THE Citi Building in Court Square may have lost one big fish with Amazon, but is on the verge of hooking another [Read more…] about Citi Building in Court Square About to Hook Big Tenant?
A five-acre waterfront plot at 44-02 Vernon Boulevard has chosen a developer in a sign that the long vacant site might be stirring according to the trade magazine Commercial Observer. Occasionally referred to as ‘Lake Vernon’ by locals due to it frequently having water pooled in a pit created by reclamation efforts, abuts the northern border of the DOE Building and Waters Edge Restaurant on 44th Drive. This primo piece of land is currently zoned to allow one million square feet of residential, which by my reckoning is way over 1,000 new units. More significantly, the managing partner Bruce Teitelbaum, had pitched a plan in 2015 that would include a pedestrian bridge to Roosevelt Island in return for allowing even more buildable feet.
This plan was hatched prior to: [Read more…] about ‘Lake Vernon’ Waterfront Plot Restarts Development Process
Must all news in Long Island City continue to be framed by Amazon? Sadly yes, at least for the next few months. Life goes on, though somewhat drearily (and cold), as does building. The Court Square Blog updates us on two super-large towers coming to Court Square and Queens Plaza respectively. Like the flowers weeks away, they are starting to spring from the earth. One will be [Read more…] about Building Continues in Long Island City Despite Amazon
So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell: ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore!’
I was really close to running a post entitled “Slim Pickings in Long Island City Post-Amazon” when news filtered out about a last gasp at bringing back Amazon. Yesterday came the report from QNS.com about Josh Bowen the founder of JB Smokehouse personally trekking out to Seattle to try to get Amazon to reconsider, an effort I viewed in the manner of Don Quixote. BUT, the media loves a good story and it slowly trickled out of LIC. THEN, The New York Times reported late today that Mario Cuomo has also been
begging appealing to Amazon to reconsider, including garnering a phone conversation with Pontiff Bezos. PLUS a letter signed by multiple NYC cognoscenti, including the pontiff of NYC, David Solomon – and many other recognizable cardinals with pull, will be published in tomorrow’s Times, ALL of which lead to the headline above, and what effectively counts as LICtalk’s first ever double-issue. WHOA, that’s serious, time for all of us to go to the window…
NY Leaders Urge Amazon to Reconsider – NY Times letter
QueensBridge Grapples with Amazon HQ2 Fallout – yo Mike n Jimmy “Aramark, a food and retail service provider, was looking to hire 300-500 workers on the spot for Citi Field in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, at pay rates of $15.25 to $16.70 an hour, and hired a couple dozen workers from the nearby Astoria Houses, according to Urban Upbound workers.”
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What’s next for Anable Basin? Oh wait, that was last week’s topic, and possibly next week’s too. Or maybe we can discuss apartment prices pre/post/past Amazon? I am truly curious to what extent buyers in the middle go through with their impulsive purchases. [Read more…] about Cuomo to Bezos “Furiously” Trying to Bring Back Amazon
New York City is looking at reviving prior development plans for the HQ2 site according to James Padgett the President of the Economic Development Corp (EDC) in [Read more…] about City Looks To Revive Prior Development Plans For HQ2 Site