Queens Borough President Hears the Case for Good Jobs in Astoria Cove


Working men and women of Build Up NYC urged the Queens Borough President to recommend that the project should not proceed, unless the developer ensures good jobs at Astoria Cove that provide fair wages, retirement and health insurance benefits for construction, maintenance, operations and security workers. These should include jobs that provide state-approved training and apprenticeship programs so that work is done safely.

Alma Realty’s Astoria Cove Voted Down amid Growing Concerns over Affordable Housing and Good Jobs

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Community Board 1 voted on June 17 to disapprove Alma Realty’s proposed development in Astoria Cove, four-tower development would include almost 1,700 residential units, a public school and retail space, including a supermarket, with recommendations.

Have Your Voice Heard!


Dear Community Board 1 and Councilman Costa Costantinides:

I urge you to stand up for good jobs and responsible development in Astoria Cove. Our community needs good jobs that are safe, with priority for local residents and businesses, and special attention to building in an environmentally sustainable manner.

The entire community should benefit from this project so working families can keep Astoria our home. Good jobs and responsible development can help us grow and keep a strong middle class in Astoria.

Astoria residents and workers talk about good jobs in Astoria Cove


More than a hundred working men and women from Build Up NYC gathered at the Insulators Local 12 union hall on Wednesday to discuss the proposed development in Astoria Cove. Alma Realty, the developer, is proposing a 4-tower project with almost 1,700 residential units, a public school and retail space, including a supermarket.

Report release at Walker Tower highlights huge costs of workplace injuries

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Public Citizen, a public advocacy organization focused on workplace safety, joined construction workers on Tuesday outside of Walker Tower to talk about the high cost of private sector workplace injuries to the New York State economy.

Vigil outside Starwood Capital/JDS Development’s Walker Tower in Honor of Injured Workers at Stella Tower

Like Walker Tower at 212 West 18 Street where the vigil took place, Stella Tower at 435 West 50 Street is a project of JDS Development Group financed by Starwood Capital Group, and is being renovated by contractors who undermine area standard wages, benefits and State-approved training.

Earth to Starwood Capital! Earth to Kushner Companies! Brooklyn Needs Good Jobs!

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Hundreds of working men and women from Build Up NYC rallied outside Brooklyn Borough Hall on Tuesday with activists from Center for Popular Democracy, the New York Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, and Public Citizen to call for good jobs and park space for Brooklyn residents.

Rally for Good Jobs and Park Space for Brooklyn Residents

Tuesday, April 22 at 3:30pm
Brooklyn Borough Hall 209 Joralemon Street
(Take the R, 2, 3, 4, or 5 train to Borough Hall/Court Street stop.)

(Download the flyer)

Councilman Corey Johnson’s Community Inspection of Starwood Capital Group/JDS Development Group Construction Site Denied

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On April 1, Councilman Corey Johnson was joined by community members and advocacy groups concerned with worker safety to inspect the Starwood Capital Group/JDS Development Group construction site at 435 West 50 Street known as Stella Tower, but were denied access by a JDS Development representative

Fight for Good Jobs and Responsible Development in Astoria


Join us for a special meeting about the Astoria Cove development on Wednesday, May 28 at 1 pm or 6 pm at the Insulators Local 12 union hall located at 35-53 24 Street in Long Island City.