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November 30, 2023

Second phase begins on affordable housing complex at former Bronx juvenile jail

The five-acre mixed-use development at a former juvenile jail site in the Bronx is moving forward. New York City officials on Wednesday broke ground on the second phase of the Peninsula, which will bring over 700 affordable homes and a manufacturing building to Hunts Point. The project's second phase includes two buildings with 359 apartments, a public plaza, a parking garage, and community space. The mixed-use complex is rising on the site of the former Spofford Juvenile Detention Center, which closed in 2011 and was notorious for its mistreatment of children.
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April 8, 2019

As rail freight expands, an old train line in Brooklyn and Queens could provide congestion relief

The New York & Atlantic Railway, a little-known freight line that runs through Brooklyn and Queens, is set to receive a significant investment as part of ongoing strategies to relieve congestion in the city, the New York Times reports. Currently, the city’s rail lines only transport two percent of New York’s cargo, while trucks carry about 90 percent. One rail car can carry the equivalent of four trucks, so they could represent a previously "unsung" key to diverting truck traffic, a major contributor to the city’s ongoing battle with gridlock.