Saying Goodbye to the 78th Street Plaza

Dear friends and family, as we bring 2017 to a close, we’re a little sad because it looks like this will have been the last year of the 78th Street Plaza. That’s the bad news, but the good news is the reason for this is that the space will switch from a Department of Transportation Public Plaza to part of the Parks department once the new, expanded Travers Park becomes a reality.

This was meant to happen a long time ago, in fact we’ve been waiting for several years for this to happen, and although the Parks Department was meant to start construction in the fall, they have delayed it once again until March. Hopefully this is the last delay, because this might be a painful one – having the bulk of the park under construction during Spring and Summer will be a real burden to our community which is already struggling with inadequate park spaces.

That said, the results will be really nice, and something that the entire community will benefit from, so we look forward to a speedy construction phase that hopefully allows the community access to some parks space while it’s taking place.

We in the Jackson Heights Green Alliance are proud and honored to have been part of the 78th Street Plaza from the beginning. We think you’ll agree that it has been a great benefit to Jackson Heights, and there have been so many wonderful events that have taken place on the Plaza over the years that we can barely begin to list them, so we’d like to just say thank you to everyone who has helped out, in one way or another. From Council Members Dromm and Ferreras, to the wonderful people in the Neighborhood Plaza Partnership, to other community groups like the JH Beautification Group, Queens Community House, Make the Road, and many many more we’d like to express our gratitude in the help you have given us, and all of the hours you have put in to help Jackson Heights.

We have also had a large number of members of the community help out in innumerable ways – hosting events on there for free, volunteering their time and energy to help build community, engage with neighbors and build a very special place that has always been accessible to everyone, and to them we would also like to say thank you.

We in the JHGA will continue to advocate for more and better public spaces in our neighborhood, fight to protect our city from attacks on our parks (remember the proposed soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows?), and help our friends and neighbors connect with each other in all sorts of ways.

Yours truly,

The Jackson Heights Green Alliance

Mayoral Debate Watch Party at 5PM on Wednesday!

Mayoral Debate Watch Party at 5PM!

Livestream begins at 7 pm, but the party starts at 5 — at the 78th Street Plaza

Food from Queens Night Market vendors Arepalicious, Sulit Mi, Tania’s Kitchen, DiLena’s Dolcini, and Treestar small-batch soap

Music by Queens-based DJ collective 5BoroSounds

Voter registration with Dominicanos USA

Info tables:  IDNYC, Chhaya CDC, Queens Community House, Make the Road NY, New Yorkers for Parks, etc.

 

Upcoming events – Biketober this Sunday, Mayoral Debate Watch Party on Nov 1st!

Some upcoming events…

Dear friends and neighbors, we’re delighted to accounce a couple of upcoming events on the 78th Street Plaza.

“Biketoberfest” this Sunday from 11AM-3PM!

NYC DoT will be here offering free bike tune-ups, free lights and bells, information stations and a guided bike ride. If you’re into cycling, you can’t miss this! Click below for more information:


November 1st, Mayoral Debate Watch Party at 5PM!

Join us on Sunday Wednesday November 1st starting at 5PM – we’ll have street vendors from the Queens Night Market, Music, Voter Registration and more. And then at 7PM we will show the Mayoral debate live!

 

John Lennon Block Party Tomorrow! From 12-5PM on the 78th St Plaza

We are excited about this!

Dear friends and neighbors, we’re delighted to once again host the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Block Party tomorrow from 12PM-5PM on the 78th St Plaza. See below for information, and we’re also excited to tell you that a local Jackson Heights band – “E3” – will be playing with Bootsy Collins, this will be a special treat!

More Yoga tomorrow at 9am, and more music on Sunday!

Dear friends and neighbors, see below for information on some upcoming events, and stay tuned for more fun stuff throughout the Summer!

Free Yoga! Saturday mornings in July and August!

We are excited to announce that Mimi will continue offering free yoga classes on the 78th Street Plaza in July and August at 9AM! Bring your yoga mats and prepare for one of the nicest yoga experiences you’ll have!

If the weather isn’t looking good and you’re not sure if the class will be on, you can check on Mimi’s Facebook page to see, you don’t need a FB account.

https://www.facebook.com/mimiformeyogastudio

Yoga on 78th Street Plaza

Summer Sundays Concerts!

The concerts on the 78th Street Plaza continue, with Soloist in America on Sunday!

Summer Sundays in the Park 2017

Sundays at 4 PM unless otherwise noted

July

23 – Soloist in America (Classical / Mexican)

30 – Issa Cabrera Quartet (Latin Jazz)

August

6 –   Mountain County (Bluegrass)

13 – Vinny’s Vintage Rockers & Density (Rock)

20 – Piedmont Bluz (Blues)

26 – Theatre for a New City (Theater) * Saturday at 2 PM

27 – Puppet Mobile Cinderella Samba*  at 11 AM

Upcoming events on the 78th Street Plaza!

Dear friends and neighbors, we’re excited to announce some upcoming events on the 78th Street Plaza, see below for the information of these and stay tuned for more fun stuff throughout the Summer!

Thursday June 29th 2:00-5:00pm – Plant Giveaway!

Thanks to our friends and heroes at the NPP we will be hosting an education session and plant giveaway tomorrow from 2-5PM with The Horticultural Society of New York. Come check it out!

Summer Sundays Concerts!

This weekend marks the beginning of the series of performances that take place every Sunday until the end of August. Look for them on the 78th Street Plaza this Sunday at 4PM!

Summer Sundays in the Park 2017

Sundays at 4 PM unless otherwise noted

July
2 –   Jackson Heights Orchestra (Classical)
9 –   King Solomon Hicks (Blues & Jazz)
16 – Do The Needful (Classic Bollywood)
23 – Soloist in America (Classical / Mexican)
30 – Issa Cabrera Quartet (Latin Jazz)
August
6 –   Mountain County (Bluegrass)
13 – Vinny’s Vintage Rockers & Density (Rock)
20 – Piedmont Bluz (Blues)
26 – Theatre for a New City (Theater) * Saturday at 2 PM
27 – Puppet Mobile Cinderella Samba*  at 11 AM

 

Free Yoga! Saturday mornings in July and August!

We are excited to announce that Mimi will be offering free yoga classes on the 78th Street Plaza in July and August starting on July 8th, at 9AM!

Bring your yoga mats and prepare for one of the nicest yoga experiences you’ll have!

If the weather isn’t looking good and you’re not sure if the class will be on, you can check on Mimi’s Facebook page to see, you don’t need a FB account.

https://www.facebook.com/mimiformeyogastudio