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Showgirls, eye-catching outfits and the stunning magic of Penn and Teller are things synonymous with the glitzy persona of Las Vegas, a city of sin almost 3,000 miles away.
Those mysterious aspects of Las Vegas that make it one of the most desirable tourist destinations in the country are exactly what magician Rogue hopes to use to draw people from all over the city to his newly opened magic bar and theater in Elmhurst.
Queens Library President Thomas Galante at a roundtable held recently. His salary and budget spending have been called in to question by elected officials including City Comptroller Scott Stringer, who launched an audit of the library several weeks ago.
After a month of having his salary, spending and contract scrutinized, Queens Library CEO Thomas Galante was called before the City Council with fellow heads of the Brooklyn Public Library, Linda Johnson, and New York Public Library, Anthony Marx, for the Committee on Cultural Affairs’ annual budget hearing.
This year, the library budgets will remain the same, but all three want an extra $65 million added onto their $171 million annual budget.
A 48-year-old Jamaica man was shot and killed early Tuesday morning near his home on 173rd Street.
Police said Mohamed Hamwi was found by officers responding to a 911 call at about 12:15 a.m. at the corner of 173rd Street and 105th Avenue. He had been shot once in the head and once in the torso in what may have been a botched robbery attempt.
Larry Lembo, a resident of Cambridge Houses in Long Island City, is sick and tired of the noise his neighbor makes.
“This juicing company does juice extraction almost 24 hours a day as it causes so much noise, not just during the day but really late at night and really early in the morning,” he said at the Community Board 2 meeting last Thursday.
The March 6 article “PS 154 earns its green ecology flag” misstated where Assemblywoman Nily Rozic grew up. It was in Fresh Meadows. Also, the school previously won a GreenNYC recycling contest, but that was only part of the reason it was recognized with the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA Green Flag award. We regret the errors.
In a City Council in which the majority of members in good standing qualify as mediocre, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) stands at the head of the class.
It will be remembered she was a prime mover in the farce that not only resulted in approving a 1.4 million-square-foot shopping mall at Citi Field without park alienation approval and without a Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, but to add insult to injury, approval of a raid by multibillionaires the Mets, Related Companies and Sterling Equities on the city treasury, to the tune of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, to wit: the giveaway of Willets Point property that cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, for $1 — that is right, $1 — a subsidy of $99 million and a tax break of close to $50 million.
In what is world-class gall, Ms. Ferreras recently patted herself on the back, claiming she was the cause of the creation of a $15.5 million fund toward relocation assistance to the Willets Point small businesses being evicted. In the face of the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars she delivere
d to her billionaire constituents, the $15.5 million she is so proud of is akin to the tip one gives the youngster who delivers your groceries (“Business owners still hoping to be heard,” March 6, multiple editions). Ms. Ferreras, in my opinion, needs a refresher course in mathematics and her abandonment of the little people and small business.
Until the public wakes up and drives out of office people who parade as responsible legislators when in fact they act as lobbyists for real estate moguls, it will be the same old, same old.
“Loves,” a Participatory GumHearts Installation, by NY-based artist Niizeki Hiromi, the Center at Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, now thru Saturday, March 29, 2-5 p.m. RSVP to Bonnie Thompson Dixon: (718) 709-0390, email@example.com.
Omar St. John drives the lane for two of his 31 points in York College’s first-round victory last Thursday in the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament. York would fall to defending national champion Amherst on Saturday.
The most successful season in the history of York College Men’s Basketball came to an end on Saturday, with the Cardinals losing in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament.
York, finishing the year 22-8, fell to defending national champion Amherst of Massachusetts, 63-51.
Kuiyoung Kwon starts to clean up her plot Saturday at the city’s Green Thumb Community Garden in Kissena Corridor Park in Flushing. It was opening day and the weather was warm, but because of the lingering cold winter, the ground is still too frozen to plant.
Amateur gardeners itching to get radish and lettuce seeds in the ground and flower lovers looking to plant those perky pansies in window boxes will have to wait a little longer.
By all accounts, this winter’s weather is hanging on longer than anyone expected, playing havoc with business at garden centers and holding up everyone else who wants to put a shovel in the ground.
Carlisle Towery, left, president of the Greater Jamaica Development Corp., and Meredith Marshall of BRP Properties on Friday announced a deal that will bring mixed-income apartments and business-retail space to Downtown Jamaica.
The Greater Jamaica Development Corp. last week announced completion of a deal that will bring a 400-unit residential and commercial building to the intersection of Sutphin Boulevard and Archer Avenue.
Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) was on hand when the GJDC announced its contract with BRP Companies, a Manhattan-based development, contracting and property management firm that specializes in affordable, mixed-income and market-rate housing and commercial development.
Insp. Charles McEvoy
NYPD Inspector Charles McEvoy will leave his post as commanding officer of the 103rd Precinct on Friday after more than four years in the job.
The inspector, who will mark his 25th anniversary on the force in July, will become the executive officer of the NYPD’s School Safety Division, which is headquartered in Long Island City.
In the early 1900s, 503 acres with a natural park-like setting similar to Woodhaven’s Forest Park were purchased from the city by private developers. It was an area of almost one square mile, covered with hardwood trees such as oak, maple, elm and chestnut, and had an elevation ranging from 65 to 100 feet.
