Support the creation of Newtown Plaza at Newtown and 30th Aves
  • Petitioned Queens Community Board 1 and New York City Council Member Peter Vallone

This petition was delivered to:

Queens Community Board 1 and New York City Council Member Peter Vallone

Support the creation of Newtown Plaza at Newtown and 30th Aves

    1. Petition by

      Friends of Newtown Plaza

      Astoria, NY

The triangular intersection of Newtown Avenue and 30th Ave is one of the most dangerous in all of Queens. Amidst a row of bustling neighborhood businesses, this intersection poses a threat to both drivers and pedestrians who must cross while assuming that vehicles may enter this area at any time. 

The New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) has developed a proposal to convert this hazardous space into a plaza with chairs and plantings, creating an attractive village square. This proposal will create open space in a neighborhood that desperately needs it. Astoria is one of the most underserved neighborhoods for parks and open space in New York City, in addition to being the one of the most densely populated areas in Queens.  And most Astoria residents who live south of Astoria Blvd and east of 31st St do not have access to open space within short walking distance.

Please voice your support for Newtown Plaza to Community Board 1 and to Council Member Vallone. You can find out more information about this project by visiting NYCDOT’s Facebook page for this project at www.facebook.com/newtownave

You can find out more about Friends of Newtown Plaza and what we are doing to support this proposal at www.facebook.com/friendsofnewtownplaza

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Doni V ASTORIA, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      What a great idea! I’ve always found this intersection awkward and dangerous. Newtown Avenue is not a thoroughfare and there are very few parking spaces, so no loss on either account. Who would object to transforming this barren patch of concrete into inviting public space? Seems everyone would benefit from a more attractive, welcoming, people friendly oasis. There are many resources on the web for creating successful public spaces with limited budget.

      Interesting links: http://www.pps.org/reference/11steps/ http://www.urbanspaceinitiative.com/social-usage/

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Charlene Garklavs ASTORIA, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      I live in Astoria, and wish there was more green space! Even if it's not a park, this would be a start!

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • James Kingston ASTORIA, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      Cars take that 45 degree turn like a racetrack. Not a safe situation.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Kim C. ASTORIA, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      I feel that having a plaza at Newtown & 30th will create a much safer space for pedestrians who frequent that crosswalk.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Billie Di Stefano ASTORIA, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      That is a dangerous corner, cars should not be allowed to make a right only that street - they often do without looking since it is such a soft turn. Get rid of it and create more outdoor space for the growing Astoria population!

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:

    Develop your own tools to win.

    Use the Change.org API to develop your own organizing tools. Find out how to get started.