In this report we visit Arverne East, 80 empty oceanfront acres in the Arverne section of Rockaway. Sitting in a flood zone adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean and vacant for nearly 40 years with little infrastructure, it has many challenges as well as remarkable potential.
As the clock winds down on the Bloomberg administration, the City is pushing forward with an innovative program to restart development there. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development, together with the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the site developers, has opened a public design competition for the site.
We visit the site, talk with the City commissioner in charge of the effort and consider what it all will mean.