CB 6 HELPS HAPPY LAND CLEANUP
Community Board 6 held a cleanup day on Saturday, March 23 at the Happy Land Monument to rid the site of debris and repaint its fence and benches prior to the annual ceremony commemorating
the tragedy’s 29th anniversary on Monday, March 25. The monument is a tribute to the 87 people who died in a tragic arson fi re at a social club called Happy Land in 1990.
CB 6, Partnerships for Parks, NYC Parks, 48th Precinct Youth Leadership Council, 48th Precinct Law Enforcement Explorers and Murphy
Community Centers members volunteered their time sprucing up the Plaza of the Eighty-Seven. Photo by Aracelis Batista
Miguel Soriano helped removed wilted plantings
from the memorial plaza.
Photo by Aracelis Batista
OCASIO-CORTEZ SPEAKS AT NAACP MEETING
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was the keynote speaker at the NAACP Parkchester Branch’s General Meeting on Sunday, March 24 at St Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.
(l-r) Parkchester branch of NAACP Board of the Directors Christopher Oyathelemi, treasurer;
Samanta Oyathelemi; Ocasio-Cortez; Jessica Harrison, president; Kai Butcher, Membership
chair and Danielle McCoy, Education chair. Photo by Laura Stone
PARQ celebrated its grand opening on Saturday,
March 23 at 4001 E. Tremont Avenue.
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NAACP Parkchester Branch’s Jessica Harrison (l) and Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez (r) with
Jacob Smith (c), a 9-year-old Parkchester resident, with his mother Jouli Yohannes, sister
Isabella and brother Solomon Smith. Smith’s question on education was the fi rst question
selected to be asked during a Q&A with the congresswoman. Photo by Laura Stone
PARQ owner Benny Colon welcomed everyone
to his eatery. Photo by Silvio Pacifi co