Master of Arts (MA)
Willets Point, a small neighborhood in Queens, has been eyed for development for over a decade. But in that time, the project has sputtered and stalled, with little to be said in the way of progress but a few acres of demolished land, known as Phase 1, and a plan for an environmental review. But as the city renews its promise to develop the area, business owners say they are being ignored and quietly forced out.
Kaye, Jacob, "Left in Limbo: Willets Point Businesses Face An Uncertain Future" (2020). CUNY Academic Works.
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An auto shop at Willets Point. Business owners say sales have been down since the New York City Economic Development Corporation began phasing the development of the neighborhood. (Photo by Jacob Kaye)
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A tree grows in the center of the demolished Phase 1 area in Willets Point. (Photo by Jacob Kaye).
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Business owners in Willets Point discuss a redesigned street plan in the neighborhood in July 2019. (Photo by Jacob Kaye)
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Roads in Willets Point often flood after even a light rain. Business owners say this is just one of the ways the city has ignored the neighborhood. (Photo by Jacob Kaye)
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A company contracted by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development installs gates around Phase 1 of the development project. (Photo by Jacob Kaye)