2016-05-11 / Front Page

BQX Visions



About 100 people attended the first of a series of community visioning sessions on the Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX) on May 9th at the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens (21-12 30th Rd., Long Island City). Mayor de Blasio’s proposed $2.5 billion streetcar would link a 16-mile stretch of the waterfront from Brooklyn to Queens, connecting all the neighborhoods from Sunset Park to Astoria. Representatives from the NYC Economic Development Corporation and Department of Transportation were on hand to gather input from the public on travel patterns. Dialogue was opened up with the community to incorporate the ideas of those directly affected, on how best to integrate the new, substantial transit investments onto city streets. The attendees were shown a presentation on the BQX and later broke up into groups for discussion to determine their preferences and concerns. More such meetings will continue through the next three months in other neighborhoods to be served by the new light rail system. Councilman Costa Constantinides is seen here discussing the community’s needs. About 100 people attended the first of a series of community visioning sessions on the Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX) on May 9th at the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens (21-12 30th Rd., Long Island City). Mayor de Blasio’s proposed $2.5 billion streetcar would link a 16-mile stretch of the waterfront from Brooklyn to Queens, connecting all the neighborhoods from Sunset Park to Astoria. Representatives from the NYC Economic Development Corporation and Department of Transportation were on hand to gather input from the public on travel patterns. Dialogue was opened up with the community to incorporate the ideas of those directly affected, on how best to integrate the new, substantial transit investments onto city streets. The attendees were shown a presentation on the BQX and later broke up into groups for discussion to determine their preferences and concerns. More such meetings will continue through the next three months in other neighborhoods to be served by the new light rail system. Councilman Costa Constantinides is seen here discussing the community’s needs.

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