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City opens new 35-acre public nature preserve along the Rockaway waterfront in Edgemere

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Apr. 26, 2024 By Bill Parry

City officials, elected leaders, developers and community members gathered at the location of a formerly vacant illegal dumping ground on Beach 44th Street Wednesday to cut the ribbon at the new 35-acre Arverne East Nature Preserve and Welcome Center along the Rockaway waterfront in Edgemere.

Queens Borough President announces $3 million for upgrades to Phil ‘Scooter’ Rizzuto Park in Richmond Hill

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Mar. 6, 2024 By Anthony Medina Queens Borough President Donovan Richards announced last week that he has allocated $3 million to upgrade the dilapidated basketball and handball courts at Phil “Scooter” Rizzuto Park in South Richmond Hill. Richards joined Richmond Hill residents and community leaders at the park on Friday, March 1, to make the announcement, which comes after years of advocacy from the neighborhood group Friends of Phil Rizzuto “Smokey” Park. “Investing in our parks is much more than just about surfaces,” Richards said. “It’s about giving our families positive and productive places to enjoy, to bond to grow,…
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Ridgewood welcomes new community garden at old Grover Cleveland High School lot


Nov. 6, 2023 By Anthony Medina The official opening celebration of the brand-new Sunset Community Garden in Ridgewood welcomed Mayor Eric Adams’ Office of Urban Agriculture, city and state agencies and environmental-focused programs on Friday. Oct. 27. The formerly unused Grover Cleveland High School lot, located at the intersection of Willoughby Avenue and Onderdonk Avenue,…
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Fall Festival coming to Bayswater Park in Far Rockaway, Springfield Park in Springfield Gardens


Oct. 5, 2023 By Bill Parry Southeast Queens families can celebrate the arrival of autumn on two days at two locations. Council Member Selvena Brooks-Powers will host her annual Fall Festival at Bayswater Park in Far Rockaway on Monday, Oct. 9 at Springfield Park on Saturday, Oct. 14 in Springfield Gardens. “Fall is a beautiful time of year in southeast Queens,” Brooks-Powers said. “I am so excited to bring together community members to enjoy the turning leaves and the blessings the new season brings. I thank the Parks Department and Key Food for their partnership in bringing this celebration to…
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NYC Parks reopens Jamaica Playground to the community following $4.6 million reconstruction project

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Sep. 28, 2023 By Bill Parry Speaker Adrienne Adams welcomed young students from P.S. 40 Samuel Huntington Elementary School to the reopening of Jamaica Playground after a $4.6 million reconstruction project and turned a ribbon-cutting ceremony into a teachable moment for the youngsters on Sept. 27. “For far too long, neighborhoods like ours have been…
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Hurricane Lee’s impacts put parts of Queens coast under flooding advisory


Sep. 15, 2023 By Ethan Marshall With Hurricane Lee churning its way to New England and Maritime Canada this weekend, the New York City Emergency Management Department issued an advisory to coastal New York City communities, warning them to be ready for potential coastal flooding and hazardous beach conditions, particularly in Jamaica Bay and The…
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‘Queens Live!’ concert brings Reggae to Rockaway

Sep. 5, 2023 By Gabriele Holtermann Closing out the unofficial end of summer, Far Rockaway residents were jamming to “Reggae on the Boardwalk” at the Rockaway Beach Amphitheatre at Shore Front Parkway at Beach 94th Street on Sept. 3. The event was part of the “Queens Live!” free concert series, presented by Queens Borough President Donovan Richards and produced in partnership with NYC Parks and the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College, celebrating the popular Jamaican genre. Ahead of the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn, New York, DJs Sir Tommy, WiFiOG, Jah Earl, Baddamon, Amy Wachtel and…
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