As part of his excellent series visiting all 51 city council districts, NY1’s Errol Louis joined Council Member Danny Dromm for a walk around Jackson Heights earlier this month.
Louis began the segment by telling viewers about the neighborhood from the back seat of a car rolling down Roosevelt Avenue, but Dromm, an honoree at Thursday’s Streets Ball, got him walking around before long. Dromm took Louis to two popular spaces reclaimed from cars in his district: the 78th Street play street, which links together a school and a park, and Diversity Plaza, a busy plaza surrounded by immigrant-owned businesses.
Sukhi NY, the group started by local business owners to help take care of the space, has already organized popular events in the plaza for over a year, and has even more events planned. Tonight at 8:30 p.m., the group is organizing an Eid celebration in the plaza, featuring music, poetry, and snacks.
On Saturday, the Jackson Heights Beautification Group is organizing a cleanup on the plaza from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday evening, the Queens World Film Festival will be screening short films in Diversity Plaza, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Dromm isn’t the only council member showing off livable streets to NY1 viewers: In August, Council Member Julissa Ferreras talked pedestrian medians and plazas during her tour with Louis. Who will be next?