Star of Queens: Edwin Westley, president, Jackson Heights Beautification Group


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Community Service: Headed by Edwin Westley, the Jackson Heights Beautification Group (JHBG) fills the neighborhood with music, nature and goodwill. Founded in 1988, this all-volunteer organization hosts street cleanups and orchestral concerts in addition to creating more green spaces and preserving the Jackson Heights historic district. Westley, who has been involved with JHBG for more […]

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Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights lights up for the holidays


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Photo Courtesy Councilmember Daniel Dromm's Office

Councilmember Daniel Dromm gathered with local elected officials, groups and residents at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights on Sunday to light the plaza’s 16-foot holiday tree.

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Jackson Heights park to be renamed in tribute to beloved student


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Photo courtesy of Ciaran and Orlaith Staunton

Those who knew Rory Staunton say it would be a fitting tribute. The newly-acquired Parks Department property at the Garden School athletic field in Jackson Heights may soon bear his name. The 12-year-old lost his life last April due to sepsis poisoning after falling while playing basketball in his school’s gym. What doctors believed to […]

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Abandoned Jackson Heights cemetery may become park


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They’re looking to turn it from a final resting place to a place where children play. Hidden away from the public, Leverich Cemetery in Jackson Heights was once part of a family-owned farm land passed down through generations. But at one point the farm was bequeathed with the cemetery plot no longer included. The 17th […]

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Push for slow zones in Jackson Heights


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In December, 11-year-old Miguel Torres was struck and killed as he tried to cross the street on Northern Boulevard. Now, leaders in Jackson Heights are calling for a slow zone to prevent more deaths. Councilmember Daniel Dromm is leading the push that would lower the speed limit in the neighborhood from 30 miles per hour […]

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Jackson Heights’ Dunningham Triangle to be revamped


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THE COURIER/Photo by Alexa Altman

Jackson Heights’ Dunningham Triangle is blossoming, sprouting with seeds planted by local residents. The 82nd Street Partnership united with the Partnership for Parks — a subdivision of the City Parks Foundation — to revamp a 2,000-square-foot piece of land in the heart of Jackson Heights, assisted by suggestions from citizens. “We looked at Dunningham Triangle […]

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More middle school seats coming to Jackson Heights


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Photo courtesy of Alex Florez

Students corralled in overcrowded classrooms may soon be able to stretch their legs while exercising their minds. Councilmember Daniel Dromm and Borough President Helen Marshall celebrated breaking ground on I.S. 297Q — a new middle school, expected to open in the fall of 2014 in Jackson Heights — at a ceremony on Tuesday, August 7. […]

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Jackson Heights to get more park space


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Officials and civic groups from Jackson Heights, a neighborhood parched for play space, have persuaded the city to purchase a school yard and turn it into a park. The Jackson Heights Green Alliance, along with the help of Councilmember Daniel Dromm and the Jackson Heights Beautification Group, acquired a 2,600-square-foot patch of asphalt from the […]

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Owners say Jackson Heights plaza hurts biz


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Jackson Heights store owners say sales have been pedestrian since a new plaza opened — moving a bus stop and closing off the street to cars. The pedestrian plaza on 37th Road between 73rd Street and 74th Street, which consists of mostly South Asian businesses, opened in September of last year to create a court […]

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Jackson Heights community rallies against Trade Fair


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Photo Courtesy of Councilmember Daniel Dromm

The Jackson Heights community is fed up with a local supermarket’s “un-Fair” procedures. Councilmember Daniel Dromm and neighborhood residents united on January 17 in front of Trade Fair, a supermarket located at 75-07 37th Avenue, to protest the grocer’s persistent violations of city laws and regulations. “Trade Fair’s violations have created an unsafe environment for […]

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Proposal to close Jackson Heights street for food fair


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A local farmers market is promoting a fresh idea for Jackson Heights — converting a serene street into a bustling bazaar. GrowNYC’s Greenmarket, which is the only year-round farmers market in Queens, will present a proposal to Community Board (CB) 3 on January 19, hoping the Jackson Heights community supports the closing of 78th Street […]

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Jackson Heights schoolyard is 200th to become playground


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Renderings Courtesy of the Parks Department

One of the city’s most congested communities is getting a little extra room to breathe. Schoolyards at P.S. 69 and I.S. 145 in Jackson Heights are being transformed into student-designed playgrounds that will be open to the public on weekdays after school until dusk and on weekends from 8 a.m. to dusk. The renovations aim […]

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Jackson Heights showcasing Sunday music in Travers Park


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Jackson Heights will be moving to the beat of a different drum this summer. Each Sunday, music will fill the air, as neighborhood residents are treated to a free concert as part of “Summer Sundays at the Park.” The series is presented by The Jackson Heights Beautification Group and its committee, Friends of Travers Park. […]

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Jackson Heights raises $250,000 to save school athletic field


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Within two weeks, families and advocates of Jackson Heights have raised $250,000 to prevent an athletic field owned by a private school from being taken over by a developer. The Garden School, which runs from nursery school through 12th grade, has been struggling financially and will sell its 29,000-square-foot athletic field located across from Travers […]

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Jackson Heights Goes Green


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One Queens community is going "green" to be clean. Over 100 volunteers gathered in November 2009 to find ways to reduce congestion, garbage, and increase their communities’ recreational space. Their numbers have grown to over 400 residents who seek the opinions of the Jackson Heights community on pressing environmental problems in the overcrowded district. “We […]

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