2011-06-08 / Features

Green Shores Waterfront Vision Plan for Astoria And LIC


Photo taken in Astoria Park during last year’s Astoria Water Walk. 
Photos courtesy of Green Shores NYC. Photo taken in Astoria Park during last year’s Astoria Water Walk. Photos courtesy of Green Shores NYC. Green Shores NYC and the Trust for Public Land will unveil their Waterfront Vision Plan for Astoria and Long Island City at a reception on June 16 from 6:30 p.m until 8:30 p.m. at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd. (off of Vernon Blvd.) Long Island City. The celebration is free and open to the public.

The Waterfront Vision Plan outlines strategies for creating a beautiful, enjoyable and modern waterfront in Western Queens from Bowery Bay to Newtown Creek. An eight page booklet includes an area map and colorful renderings of proposals for five sites along the Astoria-Long Island City shoreline. The plan also includes general recommendations for ways to improve access to the waterfront, promote the use of the East River as an educational and recreational resource for residents, and create user friendly amenities and infrastructure along the waterfront.

The East River shoreline in Western Queens is one of the few major waterfront stretches in New York City where community access is not blocked by a highway or railroad. Historically, residents of Astoria and Long Island City have been cut off from their waterfront by manufacturing, industry and utilities. As manufacturing moved out of New York City, residential development replaced it. Despite new waterfront development, only 27 percent of the eight miles of waterfront that stretch between Newtown Creek and Bowery Bay is currently accessible to the public.

The Waterfront Vision Plan for Astoria and Long Island City is the culmination of a sixteen-month public-engagement process and partnership between Green Shores NYC and The Trust for Public Land with professional planning services provided by Jonathan Rose Companies.

The Waterfront Vision Plan reception is free and open to the public. Those wishing to attend can make a reservation by contacting Christina Kelly at The Trust for Public Land by e-mailing or calling: Christina.kelly@tpl.org or 212-677-7171

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