Plans to rezone Long Island City’s Hunters Point had been heralded as a boon to the middle class. The city would create roughly 5,000 rentals, 60 percent of which would be set aside for middle-income families — roughly $60,000 to $145,000 annual income for a family of four — and the rest market-rate.
But many residents and housing advocates want to know, what about low-income New Yorkers?
‘Archie Bunker’ vision decried
On most city-owned land the Bloomberg administration has transferred to developers for housing, a minimum of 20 percent of the units have been reserved for low- and moderate-income families earning up to $57,000, [Elena] Conte explained. But the two largest public parcels in Queens slated for residential development — Hunters Point South (a.k.a. Queens West) and Arverne East in the Rockaways — have not had these requirements.
“This is why it’s raising eyebrows,” she said, adding that the city is trying to get a waiver from the federal government so it doesn’t have to include low-income units in buildings financed with tax-exempt bonds. “Why is there an Archie Bunker vision here?”
Because Bloomberg wants certain New Yorkers to leave certain places, Elena. They stand in the way of his grand plan.