From the NY Times:
Flushing Commons is to include 235,000 square feet of small-scale retail, 185,000 square feet of office space, about 600 condos, a 62,000-square-foot Y.M.C.A., a one-and-a-half-acre park and, to make up for the lost parking lot, 1,600 underground parking spaces. The project is a joint venture with the Rockefeller Group Development Corporation, which built Rockefeller Center.
Nearby, the F&T Group is also building a $125 million mixed-use development that will combine a 168-room Hyatt Place hotel with three levels of retail, underground parking and a separate tower for office space and serviced apartments. Groundbreaking is this week; construction should take three years.
A few blocks away, where Main Street ends at Northern Boulevard, the RKO Keith’s Theater, designed by Thomas W. Lamb, may finally be given new life. The theater housed vaudeville acts and movies for more than half a century but has been sitting empty since the 1980s, despite the efforts of various developers.
“It’s been a cancer in downtown Flushing for over 20 years,” said Claire Shulman, the former borough president who is now chief executive of the Flushing Willets Point Corona Local Development Corporation.
Actually, the RKO is an historic building that's seen better days. The real cancer is people like Claire Shulman, who have never met a development project they didn't like and turned Flushing into the mess it is today. And she's been around a lot longer than 20 years.
Other comments I've received on this article:
"Every voice interviewed is pro-development. And the story makes Flushing look like it's all-Asian? As if there are no blacks, whites, and Hispanics living in Flushing. WTF? This is not journalism, this is PR disguised as journalism."
"I can't remember seeing a piece like this in the non-Real Estate section NY Times. Shulman is ALLL over that one. Wonder if she spent money lobbying them as well."