The 78th Street Play Street strategy for 2009/2010.
After a very successful closing of 78th Street on Sundays during Summer/Fall of 2008 we have regrouped and started weighing our options for the future.
Our eventual goal is to make 78th Street a permanently closed street which would become part of Travers Park. It would act as an expansion to the park.
Our immediate goal is to see how closing the street for a longer period would improve the community, so in order to achieve this we are considering its closure for the entirety of the Summer in 2009. This would coincide with the NY schools Summer vacation dates.
Many of you responded to our request for comments on last year’s Play Street and the comments were all extremely positive. Now we are reaching out again to hear your thoughts on the plan we are proposing.
To this end, please come for a meeting on April 7th at 8pm in the Diversity Center – 76-11 37th Avenue.
Your comments, thoughts and ideas are all very welcome, this is your community and your Play Street so please get as involved as you possibly can!
Jackson Heights Green Alliance, Jackson Heights Beautification Group, New York League of Conservation Voters, Transportation Alternatives, along with local elected officials City Council Member John Liu (Transportation Chair), State Senator Hiram Monserrate, and Assembly Member José Peralta, will host a town hall meeting to discuss transportation issues affecting Jackson Heights residents, specifically:
Ravitch MTA Rescue Plan
The plan would increase funding for subways and buses by creating a new “mobility tax” on payrolls and establishing tolls on the East River and Harlem River bridges.
Transportation Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
7:00pm – 9:00am
Jewish Center of Jackson Heights
37-06 77th Street, corner of 37th Avenue
Jackson Heights, NY
In 2009 we are hoping to again have the 78th Street PlayStreet open to pedestrians on summer Sundays to expand the amount of recreation and community space in this dense neighborhood. We will also continue working to find other opportunities to expand community open space in and around Jackson Heights.
In order to do so, we are creating an annual report of all the activities on the car-free 78th Street PlayStreet in 2008.
If you attended any of the events, shopped at the expanded Greenmarket, or if your kids enjoyed biking or playing in the expanded open space, please consider sending us a short email (100 words or less) telling us why the extra open space was good for you or your family and why it should continue or be expanded. (Please also include your physical mailing address if you are comfortable doing so — it will only be used to illustrate in the report where PlayStreet users live, and will not be shared with anyone else). We will include all such comments in the report that will be supplied to potential sponsors, politicians and the public agencies that we work with to make the PlayStreet happen.
Please send all such comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 8, 2009
For more information on our efforts this year, see the NY Times’ coverage of the PlayStreet from August:
If you are interested in helping in other ways with these efforts, please let us know about that as well. The Jackson Heights Green Alliance is an all-volunteer group of neighbors whose only mission is to increase open space and green space in Jackson Heights. We appreciate greatly your support.
On Sunday November 23rd we held the farewell party for the 78th St. Play Street.
Despite the cold it was a fun event that brought out a lively crowd who enjoyed snacks and pizza, cookies and hot drinks. Thanks to local businesses Lety’s Bakery, Espresso 77
and Starbucks for providing the cookies and coffee and hot chocolate!
A face painter kept things lively:
…and can be found in our news section