Jackson Heights Beautification Group

Star of Queens: Edwin Westley, president, Jackson Heights Beautification Group
Star of Queens: Edwin Westley, president, Jackson Heights Beautification Group
News Queens Courier Staff 5/28/2013 at 9:04AM

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 [...]

Jackson Heights park to be renamed in tribute to beloved student
Jackson Heights park to be renamed in tribute to beloved student
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 4/29/2013 at 9:05AM

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 [...]

Abandoned Jackson Heights cemetery may become park
Abandoned Jackson Heights cemetery may become park
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 4/18/2013 at 11:23AM

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 [...]

Push for slow zones in Jackson Heights
Push for slow zones in Jackson Heights
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 4/11/2013 at 12:04PM

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 [...]

Jackson Heights to get more park space
Jackson Heights to get more park space
News Alexa Altman 6/20/2012 at 2:29PM

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 [...]

Owners say Jackson Heights plaza hurts biz
Owners say Jackson Heights plaza hurts biz
News Billy Rennison 2/15/2012 at 4:45PM

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 [...]

Jackson Heights community rallies against Trade Fair
Jackson Heights community rallies against Trade Fair
News Michael Pantelidis 1/24/2012 at 5:30PM

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 [...]

Proposal to close Jackson Heights street for food fair
Proposal to close Jackson Heights street for food fair
News Michael Pantelidis 1/18/2012 at 1:10PM

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 [...]

Jackson Heights schoolyard is 200th to become playground
Jackson Heights schoolyard is 200th to become playground
News Michael Pantelidis 12/07/2011 at 1:29PM

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 [...]