You are reading

Kew Gardens Resident Launches GoFundMe for Holiday Lights on Lefferts Boulevard

A Kew Gardens resident has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for holiday lights (Photo courtesy of EJ Sydell)

Oct. 18, 2022 By Max Murray

A Kew Gardens resident has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for holiday lights along Lefferts Boulevard.

EJ Sydell, a Community Board 9 member, has joined forces with two other residents in an attempt to raise $21,675 to light up the retail strip in Kew Gardens. The funds would pay for 10 holiday lights that would go up on Lefferts Boulevard from Kew Gardens Road through to Metropolitan Avenue.

“We want some much-needed festivity in our neighborhood,” Sydell said, who added that many Kew Gardens businesses also need local support this holiday season. She also said that many residents need some holiday cheer as they are unhappy about the construction of the borough-based jail in the area.

Sydell said that she took the initiative to launch the GoFundMe because Kew Gardens doesn’t have a chamber of commerce or Business Improvement District that could organize and fund the lights.

She said she seeks simple white 3D snowflakes, which would go up where the stores are located to help bring them business. The cost is $1,675 per snowflake, plus there are fees for permits and electricity.

Sydell said that she has partnered on the fundraiser with Miriam Kessler, who is part of the P.S. 99 Parents’ Association, and Nathalie Reid, who owned Thyme Health Market on the Lefferts Boulevard Bridge, which has closed.

She said that if they don’t raise the $21,675 needed to put up lights, the contributions will be redirected toward a P.S. 99 holiday project.

The proceeds will fund a children’s project where the students will make secular decorations for store windows and put them up on Thanksgiving weekend. The funds will pay for art supplies and white string lights.

To contribute, click here.

 

email the author: [email protected]

One Comment

Click for Comments 
Ben Weissman

This is a great idea. Morale is low, post-pandemic mood is blah at best. A little bit of lighting and decorations for all the holidays may be a nice addition. I hope it works out.

Reply

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Popular places where you can watch the Super Bowl in Queens

Feb. 2, 2023 By Tammy Scileppi

Hey, football fans! Game time is fast approaching, and across the city and here in Queens, you can feel the excitement brewing as the two teams prepare to take the field on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 12. So, kick back and watch the big game, and don’t miss Rihanna’s exciting performance during halftime. 

NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force investigating vandalism at Forest Hills church that has been targeted in the past

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating a case of criminal mischief at a Forest Hills house of worship in which a vandal threw a rock to intentionally damage its glass front door, according to authorities.

Police say that just before 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, police from the 112th Precinct were called to Grace Lutheran Church, located at 103-15 Union Tpke., after a man threw a rock and damaged the church’s front door.

Borough president hears from community members on budget needs throughout Queens

During a two-day public hearing on the mayor’s 2024 preliminary budget, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. listened to testimonies from 14 community board representatives, community stakeholders and members of the public on where the money should be spent in Queens. 

The public hearings were held both in-person and via Zoom on Monday, Jan. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Queens Borough Hall. The testimonials will be used to develop the Queens Borough Board’s FY24 preliminary budget priorities in the coming weeks. 

‘He didn’t deserve to die’: Borough President Richards leads emotional candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards held a candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols outside Queens Borough Hall Monday, Jan. 30 after Nichols’ death at the hands of police officers in Memphis, Tenn., made national headlines for the brutality in which the officers beat him.

Almost immediately after news broke about Nichols’ death, the Memphis police officers who beat him to death were fired and charged with murder. The police department released the body cam footage of the fatal beating on Jan. 27, but many people, including some at the vigil, have refused to watch it due to its extremely graphic nature.

BP launches new advisory panel for youth to become civically engaged in the future of Queens

In an effort to get more young people involved in civics, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards has created a new advisory panel known as the Youth and Young Adult Council to introduce the “youngest and fiercest” community advocates to both community service and organization.

Members of the advisory body will advocate concerns through means of community engagement by participating in one of two cohorts. The first will be made up of high school representatives between the ages of 13 and 17, while the second cohort will be comprised of young adults between the ages of 18 and 25.

These Queens eateries are participating in the upcoming NYC Restaurant Week

NYC Restaurant Week is underway, so nix that skillet and bring family and friends to your favorite neighborhood spot, or get inspired and break bread somewhere new and different. During this special citywide culinary event, food-lovers will enjoy curated menus and prix-fixe prices that are easy on the wallet.

Bookings began on Jan. 17 and are available until Feb. 12, and you can reserve a table at 30 participating Queens restaurants, along with hundreds more across the five boroughs.