June 15, 2014 By Michael Florio
Steinway Street is going to get a little bit greener.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has allocated $200,000 toward creating green space on Steinway Street in and around the around the municipal parking lot (located between Broadway and 31st Ave.) as well as the Steinway Clock (between 30th and 31st Ave).
The Steinway Astoria Partnership, a business improvement district, had applied for the grant, after calling for such green space for some time.
“It has been a long time vision of ours to green the surroundings of the landmarked Steinway Clock and add green space to the municipal lot,” said Marie Torniali, the executive director, of the Steinway Astoria Partnership. “We are most grateful to Borough President Katz for enabling us to bring this vision to fruition.”
Torniali said this will be a great start. However, she said, Steinway Street is a long, linear street, and can always use more green space.
“Adding greenery is good for the ambiance of the street,” she added. “It’s just a matter of finding the right location.”
Torniali was not sure at this point what will be planted at the two sites.