[Via the Trust for Public Land]
On Thursday, the proposed QueensWay project moved one step closer to becoming reality, after receiving hundreds of thousands in state funds through Governor Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Council initiative, which aims to boost development throughout the state. The Trust For Public Land—the nonprofit that proposed converting a disused section of the Long Island Rail Road Rockaway Beach Line into a High Line-style elevated park—was granted $440,000 of these funds to design the proposed first phase of the QueensWay.
The first phase of the QueensWay will be a so-called "Northern Gateway" in Rego Park, and, if completed, would run for 3.5 miles through Forest Hills, Glendale, Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, and Ozone Park. Many Queens residents are opposed to the plan, preferring instead to reactivate the long-abandoned railroad line; however, QueensWay proponents argue that rail reactivation is not cost effective.
· QueensWay plan gets a boost with state grant to design first phase near Rego Park [NYDN]
· Trust for Public Land [official]
· All QueensWay coverage [Curbed]