The Greenpoint MonitorÂ Museum and Oliver Tilden Camp #26,
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
would like to thank
BROOKLYN BOROÂ PRESIDENT, ERICÂ ADAMS
DEPUTY BROOKLYNÂ BORO PRESIDENT, DIANA REYNA
ALL GREENPOINT RESIDENTS WHOÂ VOTEDÂ FOR THE MUSEUM'S PROJECT
ALL MUSEUM SUPPORTERS OVER THE PAST 20 YEARS.
ALL PARTICIPANTS AT THE JANUARY 30, 2015
MEETING AT BOROÂ HALL LISTED BELOWÂ Â
Meeting Participants included:
The Greenpoint Monitor Museum
Janice Lauletta-Weinmann, President; George J. Weinmann, Second Vice President; Elizabeth Roncketti, Secretary
National Oceanic andÂ Atmospheric Administrationâ€™s USS Monitor National MarineÂ Sanctuary
David Alberg, Superintendent; Reed Bohne, Northeast & Great Lakes Regional Director; TaneÂ Casserley, Research Coordinator â€?NOS DeputyÂ LineÂ Office Diving Officer
Councilman SteveÂ Levin
Representative of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
Eric Radezky representing
State Assemblyman Joseph Lentol
Community Board No. 1
Gerald Esposito, District Manager
PS 110 the Monitor School
Anna CanoÂ Amato, Principal
St. Stanâ€™s American LegionÂ Post 1771
Rick Kenney, Past Post Commander
Oliver Tilden Camp #26 Sons of Union Veterans of the CivilÂ War
George J. Weinmann, Past NY Dept. Commander, Camp Commander; Arthur Kirmss,Camp Senior ViceÂ Commander
Eric Wright, Senior Associate Design and Planning; Gonzalo Cruz, Creative Design Director
Kevin Thompson, Community Liaison
BARGE PARK PALS
Michael Hoffmann, Co Founder
Evelyn andÂ Erica Matechak
January 30, 1862 was an eventful day inÂ Greenpoint, Brooklyn when the famed Civil War ironclad USS MonitorÂ (defenderÂ of theÂ Union cause) was launchedÂ fromÂ itsÂ shores.Â
January 30, 2015, the 153rd Anniversary of the launching of the USS Monitor and theÂ 40th Anniversary of the designation of our nationâ€™s first NationalÂ Marine Sanctuary â€śThe USSÂ Monitor National MarineÂ Sanctuaryâ€? was another eventful USS Monitor dayÂ at Brooklyn Borough Hall when supporters of The GreenpointÂ Monitor Museum met with Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President and Diana Reyna, Deputy Brooklyn Borough President to discuss:
1. The work of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Sanctuaries and, in particular, the work of the USS Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.
2. NOAA's partnership with The Greenpoint Monitor Museum.
3.Â The importance of establishing a Museum on the land donated to The Greenpoint Monitor Museum by Motiva Enterprises on December 23, 2003 which is located at Quay St., the East River and along the Bushwick Inlet
4.Â The elimination of the threat of eminent domain by theÂ City of New York on this land which has placed aÂ cloud on the Museumâ€™s ownership since 2005.
5. The creation of the USS Monitor Trail Â including a NOAA marker to be placed on the site. Â
6. Presentation of conceptual renderings of the land prepared by AECOM illustrating public waterfront access, raised land elevation for flood control, land stabilization, living shoreline, dock for NOAA's research/education vessel with boardwalk through a living shoreline and along historic panels.
The October 6, 2015 follow up meeting at Brooklyn Boro Hall with a member of the DeBlasio Administration of theÂ City ofÂ New York was a success.Â Letters from children of PS110 and PS 31 were presented by Anna Cana Amato, Principal PS 110 in support ofÂ The Greenpoint Monitor Museum keeping its land.
The Museum received a letter from theÂ Parks Department stating that theÂ City does notÂ plan to purchase The Greenpoint Monitor Museumâ€™s Property and acknowledges that the MuseumÂ continues to hold titleÂ and ownershipÂ ofÂ its land.Â Â The Museum is free toÂ seek grantsÂ to achieve its goals for the site including shoreline restoration, floodÂ protection, public access, aÂ dock for researchÂ vessels and a Museum dedicated to theÂ USSÂ Monitor and local history.Â Thus ending the threat of eminent domain.
On December 15, 2015 the Museum received notice that its project was one of five selected to be fundedÂ through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund in the amount of $599,200.Â This funding will cover the engineering design, preparationÂ of constructionÂ drawings, specifications andÂ obtaining all requiredÂ permits to restoreÂ the siteâ€™s shoreline including public accessÂ andÂ floodÂ protectionÂ forÂ theÂ adjacentÂ community.Â This project will also enhance theÂ Museumâ€™s education program to local schools by including the environmentalÂ andÂ engineeringÂ processes involved in waterfront shorelineÂ protection.Â
Thus beginning a new chapter for The Greenpoint Monitor Museum
as it Celebrates its 20th Anniversary in 2016.
New York City Fireboat celebrating the Unveiling of
NOAA's USS MONITOR TRAIL MARKER on the
Greenpoint Monitor Museum's land at the Bushwick Inlet,
Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY. (Photo by NOAA)
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