WOW, what an end to the
week summer. Two big pieces of news for Long Island City occurred within the last 24 hours, after a six-month local news cycle usurped by city, national and worldwide headlines. First, a young man was shot and killed one block from Center Boulevard in Hunters Point early yesterday evening. While this news is startling and seemingly an abrupt punctuation mark on a crazy summer both near and far, I’m not quickly tempted to extrapolate the nightly shenanigans in the park to it. One look at the picture1 of the young man lying on Borden Avenue being aided by a police officer and knowing now that he’s in his last minutes of his life is much graver than what we’ve been dealing with.2 I still believe the parks will calm down after the summer is over and that this is a one-off incident much like the occasional shootings that intrude on the Upper East Side or Tribeca. I hope.
Of greater long term significance, is the decision by NYC to pull
the plug their land from the YourLIC Waterfront Master Plan. I have no idea why they made that decision, but it effectively puts the kibosh on the plan and any coordinated effort and sends everyone back to their own drawing boards. Or more likely in suspense for the foreseeable future, given the pandemic and its effect on the economy overall and real estate in NYC. I can’t say I’m unhappy about this turn of events. First of all because I have long felt that densification in NYC has long needed a re-evaluation, and much more so in light of Covid. And this project was dense: ~8.5 Citi Towers dense. Second, I felt that the amenities of the project were much more a reflection of the developers whims and what would add value and attract tenants to their buildings, rather than what was truly good for the community. As far as I’m concerned the community outreach was a misdirected dog and pony show with a foregone conclusion.
Either way a long pause for the air to clear, maybe literally, and then a new look at the landscape3, both literally and economically, is probably best for everyone. For the time being the city doesn’t need any more apartments or office space, and Hunters Point doesn’t need any more noise or commotion.
//HEY, want to do something positive for our spectacular pair of waterfront parks and earn an unprecedented rate of return in an ultra-low interest rate environment? Through September 8th TF Cornerstone will match any contributions made to the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy 1 for 1. NYC’s parks don’t run by themselves, and better yet the people overseeing HPPC live in the neighborhood, have their fingers on the pulse of these parks, and have done a great job shepherding them largely with their own sweat equity and what amounts to a shoestring. Click here and donate now.
Man Shot And Killed On Borden Avenue In Long Island City – +a very sad picture
City Severs Ties To Long Island City Developers for Post Amazon Plans – waterfront master plan is no more