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Mayor pushes ahead with plan to redevelop Sunnyside Yards

Despite objections from the governor and MTA
February 21, 2015 12:00PM

Mayor de Blasio is moving ahead with a plan to redevelop the Sunnyside rail yards in Queens into affordable-housing, despite objections from Governor Cuomo.

Just 17 days after Cuomo said the yards were off-limits, the city’s Economic Development Corporation issued a notice seeking a feasibility study of the nearly 200-acre site, according to the New York Post

De Blasio has proposed building 11,250 units of affordable apartments over the rail yards, but Cuomo insists that the MTA needs the property for other uses.

“It is not available for any other use in the near term,” Cuomo’s spokesperson, Melissa DeRosa, said.

Nevertheless, the mayor is pushing onward.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to deliver on our vision of a more affordable city and smart development that responds to the needs of surrounding neighborhoods,” De Blasio said.

The study will look at 113 acres owned by Amtrak, and another 44 acres where the land is owned by the MTA, but the city owns the air rights.[NYP] Christopher Cameron


    I don’t understand the affordable housing the Mayor is proposing. I know it is for low income people, but how does it help other low income people who don’t get these apartments? Does he expect them to move out of NYC? Yet people get these apartments are not using it but renting it out on Airbnb.

    • AnoNYC

      Affordable housing does not equate impoverished residents. It’s mixed income housing with quite a range.

      Not everyone can be saved but this guarantees some income diversity in areas that will otherwise eventually be economically homogeneous.


    I remembered applying for the former fire house converting to affordable condo apartments in Greenpoint Brooklyn at 43 Herbert Street. The units supposed to be sold at affordable prices up to $210000 for three bedroom apartment. They ended up sold all the units starting at $400000 up to $700000 . Oh the developer have the decency to send me an email saying that we don’t have available units for your family even though my log number was 24. So what does it mean affordable?

  • AnoNYC

    I support the mayor. It makes sense to do this. This area is too close to the core of the city with too many valuable mass transit connections to sit there underutilized.

    • Realest Minority

      its a Superfund site you fool how the hell are you gonna build over that

      • AnoNYC

        Clean it?

  • Realest Minority

    this is a stupid idea not only is it gonna cost billions how are you gonna go ahead when the Cuomo is not even on the same page how the hell is the 7 train gonna handle an already crowned subway line

    • AnoNYC

      The mayor is going ahead with a feasibility study. Cuomo does not have the city’s best interest in mind, he has proven this time and time again. His political ambitions supercede our current needs.

      The 7 train is not the only rapid transit option that goes through this area and if there were any place to build, this is it. LIC is destined to become very dense and this will provide for even more housing and commercial units close to the core where they belong. It will also reconnect neighborhoods look separated.

      It’s definitely possible and has been done before. The question is cost, but as Court Sq becomes a thriving commercial district it will become apparent that expansion is needed.

      This is a long term project.


        I think the Mayor tries to keep Democratic voters in NyC

  • Crian Bashman

    Can’t believe there is criticism about studying the idea. Do you think all decisions should be made with little or no research?