This site will serve as a depository for information and photos in documenting the ongoing destruction of Sunset Park through architecturally-bankrupt, non-contextual and shoddy overdevelopment.
The SunsetParkMatters blog has been created to track the physical changes taking place in our community, as well as the impact these changes are having on our quality of life. Sunset Park cannot survive the onslaught of irresponsible, inappropriate and, "right down ugly" over-building we continue to experience. Don't wait for anyone else to stop and, hopefully, reverse the destruction of Sunset Park.The people responsible for this out-of-control construction don't even live here, you and I are the ones being affected. Please document every change on your and neighboring block(s). This blog will post all "before & after" pictures and we are keeping a database of construction permits filed, permits approved and violations/stop work orders issued. You will be able to request information about your block by posting your questions.
Monday, June 15, 2009
WHAT WILL YOUR BLOCK LOOK LIKE IF THE PROPOSED RE-ZONING PLAN IS APPROVED? LOOK UP YOUR BLOCK BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!
HAVE YOU AND YOUR NEIGHBORS CHECKED OUT THE DEPT. OF CITY PLANNING's
PROPOSED REZONING PLAN
FOR THE SUNSET PARK BLOCK WHERE YOU LIVE OR HAVE YOUR BUSINESS?
LOCATE YOUR BLOCK AND JOT DOWN THE PROPOSED ZONING DESIGNATION(S)
LOOK-UP THE DETAILS ABOUT EACH DESIGNATION ON THE SAME PAGE AS MAP.
PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO CATEGORIES R6A, R6B, R7A.
AFTER YOU CHECK YOUR BLOCK, LOOK AT THE AVENUES. IF YOU DON'T LIKE WHAT'S BEING PROPOSED, TALK TO YOUR NEIGHBORS & WRITE TO THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE DAILY NEWS, COUNCILWOMAN SARA GONZALEZ, BKLYN BOROUGH PRESIDENT MARTY MARKOWITZ, CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT CHRISTINE QUINN, MAYOR BLOOMBERG, STATE SENATOR ERIC ADAMS, STATE ASSEMBLYMAN FELIX ORTIZ- JUST DON'T STAY SILENT.
FOR EXAMPLE- R7A IS BEING PROPOSED FOR 7TH AVENUE.
NYC Zoning Handbook:
Residential Districts: R7A
R7A districts provide greater lot coverage and lower height and setback regulations than R7 districts. Typical buildings are bulky, six- to eight-story apartment houses that are compatible with existing buildings found in older neighborhoods. R7A districts are mapped along Woodhaven Boulevard and sections of Rockaway Park in Queens.
The FAR in R7A districts is 4.0. The street wall of a building must be located within a mandated front wall setback area of eight feet on a wide street or 15 feet on a narrow street. The maximum building height is determined by the building envelope which may not be penetrated by the building. The building envelope is controlled by the intersection of front and rear sky exposure planes that rise according to a specific ratio. The Quality Housing Program is mandatory in R7A districts.
THIS PLAN MUST BE SCALED BACK: 6 STORIES ON SIDE STREETS OR 7-8 STORIES ON 7TH AVENUE IS TOO TALL. ALSO, THE NEW TALL BUILDINGS ARE EXPENSIVE CONDOS THAT SERVE THE PURPOSE OF A TAX HAVEN. THESE ARE NOT APARTMENTS FOR WORKING CLASS OR MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE WHO REPORT THEIR INCOME. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS TO WORKING & LOWER-MIDDLE CLASS FOLKS WERE LOST LAST YEAR IN NYC BECAUSE OF THE DEMOLITION/BUILDING BOOM OF THE PAST 2 YEARS.
WAKE UP, SUNSET PARK! SPEAK-UP BEFORE WE LOOSE THE VIEW FROM THE PARK, OUR BEAUTIFUL ROW HOUSE STREETS AND OUR HERITAGE AS A FAMILY NEIGHBORHOOD FOR MANY DIFFERENT ETHNIC GROUPS SINCE THE 19TH CENTURY. WHAT HAS TAKEN OVER 170 YEARS TO BUILD IS BEING DESTROYED IN 1 DECADE.