City Planning Commission Chairman Carl Weisbrod announced Monday that part of Downtown Flushing’s waterfront is being targeted for upzoning to help implement the mayor’s plan for more affordable housing.
Weisbrod testified at a City Council hearing that three areas in the city are being studied for Mayor de Blasio’s initiative to create 200,000 affordable housing units. Besides Flushing, they are East New York and the Cromwell-Jerome section in the Bronx.
Curious Queens residents who can’t decide between participating in an art event at the Queens Museum or checking books out of the Queens Library will soon be able to do both in one place.
The Queens Museum is moving forward with plans to install a 5,500-square-foot circulating branch of the Queens Library system on the ground floor.
lState Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is calling on the state Department of Environmental Conservation to deny the Queens Development Group’s application for Brownfield Cleanup Program tax credits on its Willets Point Phase One property.
About a year ago, the QDG entered a contract with the city Economic Development Corp., which requires the QDG to clean up the property. As part of the plan, the developer received a capital grant commitment of taxpayer funds for $99 million, of which $40 million is intended to pay the cleanup costs.
Joe Ardizzone outside his Willets Point home. He lives upstairs and rents out the first floor to a deli-restaurant. He is the only resident in the 60-acre site.
He’s 81 and fighting to remain in the house where he was born. The Willets Point area — never a real neighborhood — is special to Joe Ardizzone and he wants to live out his life there.
The only resident in the 60-acre site is battling the city and developers, who want to transform the Willets Point area into a mixed-use development, using the Citi Field parking lot for a mall and parking garage and adding shops, restaurants and parking to Ardizzone’s area off 126th Street.
“Ukiyo-e Heroes,” gamers and art lovers unite as modern icons meet an ancient art form, RESOBOX, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City, Opening reception, Fri., Nov. 14, 7-9 p.m. Exhibit runs thru Dec. 4. Free. RSVP to reception: firstname.lastname@example.org; info: resobox.com/ukiyoe-heroes.
The highly controversial Willets Point project is entering the environmental study phase and while lobbyist paperwork was filed for 2014, the Queens Development Group maintains no elected officials or city agencies were actively lobbied this year.
A view of Municipal Lot 3 in Downtown Flushing with the Long Island Rail Road station in the rear. Plans to build housing there and retain parking are in the works.
During a recent quarterly meeting with concerned parties, members of Community Board 7 demanded input in the review process for development of Municipal Parking Lot 3 in Downtown Flushing.
Bids on the mixed-income, affordable housing complex planned near the Long Island Rail Road station were due earlier this month to the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
When paperwork showing the Queens Development Group hired two lobbyist groups to work with Queens leaders, including Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst), was discovered by activists, rumors swirled as to what it all means.
But according to the developers and several sources close to the issue, the paperwork filed with the City Clerk’s Office is routine.
Despite the city and the Queens Development Group owning 95 percent of the property in Phase 1 for the Willets Point project, Community Board 7 expressed doubts that the development will run on schedule.
During a quarterly meeting, held on Oct. 8, where CBs 3 and 7 met with the QDG, Economic Development Corp. and borough president representatives, developers expressed optimistic enthusiasm for the eminent closing on outstanding parcels.
A Community Board 4 member wants the World Maker Faire to make its way to a different location, and his colleagues agree.
James Lisa, who spoke during the public forum of the Sept. 10 meeting, declared the weekend-long celebration of inventors, tinkerers, crafters and hobbyists to be a nuisance to the Corona Heights community.
For thousands of New Yorkers, taking the train is about as ordinary as having coffee in the morning. The subway is a part of the city’s culture, so what better way to experience New York than to do as the locals do?
Lucky 7 Subway Tours offer tourists and residents the opportunity to ride through seven neighborhoods and learn some history along the way.
Though a judge ruled against the plaintiffs in the Willets West case, the group maintains there is still hope to block the project there and in the Iron Triangle, above.
After an uphill battle, the petitioners of the Willets West lawsuit have not prevailed.
Justice Manuel Mendez ruled Monday that, despite claims of land use violations, the city and the Queens Development Group can move forward with their plans to build a shopping mall and entertainment center on parkland.
He has plenty of campaign funding, support from the Democratic Party and backing from many large unions, but does John Liu have what it takes to beat incumbent state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for the 11th District seat?
Liu thinks so and in a recent interview at the Queens Chronicle office elaborated on why he should wrest the seat from Avella, who has held it since 2010. He cited party unity, his legislative and fiscal experience and his ability to work with others.
After months of anticipation and frustration, the Willets West civil suit went to court on July 31 and the plaintiffs have found themselves in a position to possibly win.
The lawsuit, filed several months ago, is challenging the giveaway of 47 acres of parkland near Citi Field, worth an estimated $1 billion, to build a mall and entertainment center. The project is partnered with the Willets Point Development Project.
The Lot LIC, a privately owned open space, is hosting a poolside music and film series ... sort of.
Beside the venue’s outdoor festivities is a new art installation called “Backyard Pool” by Tamara Johnson.