Explore the Line

Explore how cities around the world have built successful public parks from their abandoned railways in our multimedia feature.


Interactive: Tour the Global Greenways

Abandoned railways around the world — including Paris, New York and Atlanta — have been converted into public parks. Take a stroll through each location to find out about the former railways. Produced by Laura Lorenzetti and Candace Sheppard.

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Timeline: History of the Railway

Take a look at the history of this rail line and how it went from running trains out to Far Rockaway to what locals now call the “forgotten spur.” Produced by Candace Sheppard.

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Audio: Reaction from the Community

The future of the Rockaway Beach Branch rail line affects residents from Rego Park in the north out to Rockaway Beach in the south. Queens residents speak out on what they believe is best for the abandoned railway’s future. Produced by Tiffany Camhi, Laura Lorenzetti and Candace Sheppard.

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Getting to Work: Commuting in Queens

The fate of the Rockaway Beach Branch rail line affects Queens commuters too. Considering how residents in community districts 6, 9, 10 and 14 get to work now, how would a new greenway or a revitalized rail line affect their commute? Produced by Matt Surrusco.

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Rockaway Residents Talk Transportation Post Hurricane Sandy
After Hurricane Sandy crippled transportation options for residents of the Rockaway peninsula, talk of a new train line raises interest and concerns for residents of the area. Produced by Anne Lagamayo.

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The Line: Our Stories
Read about The Future of the Railway to discover the options for the abandoned tracks.

 

Community Reaction: Residents Speak Out
Find out how Queens residents feel about the transformation of the area in our Community Voices section.