Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced today that the $45 million Queens Plaza Improvement Plaza has wrapped up. The result is a newly landscaped 1.5 acre park with 489 newly planted trees, and the mayor’s office says it’s got non-invasive and drought-tolerant native plantings, wetlands, artist-designed benches and interlocking / permeable pavers to direct storm water to these plantings. This new open space is now called “Dutch Kills Green,” which was one of 600 entries submitted in a naming contest. Translation: the goal was to transform Queens Plaza into a place people where people don’t hate being.
At the same presser today, Bloomberg announced the completion of the JetBlue corporate headquarters in Queens Plaza, which