Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Over 40 residents of the community showed up to help paint the 2500 square foot mural.
Thank you to all who put in their time to help make Rego Park beautiful!
To view the commercial click here
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Thank you also to those who have agreed to be on our advisory board for a fiscal sponsor until we have our own non profit status.
Thank you P.S. 174 for all of your help with the green wall project!
It's our community and we must be responsible when others aren't.
Thank you everyone for coming and helping to make a difference. What a fabulous event!
Thank you R&M Supermarket for dumping the trash bags for us :)
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
How did the idea come about?
While sitting at a jazz concert on Our Saviour's property several months ago, I saw a 400 square foot space sandwiched between Our Saviour Church and another building. In an area with no green space anything green is an opportunity. I spoke with Pastor Neil and asked if the Rego Park Green Alliance could create a park that could be used by the community. Pastor Neil and the congregation agreed.
What is the design?
If you look at the design, you'll see that with Colta Ives help we have created a quiet space for people to go to read and talk. Right outside of the garden is Honey Suckle that will evetually climb the fence. When you enter on the left will be some trumpet vines. On the right will be two raised beds, Further back, a clumping birch tree. At the rear, three kinds of evergreens. For ground cover, bark mulch. However, in some areas will have have a little rock to give the park some texture.
How can you help?
On November 14th we will start the transformation so if your available come down and help.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The Rego Park Green Alliance will be hosting four green walls in various commercial/school locations over the next couple of months. The walls are 2’ X 4’ and will contain mints,basil, choi, oregano, lettuce, and several other herbs and vegetables. We will also be hosting a residential wall for homes.
Our first wall will be hosted by Bamboo Moves ( http://www.bamboomovesnyc.com/index.php/forest-hills) . A fabulous yoga studio with great people and a lovely ambiance. They serve Rego Park, Kew Gardens, and Forest Hills.
Teach people why green walls are great for the environment and our health. Inspire youth to be catalysts of change
Get the community involved
We need people to host a plant( Rego Park Green Alliance will provide the plant) for three weeks providing it with love, care, and water. After you return the plant we will put it in a panel that will be mounted on a green wall and delivered to Bamboo Moves for three months.
We also need an artist to paint/design the green wall which is currently a cedar wood. Perhaps it could be painted green with lovely leaves. Just an idea. Please see wall image4 included below.
People to communicate via email and perhaps a meeting or two to discuss other potential host sites for a green wall.
We also have a 1X1 green wall unit that we would like to host in homes for one month. The host site will have to have some light. Each green wall will also include a journal in which we hope you will enter 1 or two recipes in which you use herbs from the green wall. The unit only needs two screws to be mounted to a wall. I have included a picture of one unit hosted in my home – image 2. We have used the herbs from our wall to create tea and a lovely pasta sauce.
This is an incredible project and we hope you will join us on this incredible adventure.
For additional questions please contact Yvonne at 917 597 3089.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
What an amazing concert we had on Saturday, September 19. The concert started at 6:00 and went until 7:30. Just long enough for the sun to set. This was the first concert in Rego Park in a long time and it was a joint venture between Our Saviour and the Rego Park Green Alliance. The organizer, Adam, did a fantastic job bringing it all together. Thank you to all who opened their minds and made this happen!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Green Walls are a great way to turn a community with no parks or public gardens into an oasis of flowers and vegetables. Green walls can be mounted to a wall or free standing. They are great for insulation, cooling retention, decreasing Co2, ecological encouragement, and more. The Rego Park Green Alliance is in the process of installing green walls on several sites in Rego Park. Imagine Rego Park with lush walls filled with strawberries, lettuce, and flowers.
If you wish to learn more about this project email us. We not only want to make an environmental contribiion to Rego Park but we wish to increase community involvement and train people in green jobs.
Rebecca (age 11)
Rego Park Green Alliance Youth Service
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Several members of the RPGA were invited to The Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. What an incredible opportunity to learn about geothermal energy, solar technology, and more.
