New York City’s infrastructure crisis stems from many issues, but one of the biggest problems in maintaining and expanding the city’s arteries are construction costs, which have ballooned into a stratosphere of unknown numbers and complete non-transparency on the part of city agencies. But now YIMBY has obtained data showing that salaries are up to 177% higher for unionized employees of contractors performing public works projects and building service work for government agencies than the prevailing wages of their respective private industry counterparts.
Plans for protecting Manhattan against floods are inching forward. Curbed reports the first phase of the Dryline, a landscaped park area along the waterfront stretching from West 23rd Street (in West Chelsea) to Montgomery Street (on the Lower East Side), are in the surveying phase. The Dryline would eventually continue into Midtown on both sides and is estimated to cost $1 billion.
The Hudson Yards project has taken decades to get off the ground, but construction is well underway on the site’s first few buildings, with the superstructure for 10 Hudson Yards already making an impact on the skyline. While the Eastern railyards will be impressive in their own right, the Western railyards are a bit further down the development pipeline, but Related has created a new set of conceptual towers that illustrate their potential, posted in an update to the Hudson Yards website.
Per Kensington BK, the renovation of Dome Park is underway, located at 384 Dahill Road, on the border of Kensington and Borough Park. The multi-million dollar transformation will be completed by Fall 2017, and will better utilize the space of the former park playground.
Sunnyside, a close-in neighborhood in western Queens around the 7 train, is becoming increasingly desirable, but developers looking for buildable sites won’t find many. The neighborhood is largely either built out or zoned out, with…