2. The Rockaway Beach Branch Subway Line
While there have been various proposals to transform the defunct Rockaway Beach Branch Rail Line into a new high line park called the Queensway, community activists have been calling for a new rail line to be built along the branch. Abandoned since 1962, the railway is a primarily elevated with a below grade portion to it. Stretching 3.5 miles from Rego Park to Ozone Park, the potential subway line along the Rockaway Beach Branch Rail Line would provide commuters with convenient transit options from Queens to Brooklyn. However, the notion of turining the abandoned rail into a walkway looks like it is taking shape. In December 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York City Regional Economic Development Council awarded the Trust for Public Land with a grant totaling $443,750 to make the Queensway project a reality.
See a video of what the entire stretch of the proposed Queensway looks like now.