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Ever since June, Queens residents have been taking full advantage of a state appellate court ruling allowing specially licensed green livery cars to accept street hails.
But with the landslide election this month of Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio, the program faces an uncertain future, and City Council members representing some of the areas where the Granny Smith-green cabs have been most popular are not commenting as to just where they stand on the matter.
Trees are finally back in Shady Park after being wrecked during Hurricane Sandy.
On Nov. 20, local residents joined Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria), Friends of Shady Park and the Long Island City Partnership to celebrate the restoration of Andrews Grove in Long Island City, affectionately referred to as Shady park.
Art of Ink in America, “Gesture and Beyond,” Godwin Ternbach Museum at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, thru Dec. 30, Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; opening reception, Thursday, Nov. 21, 6-8 p.m. An East/West exhibition of contemporary calligraphy.
The City Council’s Public Safety Committee, chaired by Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), held a hearing on the councilman’s proposed law that would require the Police Department to submit reports of crime in all parks and playgrounds that are greater than one acre in size to the Council.
As it stands, the NYPD only discloses crime data from the city’s 31 largest parks.
Queens elected officials gathered for a peaceful political event on Saturday at Queens College to raise funds for the groups Big Buddy and Women and Work.
The cast featured borough city, state and federal legislators, including the lone Republican, Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), former Borough President Clare Shulman, her successor Helen Marshall, Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, and City Comptroller John Liu. The variety show featured singing, dancing, parodies of cinema, television and Broadway and costumes, including Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) in a rainbow wig. Tickets were $100 each.
The newly opened HANAC-PCA Senior Residence
Flea and farmers markets have become commonplace in the city, but the newly opened Queens Urban Mkt in Long Island City has its sights set a bit higher than a typical shopping venue.
The market, which opened this summer on Northern Boulevard, is more a hodgepodge of several things. Part incubator, part education center and part foodie paradise, the Urban Mkt is looking to create a completely different shopping experience.
For the first time in two decades, the District 22 City Council seat will not be taken up by a member of the Vallone family.
Due to term limits, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) will be stepping down from the post he has had for 12 years.
The City Council voted overwhelmingly to approve a school at the site of Keil Brothers Garden Center in Bayside Hills, despite the plan having being delayed and thought to be dead.
The Council approved the 416-seat school Thursday 36-2, with Council members Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) and Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) voting no. Vallone’s brother, Paul, is the councilman-elect for the district that includes portions of Bayside Hills.
A new school is coming to Woodside and elected officials and many members of the community couldn’t be happier.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) was joined last Thursday by Assemblyman Michael Den Dekker (D-Jackson Heights), representatives from the School Construction Authority and Woodside on the Move, Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley and PS 11 principal Anna Efkarpides to break ground on PS 399, a new school set to open in 2015.
After a few bumps along the road, the Hellenic-American Neighborhood Action Committee with the Presbyterian Church of Astoria along with dozens of supporters gathered on Friday to celebrate the grand opening of HANAC-PCA Senior Residence at 31-34 35 St. in Astoria.
“HANAC-PCA Senior Residence is a critical example of how under utilized, faith-based sites can be used to create new housing in a city where land is scarce and the need for affordable housing is great,” said John Kaiteris, the executive director and CEO of HANAC. “With HANAC-PCA Senior Residence, not only can the building’s 90 seniors age in place gracefully but also get the care, socialization and attention the deserve.”
The stop and frisk debate continues and now a new study has been thrown into the mix.
The New York Attorney General’s Office released a report last week that supports the claim that the policy targets mostly young men of color and did not reduce crime.
From moving lines to cartoons so realistic they could possibly be mistaken for people, computer graphics have come a long way since they were first used. And in just two hours on a damp Sunday afternoon, visitors were able to see two-decades worth of significant progress in computer graphics at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria — and hear about them from an expert.
Tom Sito, an animator who has worked on projects for Disney classics and DreamWorks, presented parts of the New Age: Computer Shorts program, along with Dean Winkler, who has focused more on the technical side of the computer graphics spectrum. Both have been in the business for years and have seen the industry change and grow each step of the way.
Street artists and activists are calling the recent paint job on 5Pointz “art genocide” after waking up on Tuesday to learn that the aerosol arts mecca was painted over.
