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Renewed Hopes for an Elevated Park in Queens

Friday, December 02, 2011

The High Line, Gansevoort Woodland, Gansevoort Street to Little West 12th Street, looking South, 2009 (Iwan Baan © 2009)

A group of civic leaders in Queens is proposing once again to turn an old rail line that runs through Forest Hills into an elevated park. Several community leaders proposed the idea a few years ago, but the project stalled.

There may be more political buy-in for the project this time around, said Andrea Crawford, chairwoman of Community Board 9. People have more interest in creating greenways and bike paths, and the success of The High Line in Manhattan and similar projects elsewhere in the country shows it can be done, she explained.

"It's not just a bunch of people who want to clean up an area in the park," said Crawford. "We want to create something that's real, something that will be here 50 years from now that will help serve as an economic engine along parts of it and will add green space to areas in our community that have no greenspace."

The renewed effort for the project is in its early stages. Crawford said a team of advocates is setting up meetings with city agencies, such as the Parks Department and City Planning. They also plan to form a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in order to streamline their efforts and begin fundraising.

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Anandi A. Premlall from South Ozone Park

I would love to see this transformed into public space that captures the gritty, earthy beauty of Queens and serves the community with a bike path and walking trails, native plants to attract local bees, edible trees and plants to provide sustenance, where children can play safely and elders have a place to gather, where artists and musician share their talents, where the community grows.

Some Ways You can help Create the Queens High Line:

1. Tell us how would you improve on these ideas. What are your dreams for Queens?

2. Join the facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/queens

3. Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/queenshighline and use hashtag #QueensHighline

4. Read, comment & subscribe to: http://www.queenshighline.blogspot.com

5. Become a fan of RBBG's page: https://www.facebook.com/RBBGreenway

6. Ask all of your friends, family, colleagues, significant others to forgo a monetary gift for any and all occasions and instead contribute a thoughtful comment, idea or vision to this very worthy project ;).

7. Email us at queenshighline@gmail.com

8. Contact your local media about our efforts. We want more people to know, care about this and express the desire to have this become a reality.

I'm grateful to be in touch with many who share the vision and for using social media for good in order to create a cleanER, greenER, more sustainABLE Queens.

Let's make this happen,
Anandi.

Dec. 03 2011 03:27 AM

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