Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Grand Concourse Finished - Queens Blvd Next???

With the completion of the Grand Concourse redesign project, Queens residents hope the DOT will look towards QB next.

The ugly speedway which divides neighborhoods went through safety improvements in 2001, which consisted of putting metal gates between intersections to keep people from jaywalking. Steven Melnick's group was also at the forefront of planting intermittent small trees between Union Turnpike and Woodhaven Blvd.

The small trees and safety improvements are welcomed, but a complete redesign is necessary.

Word of advice to NYC - forget the High Line for now. It's a new public-funded $200 million dollar park overlooking a new public funded $500 million dollar park. Let the insanely wealthy property owners who stand to benefit immensely pay for the High Line (they already got the beautiful Hudson River Park for free).

It's time to put some of those hundreds of millions towards Queens Blvd which affects exponentially more citizens.

Grand Concourse Announcement: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot//html/pr2008/pr08_058.shtml