In late 2011, a group of residents living along the former LIRR Rockaway Beach Branch, teamed up to advocate for the conversion of the LIRR Rockaway Beach Branch into a new, “Highline-style” park.  The Friends of the QueensWay (FQW) consists of thousands of individuals and organizations all of whom have the goal of converting the long-abandoned property into a public park that can be enjoyed by bikers, walkers, joggers, visitors, tourists, workers and residents in Queens and the rest of the world.

Since 1962, the 3.5 miles stretch of the LIRR Rockaway Beach Branch has been sitting desolate and been a blight on our communities.  Like the Highline in Manhattan, the Bloomingdale Trail in Chicago and the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway in Boston, it is FQW intention to plan the reuse of this property in a way which not only creates an iconic park but also sparks economic and cultural development and improves the quality of life and environment of the communities living adjacent to the line.

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News & Events

  •   on Saturday, April 26th thirty volunteers came out to clean up a section of the QueensWay located in Forest Park. With the help of Parks Department personal, they  removed 30 bags worth of garbage and cleared brush and fallen tree …
  • May 10th Walking Tour is Sold Out To be informed of future walking tours, sign up for our email list here Join FQW tour guides for a 2.5 hour walking tour, exploring the history and potential of the QueensWay. This …
  • Thank you for your input! At the March 24th and 26th QueensWay community workshops, over 200 Queens residents participated in a discussion with The QueensWay planning team. Among the topics discussed were: potential programming and design scenarios, privacy and security of …