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Some Surprisingly Object to 40-Story Greenpoint Tower



Wednesday, March 2, 2011, by Sara Polsky

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The city has long been rooting for a wacky proposal to put two towering Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects-designed apartment buildings on Greenpoint's waterfront. The plan is now even closer to happening, the Journal reports, because the city's Industrial Development Agency has okayed the sale of some underwater land to developer Stiles Properties LLC.

Wait...underwater land? Here's where things get interesting, though not in the way the words "underwater land" generally have us hoping.

The developer would be allowed up to 40,000 more residential square feet for his two towers if he also builds a pier at the end of Java Street. Unfortunately, locals aren't totally excited about either the pier or the new construction.

As local City Council member Steve Levin tells the Journal, "Essentially you have a developer getting 40,000 of additional space for building a pier that nobody asked for." Well, when you put it like that! But Stiles Properties will also be building a pier that people did ask for, the future East River ferry stop on India Street. Enough to win over the neighbors?
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What's wrong with building a pier? Seems odd.
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^ The pier would allow for the larger building, always a no no in Nimbyland.


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That's it time to go Robert Moses on NIMBY's. They are going a step too far. Let's take down their houses see how they like about that ha.
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Though people criticize our local leaders for never getting things done, we will say this: Give them a full year to complete a homework assignment, and they'll churn out 190 pages of grade-A city planning the likes of which we have never seen! That's because the subject matter of Vision 2020: New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan has never been a priority for past administrations, which had to deal with pressing issues like lawless subway systems and tourists getting murdered, not, say, residents demanding kayak access to the toxic Newtown Creek. But the waterfront is now precious and profitable, and Mayor Bloomberg & friends have been working for 12 months on a comprehensive 10-year plan to guide development of the city's 520 miles of shoreline, as we've mentioned. Today is the big day: the unveiling of the Vision 2020 report. So what have we learned about our watery future?

Eh, not much. The plan is mostly a compilation of projects that have already been started or announced, which isn't to say that all 190 pages aren't worth a read. After all, the report is cheaper and less addictive than Ambien. There are a few new ideas mixed in there, which the Post and Wall Street Journal take a look at. For example, one day we might be able to pay for our East River ferry ride with a MetroCard, stroll along a new pier at 44th Drive in Long Island City, catch a movie at the 34th Street Helliport and, uh, park our commercial vessels along the north side of the Atlantic Basin.

For a Cliffs Notes version of the plan, check out the companion New York City Waterfront Action Agenda, which is also available for download on the City Planning website. It summarizes 130 key projects that will take big steps in the next three years, before Mayor Bloomberg hands over his office to the Mayor Bloomberg clone that has been growing in a top-secret lab and is technically eligible for three more terms.
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Make sure to check out the website for the report also:

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Roosevelt Island's Southern Tip Gets Rocked



March 17, 2011, by Joey Arak

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The excellent Untapped New York got a hardhat tour of Four Freedoms Park, the Franklin D. Roosevelt memorial on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island that was first designed by Louis Kahn 40 years ago. (It finally broke ground last year, somewhat controversially.) Above is "The Room," the granite structure near where the large FDR statue will one day go. Untapped New York also took in some of the nearby sights, and we couldn't resist tossing up a shot of the creepy Smallpox Hospital ruins.



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Stanford Wants to Build $250 Million Campus on Roosevelt Island
Friday, March 18, 2011, by Joey Arak

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Mayor Bloomberg shouted from the hilltops that he's desperate to lure a top-level graduate engineering program to New York City, and 18 "expressions of interest" just came in from schools around the world. One early favorite is Stanford University, which has proposed a full-on satellite campus that would reward students with 100% genuine degrees. Today the Times fills in more details on Stanford's plan, which seeks to revive the Goldwater Hospital site on the northern tip of Roosevelt Island, a piece of property that's been on architects' minds for a while. Take, for example, that 2009 vision seen above. Remember, Stanford: No copying.

Governors Island and the Brooklyn Navy Yard have also been suggested as potential campus sites, but the Palo Alto brainiacs are dreaming of a campus floating in the East River that might one day include 2,200 students and hundreds of staff members (the poor tram!). The first phase of Stanford East could be completed by the end of 2015 and would cost about $250 million, paid for by Stanford itself along with supplements by the city and philanthropists. Will city officials lean Stanford's way? According to the Times, "For sheer enthusiasm and ambition, it may prove difficult to match Stanford University." Better step your game up, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology!

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I think it would be nice if Roosevelt would be more developed but not a college campus. The memorial will look fantastic when finished. And are they doing anything to the old hospital?
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Meanwhile on the Manhattan side...

