More momentum to transform the abandoned railroad tracks to Rockaway Beach into The QueensWay! DNAinfo reports that the Trust for Public Land selected two designers to study the feasibility of turning the tracks into a Highline-esque public park. The firms, WXY architecture + urban design and dlandstudio were selected on the basis of their environmental background, experience with structural engineering, and their awareness of community engagement in the design. The $400,000 feasibility study will test the quality of the soil, the structural integrity of the railroad tracks, and the cost of construction. This phase will last about nine months. If the project is deemed feasible, then the Friends of The QueensWay will begin fundraising for the park. So far, about $1,000,000 of funding has come in.
Over here at Q’Stoner, we are big fans of the organization 596 Acres, which helps New Yorkers access vacant, publicly-owned land and gives them the tools to start community gardens. While 596 Acres does work all over New York, they’ve done a lot in Queens: they are currently hosting this exhibit at the Queens Museum, […]
The latest news from the 5Pointz construction site is that what once stood is absolutely done for. The tipster who sent us this photo reports that the last remaining building was demolished this week. The final structures slated for demolition were the townhouses along Jackson Avenue, which were about half demolished earlier this month. Demolition […]
It was so nice they did it twice. Flushing Meadows Corona Park hosted the 1939-1940 World’s Fair and the one that ran in 1964 and 1965. Both events – which took place over two, consecutive, six-month periods – had major impact on Queens and the rest of the world. Plus, both are currently celebrating major anniversaries (50th and 75th). […]
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I may not have expressly stated it previously, but even though I am able to function in summer, the heat and humidity wears me down to a nub by Labor Day every year; and I don’t feel fully dressed unless I can wear a jacket. Psychoanalyze that any way you wish, but I have always […]