Only a little more than a month after Community Board 9 gave its approval to South Queens’ first pedestrian plaza, the space is open and functioning.
The open plaza, located on Drew Street between 101st and Liberty avenues and the south side of 101st Avenue in City Line, was constructed in late October.
It was sponsored by the Bangladeshi-American Community Development and Youth Service, a group based just over the border in East New York, Brooklyn that represents the growing Bangladeshi-American community on both sides of the borough line. Supporters said the plaza makes it easier for residents to gather, as they previously did on street corners and front stoops, and helps, beautify a neighborhood that had been notorious for many years of high crime.
The plaza also got the support of Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and was given a green light by the 102nd Precinct’s commanding officer, who said it wouldn’t be a strain on police resources.