2017-01-25 / Front Page

Queensbridge Celebrates Full Year Without Gun Violence

Community members came together Thursday, January 19th to celebrate 365 days without gun violence at the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, the nation’s largest public housing development.  This is the first time in over a decade that the development has gone a year without a shooting.

A number of approaches led to this year of peace: greater investments in arts and after-school programs at the Jacob Riis Center and nearby schools, better security features in the development, including lighting and security cameras, community engagement from PSA 9 and the 114th Precinct, and the Cure Violence program, funded by Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, which aims to meet people at risk of committing violence where they are.

“It took concerted efforts from many people and organizations to reach this victory,” said City Council Majority Leader Van Bramer. He commented that today’s Queensbridge is a far cry from years past, when residents suffered from regular shootings and violence. “I look forward to working with all of our community partners to extend the 365 days of peace for days, months, and years to come.”

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