Say bye bye to the Iron Triangle (or, shall we say, iTri), that 60 acre Third World-like patch of auto repair places, junkyards and chop shops in Willets Point that is next to the new Citifield. Said makeover will include 5,500 units of housing, a 400,000-square-foot convention center, 1.8 million square feet of retail, and 500,000 square feet of office space. Plus a 700-room hotel and an eight acre park. The city is promising to work with the 250 business and 1,300 employees that will be displaced. The land has been described as "some of the most heavily polluted" in the city, which is no small feat considering the competition. The iTri develoeprs won't be picked for at least a year after a rezoning is done. All of which raises the question of where you're going to be able to go to find unpaved streets without sewers and those, you know, hard-to-get car parts.
· From Spare Parts, a Plan to Make Area in Queens a Gem [NYT]
· Mayor Takes Step to Redevelop Area Adjacent to Shea [Sun]
· Mayor Wants to Knock Rust Off Iron Triangle [Gothamist]
· Bye Bye Junk Yards: Iron Triangle Change Coming [Curbed]