BY YVETTE BROWN
City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), along with Annie Cotton-Morris, the president of Woodside Tenants Association, community members and the youth broke ground on the almost $500,000 improvements on the basketball courts and play area at the Woodside Houses.
“The residents of Woodside Houses deserve a modern basketball court and play area, not one that has fallen into disrepair,” said Van Bramer.
The courts and play area at the Woodside Houses have been poorly maintained for a while. The courts are deteriorated and uneven, which causes safety hazards to the youth who play basketball on them. They pose safety hazards to community residents as well because the basketball courts at the Houses host their annual Woodside Classics, where hundreds of sports fans from around the City come to the neighborhood to support the youth basketball tournament.
“We’ve been working to get repairs for this basketball court since 1985,” said Cotton-Morris. “This is more than just a basketball court—it’s an important axis and gathering place for our community.
This groundbreaking is one of many efforts that Van Bramer has undertaken to improve the conditions, especially outdoor spaces, for New York City Housing Authority Housing residents in his district. He has previously secured $87 million in funds for roof replacements at Queensbridge by working with the administration, as well as the nearly $6 million to restore the Queensbridge sea wall and park house.
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