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Southern Queens Greenway is growing and needs your help

Southern Queens Greenway has been making news and needs your help. After being featured in the Nassau HeraldRockaway TimesQueens Press and DNAinfo it is clear Southern Queens Greenway needs your help. We need volunteers who can offer their time as well as diverse skill set. Included below are some suggested skills that would help.

Core areas:

  • Outreach & Petitioning (online and in person)
  • Mapping and GIS
  • Web design
  • Event Planning

Note this list is not exhaustive. There are plenty more ways the Southern Queens Greenway can use your help!

Volunteers should have an interest in one or more of the following:

  • The Community and Civic Engagement
  • Sustainable Recreation
  • New York City/Long Island Parks and Trails
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Safe Routes for School
  • Active Transportation Commuting
  • Public Speaking

If you are interested in making South and East Queens a safer place to walk, run and bike, kindly email us at [info][@][southqueensgreenway][.][com] or use Contact and fill out the form provided. Looking forward to working with you!

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Southern Queens Greenway on Social Media

Good news! You can now follow the Southern Queens Greenway from popular social media services. Please “Like” Southern Queens Greenway on Facebook, “Follow” @SQueensGreenway on Twitter and of course spread the word with family and friends who may want to learn more about this exciting new campaign in Queens. Potential candidates include but are not limited to walkers, runners, bikers, environmentalists and Queens residents.

 

Laurelton Greenway (existing)

Happy holidays! Today I  finally got some pictures of the existing Laurelton Greenway that begins at North Conduit Avenue and ends at Merrick Boulevard. Please note that the forecast was cloudy. I took the majority of these while riding. Not a soul could be seen using the Greenway due to the season and low temperatures. I expect the trail will get used more when all segments are connected and maintained. Enjoy!

Part 1: Crossing Brookville Blvd to reach the Trail

From Francis Lewis Boulevard to North Conduit Avenue. Note the large street intersection. Not an easy crossing. Picture with Long Island Rail Road Far Rockaway Branch shows the direction of Brookville Park and the Greenway trail that extends South. Last picture shows the white borders where Greenway trail would connect from the Belt Parkway segment.

 

 

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Part 2: First leg of the trip Watch out for the little stub at the entrance. It can cause nasty accidents for pedestrians or cyclists if visibility is low or leaves are covering it. Notes from pictures. Lots of leaves. In any season fallen leaves present a slipping hazard. Worth mentioning the Laurelton has no light aside from the Parkway headlamps. Signage and light are two foreseeable problems. Would strongly recommend adding lights and call boxes to give female riders more confidence to use the path. Last picture shows the entrance and exit ramp to Parkway. Drivers need signs need to be alert when exiting or entering since there are no indicators of a trail.

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Part 3: Where the Sidewalk Ends Trail continues north. It is unmarked, blocked and has clearly deteriorated. The completed Southern Queens Greenway will address this hitch.

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Petition is online. Sign! Sign! Sign!

Sign the petition

We are live! The petition is now on Change.org. You can use your facebook account and share with anyone who’d be interested right from the site. Potential sharing candidates are those who enjoy walking, running, biking or anyone who believes that NYers should have safe access to their parks. We are now drafting a strategy to get additional signatures offline. Thanks for your support!

Making route distinctions

It has come to our attention that there is some confusion when recognizing the Southern Queens Greenway amid other recognized trails. The media has covered some of these pedestrian and bike friendly trails so it is important to understand the differences. We’ve been asked if this project has anything to do with the Gateway National Recreation Area. Though the Jamaica Bay trail is both beautiful and extensive it is not the same project. Please see the Google Earth satellite image below. It shows a zoomed in section of the routes from Southern Queens Greenway and Jamaica Bay. The thick black line indicates where the Cross Bay Boulevard bridges the Belt Parkway.

DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT QUEENSWAY. Southern Queens Greenway does not interfere with any rail right-of-way. Please refer to the original plan listed under Resources for an in-depth route description.

Through the collaboration of NYC organizations, residents, elected officials and city/state agencies it is our hope that the Jamaica Bay trail and the Southern Queens trail will meet creating a more extensive and comprehensive NYC Greenway.

Jamaica Bay and Southern Greenway

Eastern Queens Meetup Kickoff Meeting and TAQAC

Transportation Alternatives Queens Activist Committee [TAQAC], a partner organization doing great activist and Complete Streets work in the borough, recently established a sub committee, “Eastern Queens Meetup,” to address pedestrian, public transportation and cycling issues of Eastern Queens. The initial November meeting, held in Bayside, NY, revealed that many Queens and Nassau residents were interested in strengthening the pedestrian, bike and public transit near outer lying parts of New York and there is work to be done in both the South and East. The following meeting for Eastern Queens Meetup is January 14th, second Wednesday of the month and future meetings will meet monthly. Check back again for the location and time.

For Eastern Queens Meetup there are two proposed meeting locations to accommodate NYC’s largest borough: Jamaica and Flushing.The committee is seeking public spaces that can accommodate roughly 20-30 people and preferably walking distance from the LIRR and/or MTA subway stops. If you, a family member or a friend know of any locations please leave a comment in the section below or refer to the contact page to reach the site administrator. Thanks for your support.

Welcome to the Southern Queens Greenway

Welcome to the campaign aimed at extending NYC’s existing Greenway network into South and East Queens.  Today only a small fraction of the Greenway from the original 1993 and 2000 DOT and DCP Master Plans can be seen along Laurelton Parkway and Joe Michael’s Mile. Our goal is to bridge the areas along the Belt Parkway from Forest Park to the Cross Island Parkway with a Greenway to  complete the southern section of the original circle

 

Brief NYC Greenway History – For a more comprehensive look at the Master plan history

Coalition Partners – A comprehensive list of our existing partners

Contact – Interested in collaborating on the project? Fill out the form provided

Envisioning South Queens with a Greenway – Explore the positives. How communities will benefit from the Greenway

The Plan – Step by Step process of the Greenway project