The shades in the picture are useful and beautiful. They keep the sun out allowing the building to stay cooler on sunny days.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Markus Schwartz & the Lakou Brooklyn Quartet
On the Lawn at
Our Saviour Lutheran Church
63rd Drive & Wetherole
Saturday, September 12th
(Rain Date: September 19th)
What To Do
Relax On The Grass
Enjoy The Music & Meet Your Neighbors
Bring A Blanket & Picnic Basket
R.S.V.P to email@example.com
Adam Hinz l Rego Park Green Alliance lOur Saviour Lutheran Church
Thursday, August 13, 2009
The mural at P.S. 139 was painted yesterday, August 12. It looks fabulous. Everyone came out in full force, including the filming crew. Rego Park Green Alliance members should be very happy with how the mural looks. Many stayed and painted while the rain came pouring down.Today many kids were back in the park playing handball or basketball on the back courts. It was great to see the kids playing with the lovely bright mural in the background.
Rego Park has one dedicated group of volunteers, that's for sure!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Did you know RPGA wrote a book called A New York City Public School Goes Green? Several members who also illustrated the book were invited to give five copies to the New Haven Library. The book will be available in the main library and in several branches around New Haven. This is a picture of several members and the head of childrens' services at the main branch in New Haven.
Click Here To View Book Online In New Haven
Sunday, August 9, 2009
NYC Service selected the Rego Park Green Alliance to be a spokes group for volunteering in their community. What does this mean fo Rego Park? It means we are getting another mural compliments of NYC.
Eve Biddle and Shana Siegel are designing our mural and I must say I think it looks fantastic. Of course those who know me know I teach robotics and hydroponics so any mural that fuses the two has my undying support.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
We would like to determine the next community project for our membership. In order to do this we need your input. Past projects have included tree and daffodil planting, mural on 63rd Drive, hydroponics workshops, and book publication. Future projects should promote sustainability, education, beautification, and community involvement. Projects may be small or large. Please email me your thoughts and I will look to setup a meeting for us in the next couple of weeks at the library.
If you know of others who might be interested in being active in the community, please forward this email or send them to www.regoparkgreenalliance.org
We have also raised an additional 100 dollars in proceeds from the publishing of A New York City Public School Goes Green. The book can be purchased at Amazon
Rego Park Green Alliance
917 597 3089
Friday, July 24, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Thanks in part to Tony's Pizza for helping get the sidewalk under the mural paved. Thank you for taking the plants and replanting them in lovely pots. Also, we love the new plants and the trellis. Together we are making a difference, person by person, company by company, day by day.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
In early June Richard and Yvonne, co-founders of the Rego Park Green Alliance, were honored for their group's service to the community. The event was held at the Municipal Society in the Helmsley Hotel, where wine and cheese were served and the guests had a chance to schmooze and learn about other like -minded groups.
Monday, June 15, 2009
In October the P.S. 139 school community came together to plant 5 trees in the schoolyard. The trees are doing well however, they need a little soil to cover one exposed root. This week the Rego Park Green Alliance went to Home Depot and purchased soil and mulch. We will work with the school community to mulch and weed over the next two weeks.
Monday, June 8, 2009
What is the significance of the hand print mural & who designed it? Yvonne Shortt and Richard West of Rego Park decided to create a design that incorporated something of each participant into the wall. What better than the hand indelibly imprinted. Parents and kids joining together to press their hand on a wall, marking a certain period of celebration in their life. Yvonne & Richard also decided to plant succulents which are known to be drought tolerant in a recycled container on the design site.
The day arrived and it was perfect. Everyone showed up ready to work and have fun. It was amazing. Many say they want change but few are willing to take the time to make it happen. Thank you to all who did!
Click here to see some great pictures
Friday, June 5, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I thought I would use this forum to explain why Eve & Joshua incorporated Real Good into the mural. For information about the hand print mural please see the hand print blog entry.
Rego Park derives its name from the Real Good Construction Company which began operating in the neighborhood in the 1920's. This mural,
REAL GOOD, reanimates the optimism encoded in the name Rego to illuminate the 63rd Drive underpass. REAL and GOOD are the
neighborhood's genetic makeup and the expressed attributes of its present. Rego Park's ancestral association with construction suggests potential for future creation. The metamorphosis of the wall from dusty gray to vivid color reminds passers-by of possibility. We can control the image of the place in which we dwell through positive action.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Later that day, Rebecca and Clara, went around the neighborhood and took pictures in front of every store that had the sign taped up in their window. Some stores had the sign inside so we didnt get to take a picture with them.
