With the development of high-profile waterfront projects like Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Hudson River Park, it can be easy to forget that all of NYC’s boroughs, not just Brooklyn and Manhattan, have under-used stretches of waterfront land. More often than not, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx are left out of the conversation about waterfront development. But next week, Green Shores NYC and the Trust for Public Land will unveil the “Waterfront Vision Plan for Astoria and Long Island City,” a new strategy that emphasizes creating a beautiful, sustainable waterfront in Western Queens from Bowery Bay to Newtown Creek.
The plan includes recommendations of different ways to improve access to the waterfront, and ideas for promoting the use of the East River as an educational and recreational resource for residents. The main goals of the project are to create various amenities and infrastructure on or near the waterfront for local residents. The plan is in line with Mayor Bloomberg’s Vision 2020 strategy for a greater, greener waterfront
“New York City’s waterfront has always played a major role in its history and is one of its greatest assets – we have more miles of waterfront Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, and Portland combined – but for decades New Yorkers have been blocked from it and it’s become less and less a part of their lives,” said Mayor Bloomberg in a press conference about Vision 2020, “We’re committed to making it a part of New Yorkers’ lives again by completely revitalizing the waterfront and waterways.”
The plan for Queens originally began as a series of neighborhood listening sessions about the Astoria/LIC waterfront organized by Green Shores NYC and the Trust for Public Land. The sessions included discussions with seven neighborhoods and two area-wide brainstorming gatherings. More than a thousand comments and ideas were collected for making a more beautiful and vibrant waterfront. All of the information was then considered and organized to create the frame work for the plan, which is a culmination of almost sixteen months of research.
The plan is similar to the redevelopment happening in Brooklyn, if not even more involved. Coupled with the new East River ferry service for the Queens and Brooklyn waterfronts, this will no doubt improve the western Queens infrastructure, which is already seeing vast improvements and rehabilitation.
Presentation of Waterfront Vision Plan for Astoria and Long Island City
33-38 10th Street, Long Island City
Thursday, June 16
6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m.
Via Queens Gazette