Wednesday, May 23, 2018

City closing stretch of Rockaway beaches for safety's sake

From CBS 2:

Longtime resident John Cori spoke to CBS2 in April about the ongoing erosion that he says should have been addressed and resolved years ago.

“It’s not unexpected,” he said. “We’ve been talking about this and warning the city.”

Cori adds that the Army Corps of Engineers has been slow to act.

“We know the issue, they’re closing the beaches,” he said. “We need to get the federal government in.”

City beaches are slated to open this Memorial Day Weekend, but the area between Beach 91st street and Beach 102nd Street will officially be off-limits. A section of beach in front of the 97th Street concessions area and bathrooms will be open, but there will be no access to the water.

Coming soon to a streetscape near you?

From Brownstoner:

Another building is set to sprout up on 4th Avenue in Park Slope.

Renderings spotted outside 269 4th Avenue display a 12-story u-shaped building, with what might be an open courtyard on the ground level.

The most striking feature are two twin cantilevered sections on the top five floors, which loom over the three-story building next door at 265 4th Avenue. The top four floors appear to have balconies, and there will be additional rooftop recreation space open to all residential tenants, according to a permit application filed with the Department of Buildings.

Is this really the direction we want architecture to go in?

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sunnyside teardown almost $10M

From Sunnyside Post:

A Queens Boulevard property marketed for its development potential is changing hands for $9.9 million, according to a press release issued by the real estate brokerage firm Cushman & Wakefield.

The brokerage firm said Friday that it had arranged the sale of 43-10/24 Queens Blvd—a property that incorporates about half the block on the south side of the boulevard between 43rd and 44th Streets. Eight stores occupy the space—including Amazon Pharmacy, Dave’s Bagels, Riko and Taiyo Food.

The property has been owned by Geoffrey Henderson, the president of Manhattan-based Henderson Holding Corp., since January 2015. That company purchased the one-story building for $7.28 million. The new buyer has not been named and the transaction has yet to close.

The stores currently occupy 8,500 square feet. However, an owner can develop a 43,700 square foot mixed-use building, according to Cushman & Wakefield.

Parking meters hiked and BDB is fine with it

From CBS 2:

Mayor Bill de Blasio is looking to raise parking meter rates — a move that could burden outer borough businesses and working people.

His plan includes raising the rates at the nearly 70 percent of the spots in the outer boroughs that now charge $1 an hour.

CBS2’s Political Reporter Marcia Kramer asked the mayor on Friday whether he feels “that working people who may use those spots… could be unfairly disadvantaged and it could be a regressive tax?”

“You know I care a lot about making sure there’s fairness for working people,” he replied.

De Blasio said that while he cares about the working man, he’s more concerned about congestion. To ease congestion, he wants to see more turnover of parking spots in outer borough business districts, like Astoria, Queens.

Does this make any sense whatsoever?

Monday, May 21, 2018

City (still) trying to crack down on parking placard abuse

From the Daily News:

The city has handed out a whopping 160,000 parking placards, to teachers, cops, Department of Transportation workers and others.

Many drivers still use dubious or outright fake placards — and manage to avoid tickets.

Meanwhile, drivers with legit placards park where they're not supposed to — on the sidewalk or blocking crosswalks. City placard holders are also only supposed to use the placards while on official business.

Under the proposed legislation, which will be introduced next week, the minimum fine for using a bogus or unauthorized placard would double from $250 to $500.

Another bill would require the city to yank a real placard if it is used inappropriately three times in a year.

The legislation would also create an electronic tracking system for city-issued placards, so officials will know who has one and whether they've been caught misusing it, and cops can confirm in real time whether a permit displayed on a car is valid.

And the NYPD would have to issue reports on how many complaints they get about placards abuse, and how many tickets they give out.