So ‘what do you think of the just-released Sunnyside Yards Plan?’ asked no one in particular. ‘However,’ as the foremost authority on this topic, I’ll share my thoughts, but first the salient details.[Read more…] about Sunnyside Yards Plan Released With Vague Commitment
AN article in The New York Times this week rehashing the proposed development of Sunnyside Yards pulled the editorial staff here out of their late-summer stupor. I could spill lots of ink rebutting the rationale put forth by the proponents of this pipe dream, but I’m on the beach and the waves are so soothing. Plus I’ve already done so in the past, so I’ll boil it down to the two main arguments: [Read more…] about SUNNYSIDE YARDS DEVELOPMENT UPDATE
Living life is fun and we’ve just begun
To get our share of the world’s delights
(High!) high hopes we have for the future
And our goal’s in sight
THE next step in the quest to deck over and develop Sunnyside Yards has been announced. An architecture firm has been hired by the city to form a master plan for the massive development. In addition the city created a local steering committee which according to Curbed “will spend the next 18 months organizing public meetings and workshops to elicit feedback from Queens residents on how best to proceed with the megaproject’s development, and address the needs of local residents.”
My thoughts on this project are well-known: [Read more…] about BIG DIG PLOWS FORWARD AND ‘WE ARE FAMILY’ IN LIC
YESTERDAY the ‘official’ study regarding the plan to deck over Sunnyside Yards and build housing on top was released by the city. Actually, three separate plans were released, each containing a different mix of residential/office/other space that would yield between 14,000 and 24,000 new apartments.
As expected, the study, commissioned by the Mayor, confirmed that the plan is both feasible and at a cost of $16 – $19 billion …uhh reasonable? The release was accompanied by the usual canned ‘huzzah’s such as this one by deputy-mayor Alicia Glen: “Sunnyside Yard represents one of our greatest opportunities to invest in the affordable housing, good jobs, open space and public transit western Queens needs,”
Here at LICtalk we see through such non-sequitur’s and are completely opposed to pursuing the Sunnyside Yards proposal any further. Given all the non-decked over growth that will occur in Long Island City over the next 5-6 years, which will roughly double the existing housing stock, why is there any hurry to look to the next phase whilst having zero knowledge of how the current excessively-expansionary one will play out?
The obvious answer to this is [Read more…] about SUNNYSIDE YARDS AND FLYING CARS
I just learned a new twitterish acronym that describes my manic state – FoMO, which stands for “fear of missing out.” It’s exactly why I spent the first half of last week in Davos, and then caught a flight for the presidential inauguration – which I celebrated in Mexico City. Didja miss me?
I expected little noise locally in light of the national doings, and fortunately the news gods cooperated.
Yet my voyage back swept me past the Midtown Tunnel 2.017, which was denuded of it’s toll booth last week! Then, I awoke this morning to [Read more…] about FoMO LIC, NOLAN NO DVO, TOLL GO