Since becoming mayor, Mike Bloomberg has promised to acquire more parkland for our city. In particular, this includes the waterfront. While Manhattan can be circumnavigated by a series of park-trails, the same cannot be said about Queens, where much of the waterfront remains in the hands of power companies and private residential developers. Attached are three candidates for park acquisition, all located on prime waterfront real estate.
1. The first is in the south- eastern extreme of Rosedale, surrounded by identical tract housing. Everyone has their own backyard, but wouldn't it be nice to create a waterfront park on the County Line for those whose backyards do not face Hook Creek? Wouldn't it be nice to create a nature preserve or boat ramp for the local residents?
2. The second is on the northern extreme of College point, where the purposely misspelled Soundview Pointe community is being built. The residents will have their own private waterfront park. To hell with the rest of us. Why not acquire the remaining empty sites for a public waterfront park that everyone can enjoy?
The homes have a private jitney service to the nearest subway station on the crowded 7 train. Why not open up a ferry dock here for quicker service to Manhattan? Just a suggestion. An image of Soundview Pointe homes is attached.
3. The third is a huge lot on the border of Whitestone and Beechhurst currently zoned for manu- facturing. This is a leftover from the days when the area actually had fishing boats and shipbuilding going on. Instead of having it rezoned for residential use and given to a politically-connected developer, why not rezone it for mixed use? The lot has the potential to become a destination for offices, light manufacturing, hopefully affordable homes, and a ferry terminal.
I am not an architect, but I'm sure my ideas can work out. Let's save these sites before they're turned into more luxury McMansions. More vacant lots/parkland candidates coming soon! - mazeartist