North Brooklyn’s leading parks and open space advocacy group, the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA), has a new Chairman.
Earlier this month, attorney and longtime community advocate Adam Perlmutter was elected to succeed outgoing Chairman and Brooklyn Brewery founder Steve Hindy, who had led the organization since its 2003 inception.
“Steve [Hindy] was a model manager is many ways,” said Perlmutter. “To watch him build the organization up close was amazing, and he really must be commended for his efforts.”
Perlmutter, a Greenpoint resident since 1997, brings to OSA his experience as a Community Board 1 member and as counsel for the Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning (GWAPP), which led the successful fight against a power plant proposed for North Brooklyn’s waterfront. In his day job, Perlmutter is the Principal at the Law Offices of Adam D. Perlmutter, P.C, which focuses on criminal, civil rights, and environmental litigation cases.
OSA’s board consists of local residents and business owners who make annual financial contributions to the organization and serve on neighborhood committees to help the organization achieve its goals.
Since its inception the organization has worked with the City’s Parks Department to maintain and expand the over 100 green spaces such as parks, playgrounds, streets, and athletic fields that fall within the organization’s geographic purview, just some of which include McCarren Park, McGolrick Park, and Bushwick Inlet Park.
“OSA has developed into a resilient and strong organization with the ability to work introspectively and to plan in a proactive manner,” said Perlmutter.
Most recently, OSA was responsible for the introduction of the neighborhood’s only ice-skating rink, the McCarren Rink, which first opened last winter, and is expected to return again this winter at a still unspecified date.
The organization has also pushed the City to meet the open space promises it agreed to as part of the 2005 rezoning. When asked whether green spaces in the neighborhood that applied for funding as part of the Greenpoint Community Environmental Funds should be limited from doing so based on the rezoning promises, Perlmutter said that severe cuts in Parks budgets recent years meant that neighborhood groups had to take charge as well, such as the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance, which recently acquired over a million dollars for its playground renovations.
He however insisted that the Parks Department must meet its promises itself in regards to buying and creating new green spaces in the neighborhood.
At present OSA is in the midst of drafting a five-year strategic plan to further its role as a vital advocate of open space in the neighborhood.