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Re: Tuscarora Almanac for May 11

Posted by Stephen Bauman on Thu May 12 11:28:00 2022, in response to Re: Tuscarora Almanac for May 11, posted by Peter Rosa on Wed May 11 12:53:21 2022.

Kew Gardens Hills definitely could use a nearby subway line.

I'm quite familiar with Kew Gardens Hills, having lived there in the 1950's. I also go back there for a weekly dose of lox. The demographics have changed considerably, since when I lived there.

Much of the adjacent street grid was in place at the time the Worlds Fair line was built. So were many of the houses, except for the garden apartments that were built on the Arrowbrook Golf Course.

Where would a subway station be located? Those closest to the Worlds Fair station are residents of Mt Hebron Cemetery.

Any station location would need a through street to reach the station. The only ones are Jewel and 72nd Aves.

Now for some important questions regarding an already built up area.

Could Kew Gardens Hills support a subway station? It could not support the Vleigh Place Shuttle bus to the Union Tpk station. According to the 2020 census, it has a population of 39,651.

According to the 2018 LEHD census, 11,052 have primary jobs. This total would be Kew Gardens Hills' primary market for a subway stop.

How many would find a stop on the Queens Blv line use for their commute to work? The 739 who work within 1 mile of their residence would not. The 1533 who work in Nassau and Suffolk Counties wouldn't use the stop. The connection would be of marginal use to the 4620 who work in Brooklyn, Queens or the Bronx.

The 3719 Kew Gardens Hills residents who had jobs in Manhattan are the market. That's too small a number to support a subway station. It explains why the Vleigh Place Shuttle didn't last an economy cut and has not been restored.

How many of Kew Gardens Hills 39,651 residents would be within the 1/2 mile walking distance of a subway station on the Worlds Fair line? Let's consider 3 through street stops: Horace Harding (the Worlds Fair stop), Jewel Ave, and 72nd Ave.

The totals are:
Horace Harding - 0 (residents of Mt Hebron Cemetery not counted in census)
Jewel Ave - 5760
72nd Ave - 10068

That's a total of 15,828 or 40% of the Kew Gardens Hills residents. 60% would be beyond walking distance due to the location of the Worlds Fair line.

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