Think cool thoughts, 78th Street play street (2011).
A proposal to convert part of 78th Street into a pedestrian plaza received the support of Community Board 3 Thursday night.
Under the proposal, 78th Street would be closed permanently as a through street between Northern Boulevard and 34th Avenue. This would allow the city’s department of transportation (DOT) to create a year-round pedestrian plaza next to the Travers Park play field, just north of 34th Avenue.
The Jackson Heights Green Alliance, which sponsored the proposal and managed a seasonal play street on that block this past summer, would be responsible for keeping the plaza clean. It also would be allowed to lease space there to food carts and other vendors, and to seek corporate sponsorships to pay for equipment and programs, a DOT spokesman explained to the board’s transportation committee earlier this month.
However, Green Alliance representatives said they would seek funds through grants and donations before exploring commercial options.
Some area residents on Thursday night objected to the conversion, citing the loss of up to 60 parking spaces on that street. One board member added that the seasonal play street there was underutilized.
Photo: The 78th Street play street (file).
Sprinklers, Travers Park.
Coasting, 78th Street play street.
Shaved-ice vendor, 78th Street play street.
Open hydrant, 78th Street play street.
Shade, 37th Avenue.
Flowers for sale, Jackson Heights Greenmarket.
Ice cream truck, 75th Street.