Sunnyside Yards in Abstract

Artist Andrea Belag has rendered a series of abstract prints named after the Sunnyside Yards. Above, “Sunnyside Yard 25,” says Pinterest, is “a large exuberant abstract monoprint, with brush strokes both gestural and minimalist.” The 2016 piece is priced at $2,875. Same for other prints, also named “Sunnyside Yard” and numbered. Belag told me she made … Continue reading “Sunnyside Yards in Abstract”

City: Sunnyside Yards yes, BQX maybe later

There are two threads of headlines this week for the LIC and Astoria area:  The city is officially moving forward with a Sunnyside Yards development master plan. The city officially left important BQX stuff out of its budget.  That means, the city is on top of developing a mega housing development over the Sunnyside Yards … Continue reading “City: Sunnyside Yards yes, BQX maybe later”

City announces Sunnyside Yards planning team, hears hell from JVB, Nolan

The city is officially moving forward on developing a neighborhood over the Sunnyside Yards by launching a master planning process this summer. The Economic Development Corporation announced today that Alicia Glen, deputy mayor of economic development and Anthony Coscia, chairman of Amtrak, which owns most of the space, signed a letter of intent to collaborate on … Continue reading “City announces Sunnyside Yards planning team, hears hell from JVB, Nolan”

Crain’s: City selects team for Sunnyside Yards master plan

Crain’s New York reported Thursday that sources say the city has tapped architect and urbanist Vishaan Chakrabarti to lead up the design plan for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s major development proposal for the Sunnyside Yards. The Crain’s story comes one year after the city released a report on the potentiality of decking over the vast … Continue reading “Crain’s: City selects team for Sunnyside Yards master plan”

NYT: City “Renewal” program failed at P.S. 111 and other notes…

The New York Times highlighted P.S. 111 in upper Long Island City this week as a school Mayor de Blasio’s “Renewal” program has failed to help. The program, launched in 2014, invested millions in the city’s 94 poorest schools. The Times reports that non-public internal documents said in as early as December 2015 that a … Continue reading “NYT: City “Renewal” program failed at P.S. 111 and other notes…”

Comptroller comes to LIC to take on City Hall

A great grandfather at the front of the line for the microphone told Comptroller Scott Stringer he’s sick of bridges and streets getting named after politicians. Stringer said he admitted he fantasized of one day telling his son that “Stringerway” was once called “Broadway.”  Stringer, an almost-2013 candidate for mayor and thought-to-be 2021 mayoral hopeful, … Continue reading “Comptroller comes to LIC to take on City Hall”

Ravenswood has so much development and CB1 wants to know how you feel about that

At this month’s Community Board 1 full meeting, members said they’d be sending out a survey for Ravenswood area residents. The idea, apparently, is to have some measure on how residents feel about changes happening in the area in regards to all the development going on. This should help the board in future land use … Continue reading “Ravenswood has so much development and CB1 wants to know how you feel about that”