After widespread communal backlash, state park honchos are overhauling their designs for Williamsburg’s Marsha P. Johnson State Park and adding far more greenery as well as a mosaic of a poem.
Starting May 31, the public sessions will solicit design ideas to honor the late gay liberation activist and celebrate the LGBTQ+ movement.
A controversial plan to splash the waterfront Marsha P. Johnson State Park in Williamsburg with an ostentatious mural of rainbow colors — ostensibly in honor of the park’s namesake LGBTQ icon — has been dropped following objections from Johnson’s family and other activists over a lack of public input.
The show will begin around 9:30 pm, and will be launched from seven barges located in the East River, starting at the top of Greenpoint.
Vinyl lovers, rejoice! The Brooklyn Flea Record Fair returns to the Williamsburg waterfront on Saturday.
The shoreline area of East River State Park in Williamsburg reopened today. The deteriorating waterfront has been spruced up with more beach sand, a new kayak launch and a wall of reclaimed granite blocks around the edge of the lawn. The state spent $526,000 restoring the park, which was flooded during Hurricane Sandy and has lost several feet of beach to erosion in recent years.
The state also added new plantings, removed invasive plant species, installed dry wells to collect storm runoff, and created channels in the waterside rocks to prevent fish from getting trapped on the beach during low tide. Assemblyman Joe Lentol and Council Member Steve Levin joined State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey (pictured), Regional Director Leslie Wright and several other individuals who have played a critical role in the park’s creation and continued development to celebrate today’s reopening of the shoreline area of the park to the public. Check it out at Smorgasburg tomorrow!