LETTER TO THE EDITOR FROM INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JESSICA SCHUMER

To the editor: Greg David is right that the city should do more to capitalize on the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront and increase opportunity for all New Yorkers (“Why isn’t the city taking advantage of the Brooklyn jobs boom?“). The lack of a reliable and efficient north-south public transit option is one of the biggest barriers holding … Continued

DEIRDRE IN RED HOOK

If you have ever visited Red Hook, you know that getting there is not easy.  According to this map by Urban Design Forum almost all of Red Hook exists in a transit desert, an area that is more than a half-mile from a rail transit stop and a quarter-mile from high-quality bus service. We spoke with Deirdre … Continued

SHARLENE’S STORY: GETTING AROUND FROM ASTORIA

Sharlene T. lives in Astoria.  She has a long commute whether by bus, train, or car. As a long time resident of Queens, Brooklyn feels like it’s a world away. The BQX would allow her to visit friends in other neighborhoods and she’s excited about having a less grueling commute. From some parts of Astoria, … Continued

CRAIN’S OP-ED

BROOKLYN-QUEENS STREETCAR COULD TRANSFORM WATERFRONT WITHOUT GENTRIFYING IT        BQX’s ambition is unmatched, but its finances are misunderstood By Rohit Aggarwala August 6, 2017 The idea of bringing back streetcars to New York City is often discussed with an air of carnival and nostalgia. Though New York was once home to the nation’s largest trolley system, … Continued

TALKING TO TONI

TALKING TO TONI: UNOFFICIAL RED HOOK MAYOR AND RESIDENT SINCE 1990   We sat down with Toni Mitchell, who we met at Dance Theatre Etcetera’s Red Hook Fest-  to talk about Red Hook- how she settled down in the neighborhood in 1990, how it’s changed since then, and why the BQX would improve her neighborhood.   Red … Continued

WHY THIS ASTORIA RESIDENT IS THRILLED ABOUT THE BQX!

“I live in Astoria Houses and work as a housekeeper in Long Island. It’s a long ways. I leave home at 6:30 AM and I have to be at work by 9 AM. My work varies on a daily basis. Today it could be very good and tomorrow it could a whole different world. “I frequently … Continued

KATIE WANTS TO CONNECT BROOKLYN AND QUEENS!

How would the BQX improve your life? “It would make traveling around the borough more accessible for people. When I lived in Brooklyn, a great deal of time spent was wondering how I’d get around. There’s only one option to travel north to south: the G train. Adding more public transit options, especially along the waterfront, … Continued