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Van Bramer Announces Extra $3.7 Million in Funding for Rainey Park

Van Bramer announced the funding on Friday (Jimmy Van Bramer)

Aug. 25, 2019 By Shane O’Brien

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer has announced that he has allocated $3.7 million toward a major revamp of Rainey Park–a waterfront park located on the border of Astoria and Long Island City.

The allocation comes on top of a $3 million allocation Van Bramer secured from the city’s 2016 fiscal budget–and $800,000 allotted by the Queens Borough President. All told, the park will be undergoing a $7.5 million overhaul.

Renovations to the 8-acre park will include improvements to the park’s play areas, athletic fields, sidewalks and green spaces. This will be the first upgrade to Rainey Park in over a decade, according to Van Bramer.

The $3.7 million was secured as part of the city’s 2020 fiscal budget and was announced by Van Bramer on Friday.

Rainey Park, located on Vernon Boulevard between 34th Avenue and 33rd Road (Photo: Jackie Strawbridge)

Van Bramer said that the upgrades will be of great benefit to the community and nearby schools.

“It provides much-needed green space to the surrounding Astoria and Long Island City areas,” Van Bramer said. “It is critical that we continually invest in our parks and provide all children and families with the beautiful, modernized public open spaces that they deserve.”

Van Bramer also said that he would be working with NYC Parks to ensure that community input is incorporated into the new designs and renovations implemented in the park.

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Domingo Mojica

What it’s a shame is that this press seeker JVB is still around, after destroying so many service workers jobs, with Amazon’s 25 thousands jobs there were also many many more thousands of peripherals jobs gone, jobs for the middle and lower class of Queens


Another softball issue for Jimmy!

How about an update on the 25,000 jobs you owe western Queens?

Fire JVB… Jimmy must go!


Jimmy is very quiet on the opportunity he gave away in Amazon and what his Plan B is.

Sara Ross

Where is all of this money coming from? I’m glad it’s being used for parks and not for things we don’t need.


Is the transvestite ground breaking ceremony, followed by the drag queen children’s reading time this Saturday or next?

I never saw Giuliani swing a sledge hammer

It’s a shame you socialists can’t respect our former Republican drag queen mayor


Very nice to hear. This is a great park and used by plenty of families on the weekend. It’s a shame that the baseball field is dilapidated and the field is uneven with holes in it.


Queensbridge Park House still not done. Fields are in bad shape there too. Grass gets so long during summer and fields so uneven especially the outfields of all of them. It is a shame JVB can’t fix these fields. Too worried about Drag Queen Story Hour and Pink Statue for half a million dollars.

What's wrong with Giuliani Story Hour?

It’s a shame you don’t respect Giuliani, he was there for our city when we needed him.


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