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Sanitation Dept. sets date for
Astoria street cleaning regulations
BY MAX PARROTT
Th e Department of Sanitation recently
announced that it will restore the new street
cleaning and alternate side parking regulations
in Astoria eff ective Monday, Sept. 16.
Th e new system will provide 90-minute
cleaning once per week on both sides
of the street.
Th e bounds of the area where the DOT
will implement the street cleaning are as
North: Astoria Park South (included)
from Shore Boulevard to 21st Street
South: Broadway (included) from 21st
Street to Vernon Boulevard
East: 21st Street (not included) from
Astoria Park South and Hoyt Avenue
South to Broadway
West: East River from Broadway to
Astoria Park South
Th e changes do not aff ect the 8 a.m.
to 6 p.m. rules, parking meters or any
rules which are not Street Cleaning
For more information, contact 311 or
Queens Community Board 1 at 718-
Photo courtesy of Queens Botanical Garden
Located at the Pebble Yard by the Education Building in the Garden, the Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange.
Queens Botanical Garden gets fi rst Little Free Library
BY CARLOTTA MOHAMED
Education Building, the Little Free
“It takes a village to raise a child and
Library is a “take a book, return a book”
our school hopes to take the initiative and
free book exchange. Anyone may take a
play an active role in helping, not only the
book or bring a book to share. Th e goals
families in our school, but the families
A Flushing school teacher along with
of the Little Free Library are to build community,
all over our community to become lifelong
Councilman Peter Koo and Queens
spark creativity and inspire readers.
readers,” Yung said. “Th e Little Free
Botanical Garden introduced the fi rst
Library, funded through DonorsChoose.
Free Little Library at the Garden with
Andy Yung, a pre-K teacher at P.S.
org, will allow us to take those fi rst steps
a green ribbon-cutting ceremony on
244Q Th e Active Learning Elementary
in getting books into the hands of the
School, said the gift of literacy is a gift that
children in the Flushing community, the
Located at the Pebble Yard by the
sparks an endless cycle of giving.
same community I grew up in, which
holds a very special place in my heart.”
According to Yung, there may be some
children who don’t have access to books
at home and aren’t exposed to them,
since parents cannot aff ord to buy books
or have the time or commitment to take
their children to the library.
Th at’s when Yung realized there are
other families in the community that may
experience the same dilemma, he wrote
on the DonorsChoose.org page.
“Th e Little Free Library gives the members
of our community access to books
to take home. We now have one directly
in front of our school, one in our playground
for our kids to read during recess,
and we have established a partnership
with our local botanical garden to house
another library there so we can broaden
our impact and give our community the
gift of literacy,” Yung said on the website.
Koo thanked Yung and Queens
Botanical Garden for creating new ways
to involve and educate children.
“Th e Little Free Library is a great way
for our local school kids to get engaged
with one of the borough’s most unique
cultural institutions right in their backyard,”
Koo said. “‘Take a book, return a
book’ gives kids a chance to share their
favorite stories and get excited about discovering
new stories from their peers.”
Queens Botanical Garden Assistant
Director Rebecca Wolf said, “With the
Little Free Library, we’re now also welcoming
our visitors to share books with
each other and to promote literacy.”