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Get Connected => Neighborhood Chat => Topic started by: JHResident on June 26, 2020, 04:50:25 AM

Title: 37th Avenue "open street"
Post by: JHResident on June 26, 2020, 04:50:25 AM
I came across this in the Jackson Heights Post,
"Five streets will be opened in partnership with local community groups:
.24 miles of 37th Avenue, from 75th Street to 80th Street on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Thai Community USA) "
If this has previously been posted, I apologize.
 https://jacksonheightspost.com/more-streets-in-queens-will-be-made-car-free  (https://jacksonheightspost.com/more-streets-in-queens-will-be-made-car-free)
Title: Re: 37th Avenue Closing to Cars on Sundays?
Post by: toddg on June 26, 2020, 11:45:10 AM
No, that's "new news"!

Earlier this year, Mayor DeBlasio promised 100 miles of "Open Streets" to provide more recreation space during the COVID crisis.  So far, about 2/3 of that total length has been announced.

The 34th Avenue Open Street is one of the longest segments.

There's also a section next to Gorman Playground on 85th Street from 25th Avenue to 30th Avenue

And the city just announced a temporary new protected bike lane on Broadway/Northern Boulevard from 34th Avenue to Queensboro Plaza

Title: Re: 37th Avenue Closing to Cars on Sundays?
Post by: dssjh on June 27, 2020, 03:04:39 PM
the mayor rolled this out during a press conference last week, when he announced the 23 newest miles.

closing the avenue is a great idea for dining/drinking, but i worry about drivers not knowing about it (being just one day per week) and issues ensuing.
Title: Re: 37th Avenue Closing to Cars on Sundays?
Post by: ShinjukuBaby on June 28, 2020, 05:31:38 AM
This would be great!  Let's hope it's true. 
Title: 37th Avenue "open street"
Post by: dssjh on June 28, 2020, 02:51:05 PM
The blue barricades are up. very large, legible yellow signs ban traffic. Law-breakers are driving around them and driving down the street as usual. too bad spike strips don't work at low speed.
Title: Re: 37th Avenue "open street"
Post by: toddg on June 28, 2020, 05:23:58 PM
I wasn't thrilled with how this was implemented today.   Not every block had barriers, so cars were turning onto 37th Avenue, only to discover a block later that through traffic was not allowed.  This created a lot more confusion than there needed to be.   In the future, I hope they use metal barriers like on 34th Avenue, and set up the barriers up on every block.