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    The Citibank isn't working as well as it should, but only because it's a lone wolf in a sea of sheep LOL.

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    Is Manhattan busting at its 'development seams'? With news such as this and the major developments over in Jersey City (although J.C. is a seperate entity altogether)......... :?:

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    In a sense, yes. Manhattan is straining its potential as it's an island and has nowhere to go but up. Developing sub-central business districts is not a novel idea. London has certainly done that, and continues to do so.

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    ... as well as most European and Asian big cities.
    I think it's a good thing.

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    Sydney and Melbourne are used to developing satellite C.B.D.'s out of the main downtown areas too. So it's not particularly novel and yeah, it is a good thing. Can make a city much more interesting.

    I believe that many companies and government departments on Manhattan use the sub-centrals as back-ups re in case of blackouts (recent history) & for computer info. saving, as well as having representative offices for the burroughs.

    It does sound like Queens is ripe for the picking. If this development gets off the ground then it could set a positive precedent (as long as historical buildings of any objective noteworthyness are 'saved' in the process ).

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    This should have been done years ago. LIC, Flushing, and Jamaica in Queens, Downtown Brooklyn, the North Shore of SI, and the South Bronx all should be developed, both as back offices, etc. for large companies and for small business that can't afford Manhattan rents. These areas should also have the right zoning so that developers can build tall. Forget all the crap the NIMBYs wil bitch about.

    Take Flushing, for example. If you go there, there's developments on every block. Old single family houses are all being torn down for 6-10 story apartment buildings. It's actually pretty impressive. But if the place was rezoned to say 500ft or so, builders would build that tall, I almost guarantee. Plus, this area should be viewed as a mini Shanghai and should be marketed for office development to Asian-American companies and Asian companies that have/want a presence in the US.

    I hope the city doesn't mis-step with this, or JC will be even more developed.

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    So long as we're talking about development in that area, does anyone know what they're building right next to the 7 Line, right at the approach to the Vernon-Jackson station?

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    Yes, rumors of this area's rebirth have long been premature. But there are several reasons for optimism now:

    1. Recent upzoning of the new LIC central business district makes high-density office development easier. As Jersey City demonstrates, there is significant demand for lower-cost space close to Manhattan.

    2. Queens West is moving forward, as noted on another thread.

    3. The surrounding low-rise neighborhoods (stretching from Sunnyside to Astoria) are seeing an influx of creative types being priced out of Williamsburg and elsewhere in Brooklyn. This is helping to transform the character of these neighborhoods.

    4. The Queens Plaza subway station is getting a major face-lift.

    5. The LIRR East Side Access project is underway. A little-noted aspect of this project is the construction of a new LIRR station at Sunnyside Yards, with connections to the Queens Plaza station. This station will serve LIRR trains, as well as some Metro-North New Haven Branch trains. It may also serve New Jersey Transit and Amtrak trains, if those agencies decide to stop there.


    P.S. TLOZ - I believe that building is a LIRR maintenance facility being built in conjunction with the East Side Access project.

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    I remember seeing that design somwhere for queens but it was a long time ago. Maybe they're trying to develop a clump of buildings lik in jersey?

    The citicorp centr has been on its own for ages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DominicanoNYC
    Are you talking about a site where there are 3-4 cranes.
    No, the cranes are south of LIC. This location is at Queensboro Plaza.
    The garage has yet to be torn down..unfortunately!
    If you know Queensboro Plaza, the location is directly across the street of the newly renovated building Metlife now occupies.

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    Wow, that is pretty good to hear that some development is on the rise...does anyone have renderings???

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    Wow, that is pretty good to hear that some development is on the rise...does anyone have renderings???
    Way too early to even think about that.

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