Corona Plaza Receives Hefty Check From Chase

Talking Heads musician David Byrne (far left), a big supporter of public space initiatives, attended the press conference in  Corona Plaza. He stood with (from left) Edgar Gutierrez, manager of the nearby Walgreens and recipient of Global Chase  Philanthropy’s “Daily Point of Light Award,” NPP Director Laura Hansen, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, The Hort Executive  Director Sara Hobel, QEDC Executive Director Seth Bornstein and QEDC Director of Neighborhood Services Ricardi Calixte.

Talking Heads musician David Byrne (far left), a big supporter of public space initiatives, attended the press conference in Corona Plaza. He stood with (from left) Edgar Gutierrez, manager of the nearby Walgreens and recipient of Global Chase Philanthropy’s “Daily Point of Light Award,” NPP Director Laura Hansen, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, The Hort Executive Director Sara Hobel, QEDC Executive Director Seth Bornstein and QEDC Director of Neighborhood Services Ricardi Calixte.

The Neighborhood Plaza Partnership received a check for $800,000 from Chase on Nov. 26 to ensure that the Corona Plaza, known as “La Placita,” located at 103rd Street at Roosevelt Avenue, will have the support they need to keep up with its maintenance and clean the public plaza.

To celebrate the announcement of the Leadership Gift from Chase, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) joined Dept. of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, representatives from the Queens Museum of Art and the Queens Economic Development Corp.

“Because our community deserves the same kind of public amenity as any other, we have rallied around the Plaza Program and this site for more than five years,” Ferreras said in a statement.

La Cumbiamba provided the music at the plaza and local children from PS 16 released ladybugs to showcase the transformative power of neighborhood plazas.

The NPP works with the DOT’s Plaza Program to help stabilize the City’s neighborhoods with affordable, high-quality plaza maintenance and horticulture via the workforce development programs of The Horticultural Society and the Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless.