Queens Boulevard is the widest street in New York City. The combination of its immense width, heavy automobile traffic, and thriving commercial scene make it one of the most dangerous thoroughfares in New York City today.
This project proposes to completely rethink how the boulevard could function to afford greater civic, economic, and environmental benefits to the area. It proposes to turn 8 of the 12 lanes of roadway between Grand Avenue and 64th Road into a Central Park. The park would extend over the Long Island Expressway and would accommodate various amenities and commercial and retail spaces along it between the surface and subway levels. Cross streets would tunnel through the park to permit through traffic, and bus and bike lanes would extend continuously along the park. The park would also implement green infrastructure to reduce stormwater runoff, detain and clean stormwater, and prevent Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) from discharging sewage and stormwater in the NYC waterways.
I conceived and designed this project and used the Adobe Suite, Sketchup, and hand-drawings to illustrate the design.
“A wonderful proposal for a site that desperately needs it.” - Michael Sorkin, Architectural Critic, City College of New York Professor, Founder of Sorkin Studios, 1/24/2012
"Project looks great. Beautiful drawings." - Linda Pollak AIA, ASLA Affiliate, Marpillero Pollak Architects, 3/15/2011