As it currently exists, Willets Point is one of the most blighted areas in the City of New York. Its soil and earth are polluted and in desperate need of remediation. The vast majority of its structures are substandard and do not conform to the City’s building codes. Anyone who has ever ridden the number 7 line to Flushing, visited Shea Stadium or driven on the Van Wyck or Whitestone Expressways has seen the worst eyesore in Queens County; 60 festering acres sitting in the middle of some of the most exciting and hopeful land in the City of New York. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Creating A Bold Vision For Willets Point’s Future
Sitting down with Willets Point business owner Daniel Sanbucci Sr., of Sanbucci Bros. Salvage Yards, it is obvious he is a little jaded. “It’s junk around here, we know that,” he said. “But the City has been neglecting us for 55 years.” Willets Point is notorious for being the largest parcel in the City without hook up to the sewer system. “What kind of business do you know that has an outhouse,” Sanbucci said pointing to the emerald green port-o-john in the corner of the parking lot.
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