Conrado Gempesaw knows what it means to be a struggling college student.
The Filipino immigrant came to the United States in 1980 to earn his master’s degree at West Virginia University, where he slept on a lawn chair in a friend’s living room until he graduated because he didn’t have enough money for his own housing.
“Temporary displacement is really forced migration, and is only true politically,” Deborah Gans, principal architect of the Gans Studio and professor at Pratt College of Art and Design, said during a panel discussion at Dorsky Gallery.
She and other members of the panel articulated the issues created from natural disasters: the destruction of residences and relocation of communities as part of a series of workshops and events inspired by the gallery’s newest exhibit, “Homeland [In]Security: Vanishing Dreams.”
A garbage truck from the city’s Department of Sanitation at one of the transfer stations that line a seven-block stretch of Douglas Avenue in Jamaica. A bill before the City Council aims to reduce tonnage there and in two other neighborhoods in Brooklyn and the Bronx that handle an overwhelming majority of the city’s trash.
Douglas Avenue in Jamaica is not featured in glossy real estate ads or in the tours or literature offered by the Queens Borough President’s Office or the Greater Jamaica Development Corp.
The seven-block street, heading east between 168th and 175th streets, is uneven and seemingly is barely paved.
Councilman Costa Constantinides
The City Council Environmental Protection Committee held a hearing last Friday on a new bill sponsored by first-year Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), that would mandate the city reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050.
“Our planet is faced with 21st-century environmental issues that require 21st-century solutions,” Constantinides said. “Reducing our carbon footprint will be a huge step forward during a time when we must be resilient in the face of climate change.”
I respond to Bay Terrace resident Joyce Shepard’s letter to the Editor in your October 16th edition under the heading “Bigoted residents.” In it Ms. Shepard accuses the citizens of Glendale and Middle Village of not caring about New York City’s homeless and expresses her doubt that we “ever met, or even dared to speak to a homeless person, or family.” She is mistaken.
The people of Glendale have worked tirelessly and in the true spirit of Christian love and devotion to serve New York City’s homeless. For at least 25 years volunteers from this community and surrounding communities supported, with their time and hard work, a faith-based shelter established at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church. Five days a week, from November through March, for many years, the good-spirited volunteers from this community staffed the shelter and oversaw its operation. Through the efforts of those volunteers the homeless were provided with a clean, safe, warm and welcoming environment in which to eat and sleep.
Every night shelter residents, who were bused in from Manhattan, were cared for by three shifts of volunteers. The first group placed clean linens on the beds, prepared the dining table for the home-cooked meal which was made, fresh, by one of the volunteers, served the meal (which included dessert), washed the dinner dishes and prepared lunch for each resident to take the following morning. The shelter had a washing machine and dryer so we did laundry too. The residents were able to take a shower. We had a living room set up with sofas and a television. The second group of volunteers tended to the residents’ needs from 9 p.m. to midnight. The third shift, “the overnight crew,” slept at the shelter and served breakfast to the residents before the bus picked them up in the morning. A local family spent Thanksgiving at the shelter, preparing a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings. We bought gifts for them at Christmas and there was always a rack set up with clean, gently used donated clothing for them to take. We did more than just speak to the homeless, we ministered to them.
A few years ago cuts to the city budget forced the Sacred Heart shelter to close. The Glendale community served the homeless with great joy and is proud of all it accomplished during its many years of service to them.
Neighborhoods around LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports will be studied with an effort toward noise abatement under a contract awarded Monday by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The PA has hired Environmental Science Associates of San Francisco to conduct a federal Part 150 study, which they hope will come up with proposals to mitigate noise from large jet aircraft.
(BPT) - Nearly everyone (96 percent) wastes up to an hour each week pre-washing their dishes, according to a recent survey. But the reality is that the outdated ritual of pre-washing can actually result in dirtier dishes and waste a valuable resource – water!
(BPT) - One of the top trends driving today’s housing market is the demand for energy-efficient homes that don’t sacrifice comfort for quality. If you’re looking to purchase a new home, green features can save money both now and in the future, with numerous earth-friendly benefits. Here’s what is trending for 2015 and beyond.
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(BPT) - Marquita Davis, a registered nurse, began her professional life as an early childhood educator. She cared for her students, shaping their minds and social development skills to prepare them for their future education. Years later, unforeseen life events inspired Davis to provide care in a new role, this time as a nurse.
John and Jayme Galimi speak with Mayor de Blasio, right, outside their home in Broad Channel, which they have not lived in since Hurricane Sandy destroyed it two years ago. De Blasio used the progress made in repairing it to highlight the city’s revamped Build it Back program and invite more residents to apply to it.
A pastoral scene at Oakland Lake in Bayside will remain closed to the public for a year as the city fixes the flooding along pathways.
Work has begun to restore the water and shoreline at Oakland Lake.
The changing of leaves and cold breeze in the air can only mean the return of one of American’s favorite fall holidays — Halloween. The 31st is approaching fast, and for kids, a night of trick-or-treating and goodies awaits.
But if you are looking for something a little different, Flushing Town Hall is hosting its annual Family Festival: Halloween Remixed on All Hallow’s Eve, marking five years since its commencement.
Don Riepe of the American Littoral Society hoists a piece of insulation to Dan Mundy Sr. of the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers during Tuesday’s cleanup of Sandy debris in Broad Channel. A Build it Back home reconstruction allowed temporary wetland access.
Broad Channel resident John Galimi speaks at a press conference with his wife, Jayme, left, Mayor de Blasio advisors Bill Goldstein and Dan Zarrilli, de Blasio, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and Amy Peterson, director of the mayor’s office of housing recovery, in Broad Channel on Monday.
After Tudor Village residents again voiced concern over traffic accidents, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) is pressuring the city Department of Transportation to take action.
Goldfeder sent a letter to DOT Borough Commissioner Dalila Hall calling for the conclusion of a DOT traffic safety conditions study that began in September.
LaGuardia Airport may not stay in the third world after all.
On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden and Gov. Cuomo unveiled a state plan to modernize and revitalize LaGuardia, JFK, Republic and Stewart airports.
A well-respected and longtime administrator in high-performing District 26 has been let go.
Anita Saunders, named superintendent of the district in 2003 under then-Chancellor Joel Klein’s school reorganization plan, was one of 15 fired by Chancellor Carmen Fari–a on Tuesday.