Jackson Heights Green Alliance 78th Street Play Street

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Information on the 78th Street Play Street

Because the need in Jackson Heights for more open space is so urgent the JHGA and our partners the Jackson Heights Beautification Group have established a car-free street between 34th Avenue and Northern Boulevard.

We want this to be an oasis not only to families with young children but everyone else in our community - for people who want to get to know their neighbors and socialize, read a newspaper,  participate in a class, attend an event, or people who just want to people-watch, relax and enjoy the diversity of our community in a public space where everyone feels welcome.

It has been taking place since 2007 and has enjoyed the full support of the Deparment of Transportation as well as our local Community Board.

2011 Calendar of Events

View our calendar

The Play Street will run from July 1st to September 30th, 2011. 

2010 Calendar of Events

Saturday August 14th - YOGA at 7:30 AM

Free community yoga class led by Michelle Provenzano.  Class size is limited to 16 adults: first come, first serve.  

Must bring your own yoga mat

Teacher Bio:

Michelle Provenzano has been a Yoga practitioner, Visual Artist and Arts Educator for over twelve years.  She just graduated this June with certification to teach from OM Yoga’s 200 Hour Joining Heaven and Earth Teacher Training Program. 

Michelle has also been involved in Buddhist programs at the Shambhala Meditation Center and The Interdependence Project.

Sunday August 15th

Learn to ride a bike from 11 am to 2 pm and Recycle a Bicyle bike exchange from 12pm to 3pm.

Thursday, August 19th at 8:30pm

Free Movie Night

SLEEP DEALER, a Sundance Festival Award winning independent Mexican / American film by Alex Rivera, in Spanish and English


2010 Play Street Information

We will be running the Play Street full time from July 1st to August 31st (Monday to Sunday) and on Sundays after that until October 31st.

If you would like to help, please send an email to volunteer@jhgreen.org

We are looking for help organizing events on the street, coordinating activities, coming up with ideas for what to do, getting donations and help with the day-to-day running of the street.

To let us know of any activities you'd like to hold on the street and everything else along those lines please send an email to info@jhgreen.org

2009 Calendar of Events

September 20th + 25th October
FREE! Children’s Theater Workshop
Ages 6 to 12
To sign up, please email ellen@lightstormtheater.org with your child’s name and age by August 16, 2009.

August 23rd
FREE! Children’s Theater Workshop
Ages 6 to 12
To sign up, please email ellen@lightstormtheater.org with your child’s name and age by August 16, 2009.

August 2nd
Queens Community House Action Group family activities

The planned games include musical chairs, hot potato, 3-legged race or another relay and pin the tail on the donkey.

June 14th
11-12pm Drama Workshop with "Mr. B" from 82nd Academics

All Day - Arts & Crafts Workshop with the Jackson Heights ELC

4pm Audra Rox - High energy rock for kids and the Astoria Jazz Band - Brought to you by Friends of Travers Park

June 21st
To be determined

June 28th
11-12pm Drama Workshop with "Mr. B" from 82nd Academics

78th Street Play Street Returns for 2009

The 78th Street Play Street will return for 2009. We are approved for Sundays from June until November 1st.

We will work hard to make it as fun and successful as it was last year, increasing open space in our neighborhood, helping everybody in the community to get to know each other and allowing the Greenmarket to expand.

Summer Sundays 78th Street Play Street Initiative

We created a "Play Street" on 78th Street along Travers Park. This lasted for all of the Summer of 2008 and most of the Fall.

View our flyer explaining the project!

Summer Sundays 78th Street Play Street Initiative Flyer

The idea is simple: 78th Street, between Northern Boulevard and 34th Avenue, will be closed to traffic on Sundays to allow for games, free play, performances, markets, and other activities to take place in the car-free street.

Why a play street?

78th Street is right next to Travers Park, our small neighborhood park. With thousands of residents around it, Travers Park is very crowded on weekends, and often there is not enough space for everyone to enjoy the park. The Play Street will make it possible for the park to spill into the street, allowing people to stroll, play, attend events and relax in the space, while reducing crowding in the park.

The Play Street will also be a space for the Greenmarket that is currently located on 34th Avenue to expand, adding more vendors, and making it more comfortable for shoppers.

Jackson Heights has one of the highest densities of children per acre of green space and is the city district with the second-to-last amount of green space in the entire city. We need more park space, and the Play Street is a small practical step in our search to expand and improve neighborhood parks.

Who is doing this?

A coalition of neighborhood groups initiated and developed this project with the support of NYC Department of Transportation. These groups are: JH Green, Friends of Travers Park and The Western Jackson Heights Alliance.

View our presentation on the 78th Street Play Street here!

78th Street Play Street Initiative