Hundreds show for Sunnyside Yard talks

With geological forces not creating more buildable real estate in New York City for the foreseeable future, much attention has been turned to the Sunnyside Yard rail depot to see if apartments, schools and parks can be built in decks over portions of the 180-acre site.

More than 200 people turned out at PS 166, the Henry Gradstein Elementary School, on Tuesday night to see just what Amtrak, which owns the site, and the New York City Economic Development Corp., which is managing the study, said was the next step in crafting a long-term master plan for the site and surrounding communities.

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Isha Patel
What will the future bring to Sunnyside Yard?

If ideas begin at the drawing board, the tables in the cafeteria at P.S. 166 on 35th Avenue in Queens are a good place to start.

NYC Economic Development Corporation and Amtrak have scheduled four community forums about possible development at Sunnyside Yard.

The second public session was Tuesday evening in Astoria, Queens.

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Isha Patel
City Wants Your Ideas For A Sunnyside Yard Megaproject

If Queens had an open space the size of 180 football fields, what would you do with it? That's what the city wants to know Tuesday at a public meeting to brainstorm ideas for Sunnyside Yard, a megaproject that envisions a 180-acre parcel of new land built over one of the busiest train yards in the United States. 

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Isha Patel
Second Sunnyside Yard master plan public meeting will take place this month

Just as thoughts of Amazon’s HQ2 campus in Long Island City are beginning to recede, the specter of the massive Sunnyside Yard development project comes drifting back to western Queens.

The city and Amtrak will host the second of four public meetings later this month, marking the halfway point of the 18-month master planning process and it will allow the brain trust behind the project to clear up some misconceptions that are shared by many residents living in neighborhoods surrounding the 180-acre train yard.

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Isha Patel
If You Think Hudson Yards Is a Big Development, Wait Till You See What’s Coming to Sunnyside

I suspect that plenty of New Yorkers who can easily pick out Mogadishu or Vladivostok on a map couldn’t find their way to Sunnyside Yard. It’s a grayed-out zone in the heart of western Queens, a walled-off, whale-shaped expanse with its tail in Long Island City and its snout nuzzling Woodside, 180 acres in all. This is a busy place — Amtrak, LIRR, and New Jersey Transit come to maneuver, switch directions, and submit to repairs — but it could be much, much busier. 

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Isha Patel