A huge development with something for everyone including a pedestrian bridge to Roosevelt Island, is being proposed by a group of investors according to POLITICO New York.
The site is on Vernon Boulevard in a big empty lot between the Board of Ed building on 44th Drive, and the Con Ed Learning Center.
Though it’s in the early stages where every community-favored promise is made, ideas being tossed about include the aforementioned footbridge, a hotel, open space, affordable housing, and …a school!
Ok, now that you’ve gotten the movie trailer version, would you like to hear more? Well according to the article, the bridge is intended to be the second coming of the High Line, and given the location will let out smack dab in the middle of the Cornell Technion campus, closely linking it to Queens.
In return for all this, the developers are asking for a major rezoning in order to build higher, primarily residential, towers totaling millions of square feet. I won’t even begin to handicap the odds of its actually coming together, but I do think it would be a game-changer for LIC if it does…
Big Development (w/ bridge to Rsvlt Island) Pitched for LIC – per POLITICO New York
See the Actual Lot on Vernon Here – Bd of Ed on left, Con Ed on right
Public Input Sought For City’s Ferry Plan – kind of a moot point for now if the above takes hold
Bierocracy Gets Signage – another game changer for LIC!
Bia on Jackson Avenue Opens Its Bar, Food Coming In a Week – it won’t be like eating spring rolls at the Rex Hotel in Saigon when I covered ‘Nam in the 60’s, but you can also get banh mi, pho, and air conditioning.
LIC Block Party on Purves Street this Saturday – from 1-5pm, the Sculpture Center’s annual block party
Gantry Concerts Bring Queens Residents to the Edge – is there a better venue?
calpio saysAugust 20, 2015 at 3:55 pm
Above ground construction is so boring. What we need is an underwater colony. From your living room, you can watch as victims of the “construction industry” float downriver. Note the 5-eyed ConEd Cobia in its natural habitat. No Juliet Balconies, but natural temperature control, and plenty of river-generated electricity.
Amadeo Plaza saysAugust 21, 2015 at 8:05 am
If this shapes up, it will only strengthen the argument for that ferry stop north of the basin. I for one am very excited about the possibility of this happening. There’s literally nothing down there. And a school?! Count me in!