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Brooklyn-Queens Connector Up For Discussion At Astoria Meeting

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April 26, 2016 By Jackie Strawbridge

The City is hosting a local public meeting on the Brooklyn-Queens Connector, the proposed $2.5 billion streetcar that would run between the two boroughs from Astoria to Sunset Park.

The meeting will take place May 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Variety Boys and Girls Club, 21-12 30th Road, according to the City Economic Development Corporation.

The EDC described the meeting as a “community visioning session,” the first of several throughout Queens and Brooklyn, and part of a larger outreach campaign that will also include working with Community Boards and civic associations.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans for the Connector in February at his State of the City address, as a way to invigorate the waterfront communities along a 16-mile stretch between Queens and Brooklyn.

As Politico New York first reported, plans are in gear with the upcoming public meetings as well as a City-commissioned “rapid assessment” of a possible streetcar.

The “rapid assessment” examined routes, travel times and environmental considerations, among others. It found that the streetcar proposal overall is reasonable and would cost $2.5 billion, Politico reported. A more in-depth assessment of the Brooklyn-Queens Connector will now follow.

Over the next three months, streetcar meetings will also be held in Long Island City and Brooklyn neighborhoods including Williamsburg, Dumbo, Red Hook and others. Specific locations and dates will be announced in coming weeks, the EDC said.

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Tom

This is the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard. This is going to ruin some neighborhoods that are already bordering on being unliveable. De Blasio might be the most embarrassing mayor in NYC history.

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Ace

is this “streetcar” coming from the same company the mayor took kickbacks for to replace the horse and carriages in central park so that a 1% er can take over the current horse stables and build a big building?

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George

An interesting idea, but one of the biggest problems is that the central and eastern parts of Queens are vastly underserved when it comes to north-south connections. The ‘all roads lead to Rome’ idea of the NY subway system needs evolution. This idea might be a step in the right direction, but it is not a complete solution by far.

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