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City Council Approves “Diversity Plaza” As Formal Name

Diversity Plaza

Diversity Plaza

Feb. 11, 2016 By Michael Florio

Diversity Plaza will soon officially go by that name.

Last week the City Council approved new names for 42 thoroughfares and public places in New York City, including the small Jackson Heights public space already known as “Diversity Plaza.”

Diversity Plaza is about a block long public space off of 37th Road that falls between 73rd and 74th Streets. It has hosted holiday celebrations, pop-up libraries, Community Board 3 meetings, and was a gathering place for mourners after the Nepal earthquake in 2015.

“Diversity Plaza has become the cultural crossroads of the world,” Councilman Daniel Dromm, who requested the plaza naming, said. “It is the place people turn to when disasters occur in their homelands, and is home to many exciting cultural events.”

Dromm also recognized the local groups who have championed this public space.

“On the occasion of Diversity Plaza’s formal naming, I would like to thank SUKHI New York, the Friends of Diversity Plaza, the Neighborhood Plaza Partnership, the NYC Department of Transportation and the many other community members who have worked tirelessly to make Diversity Plaza the vibrant and welcoming place it is today,” he said.

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Joel Jason

Diversity Plaza needs to be cleaned up and paved or cobble-stoned so that it looks like a “plaza.” As it stands now, it is just cordoned off with barricades, dirty, and not special at all. Planting trees and providing benches would make it more “park-like”…. with perhaps a fountain at it’s center.

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