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Help Beautify Busy Street Near Flushing Meadows Park

By Katie Honan | September 26, 2014 2:45pm
 The busy 111th Street Corona corridor connects many to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. and will be beautified Sunday with daffodils. 
The busy 111th Street Corona corridor connects many to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. and will be beautified Sunday with daffodils. 
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CORONA — Local transportation safety organizations are teaming up Sunday to beautify a busy street near Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and find ways to make it more pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly. 

Neighbors will plant daffodils on the 111th Street median from 45th to 50th avenues, identified as an unsafe corridor by local groups.

The day of action will include a brainstorming session to collect suggestions for making the street safer for pedestrians and cyclists, who use it for local travel and to access the popular park, according to Transportation Alternatives, which is co-sponsoring the event with Immigrant Movement International, Make the Road New York and the Queens Museum.

The street is wide and has a median. It also does not have bike lanes and is a major access point to the park for people living on west side of the Cross Island Parkway.

At summer safety meetings sponsored by Transportation Alternatives, 111th Street “overwhelmingly stood out as a priority corridor,” according to Celia Holl Castellan, a Queens organizer with the group. 

“It’s the primary connector between Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and residential neighborhoods, and is the only residential street that lines the park,” she said.

“It lacks proper infrastructure that keeps pedestrians and cyclists safe.”

Community members can get their hands dirty planting the bright yellow flowers and also share their ideas to improve the street in the long term, Castellan said.

The Sept. 28 planting begins at 10 a.m. on the corner of 46th Avenue and 111th Street.