Too many American somewheres have become nowheres. We won’t let Kew Gardens become a nowhere!
1920's to Present
Since the late 1920's the Kew Gardens’ Lefferts Blvd bridge over the Long Island Railroad - home to the of mom and pop stores that give the town its character and serve the shopping needs of its residents - has been the heart of this "Urban Village in the Big City". MTA and LIRR own the bridge and surrounding real estate.
1991: The First Battle to Save Kew Gardens
Over 26 years ago the MTA set aside plans to develop a high-rise building over the MTA/LIRR tracks at the Kew Gardens Station. The MTA abandoned its proposal in the face of unified opposition by the community’s residents, civic associations, and elected officials. Hundreds of people came together to fight the proposed destruction of the Lefferts Blvd. bridge of stores, the heart of Kew Gardens.
2017: The Next Battle
The heart of Kew Gardens is once again threatened. The MTA/LIRR is using the results of their intentional neglect as the excuse for a revived attempt to destroy the heart of our community. This site – a one-of-a-kind structure in New York City and the United States - is now once more the target of destructive development.
What You Can Do To Save Kew Gardens
Tell your neighbors about the Save Kew Gardens Coalition and the fight to #savekewgardens. Visit us on social media and share with your social networks. Sign the petition. Write/email/Facebook/Tweet your elected officials and MTA/LIRR telling them you intend to fight for the restoration of the Lefferts Blvd. bridge to #savekewgardens. Have extra time or a skill set useful for the battle? Volunteer with the Save Kew Gardens Coalition. Sign up for the Save Kew Gardens newsletter to stay connected about actions.
If you're part of a civic, social, religious, or building-based organization, join the Coalition, by contacting us.