PO Box 720253
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

718-565-5344
info@jhbg.org
membership@jhbg.org

 

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 (info@jhbg.org). 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 Heights Life.


Halloween Parade
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!

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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: pledges@jhgreen.org

More details are available at www.growapark.org

You can also follow this effort at:
www.facebook.com/ga4jh
www.twitter.com/greenagenda4jh

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: pledges@jhgreen.org


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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) group, FarmSpot.


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.

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