Sunday, May 11, 2008

DOT sounds stupid at CB2 meeting

DOT's Ryan Russo pointed out that removing parking now, before zoning changes bring in new residential buildings, will encourage new residents to move to the area without their cars.

CB2 Chairman Punts Queens Greenway Vote Over Loss of Parking

Earth to Ryan: did you notice all the skyscrapers at the waterfront? The zoning changes went through some time ago...

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

In case you had not notice, all the new buildings going up in Dutch Kills have no parking - not needed for those day laborers that will be packing the trains for their little service jobs in Manhattan - or Section 8 types that will be (censored do to the machine control of public dialogue.)


All this construction is bogus, flimsy cheap garbage, no infrastrucure, etc etc

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to thank you for the site. I am currently living in Rego Park and was considering buying a condo in LIC but it sounds like an overpriced wasteland.

Anonymous said...

Those bike lanes are bullshit - not created by the community - notice how they do not connect the community with the waterfront, but go up the spine of new construction.

This is the first step to get funding to make Vernon a limited access four lane highway that will cut us off from the waterfront. It is built for the wealthy housing along the waterfront.

The local politicians and community boards are just too stupid to ask tough questions or even inquire as to why there is so much suspicious attention ($6 million while the rest of the community rots around us!) to a stupid bike lane.

Make the routes go east and west connecting the community with the river, and run them up 11th Street, wider with little traffic.

Anonymous said...

overpriced wasteland.
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Have some hot money, especially overseas hot money? That overpriced junk is great for an investment: a series of six students fresh from the farmbelt, six filipina nurses, six Mexican day laborers, and your investement, with no costs with infrastructure (paid by the voters) will start to earn a profit in five or six years.

Anonymous said...

LIC has no soul.

Anonymous said...

No, the BP and mayor sold LIC's soul to the devil.

Anonymous said...

I always base my major real estate life decisions on the comments on this blog. What better source?
LIC is changing from a barren dump to a beautiful waterfront residential community, with great retail activity coming in and improved infrastructure, streetscapes, libraries, schools, etc. Just terrible . . .

Anonymous said...

I was not basing my judgment about LIC on comments on the site. I was basing it on the collection of articles about LIC that is presented. Most other blogs about the nabe make it sound too good to be true, so it probably is. Even Curbed is starting to laugh out loud at LIC.

Anonymous said...

You were considering buying a condo and moving to a new neighborhood - a major life decision - and you decided against it because of a "collection of articles"? Please, continue living in Rego Park . .

Anonymous said...

Take it from someone with buyers' remorse: don't come here. You'll be sorry you did. There is no community here, social life revolves around a handful of shitty bars, yeah, you're only a subway stop away from midtown but try getting on the subway in the AM - you'll have to leave at least 1/2 hour early to get to work on time, and you're going to pay way too much considering this is Queens and not Manhattan as much as the realtors would like you to believe that its Manhattan East.

Anonymous said...

"You were considering buying a condo and moving to a new neighborhood - a major life decision - and you decided against it because of a "collection of articles"? Please, continue living in Rego Park . ."

Yeah, I visited the neighborhood a few times, and instead of saying, "I can't wait to move here" I said "let me read up on the place". I knew I needed to check more than the glossy brochures that the realtors gave me and trust their testimonials.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who moves here should check on the infrastruce: the trains are terrible (packed by the time they reach Corona or Rego Park or Queens Plaza), there is no shopping here, the schools suck, no cultural community (a handful does not a community make), underserved by cops and fire, no parking, no hospitals, and its in a FEMA flood zone.

Most seem to be only here for a few years and have no real vested interest in the long term. I get the sense that all these hotels do not auger well for the future of this area.

This is NOT Brooklyn or Manhattan. I would NOT suggest plunking down your money here.

Anonymous said...

It's unfortunate that losing some parking to make a decent bike lane draws such nasty comments. Get off your butt and bike a bit more and drive a bit less.

Anonymous said...

In case you had not notice, all the new buildings going up in Dutch Kills have no parking

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Wrong again - most do have parking. Check you facts before you talk about something you know zero about.

Anonymous said...

Thank god the DOT will not listen to the CB. This seems to be moving ahead.

Anonymous said...

Wrong again - most do have parking. Check you facts before you talk about something you know zero about.
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Wow, can you say that I should have a million dollars and (clap clap clap) its suddenly there, too?!?! just because you uttered it?

For the rest of us living in the real world, this was the whole point as to why they got upset - parking was not required. I don't think they even hvae two or three spaces for staff - in a 10+ story monster hotel.

Anonymous said...

Thank god the DOT will not listen to the CB. This seems to be moving ahead.

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You are probibally right - and you sustain another point made many times on at Queens Crap - the community boards are politically appointed and most know it and toe the line for that reason. On the rare occasions that the public actually tries to have a say in their community, and publicly vetos some stupid proposal, they are just ignored.

Anonymous said...

"It's unfortunate that losing some parking to make a decent bike lane draws such nasty comments. Get off your butt and bike a bit more and drive a bit less."

Maybe you guys in Transportation Alternatives should start to look at the broader picture, and talk about transportation issues that are important to the community (hint, its not bikes) than just being used as a tool of the developers, like the rest of the waterfront advocates.

Heffron said...

If you check the actual proposal you'll see that the parking removal and bike lane along Vernon ends at 45th St in Hunters Point and at Main St in Astoria. The majority of parking that would be removed along Vernon is in an area that as yet does not have extensive residential or commercial development, it's mainly parks, power plants and scrap yards. The area with the hotels going up is not going to lose parking or even get an on street bike lane, the DoT will be putting in signage that identifies the area as a bike route and to be aware. So Ryan Russo's comment about removing parking before residential development starts happening is in fact accurate since there is not a lot condos along the area where parking will be removed.

The TA Queens Committee has spent a lot of time talking to people in the area about a bike lane on Vernon and most people I meet are supportive. In fact last year we had a sign on letter that was endorsed by 16 different community groups in the area including Queensbridge Houses and pushed for a class 1 bike lane along Vernon. If you go down there on a weekend or during morning or evening commutes you will see many people using Vernon already to access the parks and to get to the Pulaski Bridge. This is something we have been talking about for a while, and we haven't encountered any real community opposition.