Councilmember Daniel Dromm joined theJackson Heights Beautification Group and many community members to clean up 74th and 73rd streets and Diversity Plaza on Saturday.
About 30 residents, students and community leaders picked up trash, planted daffodil bulbs and mums in the planters and tree wells and added mulch and compost to the tree wells.
“Keeping our streets and Diversity Plaza, which has become an essential community gathering space, clean is important for insuring a high quality of life for Jackson Heights residents,” Dromm said. “I thank the Jackson HeightsBeautification Group for organizing the event.”
By Katie Honan
JACKSON HEIGHTS — A local pedestrian plaza will be getting more seats, better lighting and maps — and the community will have the chance to vote on even more improvements — thanks to funding from the area’s councilman and the city.
City Councilman Daniel Dromm announced plans to allocate $500,000 from his discretionary funds to pay for improvements to Diversity Plaza, which is on 37th Road between 73rd and 74th streets in Jackson Heights.
The plaza will receive additional seating, improved lighting and community maps with directions to the plaza once it becomes permanent, he said.
“These improvements will go a long way to build out an asset that our community has come to adopt as a town square,” Dromm said.
In addition to the funds from Dromm’s office, the Department of Transportation has earmarked $2 million to make even more changes to the plaza — changes which residents will be able to discuss and vote on at a meeting later this fall.
The money could go towards things like an improved street structure and a public pay toilet, the councilman said.
“Diversity Plaza is a result of tremendous community effort, from the intensive transportation planning sessions that developed it, to the efforts of the local merchants and civic groups that are now sustaining it,” said Andy Wiley-Schwartz, an assistant commissioner at the DOT.
The street was closed and turned into a pedestrian plaza in 2011. It is currently in its temporary design phase, but the additional money will help transition it into a permanent space.
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El pedido fue hecho por los concejales Daniel Dromm y Mark Weprin, quienes mostrando varias bolsas de basura con publicidad, recogida en la zona de Jackson Heights -pegadas en los postes de luz y árboles-, instaron a la ciudadanía a que se mantenga alerta ante la posibilidad de posibles fraudes, que se promocionen con dichos anuncios.
“Queremos enviar un claro mensaje a los comercios, sobre la ilegalidad de colocar propaganda en la propiedad pública” sostuvo Dromm, explicando que “daña la calidad de vida de nuestros vecindarios, crea basura y distracción a los transeúntes”.
El funcionario citó además que, muchos de estos carteles provienen de gente inescrupulosa que quiere aprovecharse, con diversas propagandas que resultan en estafas.
Actualmente, la multa por colocar una propaganda en un lugar de propiedad pública, es de $75. La que de acuerdo a Weprin, es una suma muy baja para los infractores, por lo que a comienzos de este año sometió un proyecto de ley ante el Concejo.
“Queremos que se triplique la cantidad, para que los infractores lo piensen antes de volver a colocar publicidad”, precisó el funcionario.