PS 151 opens new schoolyard

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After decades without proper play space, the kids at PS 151 near the Boulevard Gardens apartment co-ops in Woodside finally have a full schoolyard.

The brand-new yard features different types of colorful jungle gyms, basketball courts, a turf field and so much more.

For 21 years, trailer classrooms for the special needs students at PS 255 sat in the yard. The trailers were not good for learning, and the lack of a schoolyard made recess a dull affair.

In fact, current Assemblyman Brian Barnwell, who reps Woodside, was a student at PS 151 when the trailers went in. He’s now in his 30s!

Faculty, staff, parents and especially children were thrilled by the yard opening last week.

For more reaction and information, check out the article in this week’s LIC/Astoria Journal newspaper.

 

Corner by St. Sebastian’s school finally gets all-way stop

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The corner of 57th Street and Woodside Avenue has been a dangerous spot for Woodside residents.

It was the site of a fatal incident last year, and at least a dozen people have been injured here over the past few years.

After a concerted push by community board leaders, elected officials and school administrators, the Department of Transportation has finally installed an all-way stop sign at the intersection.

As you know, this corner is not only near St. Sebastian’s Catholic Academy, but PS 11, Doughboy Park and other schools nearby. Cars often use 57th Street to cut through Woodside down from Queens Boulevard.

Thanks to advocacy from residents, this intersection will be a little safer for everyone to cross.