“The community engagement with the 90th Street plaza was an exceptional idea from the 82nd Street Partnership,” Council Member Julissa Ferreras said. “Considering that two murders recently occurred in this area, the reclaiming of this space could not come at a better time. What our community desperately needs right now is to feel that we can work through whatever issues arise and be more united for it. The formation of the Jackson Heights—Corona Business Improvement District would greatly assist our community in taking a major step in the right direction. I thank the 82nd Street Partnership for their work on this effort, and it is my hope that our other community partners will get involved and work with us as we continue revitalizing Roosevelt Avenue.”
The new plaza, sponsored by the new Jackson Heights-Corona Business Improvement District, will include tables and chairs, new planters and a cultural program of music and other community activities.
“This is a great step forward for building a safer and cleaner community,” said Monica Calderon, owner of L&C Accounting located on Roosevelt Avenue. “For long the problems on Roosevelt Avenue have been ignored, it’s time for everyone to get involved.”
The music and cultural program will be coordinated through the proposed Jackson Heights-Corona Business Improvement District and the 82nd Street Partnership and include musicians and bands who have played at past Partnership events such as Viva La Comida.
“This is exactly what the community needs,” said Ruben Dario Ramirez, owner of Libreria El Dorado. “We know our business suffers when violence occurs. It’s wonderful to see the community coming together to make improvements to make the area safer.”