Welcome to the Briarwood Action Network!

What We're All About

The Briarwood Action Network (BAN!) is a neighborhood civic group dedicated to improving
the quality of life in Briarwood, Queens.

The Briarwood Action Network is a Briarwood community organization committed to
providing a forum for the diverse members of the community to inform and express
themselves on the full range of issues affecting Briarwood. We host informational
meetings on a variety of topics, we rally our neighbors together for beautification and
improvement of the community, we bring community needs to officials and representatives
and we bring officials and representatives to the community. We love Briarwood and work
tirelessly to build a stronger community.

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       Autumn paid a gracious visit to Hoover Park on Saturday, October 18,
2014, the date of Briarwood Action Network’s seventh “It’s My Park Day” event.

       Neighborhood residents, as well as friends of BAN from outside
Briarwood, gathered together in the park on a gloriously crisp day to plant
tons of daffodils, rake leaves and twigs, and sweep up and collect trash. The
sun smiled on the park as multitudes energetically cleaned and beautified our
treasured green space.  Park Day has become a “go to” event for community-
minded kids. Students from nearby schools, including PS 86, PS 99, PS 117,
MS 217, JHS 157 Stephen A Halsey, JHS 190 Russell Sage, and the Young
Women’s Leadership Academy, enthusiastically contributed to and enjoyed
the day’s events. Dedicated volunteers of all ages pitched in to help however
they could. As always, this event drew the happy and energetic participation of
both the young and the young at heart.

       It wasn't all hard work. A candy-filled Halloween piñata generated squeals
of delight from the kids. Jazz trombonist David White and his band mates
provided us with an elegant and cool jazz music background to the day’s

       We were joined by other active community institutions including Friends
of Maple Grove Cemetery, Friends of Briarwood Library (which provided
storytelling for the children), and the Queens Blvd. Kiwanis group.  Each of
these organizations is, in its way, focused on education and community welfare
and improvement; and they were all a great addition to the day.

       Pizza and dessert were, once again, donated by our generous business
supporters Alba Restaurant, Pani Dolci Bakery and the Flagship Diner.  
Melrose Credit Union made a generous financial contribution as well.

       On behalf of BAN, we express our deepest appreciation to all who
participated in this fall’s Hoover Park cleanup, whether by their labor or their
presence and support.  For those who were not able to join us, we hope to
see you at our next Park Day event in spring 2015.

Click here to see pictures on BAN’s Facebook page.

Click here to go to the photo gallery on BAN’s website.

       BAN thanks you for your continuing support!  Let’s all keep up the good

Sylvia Sherman, Vice President and Park Day Project Manager
Aida Vernon, President