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…

Answering Those Who Ask “Why Not a Bus?”

Answering Those Who Ask “Why Not a Bus?”    A streetcar with a dedicated right of way is the transit mode that makes the most sense for this corridor for both technical and pragmatic reasons. Unlike a bus, the BQX has the ability to accommodate the projected ridership in a…

Funding Fundamentals: Why We Can’t Use the Money for the BQX to Pay for Other Projects

It shouldn’t have taken the declaration of a state of emergency on New York City’s subway’s to make fixing our mass transit system a top priority. Recently, many transit advocates, elected officials, and infrastructure experts have put forward creative ideas that should be explored to help fix our aging system,…

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Train Master: The BQX Will Provide More Job Opportunities

Keith, Train Master for the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, shares his experience on how a new mode of transit transformed the way people commute in New Jersey.  “I’ve been with Hudson-Bergen Light Rail for 15 years, since I was 21 years old. It’s been life-changing for me. The experience, the things I’ve learned,…

Transport Workers Union Local 100 Endorses Brooklyn-Queens Connector

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** June 12, 2017 Transport Workers Union Local 100 Endorses Brooklyn-Queens Connector  Union says BQX will create good-paying jobs and bring more businesses to the rapidly growing Brooklyn-Queens waterfront  600 TWU members live along the proposed route Red Hook, Brooklyn — The 42,000-member strong Transport Workers Union Local…

What We Learned From the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail

  Many of those who live and work along the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront want better transit options and find the idea of the Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX) exciting. But when they learn more about the BQX, a modern urban light rail system that would connect Astoria to Sunset Park, one of…

Long Island City Business Owner: “This is a big idea that will revolutionize the way we commute”

This is Frank, the owner of COFFEED – a New York City-based café and specialty coffee company that donates up to 10% of its revenue to local charitable partners. He explains how the BQX could benefit small businesses. “I’ve spent my life going in between Brooklyn and Queens. I come from a…

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…

Coney Island to Long Island City: Ansuom’s Story on How the BQX Will Impact His Commute

Meet Ansuom; A college student working part-time in Long Island City. “I’ve been living in Coney Island for past six years. I go to college full-time and work part-time at the Costco in Long Island City. My commute to work takes me two and a half hours each way. I…

Greenpoint Bar Owner: “from an economic standpoint, we would be a lot more appealing if there were easier access to get here.”

Diane is the owner of t.b.d. Brooklyn, a friendly neighborhood bar located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. How have changes in the neighborhood impacted your business and the need for transit options? “When we first opened nine years ago, Greenpoint was a very different neighborhood. It was mostly artists and freelancers and bartenders and…