Instead of cars, strollers and wheelchairs and cyclists roll in. A group of seniors unfurls chairs and gathers for daily bingo. Neighbors lay yoga mats on the asphalt for weekly classes and, a few yards away, sit in a circle for English-language lessons. Children at crafts tables fashion dream catchers out of paper plates, string, and beads; others scrawl flowers in chalk on the concrete medians.
This is the scene that has unfolded on the Queens corridor almost every day since May rain or shine as part of the citys Open Streets program.
Each morning at 8 a.m., about a dozen volunteers in orange safety vests drag barricades to close off a 26-block stretch of 34th Avenue in Jackson Heights. Soon, residents trickle onto the mile of road. Instead of cars, strollers and wheelchairs and cyclists roll in. A group of seniors […]
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