Originally Posted by Crawford
This is Spring Creek area of East NY, and it isn't below sea level.
It's city owned urban renewal land. They're building the Gateway Spring Creek project here. Any "empty" rows of townhouses or apartment buildings (if of recent vintage) are probably u/c.
The Gateway project is 2 miles away along the Belt Parkway. "The Hole" is just the triangle formed by Linden Blvd, Conduit Ave, and Drew St. It can't be East NY because it's actually in Queens - the border is Drew. I'm sure this will be developed soon, but right now it appears to be just as Detroitish as the articles claim. I'm not shocked, though - I got used to this sort of thing after living in New Orleans, and you can find it in a few odd places in Chicago as well (around Calumet, namely).
The landfill from Gatsby was a real place - it was transformed into Flushing Meadows Park for the 1939 World's Fair.
I've always thought it was odd that New York is the only American city to embrace high-rise and mid-rise buildings outside of the core. The whole south part of Brooklyn is dominated by them, and more keep going up. It's very similar to what I saw outside Rome, Paris, Vienna, and of course many former communist countries but there are none of these in the States?