LIC Core Study & Rezoning
The Department of City Planning is currently holding ‘Listening & Learning’ sessions aiming to get community input about how to rezone and redevelop a central part of Long Island City. DCP claims they want to bring affordable housing to the area, GREAT! But the question is whether their understanding of affordable housing is the same as ours.
So far, the Mayor has overseen the construction and preservation of 77,651 units of ‘affordable housing’ across the city (Office of the Mayor, July 13, 2017). See breakdown of the numbers for yourself here. A quick overview finds that:
- 68% of units are for households earning more than $42,000/year
- 20% of units are for households making more than $68,000/year
- 32% of units are for households making less than $42,000/year
- 15% of units are for households making less than $26,000/year
So when the Mayor says, let’s bring affordable housing to LIC, the question is ‘affordable’ for who?
Learn more here: http://tinyurl.com/DCPCoreStudyLIC
TF Cornerstone Project at Hunter’s Point South
The NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to create a massive 1.5-million-square-foot mixed-use development on two undeveloped CITY-OWNED lots in Hunter’s Point South. Because this is public land, we think it should be developed for public use instead. LIC Coalition agrees, and has started a petition to encourage officials to turn these lots into public parks for the community.
Learn more and sign the petition here: http://tinyurl.com/LICCoalitionPetition
UPDATE: At the Community Board 2 Land Use meeting on Wednesday Oct 18, 2017, it was announced that the buildings in Parcel C have been redesigned to accommodate a the concerns of Amtrak, resulting in an increase in the expected height of the buildings.
Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX)
The BQX is a proposed streetcar system that would run 16 miles from Sunset Park, Brooklyn to Astoria, Queens. While the Mayor and a newly-created non-profit, Friends of the BQX say this is a step towards transit equity, we and other community activists worry this is part of a larger gentrification scheme. Below are some of the facts (organized by UpRose), you decide:
- The supporting non-profit, Friends of the BQX includes major luxury real estate developers: Two Trees Management, Tishman Speyer, The Durst Organization, Industry City
- No guarantee has been made regarding free transfers to/from MTA subways or buses
- Cost is about $2.5 billion.*
- Funding depends on luxury waterfront development, which could displace working-class community members.
*In April, a leaked 7-page memo to Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen “laid out a brutal assessment of the construction and financial challenges facing de Blasio’s $2.5 billion trolley, even deflating his main sales pitch — that it will pay for itself” (Rivoli, 2017).
For more information, Check out:
- this Village Voice article detailing the economics of the plan (where is that $2.5 billion coming from?) entitled, Betting On De Blasio’s $2.5 Billion Streetcar Paying For Itself Is “A Recipe For Disaster” (Demause, 2017).
- this 17 min documentary on the BQX, featuring our very own Sylvia White and Jenny Dubnau!
The City has long been considering building over Sunnyside Yards, a functioning rail yard in LIC. However, moving forward with a plan in the near future seems more likely given the other development taking place in the neighborhood and the completion of a feasibility study by the City in February 2017. Moreover, De Blasio’s administration has proposed 3 scenarios for what the megaproject could look like. These include 1) using the 180-acre plot to develop more affordable housing, to develop more office space, and/or to develop a destination or attraction.
Moreover, De Blasio has proposed 3 scenarios for what the megaproject could look like. These include 1) using the 180-acre plot to develop more affordable housing, to develop more office space, and/or to develop a destination or attraction. More recently, Long Island City was one of four districts officially proposed by the City for Amazon’s second headquarters.