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Friday, May 16, 2008

Field of Dreams

Cycling Tracks
Kissena Velodrome

Known in the cycling community as the "track of dreams," the Kissena Velodrome re-opened on Wednesday, April 21, 2004 in Flushing, Queens after a nearly two-year hiatus. The 400-meter, state-of-the-art track now boasts new asphalt pavement finished with a special acrylic seal coat, new landscaping and trees, bleachers, a custom-designed perimeter fence, regulation racing lines, and new drainage. The Kissena Velodrome has been transformed from a patchwork, bumpy track into a sleek, state-of-the-art cycling facility.

In 1962, Robert Moses built the Kissena Velodrome on Booth Memorial Avenue at Parsons Boulevard. Kissena racers dominated the 1964 Olympic Trials at the Velodrome, taking five of eight places on the U.S. squad. The Siegfried Stern Kissena Park Bicycle Track was named for Siegfried Stern, treasurer for Hartz Mountain Products and benefactor of many Jewish organizations. The Kissena Velodrome has produced many Olympians and world-class cyclists.

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