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Brooklyn Queens Connector

The Brooklyn-Queens Streetcar Plan Won't Die

The Brooklyn-Queens Connector, known as the BQX streetcar, was spotted making plans on the Internet earlier this month.

January 23, 2020 - The Architect's Newspaper

Cobblestones vs. Bike and Pedestrian Improvements Controversy in Brooklyn

Improving streets in Sunset Park by removing cobblestones and aging train tracks has created a controversy between historic preservation and the need for safe bike and walking facilities and other streetscape improvements.

April 12, 2019 - Brooklyn Daily Eagle

New York City to Reduce Truck Emissions by Investing in Freight Rail Infrastructure

The Big Apple may claim the nation's highest public transit ridership, but it ranks well below average in its use of freight rail. Two small short line railroads are at the center of a $100 million investment to reduce truck reliance.

April 11, 2019 - The New York Times

East River, New York

East River Ferry Service Is Transforming America's First Suburbs

Once again, the ferry is remaking the Brooklyn waterfront. One hundred years after making Brooklyn Heights the nation's original suburb, it's spawning new developments along the Brooklyn and Queens waterfront. And the fare? Same as a subway ride.

December 4, 2017 - The New York Times

An Update on the Ambitious Lowline Project in New York

The Lowline is "one of the most intriguing" project proposals anywhere in the United States—so much so that it still seems a long shot to many observers.

August 13, 2016 - New York Magazine

Global Call for Ideas Reveals Promising Resilience Solutions

Superstorm Sandy spurred the New York City Economic Development Corporation to form the RISE:NYC program, a global competition for innovative solutions to post-disaster resiliency. Arup's Sarah Wesseler spoke with them to learn more.

August 27, 2015 - Doggerel

Planning for Housing on Complicated Queens Rail Yard Continues

The 200-acre operational rail yard is the largest of six affordable housing sites that Mayor Bill de Blasio targeted for development. He hopes to build more than 11,000 units of affordable housing there, but Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is not on board.

February 23, 2015 - The New York Times - N.Y. / Region

Are Vending Machines Coming to Cabs in Your City?

This is easily the best idea we've seen all day. Eric Jaffe profiles TaxiTreats - "the latest attempt to capitalize on the captive nature of most urban travelers."

February 27, 2013 - The Atlantic Cities

The Flawed Plan to Fill the Lower East Side's 'Black Hole'

David Bergman argues why plans recently approved by New York's Community Board 3 and City Planning Commission for the development of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) are a step backwards for the area.

October 1, 2012 - The Architect's Newspaper

The Biggest NYC Infrastructure Project You Haven't Heard of...

NYC's long-declining waterfront industry is expected to experience a new boom time, as the expansion of the Panama Canal will allow double the cargo and much larger ships to call at New York's harbor by 2024.

April 24, 2012 - MetroFocus

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