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Ground Breaks on New Brooklyn Waterfront Park

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

The city has broken ground on the first of three new waterfront parks in North Brooklyn. Bushwick-Inlet Park will eventually stretch six blocks along the East River. Mayor Bloomberg says the first block between North 9th and North 10th Streets, will take two years to complete.

BLOOMBERG: 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.

REPORTER: The parks were promised when the city rezoned the neighborhood four years ago. Bushwick-Inlet Park will cost $30 million, and will have a synthetic turf field that can be used for soccer, football and Quidditch, a sport inspired by the Harry Potter book series. But expansion of the park is uncertain, because the city is in a court battle over some of the property.

And some residents say they're unhappy that waterfront condos are bringing in new residents, while the city hasn't finished the parks to accommodate them.

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