Queensbridge, Nation’s Largest Housing Development, Celebrates One Year without Violence
THURSDAY, January 19, community members came together to celebrate 365 days without gun violence at 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 approached 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 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 Jimmy Van Bramer. “Today’s Queensbridge is a far cry from years past, when residents complained of 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.”