You are reading

Plans Underway for Buddhist Community Center on 24th Street

Location of future Buddhist temple (Photo: Google)

July 9, 2018 By Tara Law

Plans are underway to construct a 3-story Buddhist community center in Long Island City, a representative from the organization said Monday.

A national Buddhist community organization called Soka Gakkai International-USA intends to construct a 15,000 square foot community center at 40-40 24th St. The new building will include a religious assembly space, a bookstore, a coffee lounge and various meeting rooms.

Soka Gakkai International-USA promotes the practice of Nichiren Buddhism, a sect which emphasizes the teachings of 13th Century Buddhist priest Nichiren. The organization leads some 100 centers across the country, including a location on 15th Street in Manhattan.

Clifford Sawyer, Sokka Gakkai’s vice president of administration, said that the new center will embody the organization’s mission— to promote peace, community and education about Buddhism.

Saywer said that members of his organization are “extremely excited” about expanding to Long Island City.

“We’re looking forward to establishing a presence in the community and reaching out to neighbors,” said Sawyer.

The center will offer a range of community activities, including religious services, cultural performances, youth-targeted programming, lectures and seminars.

The building will offer a variety of meeting spaces, including a landscaped lounge area that will be located on the building’s roof.

The community decided to build the new center because the Manhattan location can no longer accommodate the growing community, Sawyer said.

The organization filed demolition permits for an existing two-story building on the property on July 3, and demolition is already underway, Sawyer said. Building permits have not yet been filed.

Sawyer estimated that construction will begin late this year or early next year and will last about 14 months. The organization aims to open the new center in 2020.

email the author: [email protected]


Click for Comments 

me spelled backwards is enlightenment. i hope i can go here. it’s my right. i am going to pee outside so everyone knows this is dog friendly. i will be reincarnated and come back as dog, highest form of life.


The FAKE MRLIC wrote the July , 2018 comment on DumBlasio and JVB and Big Enlightenment.


Oh great more proof that DUMBlasio is in the pockets of Big Enlightenment. That or JVB was promised kickbacks in the form of eternal nirvana in order to allow the building permit.

Forget overcoming suffering and the cycle of death & rebirth, let’s work on the cycle of getting on and off the overcrowded 7 train first. The only buddha-shaped deity I worship is Trump.


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

Gunman who fired shots at the Ravenswood Houses in Long Island City remains at large: NYPD

Police from the 114th Precinct in Astoria and PSA 9 are continuing their search for a gunman who allegedly opened fire at the Ravenswood Houses in Long Island City last month.

The incident occurred during the early morning hours of Wednesday, Jan. 18, when officers responded to a 911 call and a ShotSpotter activation for multiple shots fired at 21-25 35 Ave. at the Ravenswood Houses NYCHA complex just after 2 a.m., according to authorities.

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. 

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.

Long Island City teen sentenced in fatal shooting of ‘beloved’ school teacher at Queensbridge Houses in 2020: DA

A Long Island City man on Friday, Jan. 28, was sentenced to 19 years in prison for the 2020 fatal shooting of a public school social studies teacher who was out walking his dog when he was caught in the crossfire during a confrontation between gang rivals in broad daylight, just blocks from his home, according to Queens District Attorney’s office.

Ike Ford, 19, of 12th Street, in Long Island City, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree before Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder. The teacher, George Rosa, 53, was shot in his abdomen by a stray bullet fired by Ford, who was just 17 years old at the time of the shooting but was sentenced as an adult given the severity of the crime, according to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.