Streetfilms Shortie - Dancing in Corona Plaza from Streetfilms on Vimeo.
Mega-wowsers! Today out in Corona Plaza there was a big press event to announce an $800,000 donation from JPMorgan Chase Foundation to the Neighborhood Plaza Partnership which goes to help fund the upkeep of ped plazas in low-income neighborhoods. Streetsblog has the full story, so I am not gonna re-hash the important bits, I'm just gonna post some nice photos for you to soak in.
That fun video clip above of kids jumping up and down was a spontaneous celebration. I love this plaza. If you haven't seen my original video from last year's opening days, I am requiring you to watch it - so click here.
Presentation of the $800,000 check with many community representatives posing with Janette Sadik-Khan and special guest musician David Byrne! That's Queens Museum's Tom Finkelpearl with the spade.
- Councilperson Julissa Ferreras poses with students from P.S. 16 prepare to do some gardening.
One of my favorite photos, NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and David Byrne from the Talking Heads have a friendly chat with a resident about the pedestrian plaza.
Kids enjoying the pop-up library.
Mr. Byrne a huge hero to the cycling world asked for a picture with me. (Just kidding it was the other way around.)
Queens' Corona Plaza: A Community Place Rises from Streetfilms on Vimeo.