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Reports of High Line-Style Park Making Its Way To LIC  


1Unused railroad tracks in Long Island City might be given a new life soon, as the MTA are recently reaching out to the community for some ideas on how to put the space to good use, reports say.

The transportation agency is looking for local groups to restore the two sections of the Long Island Rail Road, which totals to more than a mile. This rail road hasn’t been used since the 1990s, according to the New York Post.

The sections seen for rehabilitation include parts of the old Montauk and Main Line tracks, located at the intersection of Skillman and 49th Avenues.

As reported by Curbed, the MTA released a Request For Expressions of Interest, as a means to examine the section for different options for businesses, community groups, nonprofits, and individuals.

Ideas may include public open space, urban farming, or museum or sculpture garden space, among many others.

This transportation stretch was used to connect the LIRR’s Lower Montauk Branch, running through Newtown Creek, to the Sunnyside and Arch Street Yards to the north, according to the RFEI.

For anyone who intends to stand forward with their ideas, they must provide access points, plan to bring utilities such as water and electricity to the area, along with site maintenance as well..

It should be noted that this project is not the first time a High Line-style park has been proposed for Queens. In fact, plans were announced last year for a 3.5-mile stretched, called the QueensWay, for recreational walking and biking through the neighborhood of Rego Park, Forest Hills, Glendale, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven, and Ozone Park.