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Juelz4309

D & 6 Line Curiosity?

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Willets Point redevelopment is going on as planned.

 

The problem with developing Corona Park is that it essentially serves as a giant wetlands buffer; if you look at the updated FEMA flood zone map, all of Corona Park is Zones 1 & 2, but immediately outside of the Corona Park boundaries are much higher Zones (5, 6, or no zones at all.)

 

There's also a law on the books in Albany that says that any parkland used in a public project must be replaced. The MLS stadium would've needed to find "replacement" parkland, and there isn't any undeveloped space available.

 

A big, big part of the reason why Corona Park doesn't get funding, though, is due to how parks in this city are run. The Parks Department itself suffers very large cuts every year, but the "flagship" parks (Central Park, High Line, Prospect, Union Sq, Washington Sq, etc.) are all run by nonprofit conservancies that get millions from donors. In fact, people put money into Central Park with the condition that it can't be used for other city parks. Combine this with the fact that Corona Park is the hardest big park to actually enter due to the fact that it's completely surrounded by highways, and you can see why the park has never been the crown jewel Moses wanted it to be.

Nearly 50 years has gone by since the Fair. Maybe there simply isn't enough outcry for park redevelopment. With the facts you just mentioned and the reasoning behind them, it would be extremely difficult to pursue it. Thanks for the info about Willets Pt.

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A big, big part of the reason why Corona Park doesn't get funding, though, is due to how parks in this city are run. The Parks Department itself suffers very large cuts every year, but the "flagship" parks (Central Park, High Line, Prospect, Union Sq, Washington Sq, etc.) are all run by nonprofit conservancies that get millions from donors. In fact, people put money into Central Park with the condition that it can't be used for other city parks. Combine this with the fact that Corona Park is the hardest big park to actually enter due to the fact that it's completely surrounded by highways, and you can see why the park has never been the crown jewel Moses wanted it to be.

 

Robert Moses intended it to be his flagship park yet he killed it by being himself and building highways around it, making it difficult for people to get there without a car. Oh, the irony.

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The Concourse Line  was supposed to be extended that's why there is that weird turn to 205th st.

 

  • Concourse Line Extension: From 205th and Bainbridge, along Burke Avenue to Boston Road, and then along Boston Road approx 2 miles to Baychester Avenue, 2 tracks. This would thus be an east-west Bronx line heading in the direction of today's Co-op City, and would include a transfer with the White Plains Road line at Burke Avenue.

 

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