Below is a list of several stores that took the flyer.
Card News Store (next to Natural ID)
Dr. Kalman ( His manager blew me away--she placed it in a really nice frame and placed it on their entrance table.)
Lady Care Beauty Salon
New Lux Nails
Rego Park Café
Rego Park Dental Clinic
Valley National Bank
Monday, June 1, 2009
As you walk along 63rd this week, look around and see which vendors supported the project by placing s flyer in ther window. And, don't forget to give them your business.
Tony's Pizza Place is one of many stores along 63rd that agreed to post the sign in their window.
Below is a list of stores that agreed to place a flyer in the window.
Rego Park Cafe
F.C. Discount Liquors & Wines NY Inc.
Gotham Home Decor
Davidoff Optical Center
Red Apple Development center
Columbia Chicken Restaurant
Mike, the owner of R&M, fixed his sidewalk in front of his store on Sunday, May 31st. R&M also worked with Royalty Waste Management to have their garbage picked up everyday instead of every three days.
What does this mean to our community? It means that now when kids walk to school they will hopefully no longer have to step over lettuce and other vegetables.
Thank You Mike!
(Mike poses with Elby, Rego Park Green Alliance Board Member)
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
A NYC Public School Goes Green
Robin is a student at PS139Q and wants to make a difference in her community. This is the story of how she finds her way.
A New York City Public School Goes Green is a fictionalized account of the accomplishments of the PS139Q Rego Park Green Committee. It was written to inspire schools and neighborhoods to form their own green committees to promote sustainability and beautification in Queens, New York City, and the world.
Looking for a fun activity to do this summer?
Recycle a 30 gallon drum and turn it into a planter. First, we went to Home Depot and purchased primer for plastic and fun colored paints. Next, we primed the container and waited two weeks. Then we had some finger fun. Stay tuned for some great pictures of vegetables we plant this summer.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Thanks to Rebecca West for her efforts on her science project (Growing Beans using Hydroponics) we were able to get a grant from United Healthcare to do workshops for the school.
It was fun to see all the kids working together and then eating some of the lettuce that Rebecca and her team grew in the school's greenhouse
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Rego Park Green Alliance Receives Another Grant Based On One of P.S. 139’s Very Own Science Projects By Rebecca West
Goal: Demonstrate through hands on education how soil-less (hydroponics) growth of herbs and vegetables is possible & can lead to a healthy lifestyle
Plan: Students will learn how to grow herbs and vegetables such as lettuce and Pak Choi without using soil; this same method is used by NASA on space shuttles and in Antarctica by research teams.
Date: April 2; Thursday
Length: 35 minutes
Place: School Yard
What We Will Do:
• Learn how to grow plants using only water, nutrients, hydroton, and seeds
• Understand how acidity and alkalinity affect plants
• Learn how to track your plants growth at www.regoparkgreencommittee.org
• Meet back in the schoolyard on April 23rd to see how your plant has progressed. Take one home, depending on availability
Please email Yvonne@kidstechlabs.com to register for this event.
Friday, March 20, 2009
The Rego Park Green Alliance worked with TreesNY and P.S. 139 to get trees planted in the schoolyard and get the kids educated about tree maintenance. Their work was featured on NY1. Congratulations to all the kids in robotics class who worked to make this possible.
Go Green Alliance!
Two months later, the plants were given to 12 classes so the kids could watch them grow. My youngest daughter took home some basil, how cute.
The grant will also be used to write and illustrate a 32 page book about the work that the Green Alliance has done in P.S. 139. The book will look to demonstrate how any school short on money but big on volunteer commitment can make a difference in their community. The Green Committee will send the book to other elementary schools in Queens, our city council officials, and other legislative officials to help promote the Green Alliance's projects in the future.
Another portion of the money will be used to plant additional bulbs in the school yard and around the school itself.