Eyes on the Street: First Signs of the New Corona Plaza

A tipster sends in this bird's eye view of the new pedestrian plaza on Roosevelt Avenue in Corona.

A pedestrian plaza that garnered support from local business, a unanimous vote at Queens Community Board 4 in June, and the backing of City Council Member Julissa Ferreras is being installed in Corona. The project is on the site of a service road that functioned as a parking lot for moving trucks. Now the space is host to planters and movable chairs, where people are already relaxing. Installation should be complete in the next few days. Later this year, DOT will meet with community members to evaluate the plaza. If the project gets a thumbs-up, DOT will begin working on a long-term redesign.

  • Mark Walker

    Even in its unfinished state, it already looks surprisingly good. Part of the reason is the ring of trees — add a few more to make it continuous. The paving at bottom and right should also be extended to give the whole plaza its own texture.

  • Random Times Reporter

    Ten minutes old and nobody’s using it yet! What a failure!

  • Random Times Reporter def wins breakout quote of the day!

  • Walk Eagle Rock

    Looks great! I hope someone is documenting all these plazas in a “Before and After” fashion to demonstrate how beautiful and successful these plazas are!

  • Ben Kintisch

    These plazas are such a great and inexpensive enhancement to city living. They are, to me, one of the greatest achievements of the JSK/Bloomberg team. Funny how when pedestrian plazas first started appearing, they were controversial. Now, nearly every nabe in the city wants its own.

  • Zulu

    That’s nice. So much better than the 8 to 10 box trucks that used to occupy this area. Astoria, get a clue from Corona and see what you could also have if your merchants weren’t so obtuse.

  • Clarence Eckerson jr.

    Here’s what the plaza looked like 6 months ago – a father and son using a tree stump as a bench since there was nowhere to sit!

  • Dominiqueen

    What a difference!!!

  • MAA

    This is so great!  That area had long been a permanent parking spot for those moving vans and not much else. Also, forgive me if this seems nit-picky (is that a word?) but isn’t this actually 41st Avenue not Roosevelt Avenue?

  • Robert Stillman

    The times are a changing. It is now possible to get apartments for rent in queens no fee. How great is that? LeFrak City has beautifully finished apartments that have an outdoor pool and tennis courts, which makes it fun and easy to have an outdoor lifestyle. It has great public transit access, which is great for getting to work and discovering the area. Close to the Queens Center Mall, Rego Park Center, Flushing Meadows Park and Citi Field. LeFrak City in Corona is a wonderful place to call home.

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