2011 EVENTS CALENDAR
Everyone is welcome
at all JHBG events, and while we hope you consider becoming a member of
the JHBG, it is not necessary to be a member to attend an event. Unless
otherwise indicated, all events are free. If you want more information,
of if you're interested in volunteering to help organize any of the JHBG
events, or if you have ideas for additional community events, contact
the JHBG: call (718-565-5344) or email (email@example.com).
Please keep in mind that the JHBG is an all-volunteer organization. We
promise to reply, but it may take a few days.
Please take a moment to renew
your membership (or join). The JHBG is 100% volunteer; there is no paid
staff. Your support allows the JHBG to continue its efforts to make Jackson
Heights the best possible community. Just print out the Membership page,
fill it in, and mail it with your donation. Thanks!
From planting flowers and maintaining trees all along 37th Avenue...to
the huge kids' Halloween Parade...to the Clean Streets and Graffiti Busters
efforts...to the free concerts in Travers Park as well as all the other
work of the Friends of Travers Park committee...the JHBG volunteers continue
to make a difference in Jackson Heights.
There are listings of many
other neighborhood happenings on the blog Jackson
The JHBG Halloween Parade starts at 5 pm on Halloween. Line up near PS 222, which is 87th Street and 37th Avenue. March, skip, dance, stroll to PS 69, where the goodie bags are handed out. All are welcome!
Grow a Park in Jackson Heights!
Today there is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand park space in
Jackson Heights. If we don't win, a developer will put up a six- to ten-story
building on what is now a ball field.
The JHBG has joined the Jackson Heights Green Alliance and Green Agenda
for Jackson Heights to support Council Member Danny Dromm's hard work
to save one of the last open spaces in Jackon Heights: the Garden School
ball field, adjacent to Travers Park and the 78th Street Play Stree.
Please consider a pledge to help make this park a reality. Please make
a pledge: firstname.lastname@example.org
More details are available at www.growapark.org
You can also follow this effort
Here is some more information
from the JH Green:
New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm has secured $5 million in capital
funds for the Parks Department to purchase the Garden School athletic
field and turn it into an extension of Travers Park.
While the Garden School would prefer to sell the lot to the city, their
Board of Directors are considering selling to a developer to address their
immediate cash flow needs of $500,000 in the next few months. The money
from the developer is believed to be available more quickly than the money
from the City because the City must go through ULURP (Uniform Land Use
Review Procedure — a process that allows for public review and environmental
study of any purchase of land by the City and typically takes 6-18 months
to complete) The money can not be released until ULURP is completed.
We want the Garden School to accept the city’s offer, so we are
proposing that the community lend the money to the Garden School to address
their immediate cash flow needs. This would basically be an interest-free
loan to be repaid in the next 12-18 months, upon completion of the city’s
land use review process. Once the Garden School receives the money from
the city, the money will immediately be repaid.
We at the Jackson Heights Green Alliance are reaching out to the community
to ask if you would pledge money to this cause. This would be a LOAN to
be repaid by the Garden School within two years once the purchase by the
City is completed. Since this is an all volunteer effort, managing many
small loans is very time consuming. We need to raise a substantial amount
on a short notice so we encourage pledges of $500 and up. Of course, if
you are not able to spare that much we will take any amount so please
make sure to indicate whether your pledge is a loan or a donation.
Help us make this park a reality. Please make a pledge: email@example.com
Some of the best food in the neighborhood is available from the Sunday
Greenmarket at Travers Park. Plus,
don't miss Jackson Heights' very own Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Jackson Heights Canine Recreation
and Exercise Wonderland (JH CREW), a committee of the JHBG, welcomes dog
owners to come check out the first dog run in Jackson Heights! After years
of hard work, our neighborhood has a wonderful new resource, located at
35th Avenue and 69th Street. More information is available at the
JH Crew website.
JHGreen welcomes volunteers interested in supporting the Play Street and
other efforts to bring parks and greenery to the neighborhood. Learn more
and get involved at the JHGreen website.