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.