This past weekend, anti-Amazon community groups and elected officials canvassed neighborhoods along the 7 line, including Jackson Heights, Corona and Flushing. They reiterated their qualms with Amazon, including the company’s record on unions, ICE and displacement.
Meanwhile, on Monday, public housing leaders from Queensbridge, Woodside, Ravenswood and Astoria Houses spoke about the need for jobs and opportunity in their communities. They also criticized the anti-Amazon organizations for canvassing Queensbridge and accused them of spreading misinformation to residents.
While the fight over Amazon and the HQ2 deal rages on, a coalition of Long Island City civic groups are not taking sides, but rather calling attention to the need for more investment in their community.
Calling themselves “LIC United,” the civic organizations from Court Square, Hunters Point and the Gantry Parents Association say regardless of what happens with Amazon, the city needs to invest funds into open space, public schools, a community center and a resilient waterfront.
With LIC exploding in residential population, open space in the area is scarce and public schools are beyond overcrowded.
The civic leaders also want a community center for fitness, education and cultural activity. With waterfront communities at the forefront of climate change, Long Island City must become more resilient when another Hurricane Sandy strikes.
We agree with LIC United on all of their demands.
While the de Blasio administration has already promised to fund additional infrastructure in the neighborhood, we don’t believe it will be enough to sustain the growth that is on its way.
These are common-sense investments that can happen right now and improve the quality of life for residents already living here.
Let’s hope the mayor agrees.