Earlier this week the Ridgewood community met with the Department of Transportation about a long-term redesign for the 71st Avenue plaza. DOT had originally installed the triangular plaza, at the the intersection of 71st Avenue at Stephen Street and Myrtle Avenue, on a temporary basis last year. DOT is moving forward to make the plaza permanent — they have collected community feedback on plantings, pedestrian lighting and other design-related matters. According to an agency rep, DOT is now reviewing that feedback and will present an updated plan to the community board next week. The permanent plaza will feature lots of fun stuff the temporary one doesn’t have: stone block seating, expanded planting areas, new concrete, a drinking fountain, two permanent chess tables, bike racks, and a rain garden. You can see DOT’s full proposal here. If the community board gives its blessing to the project, DOT will seek approval from the Public Design Commission and then move forward with construction.
The Straphangers Campaign released its annual transit review and found the 7 train as the best line in New York for the seventh time in 16 years. It ranked the highest because of its frequency, fewer delays caused by mechanical breakdowns, more seats available during rush hour and cleanliness. Queens Courier reports on other noteable […]
NY1 filed a report on the lot at 107th Avenue and 164th Street in Jamaica — it’s now used as a basketball court by neighborhood kids. It’s severely rundown and residents reached out to the city in hopes to fix it up, but hadn’t made headway. NY1 found out that the Department of Housing Preservation […]
This Saturday marks the opening of Socrates Sculpture Park’s new LIC exhibit at 43-29 Crescent Street. The formerly asphalt parking lot, now transformed into a green space, houses a “pool” by the artist Tamara Johnson. Johnson is the second artist to present their work at “The Lot,” as it’s called — a sculpture piece debuted […]
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It’s all about numbers. Thanks to the six-day Latino Cultural Festival, various musical genres, theater, and dances are dazzling audiences at the Queens Theatre this week. Plus, a two-week film festival screens over 100 movies in Long Island City, and various free Shakespeare plays show around the borough. There’s also an 18th annual street fair […]