NYC’s Queens neighborhood aiming to transform stretch of railway into park

The dramatic transformation of the High Line in Manhattan has been so successful that it has influenced other urban communities to re-examine what they’re doing with their unused railroads. Just across the East River, however, Queens is aiming to transform a stretch of train track, that has been abandoned for 50 years, into what advocates are calling the QueensWay. More from the New York Times:

Now, the three-and-a-half-mile stretch of rusty train track in central Queens is being reconceived as the “QueensWay,” a would-be linear park for walkers and bicyclists in an area desperate for more parkland and, with the potential for art installations, performances and adjacent restaurants, a draw for tourists interested in sampling the famously diverse borough.

Unlike the High Line, the QueensWay would welcome bicycles. While the trestles are relatively narrow, long stretches are wide enough — up to 25 feet — to accommodate walkers and bicyclists. New bike paths could connect the park to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park to the north, as well as an existing bikeway in Jamaica Bay to the south. About 250,000 residents live within a mile of the proposed park, and its backers see all kinds of ancillary benefits, from health to traffic.

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  • Just a couple of points of reference. Queens and Manhattan are separated by the East River, not the Hudson River, and Queens isn’t a neighborhood. It’s actually a pretty huge coterminous borough of New York City and county with 2.2 million residents and about a third of the city’s land area (about 110 square miles.) The names of the neighborhoods within Queens where the QueensWay would be created are Rego Park (where The King of Queens was set), Forest Hills (the neighborhood famous for the U.S. open), and Ozone Park (famous for Jack Kerouac.)