Astoria Not For Sale is a diverse group of community members and grassroots organizations (CAAAV, Woodside on the Move, Astoria Tenant Union, and Justice for All Coalition) dedicated to stopping the ongoing gentrification and displacement of longterm working class, immigrant, communities of color in the neighborhood.
Astoria is a vibrant, booming community with a rich diverse history. It has been a place where people of all backgrounds have lived because of its affordability and accessibility. Astoria is a beautiful neighborhood and it does not need the billionaire luxury development project known as Innovation QNS to “revitalize” it.
Innovation QNS threatens to destroy the fabric that makes Astoria such a special place: its immigrant, working class communities.
Innovation QNS is a $2 billion development project by Larry Silverstein, Kaufman Studios, and Bedrock Realty, which will turn Astoria into a soulless, sanitized version of midtown Manhattan. It will have a significant environmental impact, and it will not be not be affordable or accessible to the community, especially those who truly need deeply affordable housing. It will flood the area with majority high-end luxury housing and drastically impact the surrounding community of Bangladeshi, Spanish-speaking, working class, and other residents who are at most risk for displacement.
*Based on current market rate pricing for Silverstein Properties and BedRock Real Estate apartments.
When members of the community were finally able to speak, we did not hear calls for more luxury residences or luxury retail. We heard the need for greater affordability above the bare minimum set by Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) to ensure that future development does not further raise rents and displace the working-class. 75% of the apartments here would be market rate, with many of those set aside as “affordable,” yet still astronomically out of reach for most people in our district.Council Member Julie Won: Innovation Queens Leaves Neighborhood Behind