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Neighborhood Chat / Gas powered leaf blowers
« on: November 13, 2021, 10:39:58 AM »
Before this board disappears, I have a favor to ask. If anyone remembers, please ask your landlord, co-op board or owners association to switch from the gas powered leaf blowers to the quieter and less air polluting electric models. I realize there are bigger problems facing the neighborhood, but this seems like really low hanging fruit and something that we can easily influence.

Neighborhood Chat / Go Vote
« on: October 26, 2021, 07:42:05 AM »
Early voting has started in New York.  To check where you are supposed to vote and to see a sample ballot, you can visit and enter your address.

Voting is every citizen's opportunity to participate in our democracy.  Please take advantage of it.

Neighborhood Chat / 35th Avenue closed this morning
« on: October 26, 2021, 06:22:38 AM »
It looks like a tree was knocked down near 73rd St on 35th Avenue.  Traffic was being re-directed to 37th Avenue.  Avoid the area if you have to go out this morning.

Neighborhood Chat / Top Ten Secrets of Jackson Heights on Untapped
« on: July 07, 2021, 10:09:08 PM »
Probably no real secrets to other JH residents, but a fun read for newcomers to the neighborhood. On the Untapped Cities website

Restaurants & Food / Foodstrolls covers Jackson Heights
« on: June 06, 2021, 08:49:57 PM »

Apparently this was published in January, but it showed up in my Google news feed today. It only covers some Latin American spots between 77th St and Junction but an interesting take on part of the local food scene.

Neighborhood Chat / Mobile vaccinations at Travers Park
« on: June 04, 2021, 10:25:06 AM »
I don't have any details, but I just saw the vaccine buses setting up on 34th Ave.

Neighborhood Chat / Rally / party in Travers Park tonight?
« on: May 07, 2021, 10:30:43 PM »
Anyone know what's going on here tonight? Right now some loud Hispanic music is causing my building to salsa-fy!

This past week, the City Council approved making the Open Streets program permanent. Since the mayor suggested this originally, I think it's safe to predict he will sign this. Streetsblog is reporting on a petition to compromise on creating a permanent green space on 34th Ave. The "compromise" is long on promise but short on details. Everyone will get everything, but it doesn't appear obvious to me who will make these things happen. The article is at and the petition is at
The article quotes a supporter who says that tens of thousands of people use the open street each day. If that is not an exaggeration, then by all means support the petition! I haven't seen any real count of how many different people use 34th Ave, but if there is one please post a link so I can educate myself.

Whatever happens, someone has to prevent delivery scooters and electric bicycles from using this street when other vehicular traffic is prohibited. They rarely follow posted speed limits, often ignore traffic signals, and don't seem to understand that this is supposed to be a pedestrian pathway, not a short cut set up for their convenience.

Neighborhood Chat / Suggestion for 34th Ave Open Street modification
« on: April 12, 2021, 09:44:08 PM »
I don't know if this has been suggested before, but has anyone considered converting 34th Ave to a one way street and closing half of it permanently?  This would allow the continued use of the open street for recreation, while allowing traffic to proceed in at least one direction.  This should relieve much of the congestion the current setup causes during the day, and would eliminate the need for the volunteers to set up and remove the barricades every day.  Maybe the center median could be extended to the curbs, or alternately converted to a protected bike lane, although we'd miss the greenery for sure.  Just a thought.

Neighborhood Chat / Early voting starts today
« on: October 24, 2020, 10:42:36 AM »
I went to vote today, but the line is around the block.

Neighborhood Chat / DOE Serving Adult Meals
« on: October 09, 2020, 07:22:34 PM »
If you're hungry, you can pick up free bagged meals from 3pm to 5 pm on school days only at about 200 adult feeding sites. Monday is a holiday, so these sites will be closed.

I had a hard time reading the map on the DSNY website on my phone, but I think it shows PS 212 and PS 149 as serving adult Meals in Jackson Heights. PS 152 in Woodside and PS 148 in East Elmhurst are also nearby.  You may want to check the map out on your own using a larger screen at

Neighborhood Chat / Parklets in the street, could this be done here?
« on: September 27, 2020, 07:43:56 AM »
Channel 4 had a story on this effort this morning, and I found an article from July about turning parking spaces for street dining into small 'parklets' in Hudson Square. The BID got a grant to kickstart this effort and it appears to be still going strong.

Neighborhood Chat / IS 230 Teachers Working Outside
« on: September 12, 2020, 08:39:43 AM »

Teachers from IS 230 said the DOE was not following the agreed upon protocol after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19 and refused to work inside the school building.
NYPost coverage is at:

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