You are reading

Officials Looking to Rename Long Island City Park, Calling on Residents to Submit Suggestions

Bridge & Tunnel Park (NYC Parks)

Dec. 10, 2019 By Kristen Torres

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and the Parks Department are looking to rename a Long Island City park that they say has a very bland name.

Officials are looking to rename Bridge & Tunnel Park, located at 50th Avenue between 11th Street and 11th Place, after residents complained that the current name does not effectively represent the community.

The park, which is less than 1/2 an acre in size, received its current name from its location — as it is close to both the Pulaski Bridge and the Queens-Midtown Tunnel. The park was established in 1957 and consists of a basketball court and handball court.

A panel made up of community members will be in charge of picking the park’s new name based off community suggestions. The panel includes Meridith Maskara, Moitri Savard, Lakshmi Reddy, Mary Torres, Michael Son, Melissa Lirtsman, Jean Woods-Powell, Bea Murphy, and Denise Keehan-Smith.

The Parks Dept. is accepting suggestions on its website Dept. through Dec. 31. Officials are asking residents who submit a name to state what inspired them to recommend it.

“The name of a park should reflect the community it is in,” Van Bramer said. “It is important we give residents an opportunity to be part of the renaming process. I am excited about the proposed names our residents will develop.”

Park name suggestions can also be after a Long Island City resident, as long as that person was of particular importance to New York City or the neighborhood.

The Parks Depart. is asking the names suggested be positive and a “meaningful reflection of the community.”

Bridge & Tunnel Park (Google Maps)

email the author: [email protected]


Click for Comments 

How about “political panderers JVB, Gianaris and AOC lost us 25k jobs and let us rename this shitty ‘park’ instead” park? I think that is an honest reflection of the mood of the neighborhood.

Gigi Piervincenti

First and foremost because of its proximity to the tunnel it needs to have a little more green. Basically it’s not a park per say…It consist of basketball and handball courts. I would name it “Licity Hope Courts”.


Turn the park into a lot for the 108th Precinct cops so that they can get their damn cars off the sidewalk on 50th Avenue.


How about BOBBY O’MALLEY SGT U.S.M.C 638STEAMFITTER PARK HE was a Sunnyside resident awarded the MOH for action during VN and then worked as a 638 STEAM FITTER


This is not a park at all. Where’s the trees? Where’s the benches? Where’s the dirt? Where’s the plants? C’mon. Even our neighborhood the dog runs are cemented over. Why not push the reset button and make it a real green park space. Green spaces create a sense of community. this doesn’t. Let’s rename it “Cement.”

Tunnel traffic

How about “Exhaust fume and brake pad asbestos dust” park…sounds appropriate considering the location

Peter Incantalupo

When I was growing up across the street from the tunnel on 51st. Ave. we called it grass hill. Then they revamped the lanes in the toll plaza in 1980-81 and they built that park. They should name it Frank Carozzo Park. He lived close to it and he loved LIC .


Cart before the horse mentality. Fix the park up before renaming it. Frank Carrado the de facto Mayor if LIC who did earlier this year. Last time I was there the pavement was all bumpy on the basketball court.

young man!

Not exactly.
Boaty McBoatface got it’s name because all of the people were able to vote on a name for that new exploration ship.
In this case, they hand selected a panel of “experts” to come up with a name and the residents won’t have the opportunity to choose.

For what its worth, I think the current name is appropriately descriptive. Maybe next on their agenda is to change the name of Central Park?


How about Long Island city park because it is in long island city!
Stoop erasing LIC’s history.


How about Suck Car Exhaust During Rush-Hour Traffic Nightmare Park? That about sums up that stretch of roadway.


The Parks Depart. is asking the names… be.. a “meaningful reflection of the community.”

Then let’s call it “Endless Development Park.”


Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Gunman who fired shots at the Ravenswood Houses in Long Island City remains at large: NYPD

Police from the 114th Precinct in Astoria and PSA 9 are continuing their search for a gunman who allegedly opened fire at the Ravenswood Houses in Long Island City last month.

The incident occurred during the early morning hours of Wednesday, Jan. 18, when officers responded to a 911 call and a ShotSpotter activation for multiple shots fired at 21-25 35 Ave. at the Ravenswood Houses NYCHA complex just after 2 a.m., according to authorities.

Popular places where you can watch the Super Bowl in Queens

Feb. 2, 2023 By Tammy Scileppi

Hey, football fans! Game time is fast approaching, and across the city and here in Queens, you can feel the excitement brewing as the two teams prepare to take the field on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 12. So, kick back and watch the big game, and don’t miss Rihanna’s exciting performance during halftime. 

Borough president hears from community members on budget needs throughout Queens

During a two-day public hearing on the mayor’s 2024 preliminary budget, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. listened to testimonies from 14 community board representatives, community stakeholders and members of the public on where the money should be spent in Queens. 

The public hearings were held both in-person and via Zoom on Monday, Jan. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Queens Borough Hall. The testimonials will be used to develop the Queens Borough Board’s FY24 preliminary budget priorities in the coming weeks. 

‘He didn’t deserve to die’: Borough President Richards leads emotional candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards held a candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols outside Queens Borough Hall Monday, Jan. 30 after Nichols’ death at the hands of police officers in Memphis, Tenn., made national headlines for the brutality in which the officers beat him.

Almost immediately after news broke about Nichols’ death, the Memphis police officers who beat him to death were fired and charged with murder. The police department released the body cam footage of the fatal beating on Jan. 27, but many people, including some at the vigil, have refused to watch it due to its extremely graphic nature.

Long Island City teen sentenced in fatal shooting of ‘beloved’ school teacher at Queensbridge Houses in 2020: DA

A Long Island City man on Friday, Jan. 28, was sentenced to 19 years in prison for the 2020 fatal shooting of a public school social studies teacher who was out walking his dog when he was caught in the crossfire during a confrontation between gang rivals in broad daylight, just blocks from his home, according to Queens District Attorney’s office.

Ike Ford, 19, of 12th Street, in Long Island City, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree before Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder. The teacher, George Rosa, 53, was shot in his abdomen by a stray bullet fired by Ford, who was just 17 years old at the time of the shooting but was sentenced as an adult given the severity of the crime, according to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.