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Getting There and Back and Around

Getting There and Back and Around
Sunday, March 24th, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Dutch Kills Green
(Landscaped area at Queens Plaza E,M,R station)
Long Island City

With the continuing construction boom of both residential and commercial space, Long Island City is projected to house another 20,000 residents by 2020. Can New York City’s already crowded transit system handle the influx? From Queens Plaza, we’ll walk in the shadows of the 7 train along Jackson Avenue down to Vernon Boulevard. Guided by transportation journalist John Surico, participants will be challenged to envision how the surrounding infrastructure and streetscapes might change as they tour the area. Following the walk, the group will get local refreshments and discuss how design can maintain pedestrian safety and equity for all users and modes of transport, as the city adapts to serve growing and unknown needs.

John Surico covers city life for The New York Times and its transit for VICE. He also teaches undergraduate journalism at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, and is a research fellow for Center for an Urban Future, a NYC-based policy organization.

This event is eligible for 1 LU|HSW of AIA credit.

Upon arrival at Queens Plaza, head to Dutch Kills Green (the triangular park space underneath the expressway) where you will find Van Alen staff members holding orange signs as the rest of the participants arrive. At the end of our walk, we’ll meet at Alewife Brewpub, located at 51st avenue and Vernon Boulevard.