Uni reading room helps celebrate big gift to NYC plazas

Today, the Uni was on hand for a special ceremony at Corona Plaza: NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and NYC Council Member Julissa Ferreras announced an $800,000 gift from Chase to maintain pedestrian plazas in under-resourced neighborhoods. This was our tenth reading room deployment to Corona Plaza—our 59th overall—and a great way to round out 2013.

The investment from Chase will have a dramatic impact on plazas that the Uni visits regularly. The ceremony also marks the creation of a new entity called Neighborhood Plaza Partnership that will assist plaza partners with maintenance and make improvements. This is a smart move, as there will now be an organization to help build on the dramatic, initial impact of these newly created public spaces.

We’re proud to play a role in the story of these plazas, and we’re very excited to return in the spring. Read on, Queens.

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Corona Uni

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We were pleased to be joined by kids from PS 16 for the event.

Uni Librarian Leigh knows best way to make friends—open our best pop-up book.

Uni Librarian Leigh knows best way to make friends—just open our best pop-up book…

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Corona Uni

Corona Uni

Corona Uni

Corona Uni

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Planting bulbs with The Horticultural Society.

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Corona Uni

Jeff Malamy from NYC DOT Commissioner’s Office handing out bike maps and guides which we now offer in the Uni.

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Corona Uni

Jose Serrano of the Queens Museum digs into the Uni collection while awaiting the ceremony.

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Corona Uni

Corona Uni

DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and civic leaders announce $800,000 gift to Plazas from Chase.

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Andy Wiley-Schwartz, Assistant DOT Commissioner for Public Space with the new DOT books in our collection.

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Just a couple of musicians in public space. David Byrne lives and bikes in NYC, and he spoke at today’s ceremony.

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That’s a wrap at Corona and the 2013 Uni season! Thanks to everyone who made this possible. Read on.

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