Kings County Politics

UPROSE Floats ‘New Green Deal’ Alternative To Industry City Plan

The goal is to create a local economic engine that addresses both climate change and local economic needs. You can sell avocado toast and lattes somewhere else,” said UPROSE Executive Director Elizabeth Yeampierre, taking a swipe at Industry City, which has created thousands of jobs for the local neighborhood.

BQX Back On Track After Union, Housing Rally

The controversial proposed Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX) streetcar project got back on track yesterday with the 42,000-member strong Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 holding a rally at NYCHA’s Red Hook Houses in support of the transportation plan.

According to the plan, the BQX will start in Sunset Park and will run through Gowanus, Red Hook, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, Vinegar Hill, The Navy Yard, Williamsburg, Greenpoint before heading to Long Island City and ending in Astoria. The 16-mile route along the East River waterfront corridor is planned to run 24-hours-a-day with five-minute intervals at peak hours with stops a half-mile apart.