Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Major construction coming to Main Street

From DNA Info:

The city is launching a nearly $8 million project to widen bustling Main Street, one of the busiest pedestrian corridors in the five boroughs, officials said.

The roadway will also be resurfaced and rebuilt, and manholes, fire hydrants, sewers and water mains will be replaced — the first overhaul in two decades, according to officials.

During the construction project — which begins Monday, July 25, and will last approximately a year — the community will experience inconveniences and changes, Councilman Peter Koo warned.

But the major revamp will have more long-term benefits to everyone, including adding as much as 8 feet of space on some sidewalks, he said.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wonder how they will widen it? Flushing is an overcrowded mess no matter how much construction you do on it. I'd like to see how much traffic there is when this construction work is going on. The city takes way too long to finish any kind of construction work. Just wait and see how this pans out.

(sarc) said...

Wider sidewalks.

More sidewalk street carts and vendors...

Jerry Rorondi, longtime Flushing champion said...

So where do the people walk...in the widened street?
Achtung...Flushing Chamber of Commerce...Flushing BID..et al!
Wake up! Is this the best solution?
Maybe ALL of the overbuilding has strained the poor infrastructure.
Gee...thatt's a no brainer!
But, of course, without all of the over development...where would the local officials and shady politicians get their money from?
Political coffers are enriched by developers!
Your pols have been bought and paid for by developers. Example, Councilman Peter Koo. The rest of the list is too long to publish in a brief post.

Anonymous said...

Any comment, John Choe?
One Flushing must have an opinion!
No? Too busy hiding and painting useless welcome to Flushing murals.
Bah! Choe collects three salaries.
Nice work if you can get it.

Anonymous said...

Wider sidewalks to be used by illegal vendors. Main Street will continue to be an embarrassing eyesore .

Anonymous said...

But the major revamp will have more long-term benefits to everyone, including adding as much as 8 feet of space on some sidewalks

That means there will be an additional eight feet for the vendors to fill with their produce and products. Wanna bet that the sidewalks will be just as crowded after the project finishes? And ever corner will be gridlocked?

Anonymous said...

But the major revamp will have more long-term benefits to everyone, including adding as much as 8 feet of space on some sidewalks
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More room for snot rockets, urination, and defecation!!!

Anonymous said...

It will be wider with more room for vibrance and diversity!

Anonymous said...

Wider sidewalks to be used by illegal vendors. Main Street will continue to be an embarrassing eyesore .

Yes, and the properties in these eyesore is something that you can't even afford to buy.

Anonymous said...

THE PROBLEM WITH THAT PART OF MAIN STREET ARE THE ILLEGAL SIDEWALK VENDORS AND BUSINESSES WHO TAKE UP TOO MUCH SIDEWALK SPACE AND DON'T GIVE A RATS ASS ABOUT KEEPING THE AREA CLEAN. THE CITY CAN SPEND ALL THE MONEY THEY WANT ON WIDENING THE AREA BUT IF PEOPLE'S ATTITUDES & BEHAVIOR DON'T CHANGE THEN THINGS WILL ALWAYS CONTINUE AS THEY ARE !!

Anonymous said...

Downtown Flushing reminds me of Olongapo City, PI circa 1979.

Anonymous said...

More room for free homeless wifi tower advertising kiosks.

Anonymous said...

Wait, I don't get it.

There's not enough road space on Main Street already - and they just took away one desperately needed car lane and made it busses only, and they want to put in bike lanes, and now they want to widen the sidewalks?

There's not enough room to drive, where will they magically find room for wider sidewalks?

Anonymous said...

Wider sidewalks would not be necessary if they would keep the sidewalks they have now clear for people to walk. Example: I take the Q27 into flushing. Most days I cannot even exist the bus without tripping over the Bike racks and the vendors with tables and food carts that block the bus doors in the specified bus stop. The city posts no standing signs in the streets and then blocks the sidewalks. I have nearly been burned several times and inhaled smoke when the bus door is right in front of the food cart and there is no way out of the bus.

Then there is that stupid drink stand right by the 7 train entrance. It is actually a storefront window on the sidewalk where people stand around in large groups waiting to be served and block the entire sidewalk and refuse to move. How is this even allowed. Get all the crap off the sidewalks and there will be room to walk. There is no need to spend money on this.

(sarc) said...

Just as it is in the Far East, EVERYONE will be riding bicycles...

JQ LLC said...

It looks like these widened sidewalks will have more room for bike racks, since from the looks of that picture that gated median looks like a bicycle junkyard.

And yes this proposal is definitely a boon to all the vendors. But this most likely will be, like the atrocious massive sidewalk by astor place in the city, for advertising and promotional displays or events.

I like how councilman Koo drops the bad news first and then the good.

In a way, the throngs there are going to realize with spades what the majority of the cities commuters put up with the pestilence of hyper development and lethargic construction. These people are going to snap.

Anonymous said...

They didn't remove the trolley tracks until 1990

Anonymous said...

And yet, still waiting on that unicorn elevator for the LIRR.....

But hey, at least they replaced the railings!

Anonymous said...

If they are widening the sidewalks on Main, obviously, the street will be Narrower! Why not eliminate vehicular traffic alltogether then! Make Main Street a "one of those Pedestrian Plazas" as Greg Mocker often phrases! Just as they should've done to 'the bridge'! Which had the sidewalk concrete poured today, btw!

Jerry Rotondi said...

Excuse me please..but there are parts of Main Street where the sidewalks are narrow and "impassable" as cuckoo Koo has stated publicly.
Where will they get the room for more roadbed? DUH? !!!!!!
Councilman Koo...just what is it you do besides get campaign contributions from REBNY?
Not much evidence of improvement in the downtown hub since you have been in office. I rest my case. And you lazy buggers at CB7....
WTF do you do? "As of right! As of right" development..... their mantra of excuses for no improvement and overbuilding!
Flush CB 7 of some of its butt kissers, AND YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE! No need for names.

Anonymous said...

It's the caliber of people and the overbuilding that make Flushing an overcrowded , underserved stinkpot!
Nothing can improve it! Civilized people do not want to go there or shop there. A microcosm of the teeming Orient is what it is and what it will continue to be. Chinese are used to living nose to ass in overcrowded fetid conditions. Let it be. It suits them just fine!

Anonymous said...

The Chinese that can't afford Flushing have for years moved to Brooklyn and Elmhurst. The Chinese built the railroad along with their white Irish immigrant counterparts. They've fought in our country's wars. As a group they've done very well education wise and in the workplace. I love Flushing and the food and shopping is great. If you don't like vendors taking up sidewalk space well the local supermarkets and smaller markets do the same thing everywhere including upscale Manhattan stores but that's ok because white is right? Pathetic.