The developers were Timothy Woodruff, the former lieutenant governor of New York under Gov. Theodore Roosevelt, and Michael Degnon, the noted engineer who help build the first New York subway in 1904. They called their development “Jamaica Estates” and set its boundaries as Utopia Parkway on the west, Hillside Avenue on the south, 188th Street on the east and Union Turnpike to the north.
In the last week a number of elected officials have lamented the Department of Education’s decision not to withdraw the co-location plans at Martin Van Buren High School. Unfortunately, these local elected officials are out of sync with the local community on this issue.
Just prior to the mayoral election, civic leaders from nine of the largest civic associations in eastern Queens, representing thousands of families zoned for MVB, met and voted unanimously with one abstention to support the DOE’s P-Tech co-location proposal. A P-Tech school focuses on certain technical skills with a pathway to a tuition-free college education and a career.
Decades of failure have transformed MVB from a school having deep community roots into one where 96 percent of its student population comes from outside of the local area. The thousands of families represented by these civic leaders are in distress over sending their kids to MVB. The P-Tech co-location initiative attempts to fast-track the turnaround of MVB and create a safe school environment.
Local parents of high school-age students are stressed out by the thought of sending their kids to MVB. Despite valiant attempts at improvement, MVB’s School Environment Rating is stuck at an unacceptable “D.” Recently installed school Principal Sam Sochet, who is popular with the local community, has had some success, raising the school report card to a “C,” but more than a decade of decline has made that job difficult for one person. The MVB “brand” is dead and needs to be reinvented. This reinvention begins with P-Tech: a school within a school providing its graduating students with a tuition-free two-year college education at Queensborough Community College and a pathway to a career with one of the “Fortune 500” corporate partners of the program.
Handled properly, the P-Tech co-location will attract a student body from the local community that is more engaged in the educational experience. Over time this will boost local enrollment of students as parental perception changes and the excellent programs being initiated by Principal Sochet take root and become more widely known.
I urge Councilman Mark Weprin, state Sen. Tony Avella and Assemblyman David Weprin to rethink their opposition and embrace the P-Tech co-location rather than seeking its demise. Join us in our support of this initiative and help return this failed school to its storied and illustrious past.
The city Department of Transportation will seek public input on its plans to put the finishing touches on a long-proposed greenway around Jamaica Bay that would bring a biking and hiking path through Howard Beach to connect to already existing ones in Broad Channel and along the Belt Parkway.
Alice Friedman and Albert Silvestri, representatives from the DOT, attended last Thursday’s Community Board 10 meeting to announce their plans, which are only in the early stages. They also announced a series of public meetings aiming to get feedback from the communities that would be affected, including Howard Beach.
“Commuting on the boro’s rivers and bays” (by Domenick Rafter, March 6) could be the wave of the future. Our waterways are an underutilized natural asset that can offer significant transportation alternatives for thousands of New Yorkers.
Most of our existing public transportation and roadways are already operating at or above capacity. New ferry services can be implemented far more quickly than construction of new subway, commuter rail or highways. These can take years or even decades until completion of environmental reviews, planning, design, engineering, real estate acquisition, permits, procurements and actual construction before reaching beneficial use. Completing all of the above along with finding funding for ferry boats, docks and parking with costs in the millions may be easier than finding the billions of dollars necessary for construction of new or extended subway, commuter rail or highways. Boats equipped with modern fuel-efficient engines can make a positive contribution to air quality.
In April 1967, the old Jersey Central Rail Road ended ferry service between Liberty Street and Pavonia, NJ. Later that year, in November 1967, the old Erie Lackawanna Rail Road suspended ferry service between Barclay Street and Hoboken. Fast forward to today. Thousands of daily commuters use ferries from Hoboken to the World Financial Center in downtown Manhattan. There are also 66,000 daily patrons of the Staten Island Ferry System, which connects St. George, Staten Island with the Whitehall Street Ferry Terminal. Unlike the other four boroughs, 500,000 Richmond County residents have no direct subway or commuter rail system linking them with the rest of the city.
Over two years ago, thousands of riders began utilizing the East River ferry connecting various waterfront neighborhoods including Long Island City, East 34th Street, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Wall Street and Governors Island.
Who would not want to enjoy the fresh air and breeze that only waterborne transportation can provide? Riding a ferry can be less stressful than being packed in a subway car like sardines in a can.
The March 6 story “Georgia Diner lot hits the market” misstated Robert Valdes-Clausell’s status on Community Board 4. He is a member of its committee on the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, but not of the board itself. We regret the error.
A flier on the campaign website of state Sen. Malcolm Smith is touting a “virtual golf” fundraiser this month.
You are cordially invited to more than nine hours of golf in the outdoors, in the company of and in honor of state Sen. Malcolm Smith.
Community Board 9 elected a new slate of leaders on Tuesday night in Ozone Park in what ended up being a rather anticlimactic vote after weeks of rumors of a brawl between incumbent chairman Jim Coccovillo and his opposition on the board.
Coccovillo opted not to seek a second term as chairman, instead nominating Ralph Gonzalez of Ozone Park — whose name had been mentioned by several members as a potential opponent of Coccovillo’s. Gonzalez won the chairmanship unopposed. Raj Rampershad, the board’s executive secretary, was elected first vice chairman unopposed.
Navin Indardeo, top left, and Vernon Surujbali of Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School in Jamaica sport first-place medals they won in the recent state finals of an auto diagnostics and repair competition sponsored by the Greater New York Automotive Dealer Association in Whitestone.
Their teacher, Miguel Sierra, is a past winner of the competition.