The BQX will only get built with your support! We need a north-south mass transit option between Brooklyn and Queens.
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The BQX will relieve overburdened infrastructure, ensure that growth and opportunity is spread more equitably along the waterfront, and provide access to jobs, educational opportunities, and recreational amenities for everyone.
The Brooklyn Queens waterfront has historically been the heart of New York City’s industry, with factories lining its shores from Bay Ridge to Astoria. As the City’s economy transitioned away from industrial production after World War II, the waterfront became increasingly underutilized and inaccessible. Over the past 15 years, however, New York has rediscovered its waterfront, reclaiming it for greenways and bike paths, river access, residential development and job creation in the creative economy.
Today the Brooklyn Queens waterfront is diverse and dynamic, with major employment hubs, growing mixed-income residential neighborhoods, new parks, arts and culture, higher education and healthcare facilities.
Despite this renaissance, the corridor continues to be severely underserved by transportation infrastructure, leaving some neighborhoods isolated, unable to access the growing opportunities along the waterfront. Many of these neighborhoods are still suffering from high unemployment and poverty. The BQX is a critical step in connecting waterfront residents to job centers, educational opportunities and recreational amenities, helping families break the cycle of poverty.
The BQX is supported by a deep and diverse coalition of New Yorkers including community leaders, small businesses, economic development groups and transit experts.
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Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit that seeks to create connectivity and generate economic growth along the East River waterfront corridor from Red Hook to Astoria through the construction of a modern streetcar that complements and enhances existing transportation infrastructure.
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Jed Walentas, Two Trees Management Co.
Randy Peers, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Michelle de la Uz, Fifth Avenue Committee
Jukay Hsu, Pursuit
Elizabeth Lusskin, Long Island City Partnership
Carlo Scissura, The New York Building Congress
Paul Steely White
Tom Wright, Reginal Plan Association
Board of Directors
Marc Agger, Agger Fish Corporation
Carmelo Anthony, Melo7 Tech Partners
Jordan Barowitz, The Durst Organization
Frances Brown, NYCHA Red Hook East Houses
Darold Burgess, NYCHA Ingersoll Houses
Vishaan Chakrabarti, Practice for Architecture Urbanism DPC
Claudia Coger, NYCHA Astoria Houses
Erin Gabrielli, Atlas Capital Group
Alex Garvin, AGA Public Realm Strategies
Tom Grech, Queens Chamber of Commerce
Annette Juriaco, Rubenstein
Michael Kaye, Douglaston Development
Andrew Kimball, Industry City
Isabella Lee, NYCHA Walt Whitman Houses
Joe Lhota, NYU Langone Medical Center
Anthony Lopez, Zone 126
Gail Mellow, LaGuardia Community College
Regina Myer, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
Brandon Nelson, JetBlue
Toba Potosky, Cadman Park Conservancy
Tucker Reed, Totem
David Rosen, Brooklyn Allied Bars & Restaurants
John Rudikoff, Brooklyn Law School
Michael Rudin, Rudin Management
Michael Ruiz, National Grid
Caroline Samponaro, Lyft
Alexandria Sica, DUMBO BID
April Simpson, NYCHA Queensbridge Houses
Anthony Sosa, NYCHA Ingersoll Houses
Daniel Squadron, Future Now
Doug Steiner, Steiner Studios
Bishop Mitchell Taylor, Urban Upbound
Julie Tighe, NYLCV
Jay Walder, Virgin Hyperloop One
Carol Wilkins, NYCHA Ravenswood Houses
Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures
Christopher Torres – Executive Director
Kristina Gonzalez – Organizing Director
Lawrence Simmons – Organizer
Sankarsh Ramachandra – Organizer
Alana Hassan – Organizer