Queens projects win citywide design awards

City officials announced the winners of the 35th Annual Awards for Excellence in Design, and three Queens projects are among the winners.

Downtown Far Rockaway’s streetscape, a project by the Department of Design and Construction (DDC), Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Parks and Recreation, won for fostering a safer and more inviting pedestrian experience in the business and transportation hub.

Another winner is a Woodside office, garage and inspection facility right off the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. This project created a central inspection location for 13,500 taxis. It won for reducing wait times for drivers and increasing inspections by more than 200 cars per day.

The Cubes Administration and Education Building at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City also took home an award. Made up of 18 shopping containers, the Cubes is the park’s first permanent structure in its 30-year history. It reflects the area’s industrial use and the organization’s emphasis on adaptive reuse.

“The best public projects are purposeful and use design to build a sense of community and civic pride,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We commend the teams behind these critical and creative projects that will help build a stronger, more equitable city and improve services and recreational activities for every New Yorker.”

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