From the Times Ledger:
Lost Battalion Park in Rego Park will be expanding its boundaries, thanks to a land swap between the city and a developer.
An oddly shaped parking lot and one end of the park currently fit together like puzzle pieces, but according to state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone), the swap deal will make both the parking and park easier to use.
“Everybody benefits,” she said. “The developer benefits, the city benefits and the developer is going to do the improvements.”
The park is at 93-29 Queens Blvd., and with the new deal would stretch all the way from Queens Boulevard to Junction Boulevard.
A vast parking lot now sits beside the park and near the back it snakes around and encompasses the entire greenspace.
The developer, Vornado Realty Trust, owns part of the huge parking lot, while the city owns another.
In the swap, the city will give Vornado a piece of the lot that is near the park and Vornado will trade the portion of the asphalt that wraps around the back of the park. That way, both the greenspace and the parking lot will become more normally shaped.