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Jackson Heights’ Dunningham Triangle to be revamped


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

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.

Queens’ Morning Roundup – 11/16/2011: Queens woman describes ‘rape & set-up’ horror


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Suspect arrested for George Gibbons’ hit-and-run

Only two days after Maspeth residents rallied demanding “Justice for George,” the suspect wanted in connection with the hit-and-run that killed George Gibbons was apprehended in Connecticut, according to police. Peter Rodriguez was taken into custody in Connecticut by the Regional Fugitive Task Force one month to the day after the accident.  The suspect was identified by police on October 25. Read More: Queens Courier

 

Queens woman describes ‘rape & set-up’ horror

A Queens woman at the center of an alleged diabolical plot to discredit her rape allegations told jurors yesterday about the horrific attack and the sick scheme to cover it up. Restaurant owner Seemona Sumasar testified that she spent seven months in jail away from her daughter after her ex-lover, Jerry Ramrattan, roped three cohorts into filing trumped-up theft charges against her. Read More: New York Post

Two Queens men charged with robbery for diversion theft in New Jersey

Two Queens men have been charged with robbery in connection with a “diversion theft” outside a hotel in Lyndhurst, New Jersey in which a woman was run over after her bags were stolen, authorities said. Jesus Ortiz, also known as “Edgar Melo,” 38, of Corona, and Hector Ruiz, 34, of Jackson Heights, were being held in New York City on Tuesday on unrelated charges, pending their extradition to New Jersey, authorities said. Read More: North Jersey.com

 

L Train Attack Caught On Video, Cops Looking For Suspects

Police in Queens are hunting for three suspects they say are wanted for a vicious assault on a subway train that was captured on video. The video was recorded just after 2 a.m. on Nov. 8. It shows an argument between two men on a Queens bound L train that quickly escalated into a savage beating. Read More & Watch the Video: CBS News

 

Parents And Students Rally To Save Queens School

Parents and students at PS 181Q in Queens are speaking out to save it from closure after it was placed on the city’s list of struggling schools. Watch the Video: NY1

 

Northwestern Queens still struggling with recession, reports state Controller Tom DiNapoli 

The state’s top auditor released a gloomy economic forecast for northwestern Queens. The neighborhoods of Corona, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights are still struggling with lost jobs and lower wages after the recession, according to an extensive report compiled by state Controller Tom DiNapoli. Read More: Daily News