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WNYC Transmitter Park - Building

Information about this lot

Address: 10 Kent Street, Brooklyn
Area: 0.04 acres (1664 square feet)

Political Boundaries

City Council District 33 represented by Stephen T. Levin
Community District Brooklyn 1 ( bk01@cb.nyc.gov / 718-389-0009 ), district manager: Gerald A. Esposito
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Why is this lot here?

We think this lot is vacant because:

  • The lot was added manually by site admins.

Government Agency

New York City Department of Parks & Recreation - building (public)
Contact: Sabina Saragoussi, Director, Partnerships For Parks (ssaragoussi@cityparksfoundation.org)

You can use this form to suggest uses that the community actually wants to see as concessions in this building:
https://www.nycgovparks.org/opportunities/concessions/suggest-idea

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Opening buildings costs money and NYC Parks' has a limited budget. Here is a great guide to how to get money for your NYC Parks building stewardship project, created by the Center for Urban Pedagogy, New Yorkers for Parks and Partnerships for Parks: http://welcometocup.org/file_columns/0000/0613/improve_my_park.pdf. Follow the tips for "Capital Projects."

Getting your Council Member on board is key: they have money to give out every year via their discretionary budget; some Members allocate some of their discretionary money to Participatory Budgeting: https://council.nyc.gov/pb/. You can get involved to get the word out about the need to re-activate the building you want to steward.

The building might be landmarked. If it is, any work will need to comply with these rules: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/lpc/applications/applications.page

News feed

May 24, 2017, 5:01 p.m.
mara at 596 acres said

Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Promises to Work With the Community

Friends of WNYC Transmitter Park
MAY 17, 2017 — Good News! Today Commissioner Maher promised Friends of WNYC Transmitter Park directly that he & NYC Parks would work with the Friends group, the community and other stakeholders including Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn and Community Board #1 on finding the best use for the building, and would not consider a viable private proposal without consulting all of the above first. In light of this the Friends group cancelled a protest that had been scheduled in the park. We appreciate very much the Commissioner reaching out to the community and look forward to collaboration. At the same time will watch the situation closely. Thanks everyone who made their voice heard here and elsewhere. Stay tuned!

from https://www.change.org/p/friends-of-wnyc-transmitter-park-prevent-a-bar-cafe-from-being-created-inside-transmitter-park/u/20302391

April 25, 2017, 12:26 p.m.
mara at 596 acres said

https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20170424/greenpoint/greenpoint-park-open-space-public-space-city

City's Plan for Restaurant in Transmitter Park Infuriates Greenpointers

By Gwynne Hogan | April 24, 2017 10:04pm
@gwynnefitz

GREENPOINT — Transmitter Park neighbors are broadcasting their anger over a proposed bar and grill they said the city tried to sneak by them without community review.

The Parks Department released a request for proposals Thursday for the empty building inside the park, soliciting ideas for restaurants with the option of having a liquor license, amplified sound and indoor as well as outside seating.

Greenpoint residents with Friends of Transmitter Park, who'd been in talks with the Parks Department for the last month about their idea of turning the building into a botanical learning center surrounded by gardens featuring native species, said they were blindsided by they city's plan.

“We just got wind of this through the woodwork,” said a frustrated North Brooklyn park advocate Steve Chesler, and member of the park's friend group. “There was no public process.”

Chesler circulated an online petition against the proposal Monday that garnered a flurry of more than 280 signatures within the day.

“It’s going to ruin the park," he said. "Just having people eating and drinking in the middle of the park.”

“It’s just crazy," he said. "There’s a playground right there.”

The potential for a bar and restaurant inside the 1.6-acre park is what residents see as the latest affront to the sanctity of their beloved green space.

A developer of the building on eastern edge of Transmitter Park is currently pushing for a zoning change through the city's land use process that would allow them to orient the building to face the park, so that a ground floor restaurant and commercial space would open onto it.

Nov. 15, 2016, 5:44 p.m.
paula said

From: Salig, Mary (Parks)
Sent: Monday, November 14, 2016 6:00 PM
To: BK01 (CB)
Subject: RE: WNYC Transmitter Park building

Hi CB1,

Not sure where the " The former WNYC radio broadcasting building was converted into a café" information came from, I will ask EDC to remove it from their website. We are again in the preliminary stages of putting together an RFP for the building at Transmitter. In fact, our Revenue division is drafting a Community Board Memo that will be going to you shortly, perhaps in the next few weeks. An RFP won't be released before 2017.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Mary Salig
Administrator for North Brooklyn
T 718.218.6130

NYC Parks
Bushwick Inlet Park

Nov. 14, 2016, 5:16 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

EDC's description of this project says, "The former WNYC radio broadcasting building was converted into a café" (see http://www.nycedc.com/project/wnyc-transmitter-park), but the building actually appears to remain closed.

Nov. 12, 2016, 6:22 p.m.
parksbuildings posted
Transmitter Park
Transmitter Park Empty Building