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Old Posted Feb 10, 2015, 12:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Rail>Auto View Post
- I'd hate to move a convention center out of Manhattan since that is the center of the business community but if they can really get 4 of 8 billion needed from selling the property, it'd be hard not to give strong consideration to the idea.

This would be the perfect opportunity to build a stadium in either Queens or Manhattan, esp Queens since it would have room to grow.
The Giants and Jets will be in Jersey for another 90 years or so, so forget about that idea.

Originally Posted by hammersklavier View Post
I think the idea is that intensive development of the current Javits Center site would cross-subsidize the expense needed create the infrastructure needed to handle development in Sunnyside Yards.

But that would probably be contingent on parcel sales...which would need to happen after the new Sunnyside Yards Javits Center was built.
That's exactly right, and what one of the plans is calling for.

Also about the convention center, keep in mind that the governor was calling for the new convention center to be further east, at Aqueduct racetrack where the casino is. But the cost was being paid for privately by the same company that wanted expanded gambling at the site. Cuomo put off legalized gambling in the city for a few years, so that plan was dead.

But the need for a new convention center comes from the fact that Javits is basically 3 to 4 times too small to bring the type of business the city wants. Building something that large in Manhattan is out of the question, and a convention center in Queens would be in proximity to the city's airports.

That's nice, but area residents disagree. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, whose district encompasses the entirety of the rail yard, has vowed to block any proposal for a convention center or high-rise housing in the portion of the yard adjacent to landmarked neighborhood Sunnyside Gardens.
More of the typical, nutty nonsense you would expect from these types. The mayor could have came out and said they were going to build the most beautiful park in the country over the railyards, and someone would be outraged by the prospect.

No, it won't be an easy process (why would anyone think otherwise???) to build over the railyards. New York is hardly an easy place to build in to begin with, but that doesn't mean things don't get done. My eyes roll over 3 times whenever I see whining about something being "difficult".
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