“Since the 1920′s, city planners have dreamed of transforming Long Island City into a major urban center just five minutes by subway from midtown Manhattan on the Queens bank of the East River. In September, the City Planning Commission will vote on proposed zoning changes that would make the dream possible.”
BY “September,” we’re talking 1995, which was when the opening paragraph above was written in an article in The New York Times. These zoning changes combined with additional ones made to Court Square/Queens Plaza in 2001, were the starting point of the march to what Long Island City is today.
Like many things, it took a little longer to play out, but the end results were also much, much bigger than anticipated.
In Hunters Point, the edict above led to Continue reading