In the summer of 2015, plans to build a new LaGuardia Airport were revealed along with other transportation infrastructure, including a 24-hour ferry service and an AirTrain, that would serve to link the East Elmhurst airport to the rest of the city. The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) has officially approved the project, which was recently estimated to cost upwards of $5.3 billion, Crain’s reported. As part of the deal to approve the project, the Port Authority agreed that it redevelop the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan, shooting down any chance that it would be rebuilt for much cheaper in New Jersey. As for the airport, the Central Terminal Building is phase one of the greater redevelopment and is expected to be finished by 2021. Terminals C and D will be built after that.
This past January, news broke that the $3.9 billion World Trade Center Transportation Hub in the Financial District would open to the public in early March. Last week, Curbed NY gave you a sneak peek inside the Santiago Calatrava-designed structure, and yesterday, on March 3rd, the hub officially opened. As seen in the photos, only a large chunk of the main concourse is open right now, and the rest of the structure is expected to follow in phases over the next few months. That includes 365,000 square feet of retail space to be managed by Westfield Corp. The Port Authority can now prepare to remove the temporary PATH station entrance near One World Trade Center, site of the planned World Trade Center Performing Arts Center, or PAC WTC. As reported earlier, the new transit hub now serves as the connection point for 11 subway lines, World Trade Center-bound PATH trains, multiple bus lines, and ferry service.
Three of the city’s top officials in transportation, housing, and economic development laid out the details of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s controversial plan to build a streetcar line along the waterfront from Sunset Park, Brooklyn to Astoria, Queens during a meeting with reporters on Friday.
YIMBY last reported on the World Trade Center Transportation Hub last July, when the ribbed structure’s exoskeleton was complete, the glass skylight was going in, and interior work was the focus. Now, the transit center, dubbed the Oculus, is expected to officially open in early March, Curbed NY reports. The $3.9 billion creation was designed by Santiago Calatrava and will serve as the terminus for World Trade Center-bound PATH trains, and connection points for the A, C, E, J, Z, R, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 subway lines, multiple MTA buses, and ferry service. In addition, 365,000 square feet of retail space, managed by Westfield Corp., is in the works within the transit hub alone.
The polluted waterfront blocks in eastern Queens known as Flushing West are an industrial wasteland: vacant lots, warehouses, a scrap metal business, a lumber yard, a U-Haul rental. But the city hosted a meeting Wednesday night laying out its plan to rezone the 10-block swath along Flushing Creek and revitalize the area with new residential development.