Long Wait for East River Waterfront Revamp to End in May
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The December completion date for the first phase of the East River Waterfront revamp was a little optimistic. But hey, better late than never! DNAinfo brings word that the first bit of construction to get finished, a two-block esplanade between Maiden Lane and Wall Street, will probably open in May. Reasons we like this section: the stone steps, the bar-style railing seating, and, of course, the 4,300-square-foot dog run allegedly featuring a giant sculpture of a squirrel.


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Boros spar over bid to move lot for waterfront park

BY Erin Durkin
March 29th 2011

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A long-promised waterfront park for Greenpoint has hit another roadblock - cross-border skirmishing between Brooklyn and Queens.

Plans to build a park on Commercial St. have been put off for six years because the MTA wouldn't move from a parking lot at the site. After protests from residents last month, city and Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said they were pursuing a deal to move Access-A-Ride vans to an empty city-owned lot in Maspeth.

But when Queens pols got wind of the plan, they were outraged - complaining Maspeth already has two MTA lots and shouldn't have to host another.

"It's a raw deal," said City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Maspeth). "Maspeth is overrun with trucks and other commercial traffic.

"No one in Queens begrudges a neighborhood in Brooklyn a park. We love green space. But to do this to Maspeth without any consultation, without any planning, without any discussion, is wrong," he said.

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall also is pushing the city to scrap the plan. "Maspeth is already doing more than its fair share," she said.


Greenpoint officials scoff at those concerns, noting the Maspeth site is in an industrial area and that the current lot hasn't caused any traffic or pollution problems.

"I haven't seen a logical, rational argument as to why this site shouldn't be located there," said Councilman Steve Levin (D-Greenpoint).

"The residents of North Greenpoint do not see [the lot] as a major burden on the community," he said. "We just want to see the park that we were promised."

An MTA spokesman said the agency still thinks the Maspeth site would work fine for its vans but will leave it up to the Bloomberg administration whether to move forward. He noted the facility is a lot to store new vehicles while they're processed, not a depot where vans are constantly coming and going.

A Bloomberg spokesman said the MTA "has indicated the Maspeth site would suit their needs. No final decisions have been made, but we're moving forward with a feasibility study to confirm the site could work."

Levin said the interborough dustup is just one more headache in a series of snafus that have deprived the neighborhood of much-needed green space - promised as part of a deal to rezone the area for luxury towers.

"It's been an immensely frustrating process," he said.
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Technically not the east river, but an offspring...

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Boathouse plan moves ahead in Greenpoint



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April 5, 2011

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Newtown Creek could be getting a new boathouse.

State officials made the $3-million waterfront facility on Manhattan Avenue one of seven finalists for a $7-million pool of money created by the city three years ago in punishment for years of violating state pollution laws.

Community Board 1 member Dewey Thompson, who has lobbied hard for money for a boathouse and educational facility in the ground floor of a factory building, hoped the state will follow through on the foundation’s advice.

“It’s going to have a big, tangible, game-changing impact on Greenpoint,” said Thompson. “It’s going to change the way the people interact with the creek and get on the water in general.”

The City Parks Foundation made its recommendations to the state Department of Environmental Conservation and Attorney General’s office based on feedback culled from the community the past six months.

The recommendations include new bulkheads and tree plantings along Newtown Creek, and the acquisition of two waterfront sites in Queens which would be developed into parkland.

But two of the foundation’s six other recommendations, a $1-million study for renovating the Pulaski Bridge, and $2 million in pathway improvements inside McCarren Park, could have lasting improvements for Greenpoint.

Greenpoint residents have mobilized over the past two years to demand significant improvements for the bridge, including an expanded space for bikes and pedestrians.

“We want to study specifically ways in which we can have a separate pedestrian and bike path that is sufficiently wide to accommodate a two-way bike path in a safe manner,” said Pulaski Bridge coalition member Moses Gates.

And parks leaders embraced the news that McCarren Park could be renovated with state funds. The city nearly closed Gilroy Field before the start of baseball season because the field has been overused and its grass did not germinate.

The announcement ends more than six months of deliberations, as the City Parks Foundation winnowed down more than 50 suggestions for improving the quality of life in Greenpoint.
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BREAKING: MTA will move its Greenpoint bus fleet to make room for park



The MTA has agreed to move its buses and other equipment off this gorgeous waterfront lot in Greenpoint.

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Park that park in Greenpoint!

The MTA has finally agreed to move buses from a Commercial Street lot that locals have long desired for a waterfront park.

MTA Chairman Jay Walder announced that the agency will move its fleet to two locations — one underneath the Williamsburg Bridge and another in Maspeth in Queens.

