Flocking to Queens Plaza

Study: Foot Traffic Doubled Since 2010

Foot traffic throughout Queens Plaza has doubled over the past two years, according to a study by the Long Island City Partnership, continuing a renaissance of the area.

Dan Miner, the Partnership’s executive director, cited the increased residential development-with several condominiums constructed and several still being built-combined with the relocation of several businesses, such as JetBlue, Metlife and Publicis, to the area, and the opening of Gotham Center I, which houses the city Department of Health.

The influx of residents and workers has in turn led to more businesses looking to take advantage of the increased foot traffic, with Miner noting that many of them are “catering to the lunch crowd.”

He also pointed to the construction of several hotels on the north side of Queens Plaza, making the area “a gateway to NewYork City for national and international visitors.”

He added that it has become “a very common scene” for residents to truck luggage from the Queensboro Plaza train station up to the nearby hotels.

In the next two years, Miner hopes that the increase in residential tenants will lead to more eateries offering dinner as well. He also pointed to the tech campus planned for Roo- sevelt Island, which could bring more technology companies into the area, and Gotham Center II, which is curallegedly rently under construction.

According to Miner, no tenants have agreed to lease space at Gotham Center II at this time.

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