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introduction

Between Brooklyn and Queens, New York there is a unique opportunity to promote a connection between the neighborhoods of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and Long Island City, Queens. 

 

The neighborhoods of Long Island City, Queens, and Greenpoint, Brooklyn were once connected by the Vernon Avenue Bridge which provided multiple transportation options including automobile, horse carriage, trolley, and pedestrian foot traffic. The Vernon Ave Bridge was eventually demolished for structural reasons, and thus became a lost piece of New York history.

Today, these communities have become disconnected, with Pulaski Bridge being the main point of access between the two neighborhoods. The Pulaski bridge mainly offers automobile access, and is not an ideal route for bikers and pedestrians. As one of the solutions of the LongPoint Corridor, the LongPoint Bridge will reacquaint these two neighborhoods by creating a path over the creek and across the LIC rail yard. 

 
 
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THE SOLUTION

THE Longpoint Corridor is the missing
piece with the power to reconnect these
two neighborhoods

 
 

The LongPoint Corridor will be a redevelopment of a currently stagnant and underused area. The full-scale project will include a renovation of the street at Manhattan Landing, a pedestrian bridge across Newtown Creek, waterfront restoration and expansion on both sides of the bridge, and a pedestrian route across the LIRR railyard. Here is a snapshot of our master plan...

 
 
 
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Two open spaces on either side of the creek serve as reminders of the former bridge - Manhattan Ave Park on the Brooklyn side, and an ad hoc parking lot on the Queens side. Here we see an opportunity to revitalize an underused area in a way that benefits both the community and the environment. 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.

The proposed LongPoint Corridor will continue beyond the LongPoint Bridge, past 54th Ave in Long Island City, and will cross over the LIRR LIC Rail yard. Not only is this transportation corridor a necessary addition to both neighborhoods, the connection will feel completely natural. This is because the original layout of both neighborhoods accounted for the need for a bridge spanning the creek at Vernon Blvd. The surrounding rail yard area is not currently living up to its full potential, as can be seen in the large number of loosely managed parking lots.

 
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FOUR-POINT Proposal

THE LONGPOINT corridor

 
 
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Manhattan landing

The Manhattan Ave. Landing has a small existing park and adjacent loading dock for surrounding businesses. But with the proposed LongPoint Corridor this area will become an energetic mixed-use space, with businesses spilling out into public spaces, and green spaces becoming a daily retreat for employees, commuters, and visitors alike.

Local storefronts offer retail opportunities and a new outlet for creatives, potentially in collaboration with The Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center. 

 

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longpoint pedestrian brige

The Longpoint Bridge has the potential to become a buzzing micro-district for weekend activities and special events, and a pipeline for pedestrian friendly daily commutes with a bike hub. The Longpoint Bridge is a landmark for the gateway into the lively neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Long Island City.

 

 

 
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long island city landing

The Longpoint Bridge has the potential to become a buzzing micro-district for weekend activities and special events, and a pipeline for pedestrian friendly daily commutes with a bike hub. The Longpoint Bridge is a landmark for the gateway into the lively neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Long Island City.

 
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LIRR RAILYARD CROSSING

Vernon Blvd Crossing creates an opportunity to create fluid pedestrian access between Queens and Brooklyn with no obstructions. By creating a track crossing people can easily access not only the Longpoint Bridge create new opportunities for developing and preserving the Newtown Creek waterfront. 

 
 

 
 
 

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