Western Queens Transportation Study to Address Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety, Connections to Transit

New waterfront development in Long Island City, Astoria and Roosevelt Island. Image: Department of City Planning.

New waterfront development in Long Island City, Astoria and Roosevelt Island. Image: Department of City Planning.

The New York City Department of City Planning (DCP)’s Transportation Division and Queens Office recently held its kickoff meeting for the Western Queens Transportation Study, which sets out to link new and existing development by focusing on bike, pedestrian and transit improvements. Various city agencies, the MTA, local civic associations, members from Community Boards 1 and 2 and the Tri-State Transportation Campaign were invited to participate in the Technical Advisory Committee to help guide the federally-funded study.

This effort couldn’t have come sooner. The stage has been set for the neighborhoods in the study area—which include Roosevelt Island, Long Island City and Astoria—to host a massive influx of new waterfront development along the East River. Developments such as Halletts Point, Astoria Cove, Silvercup West, Queens West, and Hunters Point South are set to bring in up to 15,000 new residential units (along with retail and studio space), in addition to Cornell’s 11-acre Roosevelt Island campus, poised to be the island’s biggest development yet.

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TSTC Executive Director Veronica Vanterpool (left) and New York City Council Member Letitia James (right) spoke at Tuesday’s release of BK Gateway Transportation Vision at DeKalb Station in Brooklyn. | Photo: Ryan Lynch

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The Huntington Condos, a multifamily development in Hoboken, NJ. | Image: livingonthehudson.com

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A Megamall in New Jersey Already Turning Into a Mega-Menace

Rendering of American Dream Meadowlands | Image: www.americandream.com

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Series Links Transportation Infrastructure Decisions and Public Health

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TIGER II Grants Given to Highway Removal Projects

The area targeted for development in New Haven.

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Reworking Newark

Reworked Newark plans

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