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Offline fodoherty

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Re: Envisioning a More Perfect Jackson Heights
« Reply #30 on: February 12, 2009, 12:17:11 AM »
Improving 69th Street along the BQE--

While this street is at the entrance to Jackson Heights it is
our most blighted and un-kept area.  Ironically it is also one of the few
green spaces open to the public in Jackson Heights.  This strip of land
begins at 37th Avenue and the BQE and runs along 69th Street almost to
Northern Boulevard.   Recent construction on the BQE has brought a new
plaza at 37 the Avenue at 69th Street, professional landscaping along the
BQE, an iron fence and a low wall perfect for sitting.  However, the space
is not used, as it is not maintained.  As there are no buildings on the BQE
side of the street, there are no home, building or storeowners to maintain
the plants or the street.  Despite numerous calls to 311, it had become an
area were people cleaned out their cars and dumped their trash along the
BQE.

Last years the JHBG had over 70 volunteers who worked to clean up the area. 
In one day over 80 bags of trash were collected,
graffiti was cleaned and flowers planted.  Over 100 signatures
on a petition asking that the area be officially named as a park, were collect in an effort to   insure that the area is maintained.    There is still no solutions.

The area must be maintained by the city.  Proper ground cover
must be planted; landscaping must be regularly trimmed and maintained,
trees should be planted in one section to cut back the noise of the BQE;
the gates on the iron fence must remain locked; the pigeons under the BQE
must be controlled; trash cans and no littering signs must be posted and
graffiti on the walls and along the railroad track must be immediately
removed. 

If we added a few lovely plants and a mural on the wall along the
Conrail track this would be stunning entrance to the Jackson Heights garden
community.

Community Board 3 has already begun work to transform the area under the
BQE at 35th Avenue into a fenced dog run. The new construction along the
BQE was professionally landscaped and the area behind the iron fence along
the BQE, if maintained, should grow into a lovely green backdrop to 69th
Street.  Where 37th Avenue meets the BQE, a large plaza area has been
established and all that is lacking are nice benches and some street trees.
Where the BQE begins to rise again before Northern Blvd. the wall is
already begin to be covered by lush green vines.   Unlike other areas of
Jackson Heights, no money needs to be spent to acquire land, the space is
there, and it just needs to be maintained.

This is a doable project with community support.  Can someone get this done?

Offline Aronan

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Re: Envisioning a More Perfect Jackson Heights
« Reply #31 on: February 12, 2009, 01:25:29 AM »
I would strongly suggest approaching our local elected officials and those running for office to take action on this issue. There are a lot of factors involved in the area you are talking about that probably require planners and other city departments to determine who is responsible for what.  Considering the area you are talking about straddles a highway, I wonder if the Jackson Heights Beautification Group or the Western Jackson Heights Alliance can adopt this area and apply for funds for its maintenance. 
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thousands. If one concerned with ordinary gain can
create such an effect, how much more will be produced by one who cares for greater things ?" -Chunag Tse

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Re: Envisioning a More Perfect Jackson Heights
« Reply #32 on: February 12, 2009, 10:06:14 PM »
fodoherty,

Those sound like great ideas.  Thanks for posting them.  I'm going to have to print out your message and take it with me next time I walk down in that direction!

I'm not exactly sure how this relates to your suggestion, but there is an approved project to build two dog small dog parks in that area.  Construction was supposed to begin around now, but last I heard the project has been delayed.  Here's a thread that discusses the plan.

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Update on Dog Run at 35th & 69th St.
« Reply #33 on: February 19, 2009, 09:52:48 PM »

Dose anyone have an update?

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Re: Envisioning a More Perfect Jackson Heights
« Reply #34 on: February 26, 2009, 11:55:31 PM »
We need to close the traffic on 37 Ave. Only bicycles with properly line and pedestrians are eventually allowed to walk on 37. Drop benches along the street and tables, make green islands and solar panels street lights, and we will see less crime and the business rise up.
No Cars. on 37 Ave.

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Re: Envisioning a More Perfect Jackson Heights
« Reply #35 on: February 27, 2009, 12:03:30 AM »
Hey, if they can do it on Broadway, why not here?   ;)

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Re: Envisioning a More Perfect Jackson Heights
« Reply #36 on: February 28, 2009, 01:18:00 AM »
I think we need a nice big "geek" shop. We have a Gamestop on 82nd and a few local shops but I mean a big comic, movie, hobby, and video game all-in-one shop would be perfect. Especially if its run by people who know what they are doing it could become a nice haven for some of us.

