Friends of the Queensway and the Trust for Public Land announced the second round of community workshops for the Queensway feasibility and planning process, the proposal to transform 3.5 miles of Long Island Rail Road tracks into a greenway. At the workshops, the QueensWay facilitators will present preliminary design concepts (wonder if they’ll look anything like these?), ideas contributed by residents during the planning workshops in November, and many other issues touching upon open space in Queens. Here are some issues that already came up in the series of community workshops held in November.
The first workshop of the month will be on Monday, March 24th from 7 pm to 9 pm. It’s at the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School, 91-30 Metropolitan Avenue (that’s two blocks east of Woodhaven Boulevard). Make sure you enter through the yellow entrance. Workshop #2 will be on Wednesday, March 26th from 7 pm to 9 pm. That one is at the High School for Construction Trades, Architecture and Engineering, 94-06 104th Street (one block south of Atlantic Avenue at 94th Avenue). Both workshops are free and open to the public.
Yesterday the Emerging New York Architects Committee announced winners for its Design Idea Competition, in which participants were asked to envision the future of the QueensWay. Advocates are pushing to transform the 3.5 mile stretch of Long Island Rail Road tracks into a greenway, with a feasibility study now underway. According to Curbed, more than 120 QueensWay proposals from around the world were submitted — although they won’t be used, they are certainly inspirational. The Emerging New York Architects Committee will feature the top designs in an exhibit at the Center for Architecture starting July 17th, 2014.
Above, the winning proposal by Carrie Wilbert of Paris, France. It’s titled “The Queensway Steps.” Click through to see the five runner ups.
Image source: QueensWay – the elevated train line in question from the 1950s
On Friday night, the LIRR line that could become the QueensWay or additional transit got some love from WPIX Channel 11 here in NYC. The piece was pretty balanced, with time given to both the people that would like to see a High Line type park (“We would love to turn it into a linear culture greenway that spans from Rego Park to Ozone Park.” -Andrea and Travis of Friends of the QueensWay) and the people that would like it turned back into a working LIRR line (“I think the High Line is a great idea as long as it doesn’t exclude the opportunity to bring back rail and transportation options for southern Queens.” -State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder). (more…)