Transportation Town Hall Meeting

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

To read the Ravitch Rescue Plan, visit

Soliciting feedback on the 2008 PlayStreet

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 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.