Queens Plaza (Queens)
Queens Plaza is a plaza straddling the western end of Queens Boulevard in Long Island City, Queens, between 21st Street and Jackson Avenue/Northern Boulevard (NY 25A). The plaza is overlapped by elevated subway tracks (which were constructed in 1914). The Queensboro Bridge starts near the middle of the plaza. It has a New York City Subway stop for the E M R trains at the Queens Plaza station below ground along the eastern edge, and the 7 <7> N Q trains at the Queensboro Plaza station above the west central part of the plaza on elevated tracks.
The plaza was built in 1909 to accommodate the connection of the Queensboro Bridge to Queens Boulevard. From the 1920s through World War II it served as the location for many factories and warehouses, some of which later became office buildings. New buildings are being put up, and in 2009, $75 million was earmarked to clean and spruce up the area and to renovate the plaza. The New York City Traffic Control Center at 28-11 Queens Plaza North controls the city's traffic lights.
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