When “White Christmas” was written in 1942, Irving Berlin had good reason to yearn for the snows “just like the ones [he] used to know.” Measurements of the white stuff in Manhattan had been slumping since the late 1800s, with the 15-year rolling median of 35.5 inches from 1884 falling to a mere 15.6 inches by the year of the song’s release, and then plunging further, to only 13.4 inches in 1998-99. What has followed is nothing short of a holiday miracle: in the subsequent eighteen years, snowfall has increased in an unprecedented fashion across much of the Northeastern seaboard, with the rolling median at Central Park now reaching 40 inches. With New York City’s median recent snowfalls tripling in a matter of two decades and surpassing totals at the end of the Little Ice Age at the same time that temperatures have continued to warm, it is time for the city’s inhabitants to ask why exactly this is happening, and consider the practical implications that a rapidly-shifting climate will have on real estate.
Permits have been filed for a 20-story mixed-use structure at 540 West 21st Street, in Chelsea, Manhattan. The development should be an exciting addition to the burgeoning neighborhood surrounding the High Line Park.
Permits have been filed for a three-story commercial building at 136-21 Hillside Avenue, in Kew Gardens, Queens. The site is on the corner of Hillside Avenue and an exit from the Van Wyck Expressway. Two blocks away is the Jamaica-Van Wyck Subway Station, serviced by the E trains, and the Jamaica Long Island Railroad Train Station is a fifteen-minute walk away.
Renderings are out for 649 Grand Street, a six-story mixed-use building coming to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The site is six blocks away from the Lorimer Street Subway Station, serviced by the L trains. It will be on a busy street in the neighborhood, with several bars and restaurants nearby. Two Kings Company is responsible for development.
Permits have been filed for a seven-story mixed-use building at 144-74 Northern Boulevard, in Flushing, Queens. Seven blocks away is the Murray Hill Train Station, serviced by the Port Washington line on the Long Island Railroad. Thirteen blocks away is the Main Street Subway Station, end of the line in Queens for 7 trains, an anchor point for the commercial area. Sky View Northern Companies will be responsible for the development.