Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered the State of the City address last week and we listened with a Queens ear.
We held our breath when Bloomberg said that “some projects will have to be slowed down, some scaled back and others may need more private funding.”
We sighed when Bloomberg then added, “In Queens, several pivotal projects will proceed this year. “Shovels will go into the ground at Hunters Point South, where we’ll begin to transform long vacant land into a new middle-class development fueled by $2 billion in private investment that will create 4,600 jobs,” he said.
He promised that that the Queens Museum of Art will get new facilities in 2011. Additionally, along the East River, with support from City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the city will begin running a new ferry service with stops at Long Island City, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, DUMBO, Wall Street and 34th Street.
Most importantly of all, the “Crown Jewel” of Queens and destination point for visitors and tourists alike, the Willets Point redevelopment project, will go forward.
Bloomberg said, “We’ll begin building roadways and waterlines that will give rise to whole new neighborhoods with good jobs and affordable housing.”
All in all a very encouraging State of the City address – for Queens.

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