Fight over beach access in Brooklyn

August 18, 2009 3:47:56 PM PDT
There is growing tension in one community over access to a public beach in Brooklyn. Residents had long assumed the streets leading to the waterfront in Greenpoint was private property, owned by businesses in the area. But it turns out that it's not private, and now those residents are demanding gates be taken down.

Greenpoint may sit on prime riverfront property, but getting access to the water is easier said than done. That's because decades ago, the industrial companies there put fences on the streets leading to the water, turning public New York City streets into private driveways and storage space.

Recently, the city tore down the fence on Kent Street, making it a public access road again. But residents want the city to finish the job and open up Nobel and Java too.

At Java, the rusty fence has been there so long, morning glories now climb the chain links.

Even if the city finally tears down all the fences, it will still be awhile before the waterfront is developed to its full potential. But at least residents there won't have to feel like they are trespassing on what is essentially public property.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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