April 15th 2008 -
Bushwick Inlet is a lonely East River cove in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Bordered by the Bayside Oil Terminal and a large collection of collapsed piers, it is currently a quiet refuge for birds. Like Bush Terminal and Hunters Point South, this is one of New York City's last great pieces of fenced-off industrial wilderness. Bushwick Inlet has a long history as an industrial site, including the building and launching of the ironclad Monitor, which fought a famous naval battle in the Civil War. Today, all this is overgrown with trees, but in the near future the inlet may become a 28-acre city park. Over $100 million has been earmarked by the Parks Department for the purchase and development of the Bayside site, according to a recent report. A second park is planned at 50 Kent Avenue, just south of the inlet. For more on the proposed development of Bushwick Inlet, see Gothamist, Curbed, Brownstoner and the Gowanus Lounge.