The city is planning to turn the mostly unused parking lot at the Red Hook Cruise Ship Terminal into a functional community resource, officials announced on Monday.
The huge, roughly two-by-two block cement slab is currently utilized only during the few days a year that people and buses need parking for their bon voyages.
“Basically it goes unused 300 days a year,” said Economic Development Corporation spokesman Josh Nachowitz. “We’d like to find a program [for] the site.”
Nachowitz would only release vague details about the site’s future at the Community Board 6 committee meeting last Monday night at Long Island College Hospital, pending the city’s formal request for proposals that will be issued next month. But at a roundtable discussion with Red Hook stakeholders and businesses last week, Nachowitz said the city will seek “events and arts programming suggestions.”
That leaves the floor open to a slew of options, but not all possibilities because no permanent infrastructure is allowed on the lot because parking spaces will still be needed during cruise days. Tents, temporary concert venues and a flea market involving “a consortium of different businesses” were acknowledged by EDC officials as possibilities.