Dear Play Street Supporters:
Thank you for all your help and support with the 78th Street Play Street this year. As you know, summer is coming to an end and so will the daily play street. On August 31, 2010, the barricades on 78th Street will come down and cars will drive down 78th Street again. Remember, the Play Street will remain open on Sundays until Halloween, October 31, 2010 along with the Farmer’s Market.
To mark the 78th Street Play Street’s great summer success, we will have a Pizza Party on the Play Street on Saturday, August 28 from 2 to 5 PM. We hope you will be able to join us so we can thank you in person and you can see for yourself what fun we have had on the 78th Street Play Street all summer long.
Without your support, we would not have been able to make the 78th Street Play Street available all summer long to the kids of Jackson Heights.
On Sunday Alianza Ecuatoriana will be hosting a party on the Play Street celebrating Ecuadorian culture. There will be music and games for children. It will be held from 12 to 6PM and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the day with them.
Thank you for your support and we hope to see you this weekend.
Saturday August 14th – YOGA at 7:30am
FREE free open-level vinyasa classes for adults on the street.
Sunday August 15th
Learn to ride a bike from 11 am to 2 pm and Recycle a Bicyle bike exchange from 12pm to 3pm.
Thursday, August 19th at 8:30pm
Free movie night
SLEEP DEALER, a Sundance Festival Award winning independent Mexican / American film by Alex Rivera, in Spanish and English
Read about the 78th Street Temporary Plaza inauguration here and you can view some pictures from the day by clicking on the photos below.
Some nice coverage of the Playstreet kickoff event:
Queens Gazette Article
Watch this space for some photos, coming soon.
Beginning at 6am on Thursday July 1, Jackson Heights will temporarily gain a little more open space as 78th Street will become a temporary Public Plaza 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until August 31.
In other words, 62 days of:
Extra play space when Travers is crowded!
Extra space for the Greenmarket!
Somewhere to ride bikes and scooters!
A shaded “green” seating area! (In the works…)
This exciting pilot project is, hopefully, the first of many improvements to the issue of open space access in Jackson Heights.
Please join us to celebrate this event, and to illustrate our community’s support for more changes like this to all of the elected officials in attendance.
Thursday, July 1st
78th Street between Northern Blvd and 34th Ave
-Sports and games
On Thursday the 20th of May, Community Board 3 of Queens voted in favor of supporting the 78th street play street initiative. We are making 78th street between 34th avenue and Northern Boulevard a car-free street. This is a pilot project that will last two months and we believe it will be a great success.
We are very grateful to CB3, and all of the other individuals, groups and elected officials who have helped achieve this.
We would like to thank:
The Jackson Heights Beautification Group
Friends of Travers Park
Queens Community House
The Department of Transportation
The Department of Health
And all of our volunteers who have helped make the Play Street happen the past two years.
A special thanks has to go out to all of the people who came out to the meeting last night. The festive atmosphere you created buoyed everyone’s spirits and made the positive vote possible.
Stay tuned for more details on our plans for this year and the future!