York, and Greenpointers don’t want or need luxury condos in our neighborhood.
There are myriad reasons why these Bloomberg type developments don’t belong here -
1. Scale. They are completely out of scale/disproportionate with any other buildings in Greenpoint, where the average height is 4 or 5 stories. These buildings will be 30- 40 stories!
2. Density. These developments will bring an estimated 15 thousand new residents to a small corner of Greenpoint (where I and thousands of others live, which has not been an industrial area for years), a 40 % increase in population.
3. Infrastructure. There is barely enough infrastructure to support the community as it is, overpopulating the area is going to be very dangerous. Our streets and subway/bus system are already stressed without the burden of 15,000 more residents.
4. Toxicity. A staggering 58,000 gallons of petroleum is buried underground of these 22 acres of land where these developments are slated. Residents will be exposed to all kinds of toxins for at least ten years as this toxic ground is dug up and “developed” with these mega projects. They also want to build an elementary school next to a former sludge tank, across from a superfund site that has two large plumes of liquid plasticizer leaking beneath the streets! This is a sure recipe for future lawsuits.
5. Loss of Character. Because of rampant overdevelopment and rezoning, New York as a whole is becoming less original, sadly homogenized, as big business plough through once distinct neighborhoods of character. The Mom and Pop stores, Multi- cultural diversity, the artist community, are all endangered.
6. Displacement. These developments displace working class/ immigrant households in favor of luxury living. Small businesses go under as chain stores come in. This is bad for income equality as well as diversity in our city. This area has also been very attractive to the film/tv business over the last decade, bringing a lot of money to NY. They will no longer be able to film here, as what attracted them here, will no longer exist, and there will be no room for film crews.
7. Loss of view and light. Building up the Greenpoint Waterfront with high rises is completely unethical and egregious. The longtime community will no longer have the views of the water, the city, and sky and light that they once had, making views only for the wealthy, the people in the sky. While old time residents will be in the shadows, walled off, and their already humble qualities of life will be degraded.
8. Zone A. These developments are to be built on a flood zone, officially known as Zone A.
Residents saw these entire areas where GPL and 77 are slated, under filthy water just last year during Sandy. Ask me for pictures. Even if developers put their structures on a “perch”, in another such disaster, residents will suffer as the toxic water will then have to go somewhere, and there will be a gulley/ displacement effect.
9. Downzoning this area is greatly advised. If these developments are approved, it will set a precedent for copy cats, who will completely monopolize the Greenpoint waterfront, and dwarf the rest of the community. Imagine a Woody Allen film like Annie Hall set in Dubai.
Please VOTE NO on Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial St. and stop this dangerous and reckless overdevelopment before it is too late.
Thank you for your time, care, concern, and efforts.