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Projects & Proposals > Queens > Long Island City Printer Friendly Version
Long Island City Rezoning:
Executive Summary - updated October 2, 2001

Infrastructure and Streetscape Improvements
The Department is also developing several initiatives to improve the area’s infrastructure and physical appearance. The most significant initiative to date involves a traffic and pedestrian analysis of Queens Plaza, the 250-foot-wide approach to the Queensboro Bridge and the front door to the rezoning area and Queens in general. Working closely with the city’s Department of Transportation, the Queens Borough President’s Office and other appropriate agencies, the Department will develop recommendations to improve vehicular flows and movements, enhance pedestrian safety and improve the street’s overall appearance. The study’s estimated $2 million budget is financed through a federal traffic congestion improvement program (CMAQ). The Department is also seeking additional federal funds to develop a plan for pedestrian and transit improvements to better connect the rezoning area with the larger Long Island City neighborhood.

Efforts are also underway by the Department, the Queens Borough President’s Office, the departments of Transportation and Parks and Recreation, and the Economic Development Corporation to identify potential sites within the rezoning area for public park land, and to improve unused city-owned property, such as land adjacent to the Queensboro Bridge upper deck ramp and street ends along the Sunnyside Yard. Funding is needed for acquisition, development and maintenance.

The Queensboro Plaza subway station (#7, N) is currently under renovation, and the Queens Plaza subway station (E, F, G, R) will be renovated beginning in Fall 2001. Commuter rail access to the rezoning area will be improved significantly by 2010, when a new LIRR station resulting from the LIRR’s Grand Central Connection will be constructed in the Sunnyside Yard. The LaGuardia Airport Access proposal would include a stop at the Queensboro Plaza subway station, further improving Long Island City’s connection to the region’s transportation network.

Open Space Studies
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Queensboro Bridge Ramp Land Study
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Queens Plaza Improvement Project (CMAQ Grant)
photo of Queens Plaza

Sunnyside Yards Street Ends Study
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