Addressing Safety Concerns at Diversity Plaza
Supporters of Diversity Plaza say they hope an initiative announced last week by Mayor de Blasio will address concerns over a handful of threatening and apparently mentally ill individuals there.
NYC Safe was announced last Thursday, the same day that members of Friends of Diversity Plaza, the Neighborhood Plaza Partnership, JHBG and others met to address safety issues on what had been 37th Road between 73rd and 74th Streets.
The organizations’ members said they were not looking to sweep mentally ill or homeless individuals from Diversity Plaza. Rather they seek help for those people who have made the area feel unsafe at times by fighting and other threatening acts. “It’s the aggressive behavior that is the real problem,” said Laura Hansen, Neighborhood Plaza Partnership Managing Director.
NYC Safe is to focus on the mentally ill with a history of violent behavior and attempt to break repeating cycles of arrest and hospitalization by providing treatment.
Post Office Renovations
JHBG is working to make Jackson Heights’ civic center, the U.S. Post Office, a more hospitable place. JHBG volunteer, Peter Michalak, just completed the restoration of four benches outside the Post Office. In fact, the benches are better than when they were new. Michalak removed the bench slats and sanded the weathered polyurethane surface off before he applied a more weatherproof sealant. Soon JHBG will be working with students from The Renaissance Charter School to remove weeds from the Post Office grounds.
Uncovering A Hidden Jewel in Jackson Heights
Jackson Heights hasn’t seen this impressive archway in decades. Half of it was hidden behind facades of a series of businesses – most recently a jeweler – which occupied a narrow space carved out of the entrance to 37-22 82nd St. The archway is located on the west side of the shopping street and is being restored as part of a series of improvements to the building by its landlord, David Weinraub.
Good Neighbor Award Save-the-Date
Don't forget to save the date Saturday, September 26, 2015 5 PM at the Community United Methodist Church 81-10 35th Avenue, from 5-8pm. We will be celebrating our neighbors by bringing back the Good Neighbor Awards. Come out and support the JHBG and to celebrate and support the individuals that make this the best neighborhood to live in New York City! Tickets are $25 in advance and will be $30 at the door.
Some trees are turning orange along 37th Avenue , but it’s not a sign of early fall. It’s due to a lack of water brought on by a dry summer. To battle the drought and keep Jackson Heights’s trees flourishing, JHBG is partnering with the nonprofit group, Trees New York, to provide emergency care for the trees, help that goes beyond our own regular tree care efforts. Summer workers with Trees New York will be loosening soil, removing weeds and watering trees along 37th Avenue starting this week. The project runs through the end of August.
JHBG Summer Schedule
Jackson Heights Beautification Group provides the tools, but volunteers of all ages are always welcome. For more information, email us at email@example.com
Thursday, August 13 – Film Screening at Diversity Plaza. Queens World Film Festival at Diversity Plaza. 8 p.m., films start at darkness. Diversity Plaza is located at 37th Road between 73rd and 74th Streets. Sponsored by JHBG with Friends of Diversity Plaza.
Sunday, Aug 16 - Summer Sundays in the Park: Ayazamana: Ecuadorian folkloric dance. 78th Street Play Street between 34th Avenue and Northern Boulevard alongside Travers Park. 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 27 – Film Screening at Diversity Plaza. Queens World Film Festival at Diversity Plaza. 8 p.m., films start at darkness. Diversity Plaza is located at 37th Road between 73rd and 74th Streets. Sponsored by JHBG with Friends of Diversity Plaza.
Sunday, Aug 30 - Summer Sundays in the Park: Issa Cabrera: From bossa nova to bolero, samba to jazz, Issa Cabrera wows audiences with lush vocals above infectious Latin rhythms. 78th Street Play Street between 34th Avenue and Northern Boulevard alongside Travers Park. 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Calling All Writers! We're looking for contributors for the JHBG Views Newsletter. If you have story ideas or would like to contribute a piece, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bring your organic materials to us to turn in soil - compost - for our local street trees. We collect your food scraps like coffee grinds, fruit and vegetable peels, also yard waste - leaves & grass cuttings. We are a local group of master composters who are committed to keeping Jackson Heights green and clean. We transform your scraps into rich, healthy soil for our street trees and green areas in Jackson Heights. This process helps save on garbage collection, tree maintenance, flooding and clean air. See this tip sheet for more information on what to save.
We welcome students looking for community service opportunities!
Whether it's the Holiday Lighting Ceremony or the Halloween Parade, summer concerts in Travers Park or expanding the park, removing graffiti from buildings landmarked, the Jackson Heights Beautification is working to make our neighborhood a great place to live. *
Donations to our all-volunteer group are tax deductible and if you can act now you can get a tax break for the new year.
Here are two easy ways:
1. You can donate online at our website: www.jhbg.org/donate
2. By check payable to Jackson Heights Beautification Group:
Jackson Heights Beautification Group
PO Box 720253
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
*Some more projects: community composting center and landscaping efforts all over Jackson Heights.
For a full list, see the attached “JHGB Gets It Done!” poster, designed by Nina Max Daly and Kirsten Magnani.