The City of New York: Create a Greenway along the Abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch Right-of-Way
  • Petitioning Councilman Eric Ulrich
  • Responded

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New York City Council
Councilman Eric Ulrich
New York City Council
Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz
New York City Council
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley
Queens Borough Commissioner, NYC Parks and Recreation
Dorothy Lewandowski
See response
NYS Senate, District 16
Senator Toby Ann Stavisky
NYS Assembly
Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi
NYS Senate, District 15
Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr.
See response
Governor, State of New York
Gov. Andrew Cuomo
NYS Assembly, District 38
Assemblyman Michael Miller
Queens Borough Commissioner, NYC DOT
Dalia Hall
Mayor Bill DeBlasio
The City of New York
Borough President, Borough of Queens
Hon. Melinda Katz

The City of New York: Create a Greenway along the Abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch Right-of-Way

    1. Friends of The QueensWay
    2. Petition by

      Friends of The QueensWay

      Queens, NY

A 3.5 mile stretch of the old Rockaway Beach Branch railroad right-of-way currently lies abandoned in Central and Southern Queens. Over the past 60 years, since rail service ended, it has become a dumping ground for garbage, abandoned cars and other debris, and is one of the largest tracts of unused land in an area populated by hundreds of thousands.

An incredible opportunity exists to transform this abandoned, unsightly and in many places hazardous space into a beautiful 3.5 mile public park and bikeway extending south from Rego Park to Ozone Park. A multi-use path would provide a recreational and commuter corridor through Rego Park, Forest Hills, Woodhaven, Richmond Hill and Ozone Park. It would link these communities with Forest Park and the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway and to nearby bike lanes leading to the recreational spaces of Rockaway Beach and Jamaica Bay, including the Shore Parkway path, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and Gateway National Recreation Area. It would also connect at least five subway lines and numerous commercial districts, shops and schools and the Aqueduct Racetrack, Casino and future Convention Center.  Greenspace, sports facilities and community gardens could be created for family recreation and for use by the several schools along the route. A safe bicycle route parallel to Woodhaven and Crossbay Blvd.'s would exist so that people could ride to school, go shopping, visit friends, reach public transportation or simply enjoy a sunny day.  All of this in a safe, car-free setting that would help New York City meet its VisionZero goal of reducing pedestrian and bicyclists fatalities onour streets to zero over the next 10 years.

The City and MTA have repeatedly indicated that they do not intend to reactivate this rail line anytime in the near future and in some places ball fields and parking lots have been built over the rails.  Moreover the cost of reactivating the line would be massive as there remains no useable infrastructure - even the railbed, which has suffered from significant erosion would need to be reconstructed and widened.  This, combined with strong opposition from those who now live along the line make it very unlikely that a railroad will ever be reactivated. Rather than leave this land to continue to degrade and fill with trash for another 60 years, action should be taken now to preserve this gem bringing greenspace to more Queens families, and improving recreation, the economy and the quality of life of those living along it.

Thank you!

 

Friends of The QueensWay is a group of New York City residents who propose to establish a greenway, consisting of a bicycle and pedestrian path, on the abandoned Long Island Railroad Rockaway Beach Branch right-of-way.

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Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. Feasibility Study and Community Input is going strong

      Friends of The QueensWay
      Petition Organizer

      Happy New Year! Thanks to your support, we have been making great progress. Led by the Consultant team of WXY Architecture + Urban Design and DLANDSTUDIO, an amazing series of Workshops were held in Woodhaven, Ozone Park and Forest Hills in November. Community members were able to share their thoughts, and help guide designers by expressing what they hoped to see in the QueensWay and what concerns they had about the project that would need to be addressed. The community input continues now online on a special MindMixer site that enables you to post your own ideas, read those of others, and rate the ones you think are best. Please check it out and join the discussion at: http://thequeenswayplan.mindmixer.com/ Also, keep abreast of the latest developments and watch for a new series of Workshops in late March/early April in neighborhoods along the Way.

      The QueensWay Plan

      The QueensWay is a community-based initiative for a new neighborhood park on a 3.5-mile former rail line in Forest Hills, Rego Park, Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, and Ozone Park, sponsored by Trust for Public Land with Friends of the QueensWay.

    3. Decision-maker Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. responds:

      Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr.

      Thank you for your e-mail and for expressing your view on the proposed Greenway. At meetings that I have attended on this issue, I have stated that my constituents’ input is of utmost importance to me. I am awaiting further information ...


    4. NYS Grants $467,000 for Feasibility Study

      Friends of The QueensWay
      Petition Organizer

      New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has awarded The Trust for Public Land a $467,000 grant to study the feasibility of converting a dormant 3.5 mile long former Long Island rail line in Queens into a public greenway.

      Learn More here: http://www.tpl.org/news/press-releases/2012-press-releases/proposed-queensway-study-begins.html

      And please share with your friends and neighbors and encourage them to join in supporting the creation of The QueensWay.

