“It’s a McDonald’s,” Martha Anderson, general manager, said, “not a senior center.” Read More
manifest destiny east
Besieged yet again by dozens of reporters and television cameras, a defiant Anthony Weiner insisted today that high-profile critics in New York and Washington were not going to drive him out of the mayor’s race.
“I don’t take my cues on policy from the Sunday talk shows listening to pundits, I never have,” said Mr. Weiner, speaking to reporters outside a Flushing, Queens senior center nearly a week into the new sexting scandal that has engulfed his fledgling campaign.
Talk about a home run.
After two years of negotiations with some of New York’s biggest developers, the city has scored a victory at Willets Point at once smaller and bigger than previously pitched. Today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg released the line-up for a 52-acre Willets Point development boxing in Citi Field, which will be built by a development double play by the Related Companies and Sterling Equities, run by the owners of the Mets.
The project will not encompass the entire 61-acre Iron Triangle. Nor will it follow the outlines of a plan for phased development at Willets Point released in 2010. But rather than being a smaller project, a glorified mall as early leaks of the agreement had suggested, the new plan far exceeds what the Bloomberg administration had once called for on the site two years ago—and not simply because the Wilpons will now build a million-square-foot “entertainment complex” (don’t call it a mall!) on the west side of their stadium. The bigger play is what is planned on the east side of the stadium.
“At Willets Point, where others have seen challenges, we have always seen enormous opportunities,” Mayor Bloomberg said at a breakfast hosted by the Queens Chamber of Commerce. “Today the valley of ashes is well on its way to becoming the site of historic private investment, major job creation and unprecedented environmental remediation.”
houses of the holy
Most New Yorkers are used to their super doing some shady business, like moving furniture or drugs on the side. Who can blame the guy, what he’s getting paid, and so long as he fixes your sink and looks out for packages, who cares? Well, what if your super was running arms for Hezbollah?
Mormons have never really been loved. From Brigham Young to Mitt Romney, theirs has long been a story of outcasts. Now, a Queens congregation is battling the same issues in an unusually bureaucratic setting: the Board of Standards and Appeals.
Have you ever seen one of those web videos where a person lays down at the edge of an airport runway and gets lifted off the ground by the force of the plane’s engines?
Well, one Queens developer might just find out if that can work for an entire building…
Thanks to popular stops running toward Times Square, the Main Street subway station in Queens is now the 10th busiest among the M.T.A.’s routes.
Any travelers on this route wishing to avoid the hordes of tourists, however, are out of luck. The No. 7 line is your only option at the Flushing, Queens, Read More