Last week New York City commemorated the completion of the $45 million walkway at Queens Plaza North in Long Island City.
New York ran a citywide contest to pick a name for the 1.5 acre space. Out of 600 applicants “Dutch Kills Green” was chosen by a panel of city and community representatives.
Celebrating the project here are naming contest winner Harry Charalambides, Mayor Bloomberg, another contest winner James Stark and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
Charalambides came up with the name after doing a bit of historical research. Dutch Kills, a tributary of Newtown Creek, was located where the plaza is now, he noted.
Charalambides, a resident of Harlem, previously lived in Astoria.
“I did some research of the history of the area and came up with the name Dutch Kills,” he said.
Stark submitted a similar name.
JetBlue was also part of opening celebrations. The company hosted a ribbon cutting on April 4 at it’s new headquarters also located in Queens Plaza North.
The headquarters brings 1,000 jobs to Long Island City.