Corona Plaza: One of the Best Pedestrian Spaces in NYC Gets a Big Boost!

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.


Councilperson Danny Dromm, one of this year's Streets Ball honorees, delivers remarks.


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.