Letter to the editor from Interim Executive Director Jessica Schumer

  BQX would capitalize on Brooklyn-Queens jobs boom 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…

ICYMI: Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector Prototype Event and Rally

Couldn’t come check out the unveiling of the BQX? Click to check out what community members had to say about this amazing experience. BQX Prototype Unveiling Highlights Print Clips    

READ: BQX would connect residents with good jobs

By Kyiesha Kelly As a business owner in the Navy Yard, I’m excited about the city’s proposal to build a light rail from Astoria to Sunset Park that will run through or very close to the Navy Yard. The Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX), a modern light rail, would provide a…

Poor New Yorkers Need the BQX Streetcar

BY BISHOP MITCHELL TAYLOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, May 6, 2017 Foes of the Brooklyn-Queens Connector streetcar Mayor de Blasio has proposed building from Astoria to Sunset Park caricature it as a sop to wealthy real estate developers and other wealthy residents who live in the increasingly expensive area…

What Harvey Can Teach Us About Resilient Transit

While Houston’s full recovery from Hurricane Harvey is expected to take years and there will be many lessons to learn from Houston’s experience, one thing that has become readily apparent is the importance of public transit. Houston’s public transportation system, METRO, is a clear example of how smart transportation infrastructure…

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…

NYC Seniors Need the BQX

Our team has spent the past few months visiting senior citizens all along the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront to talk about how the BQX would benefit older New Yorkers by giving them a public transit option that is more accessible to those with mobility challenges. We’ve visited 5 senior centers in Astoria,…

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…

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….

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…