Offline Griswold Girl

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Re: Envisioning a More Perfect Jackson Heights
« Reply #37 on: March 02, 2009, 11:33:49 AM »
I want to hear more from danielrossi!

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Re: Envisioning a More Perfect Jackson Heights
« Reply #38 on: March 02, 2009, 02:41:52 PM »
We need to close the traffic on 37 Ave. Only bicycles with properly line and pedestrians are eventually allowed to walk on 37. Drop benches along the street and tables, make green islands and solar panels street lights, and we will see less crime and the business rise up.
No Cars. on 37 Ave.

While this idea is appealing, what about those of us who live between 35th and 37th Avenues?  I live on a southbound street.  If we closed 37th to cars that would mean I would have to drive onto Roosevelt--something I try to avoid--every time I want to go East, West or North.  Also, how would the stores get deliveries?  Would the trucks have to double park on side streets like mine to unload?

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Re: Envisioning a More Perfect Jackson Heights
« Reply #39 on: March 02, 2009, 02:51:53 PM »
Hi Queens Kid.  All good questions.  I was just thinking about this the other day funny that it was mentioned on the post today.

In Europe, stores get large deliveries between certain hours (something that I think NYC should have employed a long time ago).  Small deliveries at other hours.  i.e. the delivery guy might have to walk one extra block. 

Also, you could always block 37th off on weekends but allow cars to pass through the cross streets i.e. what they do in Manhattan for street festivals say down Madison Ave. or 5th Ave.  This wouldn't effect deliveries too much as most are done Monday through Friday.

The sidewalks are so crowded and there is such a lack of public space I think this is the way to go.  The Jackson Heights children's play on Sundays at Travers Park has the right idea.  Jackson Heights is not growing anymore land.  We need to come up with creative ideas to deal with the overcrowding and lack of public park space.  I think it would be great for the local businesses if there were sidewalk tables and a welcoming environment for people.

I was just in Miami not too long ago and they have several shopping areas where the streets have been closed up and a park has been created in the middle with little cafes and tables etc... Very nice, well attended and relaxing. 

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Re: Envisioning a More Perfect Jackson Heights
« Reply #40 on: March 02, 2009, 03:08:08 PM »
I do like Lincoln Road in South Beach.  My main concern is having eighteen wheelers idling outside my window all day.  I also think that we need to approach something like this in a comprehensive manner.  If you close 37th to traffic, then you need to do something about traffic flow on 35th and Roosevelt--even with 37th open to trucks and cars driving around here can be difficult.
Still, the more I think about it the more I like the idea of a vehicle free 37th Avenue with benches, green space and outdoor cafes.  I say we go for it.

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Re: Envisioning a More Perfect Jackson Heights
« Reply #41 on: April 07, 2009, 10:26:58 AM »
I want to hear more from danielrossi!
Oh boy. I’m just an artist sorry I’m not an urban planner and hate cars.
Cars suck and sorry guys but you gotta be honest cars does not achieve their goals which is move US from point A to Point B as quick as we can and guess what cars is the last transportation vehicles to do that.

I know I’m a dreamer and I wish that our neighborhood would be cars free or at least more livable in the next ten years.

Anyway the 37 could be car free and the road could be split into emergency lane for police, firefighters, ambulance, on one-side and bicycles lanes on the other side
No parking spot both side of the street and schedule time for storefront truck delivery.
Parking permit for residents

82 and 74 the only two streets to go from Northern B. side to Roosevelt

Cars took over US and it`s time to get back what belong to the people the neighborhood.

Those are just a bunch of ideas but I know it sounds crazy but it can be done if we all want it.

By the way I have a car and very soon I’m going to donate it. I`m sick of it.




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Re: Envisioning a More Perfect Jackson Heights
« Reply #42 on: April 07, 2009, 10:44:53 AM »
This is what I’m talking about.
Cars are death and the car industries have failed.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090407/ap_on_bi_ge/general_motors_segway



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Re: Envisioning a More Perfect Jackson Heights
« Reply #42 on: April 07, 2009, 10:44:53 AM »