This just in: DOT crews are laying down green paint on the new 111th Street bike lane next to Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Work on the project started back in April, and new stripes have been in place for weeks, but until now people were still parking in the bike lane. With this green coat, the whole project is snapping into place.
Days after a member of Queens Community Board 4 said a protected bike lane on 111th Street won't be necessary because undocumented immigrants will be deported, Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg called the project "tremendously important" but stopped short of saying the city will definitely proceed with it.
Ann Pfoser Darby, a long-time member of Queens Community Board 4, argued last night that 111th Street by Flushing Meadows Corona Park doesn't need a protected bike lane because Donald Trump will deport "all the illegals." City Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland is now calling for Borough President Melinda Katz to remove Darby from the board.