The BQX will be New York City’s first new rail system since the subway began service more than a century ago.


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The Waterfront At-a-Glance

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.


A History of Streetcars in Brooklyn Factsheet: The Brooklyn Queens Connector Why not a bus BQX Completion of Conceptual Design Report


Join Us

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.


Press Kit

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Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector
Board of Directors

Executive Committee



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