Alternatives to the QueensWay
by Maria Thomson
Nov 04, 2014 | 1879 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Here we are two weeks after the GWDC’s Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival 2014.

That Sunday, everyone of all ages enjoyed the rides, the vendors, the sausages and peppers, the zeppoles and our local Jamaica Avenue stores and restaurants. There have been rave reviews of this day, because of all of the above including the great music and entertainment.

As I perused pictures, you couldn’t help but see our Jamaica Avenue elevated train newly painted, creating a clean backdrop to our avenue activities. Remember how it was corroded and peeling and how it looked before?

It took the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, and then later with the assistance of our Woodhaven Business Improvement District, 35 years to get it repaired and painted. It was well worth the perseverance and the years of dedication.

For Halloween, we had all of the trick and treaters out in force, especially on our Jamaica Avenue. I know that the little bunnies, pirates and ninja turtles went home with lots of goodies that their families looked through very carefully.

This weekend, Daylight Savings time ended. Now our days get darker sooner. As I have always stated, I don't know why New York City has to have these time changes. Also if we have to change, can't we do it January through March? These days were shortened once before, can't we do it again?

But until then, now that it is getting darker earlier, please keep your porch lights on. In this way your neighbors and friends will get home safer.

The WBID and GWDC are still pressing for the demolition of  78-19 Jamaica Avenue. It's been reported that this building next to the Woodhaven Volunteer Ambulance Corp and Woodhaven Senior Citizen Center has no structural integrity. We just hope that the coming winter weather does not prove this statement right and we have another collapse at this location.

The latest on the location is that they are on schedule to rebuild it; this timetable has been set by the judge. The WBID and all of Woodhaven is watching.

The GWDC still has home improvement loans available at 2.5 and 5 percent interest if you qualify. Please call our office at (718) 805-0202 for more information.

There has been much discussion regarding the best use for the 3.5-mile LIRR Rockaway Beach line. Many have suggested it be restored and used as a railway. Many others want a new greenway for jogging and bike riding and strolling called the QueensWay.

The QueensWay has been compared to and is to be modeled after The High Line in Manhattan. The big difference is that the High Line is greenery surrounded by concrete, here we have much greenery with no concrete; it’s called Forest Park.

I suggest that there are two more possible uses for this property. One being a dual use, as Assemblyman Michael Miller suggested, where the train would run, as well as using part of it as an extended Forest Park pathway.

It has been stated by QueensWay supporters that Woodhaven is the only community that does not want the QueensWay and we are a “NIMBY” (not in my backyard) community. This is not who we are. In an area of Woodhaven, especially on 98th Street, we don’t need it in our backyards for we have Forest Park there.

Think, for we have five years before any real plans can be finalized and five years for implementation. So, let us not limit our thinking or have tunnel vision on this important project and consider other alternatives.

May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces, may God bless our disabled veterans and may God bless our America.

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