The History of LIC Ramps Lands Space
What could be:
The land surrounding the approaches to the Ed Koch Queensboro bridge remain the last publicly owned parcels of land in Court Square. We can create dynamic public spaces to stitch together parts of our community that are currently physically divided from one another.
The LIC Ramps, a concept originally proposed by City Planning, is our inspiration for transforming this underutilized public land into the center of our community. As you'll see, overpasses only bisect parts of the open parcels, leaving opportunities for sunlight to stream through. Similar approaches have been taken within NYC (FDR Drive in Lower Manhattan), as well as in cities across the world (Toronto, Chicago, Amsterdam, Boston, Milwaukee).
3.74 Acres /
163,000 Square Feet
of closed-off publicly owned land that could be re-envisioned to stitch together our community and provide spaces for us to gather
Plenty of Sunlight
The parcels of land beneath the overpasses are larger than the diagonal ramps above, allowing sunlight to come through.
The diversity of spaces throughout the ramplands can be adapted to serve different needs within our community - dog run, play areas, event spaces, biodiversity, public art, hang out space...