Sunset Park

Menchaca slams BQX

December 5, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle

City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca (D-Red Hook-Sunset Park) slammed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s $2.7 billion plan for the Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX) streetcar on the Brooklyn and Queens waterfront, calling it “an example where the emperor has no clothes.”

Menchaca later punctuated his remarks by tweeting a video of a cartoon with an emperor marching in his underwear before a shocked crowd, according to the New York Post.

At a City Hall hearing, Menchaca further ripped into the BQX proposal, calling it an idea that “no one likes except the developers.” He added that “one singular person” likes the idea, and he “happens to be the mayor of New York,” the Post reported.

The BQX would go along the East River waterfront from Astoria to Red Hook. Original plans to build it south to Sunset Park, a hotbed of opposition to the streetcar plan, have been cut back.

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      • OM-Fiesta💃🌶️🕺

        People want functioning transit, but will never get together to support spending money on it. If the MTA came out tomorrow and proposed the true, full cost of fixing the subway over 15 years, the state and city would furough their brows and spend 10 years studying how MTA came up with the costs. And by the time they had studied it to death, the price would be double and repeat. MTA wont give a real project, NYS and NYC wont fund it. CBs and CMs wont permit the construction realities that need to happen to fix it. Everyone is a coward beholden to whiners.