Meet Imran; Williamsburg tech creative working in DUMBO.
“I’ve been living in Williamsburg for almost three years. I commute to DUMBO for work but it’s tricky because there’s no direct route to get there on the subway. Normally, I would hop in an uberPOOL to get to and from work every day, which costs me around $10 per ride.
“I’m a technology journalist and it’s been my job to study innovations in infrastructure and transportation. New infrastructure projects cause reasonable concern because people are skeptical about every single advancement of human transportation. There’s plenty to make fun of in this field. But I’d also say, it was a dream to one day have streets that automotive vehicles can drive on. Everyone thought that was a joke, but look at the world we live in now!
“In cities around the world there are programs to take cars off the road and that’s being talked about as a pipe-dream, and yet it’s happening. Every public infrastructure decision is a communal discussion about whether or not something a good idea, not whether about it is something feasible. All it takes is for enough people to say, ‘Hey, let’s do this,’ for a good infrastructure project to come alive.
“For me, New York is the first place I’ve ever lived that feels like home. The reason for that is because you have people from all over the world that have chosen to live their dream here.”
“For me, New York is the first place I’ve ever lived that feels like home. The reason for that is because you have people from all over the world that have chosen to live their dream here. They chose to try to build a better life for themselves and build the best city in the world.
“What makes this city great is being connected to everything and every part of it. It wouldn’t be what it was if we had certain areas just for certain people. I think most New Yorkers would agree that’s one of the best things about New York. Anything that helps connect New Yorkers to each other is a crucial part of our civic duty as citizens of the city.
“My first ride on the BQX will be to Queens. I love Queens! I love going up to Jackson Heights and getting Pakistani food and going kurta shopping. I never get a chance to do that. It’s so difficult to travel into Manhattan to get to Queens and then back again. That’s two hours of your day and doesn’t leave enough time for eating samosas and kati rolls as I would like.”
– Imran H., Williamsburg