Mayor De Blasio announced today that he wants to cover Sunnyside Yards and build 11,000 units of affordable housing. He also made clear what most people knew already, that his biggest priority going forward will be affordable housing in NYC.
I believe it’s a misaligned redistribution of wealth and slap in the face to those who don’t qualify for affordable housing, such as a lot of the people in LIC. But I’m a lonely scribe and he’s the mayor. As for the Sunnyside Yards plan, I think it has ‘white elephant’ written all over it and fear it potentially could become NYC’s version of the ‘Big Dig,’ but I’m curious how Jimmy Van Bramer responds to the idea now that the Mayor has given his full endorsement.
One of the keys to the Mayor’s affordable housing plan will be to allow developers to build higher and denser. Which as The New York Times point out:
“…it is only a matter of time before development transforms even the poorest neighborhoods beyond recognition, straining the subways, packing the schools and pushing longtime residents out.”
//While it had nothing to do with densification, Long Island City got a taste of strained subways yesterday and today when the 7-train had a major malfunction. Packed platforms and subway cars, and trudges through the snow are the potential rewards for having another million people living in NYC.
//Finally, in the ‘I’ll believe it when I see it’ category, Fox News reports that Hillary is considering basing her national campaign headquarters in Long Island City, and the Mayor announced new ferries for LIC & Astoria. Of course we do have a spaghetti sandwich in LIC, so you never know.
De Blasio Heralds Sunnyside Yards as Next Stuy Town – “a game-changer” with enough affordable housing for “over 30,000 New Yorkers.”
An Obstacle to De Blasio’s Affordable Housing Plan: Neighborhood Resistance – “In Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, residents have turned sedate discussions about how to responsibly rezone a local thoroughfare into screaming matches over whether to halt all development.”
7-Train Riders Stalled for Two Hours in Morning Commute – a harbinger of things to come?
Hillary to Be Queen of Queens? – if she does, she’s got my vote, no questions asked
New Ferry Service Map – LIC North anyone?
Move Over Ramen Burger, There’s a Spaghetti Sandwich in Town – M. Wells showing once again why they’re the master of the press release
Cathy Nolan Bails from Speaker Race – Queens can’t win everything