The High Line’s eco-friendly transformation has made it one of the most popular public spaces in Manhattan, and now a similar project happening in Queens is quickly taking shape. The QueensWay redevelopment proposal, conceived by Trust for Public Land, will give new meaning to the city’s abandoned infrastructure, turning the 3.5 mile stretch of rusty train track into a linear park for walkers and cyclists, in addition to the small community of restaurants and art performances.
Many see QueensWay as a spinoff of Manhattan’s High Line, but The Emerging New York Architects committee wants this project to be something totally different. The committee has recently announced the winners of its 2014 biennial design ideas competition, QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm, with results being anything but ordinary.
Of the 120 submissions, the committee gave first place to “The Queensway Steps,” an elevated greenspace proposed by Carrie Wibert of Paris, France. Other winning submissions range from a “billboard” that resembles a roller-coaster ramp to a community market place that’s constructed under the railway.
Check out some of the proposed project images below: