Travers park design unveiling tomorrow! Plus, free Yoga in the morning. And more!

Yoga tomorrow morning, 9AM!


Join us tomorrow (Saturday) for free yoga with Mimi-for-me Yoga at 9AM. Don’t forget that you can also participate in free exercise classes every Tuesday at 7PM with Kiki’s Traditional Tribal Fitness!
Register for free here!


You are cordially invited to the design unveiling for the new Travers Park on July 18th at 11:30AM!
We are absolutely delighted to finally be able to show you the new design for Travers Park, the 78th Street Plaza, and the Rory Staunton Field!

After years of hard work and with vast amounts of help from the Jackson Heights community our neighborhood will finally be getting the park that it deserves. The Jackson Heights Green Alliance is proud to have played a part in this, but we could not have done it without you! 
See below for information on when you’ll be able to see the design. We won’t spoil it for you, but we’re sure you’ll share our excitement once you see it!


Build Bike Lanes! is organizing a petition to support and build a network of bicycle lanes in our area. We are very big fans of this, and fully support their efforts, so please sign their petition, and join them on facebook! They will be collecting signatures during tomorrow’s design unveiling, so stop by and say hi to them!



More upcoming events
Hibridos Collective is thrilled to release the printed and interactive map of the Jackson Heights DiverCity Mapping Project, a 2-year community mapping experience with local residents! Come pick up a free copy of the printed map designed as a map zine (a self-published fold-out magazine) capturing neighborhood resources and assets as well as challenges.

This map zine documents the mapping process of Jackson Heights residents who participated in the DiverCity Mapping Project through community workshops and a mapmaking toolkit for a self-guided neighborhood exploration. Each mapmaker created a journal that includes more detailed notes, photographs, collages and drawings on their neighborhood findings and reflections on the meaning of living in a diverse community. Read more about our mapping experiences, flip through these digital journals and check out photos from our community engagement workshops at

Jackson Heights DiverCity Map Zine Release

Sunday, July 26 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


Join Miss Alexia on the Playstreet for a special weekend session of Story Garden, a musical storytime for children ages 0-4. All ages are welcome to come and sing and dance along.

Sponsored by the Queens Bike Initiative to connect our parks with safe bikeways.

Saturday, July 25, 11:30 am

Free, no sign-up required.


Summer Sundays 2015!

Upcoming events – Zumba (tonight at 7!), Yoga, Movies, Art class, Music!

We have many exciting events for you!

Dear friends and neighbors, we’re delighted to host a bunch of wonderful events over the next few days on the 78th Street Plaza. Summer is here!

  • First of all today at 7PM we’ll be partnering with Mimi-for-meYoga, Queens Community House, and Emblem Health to bring you a free Zumba Class. Bring some energy and get dancing!
  • On Saturday at 9AM join Mimi and her crew for our weekly free Yoga class.
  • Afterwards on Saturday night around 8PM (dusk) we’ve partnered with our friends at the Queens World Film Festival to bring back ourFlicnic on the Street program with free movies in the evenings. This will take place again on July 25th and August 8th.
  • On Sunday morning, local artist Deborah Wasserman will be leading a picnic table painting sessionfrom 10AM – 12PM. With the help of any kids who want to join in (bring smocks!) she will be freshening up the picnic tables on the plaza, making them beautiful again!
  • Finally our partners and friends at the JBHG will bring back more music on Sunday, starting at 4PM. This week we have Una Via: a Latin Fusion band that fuses traditional Colombian music, including vallenato and cumbia.

See below for more details on all of the above events!

Sign up for free Yoga and Zumba and Exercise Classes and More!

Sign up with Emblem Health quickly and for free at or sign up on the day at any of the events.


Queens World Film Festival

The Queens World Film Festival proudly collaborates with the Jackson Heights Green Alliance to return to the 78th Street Play Street in Jackson Heights for engaging indie films under the stars.

Join us for innovative, provocative and international animated, documentary and narrative films. Bring a chair or just pull up a piece of curb and enjoy films from around the world and around the corner.

Please note that Indie films take on challenging themes and our films are at least a PG-13 and may not be suitable for children under 13.

Dates and themes:June 27: Best of the QWFF: International Animations

July 25: Best of the QWFF: International Documentaries

August 8: Best of the 2015 FEST!

Paint the Picnic Tables on Sunday!

On Sunday from 10AM to 12PM, local artist and teacher Deborah Wasserman will be leading a group of local children in a session to paint the picnic tables and freshen them up for the Summer. Anyone may participate in this free art class, but please bring a smock for your children as they will be working with oil paints!

Summer Sundays 2015!

The concert series will take place on the 78th Street Play Street between 34th Avenue and Northern Boulevard alongside Travers Park. All concerts begin at 4:00 p.m. every Sunday from June 21st to August 30th.


Queens World Film Festival begins on March 17th

Don’t miss the 5th annual Queens World Film Festival (QWFF) which kicks off on Tuesday, March 17 and runs through Sunday, March 22, with daily screenings at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City and at PS 69 in Jackson Heights!

