I find it unfortunate that Anthony Stasi’s February 14th column on the Queensway is so biased against what is a terrific neighborhood project, and would like to comment on its inaccurate generalization of those living along the existing tracks.
It’s ironic that the title to his column ends with the words “…About Fairness,” since the content of the piece itself does not fairly represent those of us property owners living adjacent to the tracks who would love to see a greenway replace the existing eyesore that winds its way through several of our neighborhoods. (In my case, Rego Park.)
Stasi states that, “People live in Queens for what it looks like – and this project will change how it looks.” Pardon my confusion, but when Stasi wrote his article did he even bother to look at the photo included in his own article which clearly depicts overgrown, crumbling tracks? Is this why he moved to Queens?
I find Stasi’s disparagement of development of any kind, as if it’s a universally acknowledged fact, to be somewhat offensive. Considering his mentality, he might seriously want to consider renaming his column, “Strictly Stasis.” For the rest of us, there is such a thing as positive, pro-community development, and the Queensway is a worthy example.
Though Stasi’s column inaccurately frames the possibility of the development of a greenway as “The Powers That Be” versus “The Little Guy Queens Homeowner,” the fact is is that many of us homeowners he refers to have been supporting, for years, the efforts of Friends of the Queensway and its predecessor, the Rockaway Beach Branch Greenway Committee, and applaud any community board or local politician’s efforts to make the greenway a reality from which we will all benefit.
Just a couple of weeks ago, I saw a group of people, one of whom was Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, outside on a cold winter day near the Yellowstone Boulevard overpass of the future greenway (wink wink), and, assuming that she is pro-greenway, I say thank you for your time and effort, Councilwoman Crowley.
Though I have difficulty comprehending why Mr. Neil Giannelli, or any of his neighbors on 98th Street, would prefer an overgrown, littered, graffiti-covered, abandoned railroad track to a nice, family and community-friendly walking/biking path that would connect commercial and residential areas to recreational ones such as the FHYAA little league fields and Forest Park (no traffic!), I’d like to assure your readers that many of us living in close proximity to the tracks are very much relieved to hear that the Friends of the Queensway have finally received the funding they need, and look forward to reading of further progress in this paper soon.