Future of the Railway


The Line Could Become a Public Park and Path

The success of Manhattan’s High Line public park has propelled the progress of the QueensWay, a greenway project supporters seek to create through the transformation of the abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch rail line. See how – after several false starts – the grassroots efforts of greenway advocates are starting to take root and gain momentum.

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Some Residents Want the Line Back in Service

Revitalizing the abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch rail line has been touted as a resolution to Queens commuter woes. Learn how this long-debated desire for quicker transportation service has fractured the community over where the line should stop.

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Others Believe the Tracks Should be Left Alone

Some Queens residents living near the abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch rail line have their own vision for its future – doing nothing with the railway. Read how the diminished property values and privacy along with increased noise and traffic linked to a transformation has sparked outrage among residents fearing damage to the quality of life along the abandoned rail line.

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Soccer Stadium Could Alter Plans for the Railway

QueensWay advocates seeking to convert an abandoned railway in Queens into a greenway may have found an unlikely ally – Major League Soccer. Find out how the league’s quest to build a new stadium in Queens could be a financial and political windfall for QueensWay supporters.

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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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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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