Category Archives: Politics

MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMING TO HUNTERS POINT SOUTH

 

Aesthetics are nice, but so is playtime

Aesthetics are nice, but so is playtime

The city has requested bids from developers for the two southern-most sites in Hunters Point South.  According to an article in Crain’s New York, it will contain “at least 750 apartments—with 450 or more (+60%) being permanently affordable.” and that “it prefers proposals that skew toward serving lower-income households.”

In addition, the proposal mentions Continue reading

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60-STORY TOWER COMING TO OLD ‘WATERS EDGE’ LOCATION?

Steal Your Face - The Dead live on

Steal Your Face!

The New York Times published a wistful article about the residential build-up along the waterfront, and how it’s replacing industry.  In other words, gentrification NYC-style.

Of greatest relevance to us here in LIC, were the details that were revealed about the “Waters Edge” project and the extent of the zoning variance that the de Blasio  administration is looking to grant to developers.  Summing it up:

“In place of a parking lot, a pier and Transportation Department facility, developers could build two to three towers between 350 and 500 feet tall. If bidders include additional commercial and manufacturing space, they could add an extra 150 feet to the new buildings.”

Thus the tallest of these towers could be 650 feet tall, or roughly 60 stories – more than 50% higher than the tallest building currently on Center Boulevard.  That would Continue reading

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BERNIE SANDERS IS COMING TO HUNTERS POINT PARK MONDAY

Bernieville

Bernieville

Get out your “Che Guevara” t-shirts, pitchforks, and left handed cigarettes, The Bernie Sanders Show is coming to Hunters Point South Park this Monday, April 18.  In addition to “The Man” himself, TV on the Radio will be providing musical entertainment, and he’ll also be bringing along a few of his good friends including Danny Glover and Fisher Stevens.  Yeah you heard me right, Fisher Stevens, fka Steven Fisher!

Doors open at 5pm, and the fun kicks off at 7.  Unfortunately, Continue reading

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GET READY FOR PACKED SUBWAY CARS LIC

Prepping for March Madness at John Brown's

Prepping for March Madness at John Brown’s

The Mayor and the City Council reached an agreement to increase building size allowances in a number of zones in NYC, one of which is in the Court Square/Queens Plaza neighborhood.  In return for this increased density, developers will set aside a portion of the new apartments for affordable housing.  I’m not going to delve deep into this story as I have already done so recently here and here.  The distillation of it then and now continues to be: Continue reading

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SOCCER STADIUM TO ANCHOR SUNNYSIDE YARDS PROJECT?

The sole hint this year that Christmas is near

The sole hint this year that Christmas is near

A new article written in a soccer publication, makes a well-thought-out case that Sunnyside Yards could be the optimal location to build a stadium for the NYCFC.  That would be the NYC Football Club for the bulk of us not familiar with the acronym, but don’t let this new professional soccer team’s relative obscurity make you relegate the stadium idea as a lark.

That is because Continue reading

JVB SPEAK(ER)S & MIGHT WE SEE TWO HIGH LINES IN LIC?

High Lines and Yards

High Lines and Yards

Well we finally get some real local news late in the week.  Best of all, I didn’t create it.  Jimmy Van Bramer was interviewed in Crain’s on Tuesday and he revealed the following: Continue reading

PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING IS COMING: TWO SUGGESTIONS FOR LIC

What the...?

Or maybe we can choose another one of these?

Next Tuesday, September 22, at 6pm there will be a Participatory Budgeting (PB) neighborhood assembly in the auditorium at PS78Q.1  PB is where our local councilman lets you decide how to spend $1 million on community improvements to parks, schools, libraries, streets, and more.  It’s not quite that simple, there’s a whole process in place to make sure it doesn’t end up in your Uncle Lou the contractor’s pocket, but it’s the starting point for ideas.  So here are two suggestions for LIC. Continue reading

  1. the one on 5th Street []

GROWTH AT WHAT PRICE?

Maybe we think before doing when it comes to Queens?

Maybe we think before doing when it comes to Queens?

For more than a century, California has been the state where people flocked for a better life — 164,000 square miles of mountains, farmland and coastline, shimmering with ambition and dreams, money and beauty. It was the cutting-edge symbol of possibility: Hollywood, Silicon Valley, aerospace, agriculture and vineyards.

But now a punishing drought — and the unprecedented measures the state announced last week to compel people to reduce water consumption — is forcing a reconsideration of whether the aspiration of untrammeled growth that has for so long been this state’s driving engine has run against the limits of nature.

- The New York Times April 4, 2015

Recent travails with the 7-train and school-gate lead me to ask: should everyone be living here?  In a reversal of the entropic forces that overcome an abandoned jungle city, have we instead built over every square inch and then gone, and continue to go, too far upwards?  Most importantly, does densification diminish the quality of life for all?

Probably not if you’re taking the seaplane to your 20-acre spread in the Hamptons every weekend and living in a 5,000 square foot apartment or townhouse Monday to Friday.  As for the rest of us, I will posit that the answer is ‘yes.’  Because as exciting as it is to live in a city that never sleeps, at some point the reality of Continue reading

RAZE QUEENSBRIDGE

The right time for a grand compromise

The forgotten land

Since Mayor de Blasio fantasizes to the press about covering Sunnyside Yards and building affordable housing on top of it, I have decided to put forth a more pragmatic housing solution that focuses on the original intent of government. Continue reading

CONLEY SUDDENLY RESIGNS AND MU RAMEN HAS LONG LINES

Pre-Joe Conley Dwelling in Hunters Point.  There was no ramen back then either.

Pre-Joe Conley Dwelling in Hunters Point. There was no ramen back then either.

A double headline, one surprising, one anything but.  The news of Joe Conley’s resignation from Community Board 2 after 23 years, was unexpected and sudden.  Under normal circumstances, a reign of that duration usually ends with months of boozy goodbye celebrations at night, replete with cigars and backslapping.  Followed by hungover days ferrying around to local public schools and senior citizen centers to pick up newly contrived award plaques.  There’s also usually a handpicked and groomed successor.  Unless there’s a big scandal, in which case Continue reading

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