Skip to Content
Streetsblog New York City home
Log In
Community Boards

Queens CB 5 Set to Move Ahead With Bike Lane Planning, Plaza Construction

5:10 PM EDT on August 28, 2013

In Queens, Community Board 2 has garnered attention for its partnership with DOT on bike route planning. Immediately to the southeast, CB 5 has been busy working with the Department of City Planning on a parallel effort to map out routes in Ridgewood, Maspeth, and Middle Village that could receive bike lanes as soon as fall of next year.

Ridgewood, Middle Village, and Maspeth are missing the bike lanes that neighboring areas to the north and west enjoy. CB 5 is looking to change that. Map: ## DOT##

Last year, the community board approached DOT asking for new bike lanes; while DOT will handle implementation in CB 5, it has handed off planning for the area to DCP's transportation planning division. Community meetings over the spring and summer led DCP to develop a list of routes:

    • Eliot Avenue from Metropolitan Avenue to Woodhaven Boulevard;
    • Juniper Boulevard South from 69th Street to Dry Harbor Road;
    • Woodward Avenue, Onderdonk Avenue, and connecting streets from Metropolitan Avenue to Cypress Hills Cemetery;
    • Central Avenue and Cooper Avenue from Cypress Hills Street to Woodhaven Boulevard;
    • 69th Street from Calamus Avenue to Metropolitan Avenue; and
    • 80th Street from the Long Island Expressway to Myrtle Avenue.

There are four additional routes that could receive further study: Grand Avenue, a north-south route between Ridgewood and Maspeth, a route between Ridgewood and Bushwick, and a loop around Juniper Valley Park. CB 5 transportation committee member John Maier said DCP was also considering a route along Rust Street, connecting to streets near Woodside.

"That's just what they're looking at; it doesn't mean they're going to get any specific treatment," Maier said, adding that DCP staff is currently taking measurements of streets and coming up with design treatments for some of the streets. DCP will host another workshop with the community board next month to show its preliminary recommendations. Those projects could be implemented as soon as fall 2014. (DCP and DOT have not responded to questions from Streetsblog.)

Also at last night's CB 5 transportation committee meeting, the Department of Design and Construction and a landscape architect consulting for DOT presented plans to upgrade the new, triangle-shaped plaza DOT created along 71st Avenue where it intersects Myrtle Avenue and Stephen Street. The capital project will raise curbs at the plaza to sidewalk level and install permanent street furniture.

Permanent construction of the plaza at Myrtle Avenue and 71st Avenue will bring two styles of concrete paving and a bioswale. Image: NYC DOT and Mathews Nielsen

The plaza will include new tables, chairs, umbrellas, and plantings maintained by the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District. BID executive director Ted Renz said DOT was exploring an agreement with the Department of Environmental Protection that will allow plaza maintenance partners to access fire hydrants to water plants.

The project includes reconstruction of the sewer beneath 71st Avenue. Because it will eliminate a storm drain, the project adds a bioswale to divert stormwater runoff. According to Scott Makoseij of DDC, the bioswale will be maintained by the Parks Department in cooperation with DEP.

Although committee member Roland Belay expressed frustration that the handful of parking spaces that had been "taken away" by the plaza would not be "given back," Renz noted that DOT is studying adding metered parking to a section of 71st Avenue, and other board members added that a few lost parking spaces were a worthwhile tradeoff for the plaza.

The plan goes before the Public Design Commission next month; the committee is expected to provide a letter of support for the project shortly.

Meanwhile, planning for permanent reconstruction of another plaza in CB 5, at Myrtle and Cooper Avenues, is even further along; the community board is currently reviewing preliminary bid documents before DDC selects a contractor to implement the project.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

Highway Boondoggles 2023: Salt Lake Shenanigans

Plans for a major freeway expansion based on over-inflated traffic projections are a wrongheaded way to deal with the region’s rapid population growth.

December 3, 2023

Cycle of Rage: Mayor is Failing the Leadership Test on Congestion Pricing

Purely for political and self-serving purposes, Mayor Adams is attacking congestion pricing — and, in doing so, is undermining the implementation of a program that he has long claimed to be a "strong" supporter of.

December 1, 2023

New York City is Down One MTA Board Member as Mayor Fights Congestion Pricing Fee

Sherif Soliman, who was appointed to the board only last year, quietly resigned on Sept. 22, and the mayor won't get a new person on the panel until next year.

December 1, 2023

Friday’s Headlines: A Congestion Alert Day

Like everyone else, we covered congestion pricing. Plus other news.

December 1, 2023

Adams Says He’ll Ban Parking Near 1,000 Intersections Every Year To Make Corners Safer

The city will daylight 1,000 intersections a year. A Brooklyn corner where a boy was killed in a crash is still waiting for the safety upgrades.

December 1, 2023
See all posts