River, more properly and historically known as Flushing Creek, is a waterway that flows through the northern part of central Queens
in New York City
, emptying into the East River
.The river is located in a valley that may have been a larger riverbed prior to the last Ice Age, neatly dividing Queens into a western and an eastern half, and in the 18th and 19th centuries it divided the towns of Flushing on its right bank and Newtown on its left.
Among the more ambitious proposals include reopening the buried parts of Flushing Creek to daylight, which would mean closing two soccer fields, and altering the park's golf course.The New York
City 2012 Olympic bid proposed merging the two lakes, with a new bridge at Jewel Avenue. The proposal generated community opposition, citing aesthetics in the proposed lake's rectangular shape; traffic and lack of public access during the games, loss of parkland, and disruption to wildlife living in Willow Lake.