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Greenpoint Park Finally Breaks Ground; New Yorker Condo Sells Out; Mayor Bloomberg Silences Mosque Haters

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GREENPOINT?Plans for Transmitter Park on a waterfront plot of city-owned Greenpoint land were unveiled in 2008, but it's been better known as The Vacant Lot at the End of Greenpoint Avenue. No longer! The Parks Department finally broke ground on the $12 million project today. Coming in 2012: "the construction of a pier at the foot of Kent Street, an upland connection to the pier, an esplanade for passive recreation, and 1.6-acres of open space to provide residents and visitors with increased access to the Greenpoint waterfront." As always, we remind you not to actually go in the water. [CurbedWire Inbox]

UPPER EAST SIDE?We forgot about the New Yorker Condominium, the conversion of 1474 Third Avenue (btwn 83rd and 84th Streets) into 32 one- to four-bedroom units, but buyers didn't. It's sold out! The first closing was two years ago. [CurbedWire Inbox]

FINANCIAL DISTRICT?Appearing on Governors Island backed by religious leaders and the Statue of Liberty (here's Flickr proof), Mayor Bloomberg gave a passionate speech about the "ground zero mosque" today. He saluted the LPC's decision and added, "Whatever you may think of the proposed mosque and community center, lost in the heat of the debate has been a basic question – should government attempt to deny private citizens the right to build a house of worship on private property based on their particular religion? That may happen in other countries, but we should never allow it to happen here." Read the full text here. [CurbedWire Inbox/NYDN]

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