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Finding Land in NYC

Building atop railyards has been a focus in recent years for the city of New York, which has struggled with finding new land. Daniel Doctoroff, president and CEO of Bloomberg LLP, says the next big opportunity is at Sunnyside Yards in Queens.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 09:00 EST | 13
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Simon Hersom
Simon Hersom  
11/29/2012 1:45:59 PM
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Re: Sunnyside Yards
If I can ask a stupid question - what are these rail yards for?  When the bulk of transportation for a smaller city used railways you certainly needed a large space for playing shunting games on the edge of town.  But with a growning city (a) could they not be relocated somewhere cheaper and further away and (b) do they still need to exist at all.

The City of London Broadgate development is built above Liverpool Street station and on the goods yard that it used to supply.  The massive Kings Cross redevelopment is 67 acres of derelict Central London - why is there not an article on it here?   Now that's a future city all of its own - Look at this

PeterJ
PeterJ  
11/23/2012 9:39:51 AM
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Running out of space
I do agree that we come to a point of reutilization of existing space when rehabilitation of certain spaces narrows. We can go above, below,  and over things, but I think there is significant work to do on assessing what spaces we use and why.

Hazel
Hazel  
11/22/2012 12:38:05 AM
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Re: Sunnyside Yards
Interesting and succint rundown on the Sunnyside Yards. As land gets harder to find in NYC, I expect buildings to rise higher and higher into the sky to make up for it and 'multiply' space. But there will come a time that even this would be insufficient. That is probably when renovations of existing structures in the city would be required.

piratejulie
piratejulie  
11/21/2012 11:41:54 AM
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Re: Sunnyside Yards
Transportation Access is one of my chief interests, where Future Cities is concerned. My New York City upbringing, in fact, makes my Los Angeles reality / residency challenging.  Truly, there is an auto-dependency here; in part, due to the layout.  Condensed NYC versus Expansive LA.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/21/2012 10:04:32 AM
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Re: Sunnyside Yards
Well, thanks to the handiness of the Yards to Brooklyn --and to the terrific public transporation access-- they'll find it super easy to visit and enjoy your new digs with you!

piratejulie
piratejulie  
11/20/2012 7:02:01 PM
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Re: Sunnyside Yards
Mary, you are overflowing with good ideas.  Actually, I possess a bi-coastal fantasy: LA / Silicon Valley / NYC.  But what will my Brooklyn friends [and former neighbors] think of me if Sunnyside becomes my East Coast hub??

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/20/2012 5:13:51 PM
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Re: Sunnyside Yards
Perhaps you can find and get on a waiting list for housing there, piratejulie. Which leads me to wonder how the development will be handled -- strictly through private contracting, or with some public housing as well.

piratejulie
piratejulie  
11/20/2012 4:55:47 PM
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Re: Sunnyside Yards
I grew up in adjacent Woodside, Queens.  My proximity to Sunnyside's potential is embedded within my Urban psyche.  Location-wise: I'm totally there.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/20/2012 4:50:04 PM
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Re: Sunnyside Yards
It's all about location! And this could be a hugely successful place for people to live, tucked in between key portions of NYC.

piratejulie
piratejulie  
11/20/2012 4:29:03 PM
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Re: Sunnyside Yards
"Uniqueness."  Indeed, Sunnyside's allure is one where its Queens topography is a facet of what we know to be unique about it.

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