RAILS TO TRAILS COME TO QUEENS(WAY)
On Monday, the NYTimes reported that a proposal to turn the unused Rockaway Beach line of the LIRR into a linear park modeled after the High Line is gaining traction with new funding for a feasibility study to be conducted by the Trust For Public Land.
The story of reusing old pices of infrastructure is not a new one (see: Bridgemarket, Highline, etc), and one that deserves to continue being told. The question remains, however, if the success of the High Line can be replicated in Queens — with neighborhoods that are significantly less dense by residential and commercial standards than its Manhattan counterpart. Part of the success of the High Line is also driven by the fact that it is a major tourist destination. Also, the development of the Whitney at the south end and the Hudson Yards project at the north end, give it two significant anchors that will help it become more a part of the pedestrian transportation infrastructure moving forward. What are the anchors in queens? Will the inclusion of bikes from the outset help its success? Would the asset be better used for an expansion of the commuter rail service to queens?
So many questions! Stay Tuned!