Defend Little Manila: News & Resources




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  3. Make a plan to attend: Defend Little Manila: The Public Hearing – November 3, 2016
  4. Make a plan to attend: Defend Little Manila: The Community Forum – October 22, 2016


Threat of gentrification worries ‘Little Manila’ in Queens (GMA News, 10/11/16)

Gentrification, critics argued before a Queens Community Board 2 hearing on September 27, will bring a “myriad of economic and social repercussions.” They said that the three-year project will further congest the corner of 69th Street and Woodside which is already a chokepoint and clog up the communities of Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, and Elmhurst.

Plan for 5-Story Church in Woodside Sparks Worries Over Parking (DNAinfo, 9/30/16)

Locals are bristling over a church’s plan to build a 5-story house of worship on Roosevelt Avenue, saying the project is too large and would end up taking over parking in the Filipino commercial hub known as Little Manila.

Woodside residents are troubled by this church’s plan to build a bigger facility (QNS, 9/30/16)

[Dela Cruz] also said that the three-year construction period would severely impact traffic in the area. The church is located near the Brooklyn Queens Expressway and Roosevelt Avenue is notorious for congestion issues. The 150-space parking lot would have an entrance and exit located on the avenue. “The fact that they’ve chosen exit and entrance right on Roosevelt Avenue – that’s wild,” Cruz said. “It’s egregious. I don’t see any other facility on Roosevelt Avenue that does that.”

Community opposes church on steroids (Queens Crap, 9/30/16)

Church Plans Draw Ire in ‘Little Manila’ (Voices of NY, 9/30/16)

At a Queens Community Board 2 public hearing held Sept. 27, The FilAm reports that critics of the proposed five-story structure took issue with what they consider a forthcoming “‘myriad of economic and social repercussions’” and “disrespect for the ‘cohesive and historic character of the neighborhood.’” As construction would take three years to complete, locals also had concerns it would hurt small businesses in the vicinity. Then, once completed, the existing difficulties with street parking would only get worse.


Woodside residents critical of proposed Mega-Church on Roosevelt Avenue (Sunnyside Post, 9/29/16)

Community members expressed concerns with the size, scope, and scale of the project, as well as concerns over how it could affect traffic and transportation issues, could bring in gentrification and impact small businesses in the neighborhood, and could have negative consequences for those residing nearby.

Emotions run high at megachurch meeting (Queens Chronicle, 9/29/16)

“Logistically, other neighbors said the new church would block homes on 38th Avenue from receiving sunlight, the traffic congestion caused by the three-year construction period would “devastate” area businesses and congregation membership would soar over 1,000 once the larger prayer space is opened.”


Mega Church Planned for corner of Roosevelt and 69th Street (Jackson Heights Post)

“Keehan-Smith said that the Land Use committee first heard of the project at the beginning of the summer, and she has several reservations about approving the new variance. She said that the size, scale and scope are concerning to her. The proposed building stands nearly 30 feet higher than any surrounding building, and it could cause issues with ventilation and blocking out sunlight, which could impact the quality of life for those living nearby.”

Core Coalition Members

  • Filipino American Democratic Club of New York (FADCNY)
  • Anakbayan New York
  • Queens Anti-Gentrification Project
  • UniPro
  • National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON)
  • Ugnayan

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