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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Time Warner Internet in Jackson Heights
« Last post by toque198 on Today at 03:47:27 PM »
I called the 866 #.  They wanted to send a technician to test my wiring and equipment to see if it would be compatible when they get around to upgrading.  Said I'll wait until they upgrade.
We all agree that such development will put more strain on the subways.  Will it turn into an L train scenario is the question.

In 20 years the city has grown by a million people.  That's 50,000 a year.  Have we been building that much housing per year?  These LIC towers will supply housing for about 50,000.  We need one of these each year, every year, to keep supply up with demand.  Since we clearly haven't, overcrowding and skyrocketing housing costs result.  Investment frenzies and greed are easy scapegoats, but it's simple market economics which steadily makes it less and less feasible for residents to stay on.

Our present zoning resolution is a citywide thing.  It differs from our first zoning resolution in 1916 because of its focus on FAR's rather than strict spatial requirements.  Zoning itself is a progressive era response to unchecked self destructive development.  It hinders development designed to make as much profit as quickly as possible, replacing it (hopefully!) with profit driven development which does not create a detriment to other citizens, property owners and the city as a whole.  It's not flawless of course, but it sure beats the alternatives.  40% of the existing buildings in Manhattan could not be built under our present zoning resolution.

That last bit about being bothered over it.  Whenever there is change in a neighborhood, there is a general kneejerk response on how it will affect the people presently living there.  It's cold blooded not to strongly consider them of course, but some prefer to give due weight to the other stakeholders, including future residents, property owners, developers, NYC citizens and the city itself.   I don't think any one of them trumps anyone else, though I do think such stakeholders trump those outside the city.  So does the city of Berlin, who recently 86'ed airbnb because of its affect on its housing supply.
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Restaurants & Food / Re: Swim Two Birds - Where We're At
« Last post by Lilybell on Today at 10:44:35 AM »
Stew, I don't know if you ever reached out to the contact I gave you at the Dept. of Small Business Services, but this might be something he can help with.
Neighborhood Chat / Re: New Music Video created by Jackson Heights kid
« Last post by Lilybell on Today at 10:43:07 AM »
Wow, I'm impressed!  Such creative kids.
Restaurants & Food / Re: Swim Two Birds - Where We're At
« Last post by lalochezia on Today at 09:34:54 AM »
Firstly, this sucks beyond belief! We're all rooting for you!

Secondly..... if your lawyers plan doesn't work.
Media: with the caveat that you should find someone who presents the most sympathetic case possible; remember the goal is to break through the political logjam, get building again, and not prove to the world  every injustice that has been visited on you.
Rather than randomly going for a strategy, If you can find examples of people successfully using media to go up against DoB absurdities, then use that as a model - or better yet, use those people.


 "Signage violation" seems to be 100% BS reason and an overbroad application of an over blunt tool in law , but if a landlord or tenant has unsafe conditions due to a violation, and refuses to redress the violation, you can see why this kind of stick would be useful.  I realize this is little consolation to you....

What I'd like to know now is what his vote was when his council decided to refuse people like us a building permit for other people's violations.

Leave this kind of thing alone for now. Eyes on the prize!
Neighborhood Chat / Re: Time Warner Internet in Jackson Heights
« Last post by pixgirl on Today at 09:18:47 AM »
It's not a scam. I thought that too but I called Time Warner and they confirmed it's real. You may want to call the main Time Warner number to let them know you have your own modem. They may decide a technician doesn't need to be sent.
Restaurants & Food / Re: Swim Two Birds - Where We're At
« Last post by Simka on Today at 01:11:06 AM »
It's appalling. I can't believe they have dragged this out so long.
You can look at how lowrise JH/Elmhurst/Corona is a thick yellow ball of "highest" density, while places with towers, the waterfront at LIC and Williamsburg, are in lower density brackets.  This is because the towers 1) tend to be more widely spaced out, 2) have a higher percentage of studio and 1 bedrooms, 3) are less likely to experience apartment overcrowding.  Of course if the towers are packed right on top of each other like in Manhattan, they can get higher densities, but I think when the dust settles, we won't see population densities higher than the back 7.

I have a hard time telling this for sure. I'm not saying you're wrong, but as I was looking at the ArcGIS map, I couldn't be certain exactly what was where. I know that a number of the towers in LIC are along the water, but I also think that there may be some side streets in there that still have small buildings (like one-family to three-family). If there are, that would play some role in the area not being more orange or yellow. So I get what you're saying but would want to examine the area more closely.

This follows the stray off the subject:  Our present zoning resolution was approved in 1961, with revisions since.  The man responsible for many of these revisions, in particularly the areas of air rights and inclusionary zoning which allow areas to experience growth while maintaining their historical character, was Norman Marcus, who I was fortunate enough to have as a prof.  He also helped save City Planning back when the Beame administration was considering canning it. 

By "our present zoning resolution," what do you mean? Is that a JH thing? Or a citywide thing?

But the city is a dynamic thing.  If one pines for a neighborhood (or population) to maintain a stasis ad infinitum then one is bound for disappointment.  It's been changing rapidly since the days of Walt Whitman and will continue to do so.  At times neighborhoods arrive at a place where a change in character will better the investments of present and potential property owners.  LIC's industrial patrimony, as Brycellen rightly observed, has ebbed to the point where such a change is warranted.  So the zoning resolution is amended to initiate change at the expense of the character of the hood.

Well, I haven't said anything at all about wanting LIC to maintain a stasis ad infinitum, though I'm sure there are people who'd like that. I'm talking about slowing down and actually doing real planning about how to avoid the pitfalls of burdening the neighborhood with so many human beings coming in so quickly. (BTW, I don't believe for a minute that the subways won't suffer increased overcrowding, even if they are pretty close to Manhattan.) It seems to me the "planning" involved centers around greed to make as much profit as possible as quickly as possible (yeah, that "better the investments of present and potential property owners" part, which is largely about property-owning developers). It steadily makes it less and less feasible for the residents who have lived there for years to stay there, as they're pushed out by skyrocketing housing costs driven by that investment-bettering frenzy. You can't say it hasn't already happened elsewhere in the city. It bothers some of us more than it bothers others.
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