High Line-type project coming to Queens?

December 13, 2011 7:01:26 PM PST
Manhattan's High Line park has been a big success, and now community organizers in Queens want to do the same thing. They are looking to convert old LIRR rails into trails.

The plans for a Queens Greenway is still in the early stages. The abandoned tracks used to be part of the old Rockaway Beach line. Now overgrown with brush and littered with trash, the idea to breathe new life into the three and a half mile stretch from Rego Park to Ozone Park.

A rails-to-trails project was rejected back in 2007, but that came before the success of the High Line.

The Queens Greenway would enable bikers to travel the stretch through Forest Park without ever needing to go on a busy city street.

One advantage to the Queens project is that the city of New York already owns the land, so there are no eminent domain issue. There is also growing support among borough leaders. A feasibility study is being launched to get details on the cost and length of the project.

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