Friends of the BQX gets new leadership at ‘crucial time’ as controversial street car project moves forward

The nonprofit organization that has been advocating for a streetcar system along the Queens and Brooklyn waterfront since 2014 made a change in leadership just as the city launches a wide-ranging community engagement process. The Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector recently named Brooklyn resident Christopher Torres as its new executive director to replace Jessica […]

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City moves forward with BQX project launching wide-ranging community engagement process

The de Blasio administration is moving forward with its Brooklyn Queens Connector project, the controversial proposal for a state-of-the-art, zero-emission streetcar system along an 11-mile corridor from Astoria to Gowanus, Brooklyn. The city launched an official BQX website – which you can visit here – that provides information on the proposal, important dates and opportunities to […]

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City can save millions on construction projects after Cuomo approves Queens lawmakers’ NYC Design-Build Act

New York City could save hundreds of millions of dollars on public construction projects after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation from two Queens lawmakers. State Senator Leroy Comrie and Assemblyman Edward Braunstein sponsored the NYC Design-Build Act, which will provide city agencies with the power to combine design and construction bids into one contract to […]

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NYC Ferry ridership up 32 percent in 2019, with service expansions coming: EDC

The NYC Ferry saw increased ridership in 2019 from the previous year, according to figures released Thursday by the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC), which owns the aquatic transport system. In 2019, 6.3 million people rode NYC Ferry, a 32 percent increase from 2018 and a 38 percent increase from projections made back in 2015, […]

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2020 Preview: Three big stories to watch in northwest Queens

There’s quite a lot to look forward to in 2020, but there are some stories in particular that we know will develop even further in the coming months. Transportation and developments are the main focus in northwestern Queens — take a look at some of the main stories ahead.  Will plans for the Brooklyn-Queens Connector […]

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