Our aim is to unite our community around a shared goal for decent affordable housing, good jobs, and quality neighborhood conditions for all. Our efforts are focused locally, on issues like Sunnyside Yards, the BQX, and other development pressures creating challenges and hardship for our community. Our efforts are also increasingly regional and city-wide – as we team up with other community-based organizations in this fight for just and equitable development, and especially in opposition to NextGeneration NYCHA, the City’s plan to privatize public housing.
In order to accomplish this, we :
- hold Monthly Community Meetings
- work with the Pratt Neighborhood Center to strengthen our our claims through research
- coordinate with other resident-led groups to share strategies and support one another in this fight
- hired a full-time organizer, Stanley Morse, to assist with day-to-day outreach and coordination activities
Join us at our Community Meetings to make sure the things you care about are included!
Enough is Enough: Our 5 point Plan for the Future of LIC & Astoria Together
Long Island City has been undergoing rapid, massive change for the last several years, and there are no signs of it slowing down anytime soon. Adding to the 12,800 units built since 2006, 2017-18 will see more than 10,000 new units completed and an additional 11,598 housing units are in planning or construction for 2019 and beyond.1 Even with this massive development, there are currently several planning proposals in the works that if adopted stand to greatly impact the area with even more development. While some of these planning processes are subject to the City’s public review process, there is very little coordination between them, and they are being considered separately with little to no review of how they will cumulatively impact the area.
A by-product of all this development is gentrication. Between 2000 and 2015, household incomes in the Proposed & Potential Major Development Plans area just south of Queensbridge Houses increased by a whopping 126%.2 Changing demographics, rising rents, and new stores and retail offerings that are out of reach for many long-time residents threaten to displace low and moderate-income residents and small businesses. Some supermarkets that served residents who have lived in the community for decades have closed.
Many of the challenges of overdevelopment stem from rezonings in Long Island City in 2001 and 2005 under the Bloomberg Administration and previous City Council members. More than 11,000 units of housing are predicted to be constructed in the next 10 years if no action is taken, so complete inaction is not a solution. Our short-term priorities for planning for the future of our neighborhood are described on the following pages.