I am just so elated about the news of the name change of the F line subway station from “Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd.” to simply “Briarwood” that I will consider penning a tune, “Briarwood Blues in F,” in commemoration of the event.
Out of 21 stations on this line from Court Square-23rd St. to Jamaica-179 St., Briarwood is the odd man out in being the only station that will not have a hyphenated street name for geographic clarity. See: Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Ave, Forest Hlls-71 Ave, and Jamaica 179 St.
A sole community designation on public transit is appropriate for incorporated villages, towns or cities, such as is the case on the LIRR lines, but not for a neighborhood in any borough of New York City.
Not even my birthplace of the historic and cultural Clinton Hill in Brooklyn shares this distinction on the subway map, but remains Clinton-Washington Aves.
And what a plethora of cultural sites there are in Briarwood!
Be sure to visit the Queens Boulevard median strip at 84th Drive, or the "Mall of Balls," to view the eyesore of the big concrete balls, some uplifted from their bases, and the commercial strip of shabby and shuttered stores.
Bravo to the Democratic political bedbugs who accomplished this mind-boggling stroke of the pen in Albany!
Joseph N. Manago