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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       Sunshine, smiles and good cheer were in abundance at BAN’s spring “It’s My Park
Day” event at Hoover Park on May 2, 2015. This was the eighth Park Day event organized
by BAN since we first brought Park Day activities to Briarwood in 2011! Over 125 people
showed up to help clean up and beautify the park in what has become a popular
community ritual. Those who attended were treated to a brilliantly sunny day with
comfortable temperatures and the wondrous sight of daffodils blooming in full springtime
glory from the bulbs that BAN planted in the fall.

       While most who came to sweep, rake, clean, and paint benches were residents of the
neighborhood, Park Day also drew those interested in engaging in community service
from outside of Briarwood. A dozen members of a Girl Scout troop in Jackson Heights –
eight and nine years old -- and their chaperones lent a helping hand, as did several
teenagers associated with a Jamaica community organization. We were also fortunate
enough to have senior members from the Alpha Kappa Alpha service sorority who pitched
in wherever necessary and even helped staff the food table, where they handed out tasty
pizza donated by Alba Restaurant and delicious desserts and pastries donated by Pani
Dolci Bakery and the Flagship Diner.

       We were once again joined by other community and service-oriented groups including
the Kiwanis Club’s Queens Blvd. chapter, Friends of Briarwood Library and Friends of
Maple Grove Cemetery.  We were very pleased that these partners of BAN chose to spend
time with us at another Park Day. BAN was also happy to welcome Transportation
Alternatives Queens Volunteer Committee as a first-time Park Day participant.  We look
forward to working with this group which advocates for safe streets for pedestrians and
drivers. As in previous Park Days, the Fire Department sent a member to educate the
crowd on fire prevention and safety. And the 107th Precinct was well represented by Police
Officers and auxiliary volunteer officers. We thank both the NYFD and NYPD for showing
their support of the community and being a shining example of the “serve” part of “protect
and serve.”

       No Park Day is complete without mentioning the impressive turnout by many
hardworking schoolchildren. Students from pre-K to high school do much to make Park
Day a success. This year volunteers included students from a variety of schools including
PS 117, MS 217, Russell Sage JHS 190, JHS 157 Stephen A Halsey School, and others.  
Our Park Day would not be Park Day without our student volunteers. So thanks, kids!

       Everyone did their part to make our park cleaner and more beautiful. We hope you
also got to meet and talk to your neighbors as well as enjoy some of the other Park Day
activities. There was storytelling and arts and crafts for the younger children. And we hope
everyone had a chance to enjoy the cool live music from the David White jazz ensemble.
Truly a treat for all!

       BAN sends thanks to Rory Lancman, who represents Briarwood in the New York City
Council and Scott Wolff, Constituent Services Director for New York State Assemblyman
Michael Simanowitz, for stopping by. We hope some of you got to chat with them.

       For those who were not able to join us, we hope to see you at our next Park Day event
this fall.

        On behalf, of BAN, we express our deepest appreciation to all who participated in this
spring’s Hoover Park cleanup, whether by their hard work or their presence and support.
We need you to help us continue the good work of making Briarwood a stronger
community. So hope to see you soon at a future BAN meeting or event!

Thank you for making this another great Park Day!

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