Game II: Re-Zoning Long Island City
The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance aims to reestablish New York’s waterways as the city’s greatest natural asset by making them accessible, clean, and inviting, as well as drivers of economic activity. In Long Island City, we envision a continuous, publicly accessible promenade along the East River that will connect the Gantry Plaza State Park to the South with the Queensbridge Park Greenway to the North. The main objective of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance’s rezoning proposal is to ensure the success and preservation of this future waterfront park. To finance the purchase and initial operation of this new park, the city will issue tax-free municipal bonds. In order to maintain the waterfront park, the MWA is proposing a Business Improvement District comprised of local property owners, merchants and civic leaders. A cultural hub will activate the waterfront area, while a public pier will provide commuter links to Manhattan via water taxi.
Game I: Developing New Haven
The site includes two eighteen-story residential towers that are bridged by a ground floor lobby and entry space. The towers are positioned such that the distance between them allows sunlight to filter into both buildings and their orientation creates privacy by ensuring that residents’ views are not directed towards one another’s residence. The two towers also offer different views for different units. The roof of the lobby allows a private garden terrace for residents.
There are two types of residential units: micro-units and lofts. Both unit types are prefabricated off-site, which reduces construction cost and time significantly. The project has 12,560 square feet of rentable retail space. The retailers represent significant market opportunities, since similar services do not currently exist near the site. They also cater to the student and young professional population.