Thursday, October 4, 2007

Gioia leads Tierney around Sunnyside

Recently, Councilman Eric Gioia and the Landmarks Preserv- ation Comm- ission (LPC) led a tour of the proposed Sunnyside Gardens Historic District for City Council members who sit on the Council’s Landmarks Subcommittee.

Councilmembers from across the City, including Jessica Lappin (D-Manhattan), Chair of the Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses Subcommittee, and Melinda Katz (D-Queens), Chair of the Land Use Committee, walked the streets of Sunnyside to observe the neighborhood firsthand. The Landmarks Subcommittee will hold a hearing on landmarking Sunnyside Gardens on October 9 at 11am at City Hall. The hearing marks the beginning of the final phase of the landmark designation process and will be followed by a vote by both the Landmarks Subcommittee and the Land Use Committee
and, finally, by the entire City Council. Members of the community are invited to attend the hearing, where they will have the opportunity to offer testimony.

“Sunnyside Gardens means a lot to me,” Gioia said. “It’s a neighborhood I know and love well, and it’s where I’ve chosen to live with my family and raise my daughter. At the hearing, I will speak in favor of landmark designation, as I believe that landmarking represents the best way to preserve the unique and special character of the Gardens.

I urge all of my neighbors, whatever their point of view, to join me at City Hall on the morning of the 9th to have their opinions heard as well.”

Community members who have questions about the hearing or the landmarking process can call Councilman Gioia’s office at 718.383.9566.

Earlier this year, Councilman Gioia engaged in a neighborhood wide listening tour to solicit opinions from residents regarding the proposal to landmark the Gardens.

Gioia met with residents in his office, sent letters and emails, and had his staff call through residents to solicit input. In addition, he and his staff went out into the neighborhood, knocking on doors and trying to determine what people would like to see changed and what people considered most important to preserve.

Sunnyside Gardens was built in the 1920s as a leafy, green enclave for middle class families, just 3 miles from downtown Manhattan. It was the first American adaptation of the English garden city model, with buildings covering just over a quarter of the total land area.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to designate Sunnyside Gardens on June 26. If approved by the Council, it will become Queens’ largest historic district.


georgetheatheist said...

Hey listen. Not to worry. If the landmarking fails, Gioia can string an "eruv" around everything and we can all make-believe it's an historic district.

Queens Crapper said...

Now that was a good one!

georgetheatheist said...

I can't wait for thius Saturday's Astoria Columbus Day Parade. Eric Gioia as been selected to be the Grand Asshole, er, I mean Grand Marshall.

Queens Crapper said...

Hey now, Sabini's gonna be jealous. He took out 2 Columbus Day ads...

Columbus Day 1

Columbus Day 2

Anonymous said...

That's all right.
Sabini can lead next year's pride parade!

Anonymous said...

This will probably be the LAST
major historic district that Queens will be seeing
for quite some time (if it passes?) .

The LPC has already ABANDONED our borough.....
and is currently working on the creation of

I guess that those "privileged" folks of the
Broadway/Flushing nabe
are going to get screwed out of their
that the LPC had promised them!
of areas to be calendered for designation.

Oh well....
what's one more broken promise to Queens from the

georgetheatheist said...

"Un giorno senza vino e come un giorno senza sole." - John ("Giovanni") Sabini

[A day without wine is like a day without sun.]

Anonymous said...

A common
I thought he drank "other stuff ".

Anonymous said...

I thought Gioia lived in Citylights (Queens West)? At least that's where he campaigns a lot.

Queens Crapper said...

He moved last year because he didn't like living amongst all the overdevelopment that he promoted there. He doesn't live where he shits.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Crapper.

Anonymous said...

where'd the picture come from?

Queens Crapper said...

Sorry, I left that out. It was in the Queens Times, which means it was probably sent to them by Gioia's office.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Katz snapped the photo as she is not shown.

Anonymous said...

The LPC has already ABANDONED our borough.....
and is currently working on the creation of


Well boys and girls as long as you remain passive they will leave tiremarks on your backs.

That law should be overturned.


Anonymous said...

Important to note:

Gioia lives outside the designated landmarking zone.

He also texted his vote into the last voting session for landmarking approval, held in Queens.

Seems to be on and off, when it's most politically appropriate.

georgetheatheist said...

What's the Doorman showing? The size of his wienie?

J.r. said...

Thank you Bob S.

Re: B'way/Flush.

daug said...

maybe we can get councilman dennis 'the grandmother fucker' gallagher to show tierney around maspeth to see if there are any old churches built by famous architects sitting on historic land that might be considered for landmarking. oh I forget, councilman grandmother porker is working for the developer. nevermind.

mazeartist said...

What is Melinda Katz (D-Forest Hills) doing in Sunnyside? Shouldn't she be helping her own district score a few landmarks? Melinda, come home!

Anonymous said...

Maybe Melinda has got her eye on Gioia
as Hevesi's replacement for a new canoodling partner !

I hear she does a mean lap dance !

But I doubt if she'll go full tilt for the C.M.
because he's not a developer !

Ascan Ave said...

Melinda, stay in Sunnyside.