Clearing up Briarwood
Apr 30, 2015 | 11722 views | 0 0 comments | 429 429 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

In response to Mr. Nicholas Zizelis' letter (“F up or F down?” - Dispatch, April 23) and his apparent myopia, I made it abundantly clear in my letter (“Briarwood Blues in F” - Dispatch, April 16) that I oppose the naming or re-naming of any MTA subway station to one without a geographic street designation.

I also made that clear in letters to Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York City Transit Authority.

An examination of all the subway station names in New York City indicates either a street name or a hyphenated neighborhood-street name. The only exceptions are park stations (Van Cortlandt Park, Woodlawn, Pelham Bay Park, and Prospect Park), and South Ferry.

Even culturally rich neighborhoods are designated, such as Harlem-148th Street and Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue, on the New York City subway map. On the entire F and E lines in Queens, one sees only hyphenated names where local neighborhoods are cited: Jamaica-179 St, Kew Gardens-Union Tpke, Forest Hills-71 Av, 63 Dr-Rego Park, Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Av.

Therefore, the sole name of Briarwood is geographically inaccurate and confusing to commuters. I proposed the name change to Briarwood-Main St; although Briarwood-Van Wyck Expressway is also geographically accurate.

Furthermore, the purpose of a subway station name is to make travel geographically clear, not to boost the low self-esteem of a community suffering from an inferiority complex vis a vie a political grandstanding name change fraught with more confusion.

In any event, it is not like any tourists shall be placing Briarwood on their itinerary very soon, since there is nothing of any historical or cultural value associated with Briarwood.

If anything, the notoriety is the environmental blight from the Kew Gardens Interchange Project, which has accomplished major defoliation and will add more air and noise pollution from traffic on the Van Wyck Expressway.

So essentially, these elected officials have done nothing substantive for Briarwood, but just waste time on a matter that didn't even require legislation in Albany. That's why Cuomo vetoed it in the first place.

But Assemblyman David Weprin and State Senator Tony Avella need votes, and what better way than flattery?


Joseph Manago


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