Gallery: Mayor Bloomberg Announces Plan for Willets Point, Queens to be...

This week, Mayor Bloomberg unveiled a massive new plan to turn an area near Citi Field in Queens into a new neighborhood filled with green spaces. The Willets Point area, between Flushing and Corona, is best known for its industrial landscape, and is home to many automotive shops which have contaminated the soil and air over time. But soon the area will be revamped into a new nabe with affordable housing, a mall, movie theaters, a hotel and green public space. While we're not exactly keen on the project's gigantic parking lot and mall, it is notable that the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has designated Willets Point as a LEED-ND pilot project that aims to demonstrate NYC's commitment to an environmentally-friendly future for the area and the waterways that surround it. The project has already received LEED-ND pre-certification approval (Stage 1).

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