Wall Street Journal:
It may be hard to believe given the amount of construction in recent years, but more cranes could be on their way to Long Island City.
City Hall is targeting the Queens neighborhood along the East River and just north of the Long Island Expressway for a possible rezoning that would promote the construction around Queens Plaza of more high-rise apartment buildings, including ones with lower rents.
In 2001, the city rezoned 34 blocks of Long Island City between Queens Plaza and Court Square to spur residential high-rises while looking to maintain a mix of manufacturing and commercial space.
Since 2006, more than 8,000 units have been built in the neighborhood, and nearly 20,000 are under construction, according to the Long Island City Partnership, a nonprofit local development corporation.
But in the eyes of some residents and community leaders, the changes have created an enclave of shiny towers that looks more native to Miami than New York City.
The plans to encourage more high-rise development have the support of City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, who represents the area. Mr. Van Bramer said he also wanted to ensure that development is accompanied by improvements to schools, transportation, space for technology companies and affordable housing for artists.
“I’m very much open to this idea as long as it includes those things that I already outlined and is done in a smart way that speaks to the needs of community and takes into account the additional folks who will then be in the neighborhood,” he said.
Still, industrial advocates are concerned that the administration’s efforts to create more housing here and elsewhere could lead to the further loss of space for longtime manufacturing businesses.
Manufacturers who have been in the area for decades said they already felt they were losing ground to new residential construction. Some have been forced to consider whether to sell out.
So let's understand this...Sunnyside Yards can't be developed with affordable housing because it will lead to overcrowding, but LIC can be massively upzoned once more. Oh, Jimmy doesn't live in LIC, that's right.