The new 11,000-square-foot space will host hearings and other public events in the spirit of the Roman Forum. The space is the former rear courtyard of Borough Hall, which is now enclosed in glass.
“The Forum in ancient Rome was the center of civic life,” said David Resnick, deputy commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction. “It was a place where people could gather and critical events in public life would happen.”
The Forum will include a stone façade that faces the green open space at the rear of the site to compliment the existing brick of Borough Hall, which were incorporated into the design.
On Monday, Borough President Helen Marshall unveiled a plaque to commemorate the space. It reads, “The Forum at Borough Hall is dedicated to the people of Queens. It shall be a public gathering space where residents and government join together to celebrate diversity and to encourage civic discourse and participation.”
“As my term draws to a close, I am thrilled to know that these walls will soon be filled with music, the sounds of cultural celebrations and the voices of Queens residents meeting with government officials and much more,” said Marshall. “Although this project hit many challenges, today we get a sneak peek at this grand space and I am humbled to dedicate it.”