Northern Manhattan rail yard eyed for housing, tech office space | Crain’s NYC

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A councilman proposed rezoning 100 acres in northern Manhattan and transforming it into a "technology community" with housing and commercial development. Photo by Courtesy of Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez.

A councilman proposed rezoning 100 acres in northern Manhattan and transforming it into a “technology community” with housing and commercial development. Photo by Courtesy of Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez.

A little more than a month after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an ambitious (and surely expensive) plan to build 70,000 apartments on top of the Sunnyside Yard in Queens, a Manhattan councilman is eyeing another active rail yard for housing construction.

Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez proposed Sunday to rezone a 100-acre “manufacturing area” in the northern Manhattan neighborhood of Inwood and transform it into a “technology community,” complete with residential, commercial and retail development.

He would put most of the housing above the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s 207th Street rail yard.

Decking over an active rail yard is an expensive proposition; at Hudson Yards in western Manhattan, it is costing $700 million. But in an interview with Crain’s Monday, Mr. Rodriguez said some of the expense could be defrayed if the MTA would sell its air rights to the city.

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One Response to “Northern Manhattan rail yard eyed for housing, tech office space | Crain’s NYC”

  1. Joyce Foley says:

    Hi! sounds like a great plan! When I was growing up in Inwood, (I lived on the corner of Seaman Avenue and 215 th St. from 1955 -1971) I remember hearing that the rail yards were the site of an Indian burial site long before the rail yards were built. I wonder what will be discovered there. Thank you for the spectacular aerial photograph. Back then I thought the streets East of Broadway were E. 215th st, etc. not as they on this illustration.

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