Van Bramer releases participatory budgeting with 18 projects

Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer unveiled the official ballot for the 26th Council District’s third year of Participatory Budgeting. After months of discussion and engagement throughout the 26th District, community members, in partnership with city agencies, developed, refined, and decided on 18 projects from hundreds of ideas. Beyond the 10 in-person voting locations, for the first time in Participatory Budgeting history, community members will be able to vote online.

“After months of hard work, community members in Sunnyside, Woodside, Astoria, and Long Island City, narrowed down hundreds of ideas to 18 exceptional projects that will improve our quality of life,” said Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer. “Each and every one of these projects—from new school bathrooms to bus time countdown clocks—are worthy of funding and would be great additions to our community. I’m proud to say for the first time in Participatory Budgeting history, everyone in District 26 will be able to vote online, making it easier than ever to vote.”

Community members over the age of 14 can vote for up to 5 projects on the ballot to determine where over $1 million will be allocated. Projects range in cost from $80,000 to $1 million. Voting will take place from March 25th to April 2nd.

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Signage appears for retail space at 42-60 Crescent Street

We last checked in at 42-60 Crescent Street back in August when crews had just revealed the outside facade to the building.1 The Factory House has opened since then, though there is a 2,309 square foot ground floor commercial space that is currently vacant.2

We were walking by the site last week and noticed that signage has appeared 886 square feet of that space, as seen in the photo below. ARM Real Estate Group is handling the deal.

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A view of the retail space

42-60 Crescent Street

Signage has appeared at 42-60 Crescent Street

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Demolition underway at 21-42 44th Drive

We last checked in on the former Elks Building at 21-42 44th Drive back in June when we noticed there was pipe scaffolding installed on the building.1 Despite efforts from local residents to save the building,2 work on demolition has proceeded forward, as seen in the photo below.

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21-42 44th Drive is nearly demolished


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Demolition complete at 21-20 45th Road

We were walking by 21-20 45th Road last week when we saw that the previous one story structure had been demolished pursuant to a permit that was approved by the DOB on January 9th.1

There have been many, many variations of permits that have been filed for this lot, but New York YIMBY was the first to note that the project will eventually turn into a six-building, 36-unit residential development.2

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A view of 21-20 45th Road


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Signage appears at The Decker at 21-10 44th Drive as building tops out

The last time we checked in on 21-10 44th Drive was in November, when the building was just rising over the construction fence.1 When we stopped by last week, we noticed that signage had appeared for the building, encouraging interested parties to look on its website, TheDeckerLIC.com. We also saw that the building had topped out and scaffolding is up on the west end of the building, as seen in the photo below. Plans call for a 7-story mixed used building with 2,710 square feet of commercial space and 16,290 square feet of residential space (16 units).2

New York YIMBY was the first to spot permits back in March, and here are more detailed they unearthed:3

Igor Zaslavskiy’s Zproekt is listed as the designer, and Leon Rakhlis’s Impex Builders as the developer (though the land sale has not closed, and the site is still owned by the Rockland County-based firm that bought it in 1981). Both the developer and architect are based in Sheepshead Bay, and appear to have worked mostly there and in nearby Brighton Beach (we’ve got a rendering today of Zproekt’s 104 West End Avenue), so this project would be a step up for them in terms of price points.

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21-10 44th Drive has topped out and scaffolding is up

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Signage has appeared for The Decker

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Rendering for 21-10 44th Drive


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