The move will free up the asphalt lot off Box Street at the edge of Greenpoint to become the neighborhood’s largest waterfront park.


Councilman Steve Levin (D–Greenpoint) hailed the decision, the culmination of six years of negotiation.

“This agreement signifies the commitment of both the city and the MTA to ensure that 65 Commercial becomes public open space in the near future,” said Levin.

But Queens residents have been incensed that the city and the MTA even considered putting buses in Queens — a plan that Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D–Queens) called “horrible, reckless and dangerous.”

For Greenpoint residents, it’s a long time coming.

The city promised a park to the community at that location as part of the 2005 Greenpoint-Williamsburg rezoning agreement that precipitated a boom in residential development.

But as glass and steel condominium towers rose along Williamsburg’s coast, few waterfront parks were built.

Indeed, the MTA gradually expanded its operations on the lot, fixing buses and emergency vehicles behind an unsightly chain link fence for several years.

But Greenpoint community leaders ratcheted up the pressure on the city and the MTA in recent weeks to move the facilities from Commercial Street.

As such, District Leader Lincoln Restler, who organized a demonstration at the site two months ago, called the decision a “big victory” for Greenpoint.

“The community activism, the rallies, and the public eviction notice forced the MTA to heed the demands of the Greenpoint community and vacate a parking lot that we will finally see developed into a new park,” said Restler.
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BREAKING: MTA will move its Greenpoint bus fleet to make room for park



The MTA has agreed to move its buses and other equipment off this gorgeous waterfront lot in Greenpoint.

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That is so awesome. Nice to see New York making the city that much better by building all these waterfront parks.
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Of all the great developments in New York right now, this is definitely one of my favorites. Such a poetic design by Louis Kahn, it reminds me a lot of the Salk institute.

I'm not certain what future generations will think of the new Whitney, the new WTC, Beekman, Carnegie, etc; but I'm quite certain we are witnessing the posthumous creation of a masterpiece by someone who is firmly entrenched in the pantheon of great architects. I just don't think people are grasping the utter hugeness of this memorial.
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I just don't think people are grasping the utter hugeness of this memorial.
Location has something to do with it also, but a lot of people today probably don't even know who FDR was, just some guy with a highway named after him on the east side of Manhattan...


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The FDR Hope Memorial initial design concept was presented for the first time to the public last night at Roosevelt Island's Gallery RIVAA. The design depicts President Franklin D. Roosevelt seated in his wheelchair at his desk greeting a young disabled girl wearing braces on her leg and is based to an extent upon this photograph.


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For Flushing and Its Waterfront, Time to Think Big


The bustling Main Street subway stop in Flushing, Queens.



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April 12, 2011

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Flushing, Queens, home to one of the largest Asian populations in the United States, is one of the most crowded downtown areas in New York City. The Flushing Main Street stop on the No. 7 subway line was the busiest station outside of Manhattan in 2009, and 19 city bus lines stop downtown, where more than 40,000 people reside.

Yet there has been relatively little large-scale development in the neighborhood. The glassy towers that dominate other parts of the city are conspicuously absent — and a municipal parking lot takes up five acres in the center of downtown.

“People come from China, and when they look at Flushing, they say, ‘This is the way China was 15 years ago,’ ” said Michael Meyer, the president of TDC Development, a subsidiary of the F&T Group, which plans to turn that parking lot into Flushing Commons, an $820 million, 1.8 million-square-foot mixed-use development. Mr. Meyer said he hoped to break ground within a year, and he estimated that construction would take three and a half years. It is one of several major developments that promise to refashion the neighborhood’s landscape.

“On every street and every block, there’s new construction,” said Dian Yu, the executive director of the Flushing Business Improvement District. “It’s amazing.”

Flushing Commons is to include 235,000 square feet of small-scale retail, 185,000 square feet of office space, about 600 condos, a 62,000-square-foot Y.M.C.A., a one-and-a-half-acre park and, to make up for the lost parking lot, 1,600 underground parking spaces. The project is a joint venture with the Rockefeller Group Development Corporation, which built Rockefeller Center.

Nearby, the F&T Group is also building a $125 million mixed-use development that will combine a 168-room Hyatt Place hotel with three levels of retail, underground parking and a separate tower for office space and serviced apartments. Groundbreaking is this week; construction should take three years.


A few blocks away, where Main Street ends at Northern Boulevard, the RKO Keith’s Theater, designed by Thomas W. Lamb, may finally be given new life. The theater housed vaudeville acts and movies for more than half a century but has been sitting empty since the 1980s, despite the efforts of various developers.