    5. Decision-maker Dorothy Lewandowski responds:

      Dorothy Lewandowski

      hooray


    6. Decision-maker Dorothy Lewandowski responds:

      Dorothy Lewandowski

      queens rocks


    7. Decision-maker Dorothy Lewandowski responds:

      Dorothy Lewandowski

      For Change


    8. Decision-maker Dorothy Lewandowski responds:

      Dorothy Lewandowski

      Greenway


    9. Decision-maker Dorothy Lewandowski responds:

      Dorothy Lewandowski

      Greenway


    10. Reached 2,000 signatures
    11. Help us Build the QueensWay on Sept 9th and 10th!

      Friends of The QueensWay
      Petition Organizer

      For this project to succeed it needs the support of contributors across the economic and social spectrum. In partnering with The Trust for Public Land, the Friends of the QueensWay are calling upon you, the members of this community at a “grass roots” level, asking for your financial support.

      A donation of $25 is suggested but all denominations of giving are welcomed as we worked to raise our ultimate goal of $50,000, (10% of the cost of the Feasibility Study raised from within the community). AND your dollars will be even more valuable if you contribute on September 9th after 10 PM and all day on Monday September 10th when during a “Back to School” incentive all donations will be doubled as a result of the matching grants from IOBY and their funders.

      So please be generous, mark your calendars and take advantage of this opportunity to double your giving: https://ioby.org/project/queensway

    12. The Future of the Rockaway Rail right-of-way and The QueensWay

      Friends of The QueensWay
      Petition Organizer

      The Queens Civic Congress is hosting a forum on the proposal on Monday, June 18th at 7:00 PM at the Maple Grove Center located at 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens.

      We ask that you join The Friends of the QueensWay and The Trust for Public Land presenting our vision of the QueensWay alongside our friends in what we hope will be an informative and spirited debate on improving the quality of life and options for the entire borough of Queens.

    13. We have 1,500 signatures help us get to 2,000!

      Friends of The QueensWay
      Petition Organizer

      It is more important now more than ever to show our elected officials that there is real support for this proposal. There remains an idea that bikes are somehow not transportation and there is a push to reactivate rail service, which normally most of us would support. However the cost, the lack of physical space for a train, lack of evidence sufficient ridership exists to support the train, and the fact that a train would just provide a bypass over Queens neighborhoods that need local transportation and need local economic development requires that we stand fast. Please, especially if you live in Queens and New York City, circulate this petition widely everywhere you touch the internet.

    14. Reached 1,500 signatures
    15. Help us reach 2,000 signatures!!!

      Friends of The QueensWay
      Petition Organizer

      We need your help to get us to 2,000 signatures,which would really demonstrate the level of commitment for the creation of The QueensWay. So how can you help??

      Sign and Share our petition: http://chn.ge/queensway
      Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofTheQueensWay
      Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TheQueensWay
      Add us to your Circle on Google+: https://profiles.google.com/friendsofthequeensway

      Working together we can make this idea a reality.

      Thank you!

    16. Reached 1,000 signatures
    17. 354 Signatures and growing!!!

      Friends of The QueensWay
      Petition Organizer

      Please be sure that once you sign, you Tweet, Blog and Post the petition link whereever you touch the Internet. Working together we can surpass our initial goal of 1000 signatures and set a new goal that will really demonstrate how much this greenway is wanted and needed.

    18. Reached 250 signatures
    19. We've exceeded the 10% mark!!!

      Friends of The QueensWay
      Petition Organizer

      Hi all:

      We've made it to 127 signatures in just under 48 hours! Great work! We need to keep promoting this through any online media outlet we are connected to. We may also want to consider some neighborhood canvasses with paper petitions - Spring Petition Drive? Followed by a Spring Cleanup of the Forest Park section? Followed by....?

      Email, post, blog, tweet:
      http://www.change.org/petitions/queens-borough-commissioner-nyc-parks-and-recreation-create-a-greenway-along-the-abandoned-rockaway-beach-branch-right-of-way

      Thank you!!

    20. We have reached 100 signatures!

      Friends of The QueensWay
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much for your support of creating a Greenway in Central and Southern Queens. We have reached the 10% mark in just two days, but we want to really show the City of New York and our elected officials how many people do suport this great idea, so we need to surpass our goal. Please email, tweet, post and otherwise share about this petition with all of your friends, neighbors and fellow members of the blogs and groups you are a part of. Working together we can easily meet our initial goal of 1000 signatures and then surpass it. We are all a part of making this idea into a reality. Keep up the good work!

    21. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Ann Terry BELLEROSE, NY
      • 4 days ago

      Queens needs more parks. Bike and pedestrian travel--of all kinds--should be encouraged.

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    • Scott Siegel FOREST HILLS, NY
      • 5 days ago

      I live right near it and would like a nice, public space.

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    • Marianne Ryan LAS VEGAS NV, NV
      • 7 days ago

      Born and raised in NYC, and family is there and keep it pretty!

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    • Ernest Naples WOODHAVEN, NY
      • 8 days ago

      This plan will change an unused blight into a beautiful community asset while promoting a healthy lifestyle.

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    • Jessica Phippard RICHMOND HILL, NY
      • 10 days ago

      This would add value to what already is a great area, creating beauty and opportunity out of an unsightly space . It would be unique to Queens, but I think this area deserves the special attention!

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