Our Goal

Our goal is to allow our friends, neighbors and children to safely get to the Motor Parkway without having to use a car

Vanderbilt Pkwy
NY, 11364
United States

A common sense and easily achieved vision - connecting the still remaining section of the Motor Parkway with state and city owned lands between Winchester Blvd and Little Neck Parkway so our children, neighbors, seniors can get to the Motor Parkway safely on foot or bicycle.

Our Plan

The only thing preventing easy access to the Motor Parkway today is that no one has asked the City or State to make it happen.

The route we propose (which is similar to the original path of the Motor Parkway) would connect many of the neighborhoods we are talking about.

This route runs through properties managed by the NY State Office of Mental Health, the NYC Board of Education and the NYC Parks & Recreation. In short, three agencies would need to coordinate with the NYC Department of Transportation to make access to the Motor Parkway easier. This could all be done without taking a single inch of property from our neighbors. 

Please sign the petition to help make this happen.

Below find a detailed presentation on how we can make this happen.

Section 1 - Winchester Boulevard to Cross Island Parkway

What needs to be done?

  • Create an at-grade crossing at Winchester Blvd (eventually, it would be possible to raise money to build a pedestrian / cyclist bridge to replace the at grade crossing)
  • Build a sidewalk and bike path along southern perimeter of Creedmoor building 40
  • To span the Cross Island Parkway, a bridge already exists - it just needs to be accessible to greenway users

Impacts

  • Loss of parking spots in the southwestern parking lot of Creedmoor Building 40
  • Privacy of Creedmoor basketball court along Union Turnpike would be impacted

Costs

  • Perimeter fence of Creedmoor would need to be moved 180’ N at the SW corner and 80’ the rest of the way along Union Turnpike
  • If privacy of the basketball courts is an issue, then the Creedmoor basketball courts may have to be moved, or modified.
  • A new pedestrian and cyclist path would need to be made
  • New shrub plantings would need to be made along the path

Section 2 - Cross Island Parkway to Queens Farm Museum

What needs to be done?

  • Take/lease land between Cross Island and Grand Central service roads
  • Take/lease some land from Queens Children's Psychiatric Center

Impacts

  • Possible narrowing of perimeter drive around Queens High School Of Teaching
  • Loss of perimeter / peripheral areas around Queens Children's Psychiatric Center
  • Loss of expansion options for NYS DOT at the Grand Central & Cross Island Parkways

Costs

  • The perimeter fence around Queens Children’s Psychiatric Center would need to be moved “in” up to approximately 80’ along the Northern and Eastern perimeters.
  • An at grade crossing would need to be constructed to cross Commonwealth Blvd (eventually, in Alternative A it would be possible to raise money to build a pedestrian / cyclist bridge to replace the at grade crossing)
  • A new pedestrian and bicyclist path would need to be paved from Commonwealth Blvd to the Queens Farm Museum
  • New shrub plantings would need to be made along the path

Section 3 - Queens Farm Museum to 74th Ave

What needs to be done?

  • A pedestrian / bike path would need to be made along the southern end of the parking lot

Impacts

  • The southern section of the Farm’s gravel parking lot would be paved over as an “entrance area” to the greenway
  • Parking lot reduced in width from 100’ to 75’ - this means fewer busses will be accommodated

Costs

  • The southernmost 25’ of the Farm Museums parking lot will need to be paved over as a greenway entrance
  • Plantings of small shrubs will need to be made to provide a visual indication that one is entering a greenway

Section 4 - 74th Avenue to LIJ

74th Avenue is relatively safe to walk, run or bike so signage needs to be put up showing new users how to get to LIJ

Section 5 - LIJ North Parking Lot (74th Ave Extension) to Nassau County (Marcus Ave)

As of right now there is no need for this, as Nassau County hasn't made their section of the Motor Parkway available as a greenway. If that were to occur, some sort of agreement would need to be made with LIJ to allow access through this section.