A new group, Three Children Too Many, held a march for traffic justice for recent victims of senseless crashes in or near Jackson Heights. The rally was well attended and about 200 people joined up at three different points during the 30 block walk. The rally was met along the route by numerous elected officials […]
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It's always nice to see nature and beauty pop up places you wouldn't expect. Near the western terminus of Queens' 34th Avenue, there are two auto body shops at the corner of 64th Street that go the extra mile to make their corner of the world a little brighter and greener. The amazing thing is […]
It's fair to say that I've been geeking out over streetscape improvements in NYC that incorporate plantings to manage stormwater runoff (here, here, and here). These sidewalk expansions are popping up all over the place near my apartment in Jackson Heights. Recently, I was on Junction Boulevard between the Long Island Expressway and Queens Boulevard […]
I've been writing quite a bit about my excitement over bioswales and storm water treatment of late. Today while taking a few photos of the new 20 mph Slow Speed Zone in Elmhurst, I noticed something absolutely new for the first time in Queens - small storm water treatments! I counted at least fifteen either fully […]
I can't say with certainty that this is the first NYC community board meeting held in a public plaza, but it certainly is the first I've heard of in my 22 years in New York City. On Thursday, Queens Community Board 3 held their monthly meeting amid the hustle and bustle of Jackson Heights' Diversity Plaza on […]
Folks, as you may be aware, we did this Streetfilm Shortie (below) on the Storm Water Treatments along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. It was just something I cobbled together as an "extra" since I was surprised by the enormous size & placements of the bioswales along their protected bike paths. With rising seas and the […]
If you walk on New York City streets (or frankly anywhere in the U.S.), you're well aware of how much unlawful and dangerous driving happens on nearly every block: red light running, speeding, double-parking, you name it. I first moved to NYC in 1991, and one thing that seems to have gotten much worse since […]
NYC has suffered greatly post superstorm Sandy. While we still have a long ways to go, people are starting to go back to work and venture out of their homes. Thursday marked the first day of modest subway restoration. It also saw the return of limited ferries. As well as a full MTA bus schedule […]
Something special is happening in Corona, Queens. Last week, Streetfilms visited Corona Plaza -- the city's newest car-free space, next to the 103rd Street stop on the 7 train -- and found it already packed with families, children, and shoppers. This plaza has been in the works for many years, and the local community has […]
Using a bicycle in Queens just got more safe and efficient for riders that use the Queens Plaza area to access the Queensboro Bridge bike and pedestrian path. Yesterday afternoon, Streetfilms got tips from fans saying the physically protected bike & pedestrian median was finally open. By the time we got there, scores of folks […]
Marcus Woollen is a prime example of what bicycling can do for your mind, body and spirit. Fifteen months ago, after being declared obese by his doctors, he decided he needed to get healthy and find a way to fit exercise into his busy schedule. So he tried bike commuting from Jackson Heights, Queens to […]
Regardless of age or ability, everyone deserves the right to a safe and convenient bike commute. In New York City, every day the DOT is making that more of a reality - thanks to an incredible diversity of bike facilities. The city has moved past simple, striped bike lanes and on to refreshing configurations like […]
Despite initial opposition from their Community Board's Transportation Committee, members of the Jackson Heights community pushed to have 78th Street closed to cars, 24-7 for July and August so children to could use it as a play street.
As usual, the 2nd Annual Tour de Queens served up many smiles per mile!