Spring in the city! The trash glaciers are starting to shrink and soon New York City will be awash in new, green buds. But, that’s not all that is popping up. According to a recent New York Times article, the city is seeing an explosive construction boom – perhaps a bit too rapid:
It took just three years for balconies to crack and concrete to flake from the facade of one Brooklyn condominium. Another building was prone to flooding, because the storm drainage system was never connected to the sewage system. With buildings rising at a pace not seen in years, some fear that shoddy construction could be making a comeback, too.
As developers feverishly break ground on projects to cash in on soaring property values, lawyers, architects and engineers say they are fielding more calls from residents complaining of structural defects in newly built homes. There is growing concern that some developers are repeating the mistakes of the last housing boom and delivering substandard product. As more residents settle into new buildings, the trickle of calls could soon turn into a flood.
Watch out for falling balconies! Meanwhile, northern Queens is seeing developments of its own as the Queens Times Ledger reports:
City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) covered a lot of ground in her State of the District Address last week. Among the significant developments in District 21 are the groundbreaking of the first affordable senior housing development, the relocation of the Willets Point auto shops, the establishment of a higher education and health care institution and the future of the Jackson Heights BID extension into Corona.
But, unfortunately, only a small fraction of the nearly three hundred displaced Willets Point shops have been relocated, and many of those promised relocation by the city are still waiting after well over a year.
Spring 2015 will be tough for many of the Willets Point families who were displaced by the city. Why are they being displaced? Take a look at this advocacy video that we made in late 2013 to catch up: