Thursday, October 16, 2014
Queensway farce continues
From Capital NY:
“I think it certainly lends itself to a total win-win for the administration, should they sign on to this proposal,” said Marc Matsil, Trust for Public Land’s New York director.
"Matsil hopes the park can be funded using federal transit dollars, philanthropy and city money."
Good luck with that! We all know that the High Line couldn't sustain itself and required a taxpayer bailout. This would definitely qualify as a multi-generational welfare case.
By the way, there are major mistakes in the NY Times piece: Lisa Foderaro states that "Forest Park touches three of the most dangerous streets in the borough - Woodhaven Boulevard, Jamaica Avenue and Union Turnpike." It doesn't come anywhere near Jamaica Avenue. Myrtle Avenue bisects the park diagonally; Woodhaven Boulevard dissects it from north to south. Also, Myrtle is sunken and doesn't really cause trouble, while Union Turnpike is on the north perimeter of the park and, in fact, is not the main barrier to the park from Forest Hills: that would be the Jackie Robinson Parkway which cuts off most access from the north, which she fails to even mention in her piece. And let's not forget Metropolitan Avenue, either, as a major road. How about looking at a map, honey!
Did you see any of the elected officials present to support this project at the big announcement?
I can't help but think that the efforts of the Trust for Public Land would have been put to better use lobbying for adequate funding for existing Queens parks, to repair the NYS Pavilion, or building one of the parks hoped for by neighborhoods throughout the borough instead of spending years on this pie in the sky project with laughable renderings.