Green space advocates unveil renderings for potential QueensWay

A rendering of the proposed Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School entrance.

A rendering of the proposed Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School entrance.

The Trust for Public Land and Friends of the QueensWay unveiled the schematic design for the first half-mile of their proposed 3.5 linear QueensWay park and trail.

The first phase – which covers parts of Forest Hills and Glendale – could be built and open to the public by 2020. Advocates say it will greatly improve access to Forest Park, running from Metropolitan Avenue south to Union Turnpike, where an existing path provides pedestrian and bike access to the park.

The proposed section would also provide learning gardens and outdoor classrooms.

“Today’s announcement is a tremendous step forward for the QueensWay, which would not have been possible without our partners in government and the community, who enthusiastically provided ideas for safe routes for biking and walking, outdoor classroom space, and enhancements to baseball fields,” Andy Stone, NC director of The Trust for Public Land, said. “The completion of a compelling design for the first phase will bring us that much closer to making the QueensWay a reality for hundreds of thousands of people who live within a 10-minute walk.”

Not all residents are in support of transforming the existing rail right-of-way infrastructure into a park. Some are pushing for the revival of the Rockaway Beach Rail line. Read about the two different ideas for the space in the Forest Hills Times. 

See more renderings, courtesy The QueensWay, below:

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Pol hosts light rail public workshop

Councilwoman Crowley and community leaders tour the tracks with the DOT last year.

Councilwoman Crowley and community leaders tour the tracks that would be used for the light rail with the DOT last year.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and the New York City Department od Transportation is hosting a public workshop to inform residents about a potential light rail along the LIRR’s Lower Montauk branch.

Since Crowley began advocating for the project, elected officials from across the borough as well as community boards and local residents have joined in support.

The DOT is currently conducting a $500,000 feasibility study for the project.

Stop by the Shops at Atlas Park, 8000 Cooper Ave., storefront 6-112 Tier 2 (82nd Street entrance) at 7 p.m. to learn more about the project.

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Historic street lamps coming to Glendale’s Myrtle Avenue

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Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley is allocating $700,000 in capital funding for improvements along Myrtle Avenue in Glendale.

After meeting with the community, Crowley is moving forward with an initiative to use some of the funding to bring historic street lamps to the Avenue from 80th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard.

“I’m so pleased we can move forward with this project to beautify Myrtle Avenue and make it more attractive for consumers, residents and business owners,” Crowley said. “This commercial corridor lends in fueling our local economy, and it’s important to do what we can to keep it thriving.”

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Finback Brewery to host spring craft market

Local craft brewer Finback is hosting a spring food and craft market this weekend at their Glendale taproom.

The event will run from 1-6 p.m. at 78-01 78th Ave., on Sunday, May 7. Stop by to try locally made beer and treats and check out some of the handmade craft items, paintings and other artisan good.

As always, admission is free and the event is both child and pet friendly.

For more information, see the flier below:

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Cars 3 promotion comes to Atlas Park

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Now is your chance to meet the celebrity automobiles from the hit Disney Pixars “Cars” franchise at the Shops at Atlas Park.

From May 5-7 the Cars 3 Road to the Races experience will be at the mall. Stop by a free experience that includes a chance to pose with the cars from the film for a photo, plus see exclusive footage from the film.

The experience will be open from 2-6 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, visit: Cars3tour.com

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Addabbo, Sacred Heart partner for Mother’s Day food drive

State Senator Joe Addabbo dropping off food from the holiday drive at Sacred Heart Church.

State Senator Joe Addabbo dropping off food from the holiday drive at Sacred Heart Church.

State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr., is partnering with Sacred Heart Church in Glendale to host a Mother’s Day Food Drive.

From now through May 12, residents can drop off canned good, rice and toiletries at Addabbo’s Middle Village Office, 66-85 73rd Place; open every Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Once a year, we celebrate the women who helped shape us into the people we are today,” Addabbo said. “That is why, this Mother’s Day, we ask you to help make it a special holiday for those less fortunate. While usually after major holidays, our food pantries lack available food, anytime is the right time of year to help out a fellow New Yorker, but it is our hope that this simple act of kindness might just make this Mother’s Day even more special. As always, I am proud to once again partner with Sacred Heart for this wonderful cause and look forward to continuing our efforts in the future.

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