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Frank L
91-10 Metropolitan Avenue
Queens (Rego Park, Forest Hills, Richmond Hill, Ozone Park)
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the project

The QueensWay is the transformation of a 3.5 mile stretch of the abandoned 50 year-old Rockaway Beach Branch Rail Line (extending from Rego Park and Forest Hills to Ozone Park) into a "cultural greenway" that will become a community amenity enjoyed by residents, workers, pedestrians, cyclists and visitors to Central and Southern Queens. It will be a catalyst for culture and arts programs and economic change. It will celebrate the rich ethnic diversity of Queens, the most diverse borough in New York City. The Friends of the QueensWay (FQW) has worked closely with local community leaders and has partnered with the Trust for Public Land to realize this vision.

QueensWay Goals:

  • Serve as a pedestrian connector and feeder from Rego Park and Ozone Park to Forest Park.
  • Become an integral part of the NYC Bicycle path system throughout Queens.
  • Encourage economic and cultural development in the Borough of Queens through the celebration of its rich ethnic diversity.
  • Create landscaped paths, community gardens, cultural and arts event spaces adjoining discrete seating areas along its lengths that offer open vistas out over the urban fabric.
  • Provide easy access at strategic intersections along its length to public transportation and proper illumination.
  • Protect and maintain the privacy of adjacent residential properties.

the steps

The transformation of the Rockaway Rail Line into a "cultural greenway" is a multi-year project.  As of September 2013, the project enters a crucial and exciting phase, with the start of a feasibility and planning study, to identify the opportunities and constraints and the cost of undertaking this transformation. The study will culminate in the release of a framework plan and conceptual design for the 3.5 mile greenway. Our previous ioby campaign raised over $7000 toward the feasibility and planning study.  This new campaign seeks to raise $10,000 to support community outreach and engagement, which is vital to the success of the current feasibility and planning stage.  This funding will support the cost of an outreach intern, as well as expenses related to tabling at community events, holding informal “meet and greets”, and printing flyers and presentation materials.

why we're doing it

The Borough of Queens is the most underserved of all the boroughs in the category of open green space for its residents. The QueensWay, 55 acres of green space, will act as a community and cultural connector along its north-south path.


Intern $7,000
Outreach expenses (tabling, print materials) $3,000

SUBTOTAL = $10,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
3rd Party Credit Card Processing Fee (3%) $300
TOTAL TO RAISE = $10,335

RAISED = $875
less ioby Platform Fee  waived
less ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $42
less 3rd Party Credit Card Processing Fee (3%) $25

All money raised will go toward the cost of an intern for the Friends of the QueensWay.


Check it out!

Students from Queens' High School for Construction Trades participated in a workshop sponsored by The Trust for Public Land
and Friends of the QueensWay, and facilitated by the Hester Street Collaborative.


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


  • Seth W.
  • Ivan M.
  • William M.
  • Frank L.
  • Anthony M.
  • Andrea C.
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