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Children Using Art to Help Save Businesses on Bridge

The Save Kew Gardens Coalition

June 13, 2017 By Jason Cohen

Children in Kew Gardens are pitching in to help save the businesses on Lefferts Blvd. Bridge.

The Potter’s Wheel, located at 120-33 83rd Ave., Kew Gardens, is holding a free event tomorrow from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., where kids are invited to use art as their medium, and make collages and flags in support of keeping the bridge that will be displayed in local businesses.

All supplies will be provided by the workshop.

“Bridges build relationships and foster ties in so many ways,” the flier about the event reads. “The Lefferts Blvd Bridge has made a tremendous impact on our community affecting the lives of the people of all ages who live here. Using art as your medium let your voices be heard.”

The MTA is debating whether to demolish the bridge that goes over the Long Island Railroad on Lefferts Boulevard, leaving 13 business owners in the heart of Kew Gardens worried about their future.

For more than 90 years the bridge over the Long Island Railroad has been home to mom and pop businesses. The MTA and LIRR own the bridge and surrounding land. The bridge has been falling apart for several years and is in dire need of repair, business owners and officials agree.

Kew Gardens residents, business owners and activists have put together The Save Kew Gardens Coalition that aims to save the bridge and launched an online petition on Change.org, which had nearly 3,000 signatures as of this morning.

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