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Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

With reference to your article, (“Briarwood station may be renamed,” March 20, Central Queens edition), the Briarwood Community Association fully endorses the proposed legislation offered by State Sen. Tony Avella (Senate Bill 6816) and Assemblyman David Weprin (A00789) for the full renaming of the Briarwood subway station. We strongly believe the action to be well-reasoned and in the best interests of subway riders.

Founded in 1973, the BCA has a decades-long history of serving the interests of the Briarwood community. With hundreds of families from the four corners of our community, we have, through heavily attended public meetings and heavily distributed newsletters, been able to represent and best reflect the interests of our community’s residents. Our association has made possible, among its other efforts, the Briarwood branch public library, the U.S. Post Office station, the Queens Boulevard Promenade and the partial name change to date of our local subway station, which we have advocated since 1997.

New York City Transit has long since endorsed removing the reference to the Van Wyck Boulevard. The subway station lies at the center of the east/west boundaries of our community and serves exclusively the residents of Briarwood. The new name will more appropriately identify the station’s geographic location for subway riders. Further, the proposal does not in any manner involve, nor impinge upon any other neighboring community. Van Wyck Boulevard has not existed as a street for over 60 years, having been wiped out with the construction of the Van Wyck Expressway and the Main Street extension.

The timing is most appropriate now, with the current state Department of Transportation reconstruction of the Queens Boulevard bridges, the subway passageway, elevator and the construction of two new entrances. (The Kew Gardens Interchange Project, Phase 1). The ongoing inclusion of the current names at two subway stations and separate lines is both deceptive, immaterial and a long-standing point of confusion for subway riders.

Now more than ever, with the soon-to-be new and bright station entrances, it would be most appropriate to recognize Briarwood for the vibrant, cohesive, activist and much respected community that it is, with a station name changes to simply, “Briarwood.”

Seymour Schwartz
President, Briarwood Community Association

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