From a Daily News editorial:
The season ends today at Aqueduct, and with the finish of the ninth race should come the closure of the Queens horse track.
The place is a moribund vestige of a bygone era. It's time for New York to take it off life support and convert the enormous, underutilized real estate into a productive asset for the borough and city.
Desperate both for revenue and to prop up the racing industry, Albany has embarked again on a scheme to breathe life into Aqueduct by introducing computerized slot machines.
In doing so, Gov. Paterson and the Legislature are on a fool's errand that would deprive New York of a fantastic site for developing affordable housing, schools, recreation areas or other much needed projects.
Aqueduct's 210 acres, served by superb transportation, are roughly equal to the combined size of the city's top six development sites: Queens West (75 acres), Willets Point (60 acres), the West Side railyards (26 acres), Atlantic Yards (21 acres), Columbia University's Manhattanville campus (17 acres) and the World Trade Center (16 acres).
Yes. Queens DEFINITELY needs more large scale development! Especially since all of the above named projects are hitting major snags. (That's sarcasm, folks.) P.S. Where is the "superb transportation?" The A train sucks and many times runs in shuttles.
Note to Daily News: NYRA is already selling off a lot of its property. Why doesn't the City buy it and build what it wants to on it?