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confident that thousands of residents
and tourists will visit the 625-foot
wheel and its related components. A
hotel, retail center, restaurants, mov-
ie theaters, and more are planned.
NRPA and NSWCI submitted com-
ments noting the flood plain dangers,
and requesting more community in-
put. Let's hope the developers and
EDC seek more input and listen to
the open space needs of the com-
Then there is the proposal to raise
the height of the Bayonne Bridge.
The US Coast Guard and Port Au-
thority held a hearing on a Mid Feb-
ruary afternoon and evening at Snug
Harbor to present the 7,000 page
environmental assessment for the
proposal to lift the road an additional
seventy feet so large mammoth su-
per freighters could pass through the
Kill Van Kull. US EPA and many
others are very concerned about the
impacts of this proposed project.
Why can't the PA be smart and use
the Military Ocean Terminal in Ba-
yonne? It’s already a deep water
facility. This would save millions of
dollars, and provide jobs, without
damaging the North Shore and the
city of Bayonne. Stay tuned…
Also, mark your calendars for St.
George Day, Saturday, April 20 at
the Park of the intersection of Bay
Street and Victory Boulevard. It’s a
celebration of the diverse community
with fun, games, music, food, learn-
ing, and much more. Event spon-
sored by Everything Goes and the
community of
Crooke's Point, the most remote
area of Great Kills Park
By Jim Scarcella
Follow the road past Nichols Marina
and Great Kills Beach to this penin-
sula at the mouth of Great Kills Har-
bor. Environmentalists continue to
object to the destructive, wasteful
and dangerous project of the Nation-
al Park Service and City Park's Mil-
lion Trees Program. It attempts to
remove native and invasive vines
and shrubs, dreaming of planting
surviving Maritime Forest with native
In early 2012, NPS removed two
acres of rich bird habitat, which had
survived in this all-sand terrain. City
Parks attempted to use herbicides to
poison their deep roots, instead only
poisoning groundwater, which drains
into the rich fisheries of Great Kills
Harbor. During Sandy, when surge
waters breached the point and erod-
ed and reshaped the loose sand at
the edges of The Point, roots of
shrubs, vines and plants held the
sand in the vegetated areas in place,
protecting the integrity of Crooke's
Natural Resources Protective Asso-
ciation insists it is time to REEVALU-
reestablish itself to protect the diver-
sity and stability of this man made
Stop now!
No more
deadly herbicides and NO EXPAN-
SION of this stupid, unnecessary,
expensive adventure!
Sullivan Marina Park
aka Blissenbach Marina, West
Brighton Marina)
By Tony Rose
A park is on the way! The site of the
former Marine Power and Light oper-
ation owned by Walter Blissenbach
is currently under construction. The
site has been dormant since being
turned over to the NYC Parks Dept.
years ago.
In brief, the history of the site has
been a series of roller coaster dips
and turns. Mr Blissenbach was retir-
ing from his shorefront service oper-
ation anticipating spending his gold-
en years in retirement in Florida.
The site, somewhat in disrepair had
been certified for 400 marina slips.
Boats from a marine clean-up re-
sponse were moored there until the
closing, but it had not been an active
Mr Blissenbach had hoped to sell his
property to the city or the state in
hopes of having it turned into a wa-
terfront park.
The Parks Department stated they
would welcome the property and
would run it, but they had no money
for acquisition. Word of the owner’s
imminent departure made it out to
the neighborhood where it was wel-
comed by Linda Eskinaze who had
long admired the site as a compo-
nent of her proposed North Shore
Waterfront Greenway; a chain of
sites running from Arlington Marsh,
Mariner’s Marsh, the Van Pelt/Van
Name site, through Faber Park and
Snug Harbor to the St George Espla-
The West Brighton site had long
been an access point to the water-
front, back to the Lenape, here be-
fore Henry Hudson cruised up the
river that would later bear his name.
Archaeological artifacts had borne
this out and developers had broken
her heart by laying foundations in the
neighborhood before the sites could
be examined for their hidden treas-
Preservationists, waterfront access
enthusiasts and community activists
joined environmentalists in seeking
to acquire the property. Politicians
agreed the cause was just and
joined in a search for money. None
was found. The site sat. Time
passed. Mr Blissenbach continued
to age and developers hovered like
vultures circling the carcass. It was
feared the site would fall to condo-
miniums like the SS White site.
Beryl Thurman and the nascent
North Shore Waterfront Conservancy
became involved and petitioned
Councilman Mike McMahon. The
borough president agreed with eve-
ryone that it would be a good idea,
but he had no money either. As time
moved forward, the initial request for
four million had ballooned to five.
Ellen Pratt brought the Protectors of
the Pine Oak Woods to the discus-
sion. More press followed and oth-
ers in the community sought to have
this potential jewel added to the
Park’s Department inventory.
The NYS Environmental Trust was
eyed as a potential source of fund-
ing, but had recently purchased the
Mount Loretto property on the south
shore and was not looking to spend
more on Staten Island.
Woods was in the process of being
acquired and The Goodhue property
in New Brighton all sought increas-
ingly diminishing funds.