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Here we share news and stories from across the city and nation that speak to the housing, land and labor challenges our group is confronting.

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Luxury Development

NOV 15, 2017: “Plaxall Announces Major Plans To Rezone Long Island City’s Anable Basin Waterfront, Yielding Towers Up To 695′“. By Andrew Nelson, NY Yimby. 

OCT 24, 2017: ‘The Creative Destruction of New York City’: The Tools for Fighting Back Against Unwanted Change. by Bowery Boys
– A new resource/book on rezoning and gentrification in NYC!

JUNE 21, 2017: About 50 percent of all condos in LIC sold for more than $1 million in 2016, according to report. by Christian Murray, LIC Post
– The report, titled The Long Island City Condominium Report 2006-2016, noted that there were 234 condo sales in Long Island City in 2016 with a median sales price of $996,443. Last year, 24 percent of those units were bought with cash, with those financing them putting down an average down payment of $350,000.

OCT 19, 2017: Developers redesign Parcel C of Hunters Point South development, towers to rise several stories higher than planned, by Nathaly Pesantez, LIC Post
An update on the Hunter’s Point/TF Cornerstone development was presented at the CB 2 Land Use meeting on Wednesday Oct 18, 2017. Read details here.

MAY 26, 2017: Top US Neighborhoods that Got the Most Apartments After the Recession. by Nadia Balint, Rent Cafe Blog.
– At 12,533 new units since the recession, LIC tops of the list of neighborhoods in the country that have seen the largest growth in new apartments. 

Sunnyside Yards

OCT 19, 2017: Long Island City one of 4 districts officially proposed for Amazon’s second headquarters by NYC. by Nathaly Pesantez, LIC Post.

SEPT 28, 2017: Sunnyside Yard Eyed For Amazon Headquarters, by Arielle Hernandez, Queens Tribune.

FEB 6, 2017: City presents three scenarios for megaproject over Sunnyside railyards. by Tanay Warekar, Curbed NY. 
– De Blasio suggest – housing, office space, or destination attraction. Approximated to cost between $16 – $19 billion.

Community Resistance

OCT 9, 2017: Thousands slam Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing plan in City Hall rally, by Erin Durkin, Daily News New York
– “Thousands of senior citizens, NYCHA residents, teachers and church parishioners turned out in the pouring rain Monday to call out Mayor de Blasio for falling short on his pledge to make housing in the city affordable to New Yorkers.”


NOV 13, 2017: GUEST APPEARANCE: Federal tax plan threatens future of public housing. By Jolie Milstein & William Simmons, Finger Lakes Times.

SEPT 29, 2017: With Federal Help, A Big Project Reset Shows the Way at NYCHA,

SEPT 28, 2017: At NYCHA, A Small Project-High Concept Reset, by Nicholas Bloom and Matthias Altwicker, Gotham Gazette
– Part 1 of a 


Cost of Living in Queens

NOV 6, 2017: How much do you need to make to live in these Queens neighborhoods? By Angela Matua, Qns.
– “The median asking rent in Queens is $2,200, which means a household would have to earn $88,000 to rent in the borough. The study also found that in nine of more than two dozen neighborhoods StreetEasy tracked, the household income needed to afford renting is at least 50 percent more than the household income earned in the borough.”


NOV 14, 2017: Let a thousand streetcars bloom. By Christoper Robbins, Village Voice.

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