...the city of New York via the Department of City Planning aided by the folks at Economic Development [are] creating a wall about the community of Hunters Point. Either knowingly or by accident they are smothering a small village that has survived for several hundred years. The latest addition to the wall is called Hunters Point South. It should be called Queensbridge 2.
Plan Kills Hunters Point
5,500 new families will smother the Number 7 Subway station at Vernon/Jackson. No need for your Metrocard, you can walk train to train through the tunnel to Manhattan. The MTA will create new bus routes. The routes will carry the new residents beyond the existing community. The integration will be with Astoria, Sunnyside and possibly Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Once again, the village of Hunters Point gets screwed.
Parking in the area has always been a problem. The city penalizes current residents by placing meters not only on the main streets but also on the side streets. Discrimination against residents is flagrant. The Police Precinct staff have "Park Anywhere" placards. They tie up parking in the area. Add to this the new Queens West residents and you find that you have two or more cars for every legal space. How many autos will 5,500 families bring? Oh, I forgot the parking needed for the Water Taxi, parks and shopping. In terms of parking needs, the state legislature did Hunters Point a favor by defeating Congestion Pricing, the $8 fee to drive below 60th Street. The plan's success would have smothered Hunters Point.
I suggest that all residents in Western Queens get involved. What is happening in Hunters Point will happen to Dutch Kills, Blissville, Astoria, etc. Obtain a copy of the Plan. Read it and realize that as Sal Anzalone predicted, the community and Western Queens are being screwed to reach the Mayor's new housing goals.
Thomas V. Sobczak
Chair of the Community Board 2
Land Use and Zoning Committee
for 10 years during the 1980s and 1990s