Brooklyn couple pushes for museum to honor Civil War ship, USS Monitor

Greenpoint residents George and Janice Weinmann have been leading the effort to build a museum in honor of the ship since 1996. An oil company

Greenpoint residents George and Janice Weinmann have been leading the effort to build a museum in honor of the ship since 1996.

Greenpoint residents George and Janice Weinmann have been leading the effort to build a museum in honor of the ship since 1996. (4/7/13)

BROOKLYN - Some 150 years after the USS Monitor was launched along the Bushwick Inlet, a pair of Brooklyn residents are fighting to see that the historic Civil War ship gets the honor it deserves.

Greenpoint residents George and Janice Weinmann have been leading the effort to build a museum in honor of the ship since 1996. An oil company donated a one-acre plot to build a museum back in 2003, but shortly after, the city notified the couple of plans to build a 28-acre park that would include the museum's land.

The Weinmanns say the city threatened to invoke eminent domain in order to take back the land and create the park. They've been fighting to see their museum materialize ever since.

News 12 Brooklyn reached out to the city's Parks Department for comment. It released a statement that says, in part, "Parks would be happy to meet with the Weinmanns to find ways to make their museum happen and still allow the public full access to the entire Bushwick Inlet waterfront... Eminent domain is a last resort."

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