STARS OF HOPE, Rockaways

by Kevin Walsh

Heading north along Beach 121st Street in Belle Harbor for a Brownstoner Queens assignment, I was, at first, temporarily perplexed by the wood five-pointed stars affixed to hundreds of telephone poles along the main and side streets. I wasn’t surprised to learn that they are the work of an organization called Stars of Hope, initiated after an EF-5 tornado leveled Greensburg, Kansas in May 2007. Stars of Hope, supported by donations,  produces thousands of plain wood stars, which are then decorated by residents (especially children) of areas and neighborhoods devastated by acts of God and man, attaching them to public utility poles to help communities recover in spirit.



Lisanne! July 29, 2014 - 10:26 am

They were placed there over a year ago. This one I did not, even as I had photographed the structure it was in front of it. So I guess they came back and put up more.

Adam July 29, 2014 - 2:34 pm

I’m surprised that any of these are still up. I saw them mysteriously pop up on utility poles shortly after Sandy hit. You would be able to see them in Broad Channel along the main strip on Cross Bay.

Moleman August 3, 2014 - 2:47 pm

I’m surprised that some liberal idiots aren’t complaining because it says “Christ” and “God” and not Allah, Moe Hommid[sic] and Buddha.


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