Most of the big news about landmarked sites comes from Brooklyn and Manhattan. There isn’t much in Queens that makes headlines; for example, only two of the 26 sites designated from the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s 95-item backlog were in Queens County. Today, however, we have news about a landmarked park in Jamaica.
The New York City Economic Development Corporation and the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation have launched a request for proposals (RFP) for five development sites located within the Amusement District between West 10th and 16th streets in Coney Island. The city is seeking a development team to build new attractions, rides and entertainment outlets on the sites, Commercial Observer reported. The five properties, all of which are currently vacant, combine to measure a total 150,000 square feet. Proposals are due March 17 and the city anticipates new attractions on the sites will be open for the summer of 2018.
A ground-breaking ceremony was held last week for the first phase of a mixed-use project at 700 Jackson Street, located on two blocks between 6th and 8th streets in Hoboken, N.J. The first phase will see the construction of a single-story, 6,835-square-foot community gymnasium along Jackson Street, between 6th and 7th streets, and public park space across both blocks. Significant infrastructure work will also be done as part of the first phase, expected to be complete by 2019, Jersey Digs reported.
We are living in a bit of a renaissance for New York City-area bridges. New spans are under construction for the Goethals, Kosciuszko, and Tappan Zee bridges, and the deck of the Bayonne Bridge is being raised. The world’s busiest bridge, the George Washington, is also having work done.
After a crane collapse last February killed a pedestrian in TriBeCa, Mayor Bill de Blasio formed a working group to study the city’s crane regulations. In June, the panel released its recommendations. Today, the City Council took the next step by holding a hearing on a large package of proposed crane and work site safety legislation, including bills unrelated to crane safety that tighten training and worksite requirements.