Strolling through Long Island City: Councilwoman, land use committee chairman tour local development sites


In the three years since the infamous Valentine’s Day breakup between Amazon and Long Island City in 2019, sleek high-rise towers continue to rise in Court Square and Hunter Point South, while the area around Anable Basin seems frozen in time.

On some days, the only sign of life in the 28-acre swath of land between Vernon and Center boulevards are provided by Culture Lab LIC presentations of musical and comedy performances on the Plaxall parking lot adjacent to the man-made inlet along the East River waterfront. In 2019, the e-commerce giant scuttled its plan to build a massive HQ2 campus along with its promise of 25,000 good-paying jobs, at Anable Basin, and other proposed development plans at the site have been shelved as well.