Yesterday, local pols, the Department of Transportation and David Byrne (!) celebrated an $800,000 grant from J.P. Morgan Chase for Corona Plaza. DNAinfo and Streetsblog attended the event and said the grant will be used to maintain the pedestrian space and its new features for the coming years. Corona Plaza costs around $50,000 to $75,000 every year to maintain. Over the summer, the Department of Transportation started working on making the temporary plaza permanent. The goal is to finish the project, which includes a stage, better lighting, more green space and seating, in 2015.
So what brought the Talking Heads frontman all the way out to Corona Plaza? According to DNAinfo he told the crowd, “I’m not personally involved in this plaza, but I’m a musician and I live and work and am very supportive of these things going up everywhere. I’m just here to be supportive, and hope that this kind of initiative continues in the city.” We’ll take it!
Another permanent plaza for Queens. The Department of Transportation and the design firm The RBA Group presented designs for Corona Plaza to the community late last month. A temporary plaza has been in place on Roosevelt Avenue between National and 104th Street since the middle of last year. According to the Queens Courier, DOT and the community have been in talks about the permanent plaza design since this spring. The permanent design will feature plaza seating, bike racks and corrals, a stage, green space, improved lighting, signage, additional trash cans, a drinking fountain, and an information kiosk; DOT also plans to utilize the space right under the 7 train for storage. The next step is for the Public Design Commission to review these renderings within the next few months, with an eye to installing the permanent plaza by 2015.
Image source: NYC Parks – Corona Plaza in Corona, Queens
We received this request from a college student at Parsons the New School for Design – Cody Herrmann is doing a project about new creative public space in Corona, Queens. If you feel so inclined, and are a resident of Corona, consider taking this survey. (more…)
Image Source: Queens Economic Development Corporation
Corona Cares for the Rockaways is a cultural festival/hurricane relief event at the newly refurbished Corona Plaza (GMAP). Enjoy an afternoon of diverse dance performances, concerts, children’s activities, and art. Plus, there will be a checkpoint where people can donate materials to a van that will make nonstop round trips to The Rockaways and back.
We’ve written about Corona Plaza, the new pedestrian plaza along Roosevelt Ave by the 103rd Street 7 stop. The community has embraced it and it has become a true gathering place in the neighborhood, colloquially known now as “La Placita.” Last week (9/13) various stakeholders – the Queens Economic Development Corporation, NY Community Bancorp, elected officials, residents, nonprofits – came out to celebrate the first phase of the renovation.
And there is a second phase in the works, with more improvements to be implemented next year. (more…)