Sunday, May 17, 2009

Astoria up for rezone

From the Queens Gazette:

For the first time since 1961, the Department of City Planning has begun a major effort to rezone 9,180 lots on 248 blocks in Astoria.

The area under study is generally bounded by 20th Avenue to the north, Steinway Street to the east, Broadway to the south, and the East River/Vernon Boulevard to the west. City Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. and community groups, concerned that current zoning does not adequately protect traditional row houses and single family homes, requested the zoning study in fall 2005.

"[Astoria] is the hottest neighborhood in the whole city," Vallone said. "We've seen two-family homes ripped down and replaced by eight story monstrosities. I've been trying to get this change done for five years."

"[DCP] have ridden every block of Astoria, as I have," Vallone said.

"Some people are going to like it, some people are not going to like it," former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr. said. "But what we're going to try to do is make Astoria the nicest, most livable area."


Anonymous said...

"The nicest most livable area,"

Five years too late for that.


Third Generation, 49 years in Astoria, gag me with a spoon.

Detective McNutty said...

The Vallones need a time machine to change what they have allowed, the last ten years in Astoria, Long Island City and Dutch Kills. Maybe the only thing that would help Astoria is a voter revolt. Get rid of Vallone, Maloney and anyone else who represents this area. I wonder how these bums have benefited financially from the over development.

Anonymous said...

did I read this right ? poor pEter vallone didn't have a clue as to the rezoning ? deliS told me the same thing too when we enquired as to the who,what,where,when and why's of changing our area from R2 to R5--everybody had amnesia.
Detective--they'll never get voted out,Maloney ensures that by her district also being the east side,and vallone's a dynasty.