Willets Point

Willets Point, a 62-acre plot of land once home to over 200 auto repair shops, has been at the heart of a contentious land battle since the city announced plans to redevelop the site in 2007.

The Iron Triangle, as the area is known, sits in the shadow of Citi Field along the northeast waterfront of Queens. After years of stalled plans and legal back and forth, demolition began in 2016, displacing a large swath of businesses, some of which had been in the same family for generations. The next phase of redevelopment threatens the existence of the dozens of businesses that remain.