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August, 2018

Sunnyside

Community petitions to name Sunnyside’s Phipps Playground after FDNY hero

As the former Phipps Playground — located at 39th Avenue and 50th Street in Sunnyside — undergoes the transition to being a city-owned greenspace, a petition has been making the rounds to rename it after a fallen firefighter from the community who played there as a child. Comment
Astoria

Astoria Heights Playground gets eco-friendly makeover

City officials cut the ribbon on a playground in Astoria last week after dropping $8 million in city funds to bring the greenspace up to modern standards. Comments (2)

July, 2018

Woodside

Woodside’s Big Bush Park gets major renovations

Woodside’s Big Bush Park got a full-scale renovations with $1.8 million from the city and officials gathered last week to cut the ribbon on the new community space. Comments (1)

Summer events flaunt Brookville Park’s transformation

Over a decade ago, Brookville Park was thought of as a place where a gruesome attack occurred. The last decade, however, has seen it become a place of community pride with the help of the volunteer park organization Friends of Brookville Park, which is led by President Kangela Moore. Comments (1)
Corona

Louis Simeone Park in Corona gets unveils $3M renovation

The city Department of Parks and Recreation cut the ribbon on a face-lift for Louis Simeone Park in Corona last week. Comment

June, 2018

Flushing

Mr. Eric’s Toddler Time set for Bowne Park return

Parents who take their children to Bowne Park Field House for entertainment at a beloved toddler program known as Mr. Eric, led by Eric Friedman, will resume in September after the city Department. of Parks and Recreation nearly terminated the program. Comments (2)

May, 2018

Corona

Community will clean up Corona park in time for World War I hero’s commemoration

Growing up in Corona, City Councilman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) made frequent visits to William F. Moore Park, a small triangular public space on the corner of 108th Street and 51st Avenue. The park is named for a Marine who grew up on the corner of 103rd Street and Corona Avenue and was the first young man from the neighborhood to die while fighting in World War I one hundred years ago. Comments (5)

April, 2018

Jackson Heights

Officials hold ground-breaking ceremony for Travers Park reconstruction in Jackson Heights

Generations of Jackson Heights residents have grown up in a neighborhood deprived of proper parkland, but now the city is working to change that. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Rockaway boardwalk reconstruction project wins national planning achievement award

The Rockaway Boardwalk’s Reconstruction Project has received a national planning achievement award. Comments (1)
Hunters Point

Free Wi-Fi coming to Gantry Plaza

Free Wi-Fi service is now available in Gantry Plaza State Park, the 12-acre oasis along the East River waterfront in the Hunters Point section of Long Island City, the state Parks Department announced last Friday. Comment
Queensbridge

Construction begins on new $6.25 million Queensbridge Park House

The extreme makeover of Queensbridge Park took another step forward last week with the ground-breaking for a new $6.25 million Park House that will replace an old dilapidated structure that stood unused for decades. Comment
Far Rockaway

Renovations to Far Rockaway’s Grassmere Playground complete

Grassmere Playground in Far Rockaway was one of five parks in the city Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver’s five borough relay ribbon-cutting ceremony last week. Comment

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