The initiative is part of the Queens Plaza Bicycle and Pedestrian Landscape Improvement Project to make the site into a gateway into Long Island City that residents can be proud of. A long-time industrial zone, the neighborhood has just recently started to transition into a destination and coveted residential area. The Queens Plaza redevelopment will help flow the area right next to the bridge toward the high rises and shops that lie closer to the East River.
“Integrating water, wind, solar, and other environmental systems within the layered structures of bridges, roadways, elevated trains, and subways, the project will humanize the infrastructure at Queens Plaza,” writes WRT of the project. “New structures will be designed to latch on to, cut through, build under, grow over, and link vertically, in order to make use of interstitial spaces and underused sites. Slivers of green, patchwork gardens, and strips of water retention, all dappled through restructured patterns of movement, will grow on-site, providing layers of vegetation to clean air and stormwater as well as mitigate noise pollution.”