Willets Point

Rendering of Willets Point redevelopment. (credit: NYC Economic Development Corporation)

State Sen. Avella Joins Activists At Rally For Flushing Meadows Park Land

State Senator Tony Avella (D-Bayside) joined residents and community activists on Saturday, at a rally to take back the parkland of Flushing Meadows.

03/22/2014

The deadline for Willets Point shop owners to leave has passed and some remain open. (Credit: CBS 2)

Deadline Arrives For Willets Point Shop Owners To Move

Gualotuna is one of about 120 auto shop owners and scrap metal dealers who have been pushed off of the 23 acres of land across from Citi Field to make room for a $3 billion neighborhood filled with shopping, condos, and hotels.

02/07/2014

Willets Point business in the shadow of Citi Field. The city has sent eviction letters to dozens of business owners as it moves forward with plans to build a mall and redevelop the neighborhood. (credit: Alex Silverman/WCBS 880)

As Deadline Looms, Pressure Turned Up On Willets Point Business Owners

Hundreds of small businesses in Queens face a crucial deadline Saturday. They must agree to move, or lose city money to help with relocation. It’s the latest effort to clear out Willets Point.

11/29/2013

A Williamsburg building owner has hired security and installed a rolling gate to protect a piece of graffiti by Banksy. (Credit WCBS 880/Jim Smith)

Banksy Fever Continues To Grip New York As Art Appears In All 5 Boroughs

British street artist Banksy has now hit all five boroughs in his month-long New York “residency” and his work has continued to turn heads.

10/22/2013

Rendering of Willets Point redevelopment. (credit: NYC Economic Development Corporation)

City Council Approves Sweeping Redevelopment Plan For Willets Point

The City Council on Wednesday approved a redevelopment plan that will bring create a brand new neighborhood in Willets Point, Queens, anchored by a massive retail and entertainment complex.

10/09/2013

Willets Point business in the shadow of Citi Field. The city has sent eviction letters to dozens of business owners as it moves forward with plans to build a mall and redevelop the neighborhood. (credit: Alex Silverman/WCBS 880)

Willets Point Business Owners Due In Court Over Eviction Notices

The eviction notice sent out to dozens of business owners said to be out by the end of August.

09/20/2013

Citi Field exterior (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Willets Point Tenants Offered Rent Subsidies To Make Way For Mall Next To Citi Field

Small businesses in the blighted area near Citi Field, where the Mets play, are being offered payment equal to a year’s rent if they vacate by the end of November to make way for a retail-and-entertainment mall.

08/20/2013

Willets Point business owners protest before the MLB All Star Game (Credit CBS 2)

Local Business Owners, City Clash Over Plans For Willets Point

Shop owners protested what they called a plan by the Mets and city agencies to force them out of business with excessive violations.

07/16/2013

Citi Field exterior (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Neighbors Protest Plan For Mall In Citi Field Parking Lot

City officials said Wednesday a $1 billion shopping mall in the parking lot of Citi Field will spearhead development in a blighted section of Queens.

07/10/2013

The area near Citi Field in the Willets Point section of Queens, where small business owners say they are being forced out by the city. (Photo: CBS 2)

Willets Point Business Owners: We Are Being Evicted By NYC For No Reason

A lot of workers are about to lose their jobs. They got kicked out of their auto body shops by the landlord. The landlord … is New York City.

05/20/2013

Here the Toyota Camry (that caused the accident) can be seen in the shop along with the driver of that vehicle. (photo courtesy: Peter Gerber)

1 Dead After Car Crashes Into Queens Auto Body Shop

An out-of-control vehicle crashed into the shop at 126th Street and 35th Avenue in Willets Point, injuring several workers and killing at least one person.

04/23/2013

Citi Field (credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Palladino: Mets’ Casino Proposal Was Bad Idea From Beginning

They thought the fallout from Madoff was bad? What if a rostered lunkhead got caught in their gaming hall?

02/06/2013

(credit: Tom Kaminski/WCBS880)

Mets Owners Proposed Casino In ‘Initial Concept’ For Willets Point

Baseball and blackjack? The owners of the Mets were all in on a 2011 proposal for a casino next to Citi Field, only to be rejected by the Bloomberg administration, according to the New York Post.

02/05/2013

Casino (file/credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Speaker Silver Considering Coney Island, Willets Point As Casino Destinations

It is music to the ears of gamblers, and now city residents may be well on their way to hearing their own jingle with their own “gambling destination.”

08/13/2012

A rendering of what the redeveloped Willets Point will look like. (credit: NYC Economic Development Corp.)

Bloomberg Announces Development, Remediation Plan For Willets Point In Queens

Sixty two acres of rough and tumble small businesses, auto repair shops and iron works in the shadow of Citi Field will be wiped off the map and replaced by a 1 million square-foot mall, hotel, among other things.

06/14/2012

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