MAP: Booming tourism in NYC is behind Jamaica’s rapid transformation
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With more than 50 million tourists flocking to New York City every year, developers are looking to build more hotels than ever — outside of Manhattan. Developers have their eyes set on the neighborhood of Jamaica in Queens as they plan to build more than a dozen new hotels in the community within the next five years.   […]

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Op-Ed: Even in the lack of Flushing West upzoning, the area has a lot of potential
Photo: by courtesy of Department of City Planning

The Flushing West rezoning proposal was introduced by Mayor de Blasio two years ago in an effort to create affordable housing. This area was part of de Blasio’s affordable housing plan which incorporated 15 designated rezoning areas including the Jerome Avenue corridor in the Bronx, and East New York which has been approved by the city. […]

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In aftermath of mayor’s defeat of Flushing West plan, calls for affordable Flushing housing remain
Photo: Nora Soong/Wikimedia Commons

From frustration to relief, Flushing community activists and elected officials had mixed emotions over the demise of the Flushing West redevelopment project. Mayor Bill de Blasio officially dropped the rezoning plan on Tuesday, despite previously supporting the proposal as a part of his affordable housing agenda. Councilman Peter Koo, who sent a letter to the New York City Department of City […]

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UPDATE: Sunnyside affordable housing project is unlikely to happen as councilman and community board express opposition
Rendering by MHG Architects/via Department of City Planning

Updated June 3, 10:12 a.m. A contentious affordable housing project planned for Sunnyside won’t have the support of the local councilman. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer announced he would not support the 10-story, 220-unit project to be built at 50-25 Barnett Ave., which is currently a 200-space parking lot. His opposition is a major blow to the […]

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UPDATE: Flushing West rezoning plan has been scrapped by Mayor de Blasio’s administration
Photo courtesy of the NYC Economic Development Corporation

The Flushing West project, which would have transformed an industrial area into housing and retail spaces, was suddenly stopped by Mayor Bill de Blasio, it was reported on Tuesday. De Blasio originally supported the $350 million plan as part of his affordable housing agenda, but it appears that potential complications from the plan — and opposition from one local lawmaker — may have influenced […]

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