This fading industrial sector may be exper- iencing a renewed vitality because of its perch across the East River from Midtown, but its renaissance is at a quirky phase: The influx of residents is outpacing the goods and services that make a neighborhood. It is a car without an engine, a cup of ramen noodles awaiting a splash of hot water.
Life’s Necessities Play Catch-Up With Development on the Queens Waterfront
Joseph Conley, the chairman of Community Board 2, whose district includes Queens West, said he was concerned what the burgeoning neighborhood might do to the true pioneers of the area — the third-generation residents who grew up in a neighborhood of single-family homes that stood alongside factories. Many of those people are not in the same economic bracket as the transplants settling in the luxury residences along the river.
“We don’t want it to be a playground for the rich.”
Meanwhile, my pals at Curbed are having a good chuckle at QW's expense:
QueensWest Stumbles Into Becoming Real Neighborhood