Sunday, September 9, 2012
Millstones to get marked
From the Queens Chronicle:
The public will soon know the historical significance of the two Colonial-era stones embedded in Queens Plaza, with the installation of plaques, said a Parks Department spokesman.
The 250-foot-wide triangular plaza at the base of the Queensboro Bridge at the junction of Northern and Queens boulevards is filled with flowers, grass, walking paths, benches and the two historical landmarks — the millstones. The busy Queens Plaza gets substantial foot traffic from the surrounding businesses, and employees from large employers such as JetBlue and the city’s Department of Heath located in the vicinity frequent the outdoor space.
“I’ve never noticed them,” one woman from the DOH said last Friday afternoon while sitting in the plaza.
The Economic Development Corp. was in charge of putting the stones in their new home, but the city’s Parks Department is taking the lead on signage. Plaques that describe the historical importance of the millstones will be submitted to the Public Design Committee this fall, a Parks Department spokesman said, with the hopes that they will be in the plaza by the end of the year.