The runaway success of the High Line on Manhattan’s West Side has inspired a similar development: The Queens Way Park Project, aka “The Queens’ High Line”.
In March, the non-profit Trust for Public Land issued requests for feasibility study proposals. Of the $1 million dollars in funding received, $467,000 was contributed by the State of New York.
Project organizers recently announced that the feasibility study would be undertaken jointly by two New York-based firms: WXY Architecture + Urban Design and land studio. Together, they will determine the project’s cost, scope and propose a design concept.
According to Marc Matsil, New York State Director for the Trust for Public Land, area residents will have a chance to give their input and comment on the plan through workshops and social media.
It’s proposed that the project reclaim a 3.5-mile stretch of abandoned rail line. It extends from Rego Park to Ozone Park in central and southern Queens. Like the High Line that inspired it, this version would include bike trails, food kiosks, offer cultural programs, events and public art installations. It would also add green space to areas such as Ozone Park, which is a misnomer given its current lack of parkland.