The underbelly of an elevated train might not be the first place you’d think to spend a Saturday afternoon, but you may reconsider after seeing what’s in store for two reclaimed public spaces in Queens. The Sunnyside Shines BID has teamed up with the NYC Department of Transportation to upgrade two forgotten spaces beneath the 7 train into vibrant public plazas. The new Sunnyside sites will be developed as part of the DOT’s NYC Plaza Program to create more public outdoor space in the city.
Sunnyside Shines BID has a long history with creating successful pedestrian-centered public spaces, such as their annual Weekend Walk, a small-scale and localized version of Summer Streets. Before the BID applied to the NYC Plaza Program, they also held a successful test-run of the plaza concept last year. Similar in style to the city’s other public space experiments, the previously unoccupied spaces were spruced up with colorful movable seats as well programmed activities, such as free concerts.
The proposed sites were considered some of the most ideal candidates for the plaza improvement program because they are already closed off to traffic and are commonly frequented by passing commuters. The DOT and the BID will furnish the plaza with benches, planters, and permanent seating. The plazas could also be potential hot spots for food carts and vendors. To get a peek at what these future plazas may look like, you can swing on over to Sunnyside Shines’ Taste of Sunnyside, a local food festival taking place May 20th at Queens Boulevard and 46th Street.
Images via Sunnyside Shines Facebook