Redistricting Maps 1
Whitestone / North Flushing
The Commission has proposed that six blocks of the Mitchell-Linden apartment complex,
six-story buildings located west of Union Street, should be removed from the 20th
Council District and placed into the 19th (Figures 1 and 2). These blocks - which
represents only about half of the Mitchell-Linden Civic Association area - were curiously carved out of the 20th, seemingly with no context; not only did it divide a previously united neighborhood, it is surrounded on three sides by the 20th, with its only connection to the 19th adjacent to the Whitestone Expressway on the west, across from the College Point Corporate Park.
Based on conversations with the Mitchell-Linden Civic Association, the Queens Civic
Congress believes that these six blocks should revert back into the 20th Council District.
An appropriate addition to the 19th from the 20th would be the portion of North Flushing located in the 20th (Figure 3) - both in terms of comparable population (Figure 7) - as the remainder of this area is already in the 19th.
The North Flushing area - approximately 38 blocks, or 25%, of the primarily detached
single-family, low-density R1/R2 residential neighborhood (Figures 4, 5 and 6) north of Northern Boulevard that stretches between Union Street and Francis Lewis Boulevard - is currently located in the 20th Council District. It has no relation to the adjacent areas of high-density downtown Flushing to the south or the Mitchell-Linden Cooperative apartment buildings to the west, but is consistent and has a "common interest" with the rest of North Flushing to the east and should be placed entirely within the 19th Council District. QCC's recommendation is supported by the North Flushing Civic Association, which represents the immediate area, as well as the adjacent organizations to the east:
Broadway-Flushing Homeowners Association, Bowne Park Civic Association,
Auburndale Improvement Association and the North East Flushing Civic Association.
This "district swap" has also been endorsed by the Mitchell-Linden Civic Association.
In addition, two blocks should be added to the 20th from the 19th: a single block of
garden apartments in Whitestone at 20th Avenue and Parsons Boulevard; and a block
filled with six-story apartments at Northern Boulevard between Murray and 153rd
Streets. These changes would generate less gerrymandered district lines as well as
including higher density in District 20 where it is more in keeping with other similar areas.