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After 20 Years, a Playground in Queens to Get $3 Million Makeover

After 20 Years, a Playground in Queens to Get $3 Million Makeover

Consider the Hart Playground in Woodside: The echo of children at play. The rhythmic creaking of swings going back and forth, and kids trying to time their jumps from the swings to the rhythm. The playground equipment, faded and well worn, from the years of endless use. The playground, at 37th Avenue and 65th Street, […]

As They Clean Corona

As They Clean Corona

Just before 11 am each Sunday, a group of young men and women gather at Corona Plaza under the peeling paint of the 7 train line. There, they take up trash bags, gloves and shovels and hit busy Roosevelt Avenue, decluttering tree beds and discarded plastic on the sidewalks. Calling themselves the Coalition to Defend […]

Woodside Filipino Community Responds to DACA, Looks to Future

Woodside Filipino Community Responds to DACA, Looks to Future

The Filipino community in Queens must get busy helping would-be recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to register, and they must spread the word about immigrant rights—going door to door if they have to. This was among the advice Filipino action groups gave during a town hall meeting last Sunday afternoon […]

Developers, Communities Clash Over Target Expansion

Developers, Communities Clash Over Target Expansion

It’s Saturday morning and Jorge Cabanillas, 26, is speaking to a circle of community organizers in a park square off 82nd Street and Baxter Avenue that intersects the Jackson Heights-Corona-Elmhurst neighborhoods. Amid the sounds of the nearby 7 train, ambulance cars en route to Elmhurst Hospital, and warm salutations in Spanish by passersby, Cabanillas is […]

Vietnam War and 9/11 Hero Honored with Street Co-Naming

Vietnam War and 9/11 Hero Honored with Street Co-Naming

On the day of the World trade Center attacks, fireman Jimmy Lanza rushed downtown with his East Harlem company to assist with rescue efforts. He helped 16 survivors out of the ruins. They were all found in a stairwell, which later became known as the “miracle stairwell.” He survived that day, and worked for months […]

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