According to the School Construction Authority, the current high school proposed for Queens can be sited in one of two locations: 55-02 Broadway in Woodside, or 54-44 74th Street in Maspeth. Since the Department of Education has stated that its current policy is to give access to its high schools to children throughout the entire city, then logic dictates that the schools should be near subways or at least major public transit transfer points. Which of these two sites has better transportation access?
74th Street: Q58 & Q59 buses a block away, Q45 about 4 blocks away. No subway.
Broadway: Q66 and Q18 buses within one block, Q104 about 5 blocks away, R & V trains at the corner.
Number of households in Woodside with children: 10,897
Number of households in Jackson Heights with children: 7,970
Number of households in Maspeth with children: 4,211
Number of households in Middle Village with children: 3,507
The evidence is pretty clear that not only does the Woodside site make the most sense geographically, but there is also more of a need for it in that community. And Maspeth kids are just a short bus ride away from it. Middle Village kids are just a short bus ride away from the new high school on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills which is already under construction.
Makes you wonder why the 74th Street site is even under consideration.