A LONG-TERM FRAMEWORK LED BY PUBLIC PRIORITIES
The plan calls for a flexible decking strategy that can accommodate the Yard below.
The Master Plan proposes to deck over 80 percent of the Yard. The rest—primarily the Main Line tracks—is left open due to rail activity and track layouts that make decking these areas infeasible. Through this process we learned:
By the numbers, the Sunnyside Yard Master Plan is 140 acres across the full Plan—including 115 acres of new land created by decking—and comprises:
This Master Plan envisions Sunnyside Yard as a human-centered neighborhood with a robust mix of uses embodying the vibrancy of Queens. This vision embraces the density and variety that make urban neighborhoods walkable, lively, and environmentally sustainable.
Which areas of the Yard can and cannot be decked
Necessary heights and thickness of the deck
Locations of columns and foundations and where tracks require realignment
How future buildings can flexibly interface with the deck
A new regional rail station
60 acres of new public open space—over 40 percent of the Plan
30,000+ construction-industry jobs