LONGPOINT CORRIDOR

A LOST CONNECTION

Longpoint Corridor is the missing piece with the power to reconnect these two neighborhoods and offer alternate commute solutions, the opportunity for community engagement, bring attention to the area’s environmental concerns, and conserve the Newtown Creek waterfront. 

LONGPOINT CORRIDOR

FIVE COMPONENTS

1. The Brooklyn Landing 2. Timber Bridge  3. Queens Landing 4. LIRR Crossing  5. Vernon Landing 

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LONGPOINT CORRIDOR

PAST & PRESENT

The Vernon Avenue Bridge crossed Newton Creek until 1954 when it was demolished to make way for the construction of the Pulaski Bridge. The two open spaces on either side of the creek - Manhattan Ave. Park (Brooklyn) and an ad hoc parking lot (Queens) - serve as reminders of the former bridge. Here we see an opportunity to revitalize an underused area in a way that benefits both the community and the environment.

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PROBLEM

With populations growing exponentially in Long Island City and Greenpoint, now is the critical time to seize a long missed opportunity to provide transportation options and jump-start community engagement before the need becomes too overwhelming. In addition to creating a pedestrian lane and a separate bike lane, the Longpoint Corridor would grant easier access to both the G train and 7 train.

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ACCESSIBILITY

While the Pulaski bridge is a functional solution for connecting Brooklyn and Queens, it is a large bridge utilized mostly by multi-lane traffic. The LongPoint Corridor would provide a more pleasant route for pedestrians and bikers. This map visualizes the current commute of a pedestrian across the Pulaski Bridge, from point A to B. The LongPoint Corridor would reduce this walk from a 12 min walk to a 2 min walk and provide an accessible route for all people.

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NEIGHBORING COMMUNITIES

The LongPoint Corridor will also provide a series of new green spaces for the neighboring communities, more access points to the elusive New York waterfront and incentive to preserve the local wildlife and vegetation.

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STRUCTURAL FEATURES & FUNCTIONALITY

The Longpoint Bridge will become a local landmark that is seemlessly integrated into the community by its design, functionality, and materials. The design of this bridge makes it both the fastest and least expensive construction solution. This design also offers the option of offsite construction and would only require minimal repairs over time. The diagram spotlights the uncomplicated functionality of the Longpoint Bridge, and shows how simple the installation process can be. The bridge height is set at an elevation that allows small vessels to pass without opening, and the elevation of the platform will rises and fall with the tide, protecting the bridge from flooding.

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WHAT IS THE NEXT

You might be thinking, “This is a massive undertaking!” Public spaces are complex, organic things, but we will be taking it one step at a time. The first step will focus on the Timber Bridge

What we need now is the support from people like you, in NY and elsewhere, who believe in the power of public green spaces to enhance communities. With enough support, we can gain political traction and can make the LongPoint Corridor a reality!  We are raising $50,000 for further feasibility research and a light installation of the Timber Bridge which we will unveil at a promotional community event in the Fall of 2019.