Department of City Planning

Local boards mixed on National Tennis Center expansion
Local boards mixed on National Tennis Center expansion
Northeast Queens Courier Staff 3/14/2013 at 9:04AM

BY TERENCE M. CULLEN AND MELISSA CHAN Six community boards are lobbing back and forth on approving the proposed expansion of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The boards surrounding the park are required to vote on the .68 acres lost in the U.S. Tennis Association’s (USTA) plan to expand in the park. Their [...]

Amendment to bring sidewalk cafes back to LIC
Amendment to bring sidewalk cafes back to LIC
Top Stories Alexa Altman 1/21/2013 at 4:57PM

Once hampered by noise complaints and numerous tickets, Manducatis Rustica owner Gianna Cerbone-Teoli is looking forward to resurrecting her Vernon Boulevard establishment’s sidewalk café. “I’m ecstatic about it,” said Cerbone-Teoli. “It’s really nice to see people sitting outside on the street and it brings more people to the area.” Presented at a community meeting by [...]

Community Board 11: Potential ferry good, just not here
News Melissa Chan 8/04/2012 at 7:07AM

The city’s plans to push for ferry piers in metro waterfronts would not sail well with a local community board if the Bayside Marina is chosen as a landing site. Community Board 11 voiced concerns against the Department of City Planning’s (DCP) proposed revisions to its Waterfront Revitalization Program (WRP), which includes plans to install [...]

Rezoning will preserve character of Woodhaven, Richmond Hill
News Terence M. Cullen 8/02/2012 at 11:39AM

Parts or all of 229 blocks in Woodhaven and south Richmond Hill will be rezoned, after the city council approved the divisive plans to preserve the character of the neighborhoods. The new area, approved on Wednesday, July 25, is mainly bordered by Park Lane to the north; 103rd Avenue to the south; Eldert Lane to [...]

Local artists angry over plans for 5Pointz
Local artists angry over plans for 5Pointz
Arts & Music Alexa Altman 7/03/2012 at 1:36PM

Taggers armed with cans of spray paint who flocked to leave their mark on the paint-laden walls of graffiti mecca 5Pointz may soon be searching for another canvas. The 200,000-square-foot Long Island City graffiti art exhibition space, home to over 350 multicolored murals, could soon be knocked down in favor of building two high-rise apartment [...]

Resisting rezoning Richmond Hill
Resisting rezoning Richmond Hill
News Melissa Chan 1/03/2012 at 3:32PM

While some local leaders laud the city’s plan to rezone Richmond Hill and Woodhaven, one local business organization said it would negatively impact and cap the growth of the community. According to a spokesperson for the Department of City Planning, plans to rezone stem from concerns raised by Community Board 9, local civic organizations and [...]