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I think there is zero chance of developers walking away from this waterfront. Look at this view! This is the best view in New York City, maybe in the whole world. You’ve got the entire Manhattan skyline right in front of you.
– Councilmember David Yassky (Williamsburg/Greenpoint), 2005
In Williamsburg and Greenpoint, luxury condos have been popping up like mushrooms after the rain. Yet ten years after North Brooklyn was promised a 28-acre park on the East River, that park’s prospects seem as remote as ever, in danger of slipping away for good. Recently, neighborhood groups have revived the clamor for Bushwick Inlet Park. At stake is not only greenspace for a community that desperately needs it, but the fundamental legitimacy of the city’s land use policy. In 2005, Williamsburg/Greenpoint underwent an enormous rezoning, allowing today’s luxury buildings. That rezoning came with a promise from the city, and if the city cannot deliver Bushwick Inlet Park, New Yorkers should not trust the city when it comes to rezone their neighborhoods.
New York City is not a city known for calm, although we’ve previously shared with you a guide on where to find quiet in the city, along with a map for solitude. And while there are certainly many temples in the city, offering their own form of refuge (as well as some fabulous basement canteens), there are also full-on monasteries in the city, each with a quirky history to tell.
The Public Art Fund‘s new exhibit, Desire Lines by artist TatianaTrouvé sits in the shadow of the Plaza Hotel in the Doris C. Freedman Plaza on Fifth Avenue and 60th Street, a location that previously featured an idealized ruin and six towering blue clouds, forming a nice conversation with the gold leaf General Sherman Statue across the way.
Macaron Parlor. Photo via Oh How Civilized
In addition to our guide for the 8 best macaron shops in New York City, you can use this handy map from Gothamist that shows where they are free on Macaron Day, tomorrow March 20th. Participating shops will donate a portion of the proceeds to City Harvest in this annual festival started by Francois Payard in 2010. A few of our favorites from our guide will be offering free macarons today including Payard, Macaron Parlor, Bisous Chiao, Macaron Cafe, and Bouchon Bakery.
Continuing our special Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series in partnership with the NYCEDC following the series launch at the Brooklyn Kings Theatre, we’ll be taking 25 lucky Untapped Cities readers on a unique tour of the raw spaces of the Brooklyn Army Terminal on April 21st at 6pm, into areas not normally accessible to the public or for tours and untouched for 40 years, as well as the roof of the terminal. Previously used by the Army, the raw spaces feature speed limit signs from when jeeps drove around on upper floors the during WWII and leftover paintings from the military on the walls. The tour will be led by Dean Bodnar, Senior Vice President with the NYCEDC who oversees the Brooklyn Army Terminal. We will also visit some of the manufacturing tenants inside. Tickets are limited and the tour is already more than half sold out following our soft announcement yesterday.
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