Mayor announces $35M investment in QueensWay project that will connect several Queens neighborhoods with massive greenway


For nearly six decades, the old Rockaway Beach Branch of the Long Island Rail Road sat abandoned and fell into disrepair along a 3.5-mile stretch of central and southern Queens. On Friday afternoon, Sept. 16, Mayor Eric Adams came to Forest Hills to announce a $35 million investment for the design and construction of the Metropolitan Hub, phase one of a new multiphase greenway and park called QueensWay that will transform the city-owned corridor in Forest Hills into a five-acre park.

Once completed, QueensWay will include a 47-acre park and seven miles of greenway that will connect the neighborhoods of Rego Park, Forest Hills, Glendale, Woodhaven and Ozone Park.

Mayor Eric Adams announced the city is investing $35 million into the first phase of the QueensWay project. (Photo courtesy of Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

“New York is a five-borough city, and every borough deserves high-quality park space. That’s exactly what we are delivering with this $35 million investment in one of our vital neighborhoods in Queens,” Adams said. “QueensWay phase one will convert abandoned railroad tracks that have been used as a dumping ground into a linear park that will make this community safer, healthier, greener and more prosperous.”