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82nd Street Partnership expands business improvement district


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Logo Courtesy of the 82nd Street Partnership

The 82nd Street Partnership will now extend all the way through 114th Street as part of the New Deal for Roosevelt Avenue announced by Councilmember Julissa Ferreras.

“The 82nd Street Partnership is thrilled to announce this endeavor of expanding our business improvement district to include the major commercial corridors of Roosevelt Avenue, Junction Boulevard, 103rd Street and National Street,” said Seth Taylor, executive director of the 82nd Street Partnership.

In this expansion, the 82nd Street Partnership will form the Jackson Heights-Corona Business Improvement District (BID). This will become a community-driven effort including property owners, businesses, residents, public officials and other stakeholders that will improve the strip’s “sense of place.”

“The future BID will work to improve quality of life and support local economic activity in the neighborhood by creating a cleaner, safer, brighter, and overall more enjoyable place for everyone,” said Taylor.

Under the leadership of Ferreras and the BID’s steering committee, it will work with community boards and city government agencies, like the Department of Sanitation, to certify all the city services and resources will be delivered to the neighborhood.

According to Robert Walsh, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services, Roosevelt Avenue will continue to flourish once the change, which was brought to the stretch on 82nd Street years ago by the 82nd Street Partnership, is replicated throughout the community.

In addition to the expansion, $350,000 in funding, from Mayor Bloomberg’s office in union with Small Business Services, was secured for a “Taste of the BID.” This “taste” will introduce local business owners and community residents the benefits of the expanded partnership.

In the following months, the 82nd Street Partnership will work with its partners to develop the BID plan and help form the neighborhood’s future headed for a “collectively shared vision,” said Taylor.

An introductory seminar to the expansion for residents, property and business owners will be held on Tuesday, March 26 at 5:30 p.m. at 103-24 Roosevelt Avenue. To get more information on the BID, the community can visit www.jhcoronabid.org.

 

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Viva La Comida draws thousands to Jackson Heights


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THE COURIER/Photo by Alexa Altman

Food fanatics swarmed Dunningham Triangle for Viva La Comida — a culinary and entertainment extravaganza.

Viva La Comida, which lightly translates to “celebrate food,” drew thousands of hungry guests who sampled Colombian, Peruvian and Salvadoran fare while enjoying vocalists and musical ensembles at the Friday, September 21 festival.

This celebration marks the first event hosted by the 82nd Street Partnership in Dunningham Triangle, which recently underwent renovations.

“We’re really happy with the way it went,” said 82nd Street Partnership executive director Seth Taylor of the festival. “There was a great turnout of both residents from Elmhurst and Jackson Heights but we also introduced 82nd Street to a number of people from outside the neighborhood, which was really exciting for us.”

Taylor said the partnership hopes to make Viva La Comida an annual event, adding that in coming years they hope to block off traffic and turn the affair into a full-fledged street festival. According to Taylor, community support for the event has been outstanding.

“[The feedback] has been positive,” said Taylor. “Everyone’s had really great things to say about it from the music to the food.”

Among those excited about the event are local businesses, who saw a spike in sales during the festivities.

Louie Suljovic, owner of Louie’s Pizzeria on Baxter Avenue, said business was booming on Friday. The pizzeria, which normally sees a crowd on Fridays, had a line winding out the door for nearly three hours and a full restaurant during the evening.

“We always have a pretty decent Friday but with Viva La Comida it was tremendous,” said Suljovic.

The businessman didn’t know exactly how many patrons his store had that day, but was ecstatic that people from all over the borough were coming to sample his food.

“We have really good food so when people are able to try our food and enjoy it, that’s what makes us happy,” he said.

Suljovic said he supports the possible return of Viva La Comida.

Jeff Orlick, who runs the popular food blog Iwantmorefood.com and hosts culinary tours around Queens, assembled a group of mobile food vendors to appear at Viva La Comida. The event co-producer said the festival will not only spotlight the recent renovation of Dunningham Triangle, but highlight Queens as a premier foodie junction.

“People will see it as a destination for excitement and fun and food,” said Orlick. “Hopefully people will come back more regularly.”

What to do with the kids this weekend


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Friday, September 21

4 p.m. – 9 p.m., Viva La Comida!, the first-ever 82nd Street Partnership event, will shine a spotlight on the fun, food and entertainment options in Elmhurst/Jackson Heights. Food trucks will be everywhere, and the event will include the 82nd Street dance troupe from the Mestizo Art Center, performances by the NY Jazz Academy, the International String Duo and a pop-up crafts market in the Jackson Heights Cinema. Free.

Saturday, September 22

11:30 a.m., Come to aspecial screening of “Hotel Transylvania” at the Museum of the Moving Image before it hits the movie theaters on Sept. 28. In this major animated motion picture, Dracula (whose voice is provided by Adam Sandler) invites some of the world’s most famous monsters—Frankenstein and his bride; the Mummy; the Invisible Man; and others—to celebrate his daughter’s 118th birthday. Free with museum admission.