The QWFF has been a committed partner to 78th Street Plaza bringing us the FlicNic outdoor movie series every summer.

For tickets and festival schedule see


Vision Zero Does ‘Nothing’ to Keep Streets Safe, Assemblyman Says

We were disappointed to hear that Assemblyman DenDekker recently claimed that the city’s Vision Zero program is not effective and that the funds for it should be allocated elsewhere, as seen in the article linked to here:

Please contact Assemblyman DenDekker’s office and express your disappointment in his statement, we should support the very important steps that Vision Zero is taking to reduce pedestrian fatalities and improve the city for those who don’t only drive cars.

Contact his office here:

Let’s look back at 2014!

Dear friends and neighbors, please join us as we take a look back at all the events that took place on the 78th Street Plaza over this past year. We had a lot of fun, the plaza was a valuable and much-needed addition to our neighborhood and we’re looking forward to the coming years!
The Jackson Heights Green Alliance is responsible for the Plaza, including the maintenance of the space. Thanks to the wonderful Neighborhood Plaza Partnership, we are able to use the services of ACE and the Horticultural Society to help keep the plaza beautiful. We pay for this through a combination of City Council funding, and donations.If you would like to support the JHGA, you can make a donation to us through our website here – Now let’s look back at the year…
This Summer…Zumba!We were fortunate to take part in a program organized by our friends at Queens Community House. It allowed us to bring a lot of activities to the 78th Street Plaza for 3 months and it was a huge success.


Thanks to this partnership, and the Live Healthy program from Emblem Health, we offered all sorts of fun.


To get the blood flowing we had Zumba, exercise classes by Kiki, Yoga classes held by instructors from the Mimi-for-Me Yoga Studio.


We had cooking demos, by Sonya Gropman and others, health workshops by various notable guests and members of the Jackson Heights community.

The Live Healthy program continues throughout Winter with many free classes, taking place at the Renaissance School on 81st St in Jackson Heights.



Other events…We were lucky to yet again host Chhaya’s Chatpati Mela event which has always been a wonderful, huge party that attracts hundreds of people. They had a fashion show, dance groups, food, vendors and more.

Thanks to our friends at the Jackson Heights Beautification Group, once again PAL was present almost every weekday throughout the Summer. They offered a free daycamp to any kid who showed up and registered, many people enjoyed this – playing basketball, board games and learning new activities to play with friends.The JHBG also brought their much-loved music festival – Summer Sundays – to the Plaza once again, featuring local and other musicians and performers.
Even more events…

DJ Tony Mac returned! After not being able to make it last year, neighborhood resident and samaritan, DJ Tony Mac brought back his 78th Street Plaza dance party!

DJ Tony Mac

He played music and organized games for all of the kids who were on the plaza that evening.
It was a huge success, dozens of kids had a great time, and most of them won prizes – above all, they had a lot of fun!
We love volunteer initiatives like this!

DJ Tony Mac

Kids Music Together held a free event, open to the public, towards the end of the Summer. It was great fun for all the little ones who joined in..







…and their parents!

And more!

De Facto dance studio returned! We love them, and their annual Play Street Dance. They are some of our longest-running partners, we hope they will keep coming back!

Flicnic!Our good friends at the Queens World Film Festival returned as well, bringing movies on two evenings to 78th Street. These have always been wonderful events and we’re proud to partner with them.

 We hope you enjoyed this look back at the Plaza in 2014. It’s nice to remind ourselves just how much fun was had in this space.We are excited that soon it will have an even bigger impact on our neighborhood, once it is integrated into the new design for that area. We are hoping that the NYC Parks Department will soon be able to announce their plans for the design for the space, and we will make sure to involve the Jackson Heights Community in the process, so we can all decide how the Plaza, Travers Park and the Rory Staunton Field will end up benefiting the residents of our neighborhood.

Speaking of the Rory Staunton Field, let’s not forget the gorgeous mural that neighborhood artist Carlo Nieva made with the help of El Museo del Barrio and the kids from the Renaissance School.


We’d like to take this moment to say thanks to some people who have helped the 78th Street Plaza be so great.

First we’d like to thank Council members Danny Dromm and Julissa Ferreras who have supported this project from the start. The 78th Street Plaza would not exist without them and we are extremely grateful.

As we mentioned before, the Neighborhood Plaza Partnership has been a great partner to us, and they’ve also been very busy helping many other plazas too. We love them and so should you!

We would like to thank all of our programming partners for this year, the past years and for the future years. We cannot do this alone and we truly value all of the amazing events that have taken place on the Plaza!

We’d also like to thank YOU, the Jackson Heights community for all of your support, your financial support and all of the volunteer hours that countless members of our community have put into this ongoing project.

If you wish to  support the JHGA, you can make a donation to us through our website here –

If you want to volunteer or help out in other ways, please let us know at – we are always looking for more help.

Feel free to forward this email to friends, and tell them about us, we’re not shy! Thanks for reading, we look forward to seeing you all next year.

Your friends and neighbors at the Jackson Heights Green Alliance.