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:
– He’s sorta against the Mayor’s plan to rezone portions of LIC to allow larger towers
– He hints at a “park plan out there that could involve MoMA PS1 and create a High Line-type of public park. It’s the vision of the museum to deck over a portion of its courtyard and have a cascading staircase. That would be the entrance to the park that comes down the front of the museum.”
– He has an interest in the speaker’s (of the City Council) role, and plans on running again for his council seat in 2017
Cool. But let me once again remind everyone including Councilman Van Bramer of one essential fact:
//As for the second High Line in LIC, Nathan Kensinger in yet another of his fantastic Camera Obscura photojournalism pieces in Curbed, talks about the current status of the Montauk Cutoff: its condition and the proposals and necessary requirements to turn it into something usable by everyone. Like the PS1 Van Bramer plan, the analogy to the High Line is a bit of a reach, especially since the Cutoff is primarily in an industrial neighborhood1, but it’s all in the planning stages and very exciting to read about. Not to mention the accompanying pictures and history are fascinating to anyone interested in the history of LIC. Read it!
Key Queens Councilman Opposes 50-Story Towers – the article seems to intermingle/confuse the Mayor’s rezoning plan w/ his Sunnyside Yards plan. Something a lot of people/press/politicians seem to be doing. Probably correctly, as my guess is it all gets thrown into the pot and bartered w/ in the end.
In Long Island City, a Community Seeks to Reclaim an Urban Wilderness – “the cutoff runs just one-third of a mile, traveling above some of the last industrial streets in Long Island City …it has now been deemed inefficient and unnecessary, and most of its length is being decommissioned by the MTA, which has put forth a call for ideas, hoping to find someone to reimagine its future”
Borough President Katz Votes Against the Mayor’s Affordable Housing Zoning Plan – ‘Katz said the uniqueness of the city’s neighborhoods “requires far more nuanced and strategically planned rezonings instead of a wholesale ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.” More than 40 neighborhoods in Queens have already been rezoned over the last decade, she added. “Each of those rezonings was carefully sculpted with extensive neighborhood participation, solicited by City Planning, in consultation with the respective city council members and community,” she said.’
Why Queens Plaza is the Outer Boros’ Latest Best Buy – Maybe, or maybe it has a lot to do w/ RE brokers fawning all over the fount of supply coming shortly in Queens Plaza
Brause, Gotham Get $105 Million Construction Loan for LIC Project – 270 units on Purves St.
Future Hyatt Hotel on 43rd Avenue Rises Above Construction Fence – more like a Hyatt Place. Pool, Pond, kinda the same. Kinda.
A New Day Rises in LIC Ceramic Business – BrickHouse Ceramic Art Center, where you can take classes and create pottery
- and the PS1 plan has me envisioning more of a catwalk than a Line [↩]