Upcoming events

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

Play Street Kickoff Party

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
6pm
78th Street between Northern Blvd and 34th Ave

-Music
-Bouncy castle
-Ribbon cutting
-Sports and games

Our application for a car-free street has been approved!

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:

Danny Dromm
Julissa Ferreras
Jose Peralta
Joseph Crowley
Michael DenDekker

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!

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT AND REQUEST FOR COMMUNITY SUPPORT:

The Jackson Heights Green Alliance, the Jackson Heights Beautification Group, and the Friends of Travers Park have developed a proposal to expand our two-year-old Sunday Play Street program. We are proposing a pilot project to create a car-free 78th Street Play Street (between Northern Blvd and 34th Avenue) every day for the summer months of July and August, 2010.

Community Board 3 will vote on on our pilot project proposal on Thursday, May 20th.

We have the support of many local politicians and community members, as well as a number of city agencies.

But approval of the plan is anything but assured. That is why we need you to let the Community Board know your opinion on whether to expand the Play Street operation to July and August everyday. The meeting is Thursday, May 20:

78th Street Play Street Hearing
Community Board 3
Thursday, May 20th 7:30pm
IS 227 Louis Armstrong School
32-02 Junction Blvd (between Northern and 32nd Avenue)

If you cannot make the Community Board meeting, please email the Board at:

communityboard3@nyc.rr.com

Also, please cc the Council Member at:

dromm@council.nyc.gov

This is an important night for our organization and our community. Please come out and support this effort if you can.

Thank you,

Jackson Heights Green Alliance