Joe Conley, chairman of Comm- unity Board 2, said it’s rare to see a block in Long Island City without some kind of construc- tion. “It really has just exploded in the last two years,” he said. “The good news is it’s changing. The bad news is it’s too fast.”
LIC’s Vernon Boulevard On the Rise
Residents, too, express mixed feelings about the development taking place in their midst.
Ten-year Long Island City resident Joe Maddis said like most things, gentrification is good for some and bad for others. He’s concerned older residents and businesses will be priced out of the neighborhood. While new business coming in is raising property values, those living on fixed incomes who can’t afford the new prices may have no place to go.
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