Sunday, July 16, 2017

Engineer volunteering to help Kew Gardens bridge businesses

From the Queens Tribune:

A once-dim future for the Lefferts Boulevard bridge businesses in Kew Gardens appears to be getting brighter.

Recently, three engineers—from the MTA, city Department of Transportation and a volunteer retired engineer from Kew Garden—examined the bridge after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority told the business owners that the platforms on which their buildings are located must be demolished.

Al Brand, the retired engineer, floated the idea that an additional concrete slab could be installed underneath the bridge.

Concerns regarding this proposal include whether the slab would allow adequate clearance for Long Island Rail Road trains underneath and the possible cost of the project.

Michael Cohen, communications director for Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D- Forest Hills), said that Brand is volunteering his expertise and acting as a representative for the Kew Gardens community and Koslowitz in the MTA’s discussions.

Cohen noted that there are still many questions that need to be answered regarding the site. He said that Koslowitz is pleased that the MTA is considering the alternative. He added that the agency has committed to hosting a meeting before Aug 1. to discuss bringing in a third-party consultant to review this matter and making a recommendation.


Anonymous said...

A good start, I hope.

Anonymous said...

Ahhh, yes, Koslowitz & Cohen (law firm?), that cabal of cronyism that has infected the entire city council (and ALL US city/state government offices with privilege, power, unjust enrichment and private splendor, versus public squalor, adversity, beggary and quiet desperation for everyone else.

Now, I understand so much more about World War II, after seeing THIS gestapo of empowered idiots suck every rank-and-file taxpayer dry for their own self-enrichment. And, the public be damned (again and STILL!), just like the second war all over again (this time fought on the 'OTHER' side of the Atlantic).

Anonymous said...

Can I please ask that before we spend $1B of mine and yours tax money to construct some gerry-rigged fix on yet another crumbling piece of NYC infrastructure, we look into locally relocating/moving these businesses....? Maybe that's the best solution...?