The building, once covered with hundreds of pieces created by artists from around the world, is now nothing more than a storage space for food vendors, and 5Pointz founder Jonathan “Meres” Cohen is feeling the blow.
The City Council voted overwhelmingly to approve a school at the site of the current Keil Brothers Garden Center in Bayside Hills, despite the plan having being delayed and thought to be dead.
Anyone who calls his memoir, “The Gospel According to Josh: A 28-Year Gentile Bar Mitzvah,” must have a strong sense of humor.
And so it is with Astoria resident Joshua Rivedal, an actor, playwright and international public speaker, who has turned a rough time in his life into an uplifting personal story.
I would like to comment on last week’s article “Teaching kids to fight for a healthy lifestyle” (multiple editions).
I was immediately drawn to the title, and for different reasons than what the crux of the article was about. I am in the middle of a world of enlarging proportions; in the health field, everyone is getting bigger. Unfortunately, even the kids.
It seems modern America is set up in a way that kids are destined to become fat, and that they must “fight for a healthy lifestyle,” indeed; otherwise, they have nowhere to go but inevitably towards obesity.
The article was about a Forest Hills boxing club that visited an elementary school, trying to “promote good health and fun exercise alternatives.” I’ve heard both sides of the argument of promoting boxing and other fighting sports to young kids as a healthy form of fitness, and that topic alone could take up a whole editorial itself. My point is, these guys were trying. In the modern day of laziness and ultra-convenience items, this club is trying to be active, reaching out to our youth. They can see that you must fight, figuratively, I guess literally, to avoid the fat epidemic.
This article couldn’t be more timely: national Childhood Obesity Awareness Month was two months ago, the “Obesity Summit” was last month and this month I am receiving an invitation to “Obesity Week 2013,” another conference dedicated to the subject. It seems there are meetings everywhere, every month, trying to battle obesity.
Furthermore, I am a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, and I get emails from them all the time. They are committed to convincing the world that exercise itself is medicine, and it may be the key factor in making a dent in the soaring rates of chronic diseases in America. As a father of two little ones, I am already seeing the barrage of advertising and influencing factors that tell our kids that it is okay to be lazy and have everything done by computer. Here in Astoria, I have seen an increase in fitness studios and exercise centers in the last 13 years, but I don’t see enough youth, teenagers and those in their 20s attending classes.
Please, at this point it doesn’t really matter what form of exercise kids do, whether boxing or other, let’s at least encourage them to do something!
Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz on Wednesday released the outlines of a nine-point economic development plan she said she will implement to create jobs and sustainable development in Queens while also rebuilding areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
The former city councilwoman and state assemblywoman said her experience in government will be key in getting the job done.
Local parents and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) are aiming to bring the first ever dual-language French program to Astoria.
“Growing up in a bilingual household, I’m well aware of the benefits and unique cultural awareness for those who grow up speaking two languages,” Simotas said during a recent information session. “I applaud the efforts of these engaged parents who are working to establish cross-cultural learning opportunities here in western Queens.”
Guerino Annarumma, a 54-year-old Long Island City resident pleaded guilty to manslaughter for shooting his stepdaughter and critically wounding his estranged wife in Dec. 2011 in the Astoria residence they once shared.
According to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, the assaults took place on the day Annarumma and his wife’s divorce trial was scheduled to begin in Supreme Court.
At one of the law firms she applied to, Geraldine Ferraro made it through five rounds of interviews before hearing a “no.” The simple and acceptable reason back then: They weren’t hiring any women that year. But as 1984 Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale said, this wife, mother, teacher and lawyer “had a lot of fire” and wasn’t about to let that stop her. Her drive led her to become the first female vice presidential nominee on a major party ticket.
Ferraro kept her mother’s surname in the public eye in her honor. Her widowed mother worked as a seamstress to make sure Geraldine went to college at a time when women were largely expected to be housewives. She became the first female in the family to receive a degree and used it to teach at PS 85 in Astoria.
Everybody liked Anita Smith. She was friendly, patient and a good friend. But on May 24, 2000 her short life of 22 years ended in a Wendy’s freezer in downtown Flushing.
Smith, of South Jamaica, was one of five employees killed by a disgruntled former co-worker who had a penchant for robbing fast-food restaurants. Two others were shot but survived.