BP announces agreement securing Monitor Museum
by Patrick Kearns
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Borough President Eric Adams and Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Diana Reyna receive commemorative medals of appreciation from the board of directors of the Greenpoint Monitor Museum. (Photo: Erica Sherman/Borough President’s Office)
Borough President Eric Adams and Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Diana Reyna receive commemorative medals of appreciation from the board of directors of the Greenpoint Monitor Museum. (Photo: Erica Sherman/Borough President’s Office)
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Borough President Eric Adams held a ceremony at Borough Hall last week to commemorate the anniversary of Motiva Enterprises’ donation of land along Bushwick Inlet to the Greenpoint Monitor Museum.

At the event, he announced an agreement from the city that preserves the site for a future museum dedicated to the USS Monitor at the site of the ship's construction.

“The legacy of the USS Monitor is the flagship of Brooklyn’s rich military and shipbuilding history, which we must maintain for future generations,” said Adams. “I am proud to work with hard-working and ardent supporters of the Greenpoint Monitor Museum in their pursuit of an educationally rich and environmentally friendly institution that will tell an important chapter of this community’s story to the residents of Brooklyn and beyond.”

As far back as 2005, the threat of the property being acquired by eminent domain for a park has impacted museum organizers' ability to apply for grants. The Parks Department has confirmed it does not plan to purchase the Quay Street property.

Adams said the musuem can now pursue grants and funding streams that would make it possible to build the museum and a dock for research vessels, as well as achieve the goals of flood protection, public access and shoreline restoration.

The museum was one of five projects selected to be funded through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, part of an agreement with Exxon regarding the decades-old massive oil spill under North Brooklyn.

The $599,200 grant will support the development of a final ecological design for a green/living shoreline restoration and stabilization of the museum site, as well as incorporate that process into education programs offered to local students.

While they celebrated the future, Adams also acknowledged the past, including the generous donation of land by Motiva Enterprises and museum founders George Weinmann and Janice Lauletta-Weinmann, who created the current museum space in Greenpoint that honors the ship's legacy.

“Borough President Adams and I are grateful for the Weinmanns , the generous land donation from Motiva, and the countless others who for 20 years have advocated building the Greenpoint Monitor Museum,” said Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna. “It’s been an extraordinary year of great achievements for the Museum.”

Lauletta-Weinmann praised the news that would pave the way for a museum celebrating the history of the construction of the civil war ironclad warship.

“On behalf of the Greenpoint Monitor Museum and all the museum’s supporters on this 12th anniversary of Motiva Enterprises’ donation to the museum, I thank Borough President Adams and Deputy Borough President Reyna for their success in ending the threat of eminent domain on the museum’s land,” she said.
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