1:10 p.m., At Bark in the Park 2 attendees of the Mets baseball game against the Miami Marlins will have the opportunity to sit with their pooches and fellow dog lovers and their pets in designated seats. The profit of the dog ticket and a portion of the human ticket will benefit the North Shore Animal League. To participate in the pre-game dog parade, report to the Bullpen Gate by noon with tickets. This gate opens at 11:40 a.m.

3 p.m. – 8 p.m.,The Queens Museum of Art, in partnership with El Museo del Barrio, The Studio Museum in Harlem & cariBBeing, presents Carnival Panorama: Families Celebrate Carnival Traditions as part of the public programming for the current exhibition Caribbean: Crossroads of the World. This free event will include demonstrations of old Carnival Caribbean traditions, including musical workshops and performances. There will also be face painting and balloon sculpting.

6:30 p.m., The second annual Flicks in the Garden at Sunnyside Gardens Park will feature family-friendly live music and rare cartoons from the 1930s and 1940s. The folk Irish duo New York Trad will play music near an open dance floor before an outdoor cinema will be created.

7 p.m., The Third Annual Making Movies Dance Festival at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center will feature the Creative Outlet Dance Theatre, Synthesis, Dance Project, MAWU Dance and Latihente Dance.

Saturday, September 22 – Sunday, September 23

10 a.m. – 4 p.m., At the 2012 Fall Mamas Expo get insider access to local schools, services, specialists and products currently available to Queens families. Plus, there will be a marionette performance, business promotions, a screening of the Charlie Chaplin movie “The Kid” and all-day access to the Museum of the Moving Image.

11 a.m. – 6 p.m., The 30th Annual Queens County Fair at the Queens County Farm Museum is a traditional county fair with blue-ribbon contests in livestock, produce, home crafts, pie-eating, corn-husking, arm wrestling, hayrides and carnival rides.

Sunday, September 23

11:00 a.m.  - 2:00 p.m., Come to the Fall Family Festival at the Samuel Field Y for a day of arts and crafts, carnival rides and games, food and refreshments  as well as the first Summer Camp and Early Childhood Open House of the new season.

12 p.m., The annual Queens Hispanic Pride Parade in Jackson Heights will be held on Sunday afternoon.

2 p.m. – 8 p.m., A Time to Remember: An Evening of Positive Entertainment is a family event featuring interfaith and multicultural entertainment and messages in the form of music, dance, steel pan playing, arts, crafts, fashion, face-painting and games. Bring chairs and blanket. Free.

 

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Friday, September 21 – Sunday, September 23

10:30 a.m. (Friday, Saturday) 1 p.m.(Sunday), Sesame Street Live will be at the Nassau Coliseum for three days, starting September 21.

Saturday, September 22

12 p.m. – 1 p.m., At the Museum of Modern Art’s Animal Adventures event, children and their parents can watch classic animated and live-action short films with an animal theme.

Saturday, September 22 – Sunday, September 23

11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., Come to the Long Island Children’s Museum this weekend to see Dora the Explorer Live! “Dora’s Pirate Adventure.”

Sunday, September 23

11 a.m., Family-friendly band Lunch Money is performing at the 92YTribeca, singing about roller coasters, giant cookies, getting dizzy and more childhood themed topics.

1 p.m. – 4 p.m., At the Eighth Annual Kite Flight on the rooftop of the Port Authority Bus Terminal, there will be free kite making and flying workshops, a musical performance by Louie & Subanda, a flying yoga demonstration by Om Factory, jugglers, unicyclists and other circus performers, face painting, street games and an old fashioned hot dog cart. Free.

 

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 and saw a lot of potential for it to be a great common gathering space,” said Seth Taylor of the 82nd Street Partnership, a group that focuses on beautification and advocacy throughout the neighborhood.

At an all-day event on Friday, August 24, volunteers collected input from local stakeholders, who filled out surveys about what they would like to see happen to Dunningham Triangle. Passers-by filled out questionnaires and surveys, writing their hopes for the tiny space on triangle-shaped cards.

Four-year-old Elizabeth from Jackson Heights wants Dunningham Triangle to have chairs and benches to relax in, as well as music events for kids and toys to play with.

Taylor believes that despite the park’s small size, it can have a major impact. Jackson Heights was ranked second to last in park space out of the 51 council districts citywide in a New Yorkers for Parks study published in 2009.

“One of people’s frustrations is that there’s nowhere to sit outside,” said Taylor. “We’re trying to fix that a bit. This is a great neighborhood for people watching but there’s nowhere to do that.”

Taylor said the space could hold anything from language classes to dance lessons.

“The community will benefit because this is going to provide a really nice amenity,” said Taylor. “I think if the community is involved in the vision of the space, it becomes more of a valued space.”

Jason Schwartz, director of the Partnerships for Parks — an organization that helps nearly 600 groups build outdoor spaces annually — said the $200,000 Jackson Heights project is part of a larger green initiative for Jackson Heights that also includes Department of Transportation (DOT) instated pedestrian plazas.

“The work we do is all about community engagement,” said Schwartz. “The more people who come together and talk about how the space they have can be the most maximized will help.”

The newly revitalized Dunningham Triangle is expected to be up and running by next summer.