Make Queens Plaza Safer for Pedestrians and Local Businesses

Queens Plaza is becoming one of the busiest neighborhoods in the NYC, as highly dense residential towers and hotels continue to be built—while corporations also flock to the area including Amazon HQ2.

Besides Amazon, within Queens Plaza, there is 1.1M+ in new Class-A Office space (JACX) as well as 'thousands' of new residential units.  With this influx, “a greater number of people are living and working here—and are crossing the Queens Plaza” daily at all-hours.

A common problem cited by businesses and residents is that the pedestrian countdown clock is too short and pedestrians don’t have enough time to cross the street.  Or more commonly, vehicles are often blocking the pedestrian crosswalks making it dangerous to cross.

Beyond more officers directing traffic, there is consensus by many stakeholders to ask the DOT to re-evaluate the current situation and come up with creative, new ideas for better pedestrian-safety and walkability.

This complicated intersection has continued to be the site of vehicle-pedestrian, vehicle-cyclist, and vehicle-vehicle interactions and will be an even bigger problem as major sites (North/South) of Queens Plaza go live in the coming years. We urge DOT to create a new up to date comprehensive study and/or task force to offer a set of recommended solutions.

This petition will be delivered to
Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Senator Mike Gianaris, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, Queens Community Board 2, DOT Queens Commissioner
I am an individual who crosses Queens Plaza every day. As the plaza develops with new apartments and office space, more and more pedestrians are being forced to cross a dangerous street. Commonly cited by local businesses and residents, the pedestrian countdown clock is too slow, vehicles block the crosswalk and other impediments make this street crossing a harrowing journey. The street crossing just simply does not feel safe for both children and seniors, especially in the context of a new incubator K-3 school opening south of Queens Plaza on Jackson Ave.
We ask you to work with the city to make a walkable, pedestrian-friendly Queens Plaza.
This petition does not pre-assume any potential solutions but rather asks the City to re-evaluate and examine this complicated intersection of vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians in light of the re-zoning that has created a vibrant, highly dense neighborhood.
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