The Long Island City community waited a long time for its waterfront library. Libraries are such a critical part of a vibrant community, but in order to be successful, they have to be accessible to the areas they serve.
That’s why, as president of the Friends of Hunters Point Library, I support any effort that helps people take advantage of this vital resource. The Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX) would serve this need immediately and help bring readers to our doorstep.
Of course, people use the library for many different things. Whether it’s for Wi-Fi, job hunting, fact finding, or just to get lost in a new novel, we’re proud to serve a wide variety of needs here.
But unfortunately Long Island City and Astoria remain largely removed from transit. Any measure that would have a meaningful impact on shortening commute times is one I can get behind.
A light rail option that runs along the waterfront will quickly and conveniently bring library users to Hunters Point without the long walks they currently face.
This proposal will help all those communities north of the library that are underserved by public transportation to access the library and also the other cultural institutions in LIC, like the Noguchi Museum.
The BQX will help both new and long-time residents take advantage of the great resources in our community, and the city can’t act soon enough to make it happen.
Long Island City