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Offline willsweeney

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YMCA or some other type of Community Facility
« on: February 06, 2008, 11:34:39 AM »
Jackson Heights needs a YMCA or some other type of community center that incorporates exercise/recreation facilities with community space. Is there support out there to try to get one for our area?

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Re: YMCA or some other type of Community Facility
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2008, 12:32:40 PM »
This is a great idea.  It would be an incredible thing if we could make something like this happen.

I don't see something on the scale of a YMCA opening up just to serve the Jackson Heights community... I think they need a bigger market.   One option is for it to serve a primarily a car-oriented market by locating on Northern Blvd., near the airport, or at the Bulova complex, in which case it might not be as much an integral part of JH as we might hope.

The other option would be for it to serve a transit-oriented market in JH, Elmhurst, and Woodside, by locating at the Roosevelt/74th Street hub.  I would prefer this option, as in my opinion the commercial buildings near the hub are significantly underbuilt, but I am not optimistic that the community would be interested in seeing a large, mixed-use development there. 

Or perhaps I'm wrong and there really are neighborhood-scale organizations of this kind that don't require huge buildings.  Does anybody know of a good model we could emulate?

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Re: YMCA or some other type of Community Facility
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2008, 06:19:48 PM »
The one in Sunnyside is not too overwhelmingly large and might be a model to check out.  I don't know if the Y specifically would build one so close to that location though.  maybe a similar organization?  JCC? 

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Re: YMCA or some other type of Community Facility
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2008, 07:57:03 AM »
The Y will build in areas that it can get funding to do so. If someone knows of a developer who can afford to subsidize (or generate subsidies) it's the only way they'll come to this area. One way to help this along is to schmooze with the City Council Members who might push for it when they speak with developers about other interests.

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Re: YMCA or some other type of Community Facility
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2008, 03:50:54 PM »
I've been mulling over this idea.  I think Will raised an important point: we do need better recreation facilities. 

If the community could agree on a vision of what it wants to see (as I indicated, the tradeoff would seem to be a large mixed-use building near the hub or a building with a parking lot out on the periphery), perhaps discussions with YMCA and developers could clarify whether this is economically feasible. 

But if not, that doesn't mean we have to think smaller.  Why not something more outlandish?

It strikes me that Queens lacks a real, world class indoor recreation facility.  We have some great resources (the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, for one), but nothing comprehensive.  Manhattan has Chelsea Piers, and Brooklyn has Aviator Sports and Recreation at Floyd Bennett Field and soon the Park Slope Armory

With the coming redevelopment of Willets Point (most recently endorsed by Congressman Crowley), we have an opportunity to establish nearby a facility of this caliber.  As far as I can tell, there has been no discussion of including indoor sports and recreation among the development plans, but I don't think it is too late to get something like that on the agenda.  They're looking for ideas that will draw people to the area, and this would be a perfect fit.  Plus, it also fits with the outdoor athletic tradition of nearby Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and is easily accessible via LIRR and the 7 Train.  At only 2.5 miles from Jackson Heights, it's also an easy walk.

Is this an idea worth organizing around?


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Re: YMCA or some other type of Community Facility
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2008, 04:44:04 PM »
Uh, what about the myriad pool halls in the area?  =  )

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Re: YMCA or some other type of Community Facility
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2008, 08:33:53 AM »
That place on 72nd or 73rd and Northern next to the diner would have been great , but, some hideous yellow, maroon,and  beige shell of an office building was built there.
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Re: YMCA or some other type of Community Facility
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2008, 08:10:25 PM »
I posted this in a few places, and I'm sorry  if you've already read this, but I feel so strongly about this!
I would though LOVE to see a YMCA in Jackson Heights! I don't know how many times I  have expressed this when I schlepp my kids to the Y in Sunnyside. JACKSON HEIGHTS NEEDS A Y!!!!  Our adults need it, our kids need it, even our senior citizens can use it for learning, exploring, and yes, growing!!
I hope someone out there is hearing the pleas for a YMCA in this area. I think it would do phenomenally here. I know of so many parents that take their kids from JH, Astoria, Elmhurst, and even Corona to the Y in Sunnyside.
I too also wish that instead of that very ugly structure on Northern Blvd and (73rd St??) across from the diner, that space could have been better suited for a Y. I think it's going to become a clinic. I think there already is a clinic on 74th/Northern. Terrible mistake!
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Re: YMCA or some other type of Community Facility
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2008, 09:50:54 AM »
There is quite an impressive pool/recreation center nearing completion in Flushing Meadows Park.  Not terribly close to JH, but the building (at least the outside) is really nice.  Not sure when it is scheduled to open. 

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Re: YMCA or some other type of Community Facility
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2008, 12:28:53 PM »
According to Brownstoner, The Park Slope Armory Athletic Center will open soon.

Why can't you find a large, empty building when you need one?

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Re: YMCA or some other type of Community Facility
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2008, 12:28:53 PM »