“It’s been a cancer in downtown Flushing for over 20 years,” said Claire Shulman, the former borough president who is now chief executive of the Flushing Willets Point Corona Local Development Corporation.

Last year a developer, Patrick Thompson, acquired the theater by assuming a $20 million loan from Doral Bank; he plans to restore the landmarked lobby while building a $160 million mixed-use development that will include 357 rental apartments, 17,460 square feet of retail, a senior center and parking. The project, Mr. Thompson’s largest, has received almost all of the necessary approvals and is on track for construction to begin this year, with an opening expected in 2014.

Mr. Thompson said there was a strong rental market in Flushing. “There are rental buildings in Flushing, but they’re mostly older and rent-stabilized,” he said. “A lot of the Asian population, when they want an upscale rental, have gone to Long Island City.”

Set back from the sidewalk, the apartment tower will reach 17 stories — 175 feet — making it higher than anything nearby. The historic lobby will be visible to passers-by through an undulating glass curtain.

“We want to create a new building that’s reflective of the old,” said Jay Valgora, the principal of Studio V architecture, who designed the project. “The lobby will be on stage for all time, overlooking the community.”

Promising changes are on the horizon for the Flushing waterfront as well. College Point Boulevard, which runs along the inlet of Flushing Bay, is a busy roadway that is dangerous to pedestrians and populated by construction suppliers, auto-body shops, and a large U-Haul rental and storage operation.

“It’s not a traditional urban waterfront,” said Mr. Valgora, whom the Flushing Willets Point Corona development corporation hired to draw the plans for its transformation. “A block away you have a vibrant commercial center. They’re completely cut off from their waterfront with a chain-link fence.”

The first step of the plan, which recently began, includes pedestrian medians as well as trees and planters to beautify College Point Boulevard and make it safer, a process that should wrap up by the end of the year.


“We are turning it into a boulevard, rather than a heavily trafficked commercial street,” Mrs. Shulman said. “I think that will make a big difference in the appearance of the whole area, which is messy now.”

The development corporation is also working to change the zoning to C4-4 from C4-2, which would call for smaller building footprints and require less parking, thereby allowing for more open space along the waterfront.

These are just the first steps. Mr. Valgora foresees 1,800 to 2,800 residences, a waterfront esplanade and boardwalk lined with cafes and restaurants, and a series of parks.

“We really see it as a vibrant mixture,” he said. “It will resemble Singapore.”

Already the waterfront has one major new tenant — perhaps the most salient evidence of Flushing’s transformation up to now — on a site that Muss Development Company has owned for more than two decades. Sky View Center, an 800,000-square-foot mall a few blocks west of the Main Street station, is now 75 percent leased, and has big-box stores like Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, BJ’s Wholesale Club and Best Buy.


“Queens in general is dramatically under-retailed,” said Michael Dana, the president of Onex Real Estate Partners, which is heading development on the Sky View project. Yet, Mr. Dana added, “the local economy in Flushing is very strong.”

The demand for luxury condos has not proved quite as strong. Sky View Parc, the attached condominium towers with 448 units open and 660 planned for a second phase, is still mostly empty — only 170 units have sold — but Mr. Dana is confident that sales will improve when construction is complete this spring. “I’m not the least bit disappointed,” he said. “We’re seeing a tremendous pickup in sales.”

And the area is still in desperate need of affordable housing, Mrs. Shulman said. She is working on a plan to convert a municipal parking lot by the Long Island Rail Road station into housing, and at the same time improve access to the train platforms, which are difficult to find and not accessible to wheelchairs.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has set aside $8.5 million for wheelchair-accessible elevators; Mrs. Shulman is hoping to receive the rest of the financing (more than $30 million) from federal sources.

“For a major commercial area like downtown Flushing,” the lack of wheelchair access to the railroad “is ridiculous,” she said.

The success of most of these projects depends on large amounts of financing, which is far from certain in this economy. But the community leaders and developers say redevelopment is needed. Mr. Meyer, for one, is optimistic about the success of Flushing Commons.

“Flushing is a bridge between China and Korea and the United States,” he said. “As the economic center of gravity shifts to Asia, Flushing plays a greater role.”

Specifically, he sees a great demand for commercial space. Queens Crossing, a Flushing commercial center that F&T Group completed in 2008, sold out before construction began.

Mr. Yu, of the Flushing Business Improvement District, said he was happy that so much development was on the horizon but nervous about the practical effects in a neighborhood already congested with traffic. Already, he said, “it can take you six to eight minutes for one block.”

He added, “We’re going to miss the parking spaces.”

The 800,000-square-foot Sky View Center has big-box stores and is 75 percent leased.
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