Some Queens Residents Think Landscaping Project Looks Like ‘Graveyard’

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — It’s called the “Gateway To Queens,” but some say it looks more like a graveyard.

The landscaping project at Queens Plaza is winning less-than-rave reviews from residents. Many think the design is ugly and some say it could even be dangerous.

Then again, to others it’s environmentally friendly, edgy and even cool.

“Anything that’s an attempt at art is a good thing,” one resident told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello.

Still, some believe the new landscape design at Queens Plaza has very little merit — artistic or otherwise.

“It’s a garbage catcher. Look at it — catching garbage,” another man said.

There is garbage everywhere, which is collected between the jagged chunks of concrete lined up like tombstones.

“I thought somebody robbed a graveyard and just stuck grave markers there,” another resident joked.

The city’s Economic Development Corporation is behind the redesign. EDC has bragged about the project as being good for the earth because the concrete is being recycled.

The EDC said it was also enhancing the landscape with the careful use of drought-resistant plants. But after a week of rain, many of them look to be in bad shape — especially those choked by garbage.

The concrete slabs are supposed to increase safety by giving drivers and pedestrians a “visual indication of impassibility.”

But some say the jagged forms actually leave them feeling less safe. One cluster of concrete is right at the edge of a curb cut designed to help the handicapped.

“They’re boulders and they’re sticking up and they’re sharp,” one woman said. “I saw the sharp edges and they’re a turnoff. I think they’re dangerous.”

Monday at the site, construction workers waved a tool to try to chase away CBS 2’s cameras and ignored questions about the project.

A spokeswoman at the EDC said the redesign was still a work in progress and that people should reserve judgment until work is complete later this year.

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  • Terrence Scott Flloyd

    They should be more focused on protecting the little bit of green space and historic residences we have left. Vallone and Mahoney have allowed development to go on hyper mode and that is the true assault on our quality of life.

  • Joshua H. Horton

    Garbage catcher – merely an added benefit. You prefer to have your garbage blowing all over the place?

    Graveyard – to the imaginative, symbolic, for what is Queens other than a graveyard for the planet? To the dim, reduction to a financial statement.

  • Mo

    It looks fine, and definitely looks a million times better than it did before. This area was a wasteland before.

  • Bill

    Bloomberg to NY : “I will bury you!”

  • Gregory

    A graveyard is an appropriate description. Some dark night, the residents could take up the stones and sell them to landscapers to use in someone else’s neighborhood. The city won’t notice for a month and it will take the city bureauocracy another month to even react.

  • sam.

    problem with artist’s conceptions is that it reflects that artist’s emotions, state of mind, view of life, feelings about the place. so it can yield something really beautiful or something really ugly in the eyes of other people. either way, it still art.

  • Mike

    I would buy that stuff to build my patio. But I sure as hell don’t consider it to be art !

  • nobody

    it’s no less artistic than picasos

  • Mike

    Politics and art are hard to mix. I think it is just the city’s way of disposing of unwanted construction waste and trying to tell the citizens that it is art!

  • rob

    So this is where our hard earned tax dollars went. This is not even art. This is pure garbage wasteland. It looks as though someone is trying to play a trick upon Queens resident by making this piece of trash that looks like a cemetery. A miniature version of a cemetery in the middle of nowhere. Good job mayor piece of chit. This wouldn’t be complete if dept of transportation head Suckditt Kuntt doesn’t put a bike lane in there.

  • Jack of Spades

    iI think it fits Queens perfectly. The borough of cemeteries and so much foreign diversity that America is dead here. I’m moving to Australia.

  • Blue

    Wow, is that ever ugly. Put some hardy flowers there. There is a lot of vegetation that does not need much water to grow. If you want to do a rock garden take a lesson from the Zen Gardens of the Asian nations. Round, serene, with negative space and spacious arrangements – not pointy and jagged and crowded!

  • Buddy

    Bloomberg has no money for teachers, schools or roads but 77 million for this piece of junk which actually impedes traffic coming off the bridge. More millions for worthless bike lanes around the city while drivers have to deal with roads that are in worse shape than those in Baghdad. He’s a little tyrant who unilaterally reversed the term limits we voted for!!! ANYONE but Bloomberg would be better for NYC at this point.

    • NY Rob

      Don’t mince words, Buddy. Tell us how you REALLY feel.

  • Rigo

    All this is due to budget cuts, the city can not afford to pay for waste removal so they dump it anywhere and call it ART.

  • Ammie

    Ugh! Hire a real artist. Go to any of the art schools, there are plenty in NYC.

  • GM

    A travesty; a 77 mil. boondoggle posing as art!

  • KarenE

    Bloomberg must go!!!

  • fg

    That’s what happens when you have a bureaucracy create art. The city drives away its artists with high rents and then fills the gap with their own art. Leave art to the artists, make the city artist friendly!

  • musical mom

    Ugly doesn’t BEGIN to describe it. It looks like a dumping ground for broken slate and bricks!

  • dico j.

    reminds me of years ago at the Hamden Plaza in Hamden, Connecticut when they buried old cars half way in the ground in the middle of the parking lot, and covered them with tar. It looked ridiclous, but artistic.

  • RAP

    Ugly waste of money, probably the same crowd that were responsible for the remodeling of Kissena Park Lake a few years ago. Before they started the Park project, they asked for and got significant and valuable Community input which they promptly ignored and did what they wanted to do in the first place. The result is worse than what it was before they did the project and it looks like it was never finished properly. And for this the people involved — consultants, architects, general. contractor, etc. — all got big bucks, which was where most of the money was apparently spent and not on the Project itself.

  • bill

    77 million dollars! For a graveyard!!! Is Bloomberg on drugs!? No money for teachers but enough money to bury Queens.

  • Sara

    77 Million? Put the Money Back in the Piggy and Dump your Recycled Cement along the Shores to create more Jettys and give the Teachers back their Jobs! PS > Hire a New Landscape Architect!

  • stephi

    It does look like a graveyard. Couldn’t the city have put the money to better use. God save us from people who work for the city. The person who thought of this mess should be fired. Were does the city get these people.

    • NY Rob

      Talk is cheap Stephi. Why didn’t you submit your design for the park when the city asked for proposals?

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