Sunday, May 25, 2008
Rockaways brace for building boom
Locals say that many small homes have been redeveloped into super-size, multifamily dwellings - a trend that would largely be stopped by the city's current proposal to down zone 278 blocks on the peninsula.
The so-called Rockaways renaissance has fueled a dramatic rise in population - 13,000 new residents between 2000 and 2006, according to census figures - and that has many longtime residents fuming over what they say is a lack of transportation upgrades to match the boom.
Building boom revives Rockaways peninsula
Although a $6 Rockaways-to-Manhattan ferry service debuted this month, the peninsula still has only one subway line, one of the nation's few intra-county toll bridges and aging streets that locals say can't handle the onslaught of summer traffic.
"Our community is being ruined," said Fran Stathis, head of the Rockaway Park Homeowners and Residents Association. "We're too congested. We don't have the infrastructure for so many people."
That's ok, we have to build anyway, there are a million more people coming, haven't you heard? The concerns of the people already living here are totally irrelevant.