The debate over what to do with the defunct Rockaway Beach Long Island Rail Road line has fallen into two major camps — those who want to restore service and those who want to turn it into a green space.
The future of the line is a key issue for Woodhaven, for which the right of way serves as a border with Richmond Hill and runs just behind people’s homes.
The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association will host a forum for Woodhaven residents on the rail line on Saturday. Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. in the Queens Tabernacle, a block away from the abandoned tracks, at 86-03 96 St. While the forum is open to the public, its main focus will be to allow Woodhaven residents to listen to both proposals and bring in their ideas and comments.
“I know that either proposal, if it became a reality, would have an enormous impact on those who live nearby, and on Woodhaven as a whole,” said WRBA spokesman Alex Blenkinsopp, who grew up near the line. “Other neighborhoods have publicly weighed in on this debate. Now it’s time for the people of Woodhaven to hear the arguments for each side, ask tough questions, and make known where they stand.”