On August 28th, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and Lorraine Grillo, President of the School Construction Authority (SCA), visited the brand new Academies of Film and Television/Hunters Point South Community Middle School in Long Island City. This school is just one of the five new ones currently being opened to the public beginning this September. The five new schools were created in order to alleviate the extreme overcrowded classrooms of the older, local schools currently located in and around Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside, and Astoria.
Also on August 28th, Council Member Van Bramer and several other city officials, such as Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica White among others, attended the official opening ceremony of Hunters Point South Park, a 5.5 acre waterfront park located alongside the East River in Long Island City. The new park contains a central green, playground, waterside promenade, 13,000-square-foot pavilion housing comfort stations, and an elevated cafe plaza. Council Member Van Bramer helped to expand the park's natural green space by allocating $320,000 in capital funding towards that endeavor.
Finally, on August 25th the Council Member distributed hundreds of free bicycle helmets to children and their families living in the Ravenswood Housing district. In an effort to promote cycling safety, Council Member Van Bramer allocated $3,500 to the Department of Transportation in order to provide families from the 26th District with free safety equipment. This is the second year in a row that Council Member Van Bramer has sponsored the free bike helmet giveaways. Last year, his office distributed nearly 1,000 free helmets to seniors, children, families and commercial cyclists in Western Queens.