As the newly elected president, Frank Wu hopes to improve the Long Island City neighborhood, particularly on the issues of parks and schools.
“We as a neighborhood are a lot younger than Hunters Point, but we have our own needs and concerns,” Wu said.
As Long Island City continues to grow rapidly, parents are finding that there are not enough school seats for their children.
In recent months, the civic group, working with local elected officials, secured $60 million from the city for a school. But Wu noted that they’re still looking for a place to build it.
“We’re putting a lot of pressure to find a site,” he said.
Wu added that Court Square will need even more seats to meet the population growth.
Another challenging issue is open space. According to Wu, Court Square has among the least amount of open space per acre in the city.
On this issue, the civic organization also scored a victory. In October, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer struck a deal to convert the lots under the Queensboro Bridge ramps into open space.
The $5.5 million effort will add 50,000 square feet of open space to the community.
Wu said the space won’t be available to the NYPD moves its approximately 150 cars out. He also said the $5.5 million is just a start.
The Court Square Civic is focusing on other quality-of-life issues like parks, libraries and subway services. Wu also represents the group in community councils for Amazon and Sunnyside Yard.
But for now, school seats and the ramp lots are his top priorities.
“Those are the two biggest things,” Wu said.