The subways are a little less packed this week and my head’s a little bit foggier than usual, two signs that Christmas is near. While there are so many things we’d like to see in the neighborhood, most of them are out of our control and simply a function of capitalism weaving its way. Furthermore, we’re pretty darn lucky given the bounty that we already do have.
Nevertheless, there is one serious void in Long Island City that makes this neighborhood subpar: a Rec Center with a pool.
This item is not an amenity, it’s a necessity. Almost every other neighborhood in NYC has one, from Riverdale to the Rockaways, from Hunts Point to Battery Park City. (BPC! BPC! Which has not one, not two, but three!)1
The LIC YMCA qualifies as such in name only. It’s in a poor location to be accessed regularly by most residents of LIC – and proximity is the key to success for local usage.
Even more galling, the creators of Queens West recognized this need, and included it in the master plan drawn up in the 1990’s. Likewise, the architects of Citylights – the first tower built in Hunters Point – specifically omitted including a pool for the tower, despite it’s having a large footprint that could easily have accommodated one, based on this master plan. Yet somewhere along the way the plan was compromised.
Now it’s time to make it right. For the current generation, there really seems to be only one location where it can be situated in a timely manner. Here’s hoping that despite the many requests made of Santa Van Bramer and other local politicians, they come to recognize the one that is of utmost importance …yet slipping away.
//pokeLICious the latest. Oh, we’re not going to make it that easy, you’ll have to go to the LICtalk Facebook page to see.
Queens West Original Master Plan – see footnote 8 for the “Community Center with swimming pool. Looks like it was supposed to be where the library is.
The Origins of the Citylights Building – “Along with the early learning center the building will have a health club for residents, complete with two tennis courts on the deck of the garage (but no swimming pool, since a large public pool is planned for the Queens West complex).”
More Active Play Equals Better Thinking Skills for Kids – “As schools cut down on physical education and recess, kids are spending more time than ever in a desk. And while nerdy second-graders like me didn’t ever consider arguing for more gym, there’s increasing evidence that being active helps not just children’s waistlines but their brains.”
2013 Xmas Wish List to Santa Van Bramer – hey there are 8 nights of Hanukkah, and we asked for only 4 things
Revealed: Warehouse to Office Conversion on 46th Rd. next to Communitea – a v modern update to a grungy block
Facade Work Begins on The Jackson Condos – the latest on this hi-end building
Queens Parents Fight to Guarantee Spots at Gifted & Talented Middle Schools – officials considering no longer guaranteeing spots to kids in G&T elementary schools
- This despite having similar amenity-filled towers like those in LIC [↩]