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The following is a transcript of Mayor de Blasio's State of the City Address, as prepared, sent to the media before the speech was delivered.
I am currently a student attending Penn State University. While taking a geography course on sustainability and human-environment systems, I spoke a lot about where I am from and what life is like at home in Saint Albans.
Within a project that I was working on with a few of my classmates, we chose to do research in developing technology that does not require as much or any of the rare earth minerals that are predominantly controlled by China. China has control over about 95 percent of the world’s rare earth minerals. Having this much control, China is able to control the price of things that mean a lot to us, such as cars and cell phones. For example, dysprosium is a rare-earth mineral from which car batteries are made. Something simple as the raising cost of manufacturing a car battery could really harm the economy more than it already is.
Despite the name “rare earth,” these materials are actually quite abundant. The issues lie in things like the control over those minerals, not being able to manufacture certain technologies in the United States due to not having direct access to the minerals, and the cost of transporting
the already manufactured technology over to the United States. The transportation process alone is detrimental to our environment as it makes our already deep carbon footprints even deeper.
Before there can be collective action there must be individual action. We should want to be able to sustain our environment for as long as we can. It is possible to achieve desirable sustainability and protect the environment for future generations without depriving ourselves of nature’s nutrients and life’s experiences. If community members could spend a little time finding ways to improve on sustainability and find better means of producing the products we love to rely on, we will be that much closer to achieving desirable sustainability.
The Queens real estate market remained in a seemingly perpetual state of flux in third quarter of 2012. Prices largely stabilized while the number of sales fluctuated based on geography from the same period a year ago, mirroring continued uncertainty in the broader market brought on by a still-tough credit and economic climate, according to a report by Prudential Douglas Elliman.
“It’s a market that is showing stability more or less in terms of pricing,” said the report’s author, Jonathan Miller of Miller Samuel. “The biggest issue, and this is a growing issue, is the continuing uncertainty among lenders.”
The three poets who will take the stage at the Queens Museum of Art this Saturday know what it is to straddle boundaries.
Formerly of Argentina, Colombia and Puerto Rico, the two Queens residents and one from the Bronx have left childhood homes behind, crossing waters to live in places wildly different from what they had once known, where they must speak other languages, navigate foreign cultures and translate what it means to be a poet on the United States’ East Coast.
A second rally was held at the Grand Station Post Office in Astoria last week, in an effort to save it from closure.
If the Postal Service goes through with its plans, the Astoria office, located on 30th Avenue, will be one of five outlets shut down in Queens and nearly 3,700 total nationwide. The first rally to save the Astoria site took place on Aug. 2.
Glimpses of life in Queens long before it was given the name were on display last weekend when the 33rd annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow-Wow was held over three days at the Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park.
Gov. Cuomo on Friday set the special elections for one Queens Congressional and two state Assembly seats for Sept. 13, which is primary day.
A student notebook from 1884, in-house student publications, old yearbooks from Newtown and other area high schools, a photograph of the Flushing High School band circa 1923, a pencil dating back to 1814: they are all here.
If you wanted to know what it was like to be a child in our county in the past, “Growing Up Queens: A Study of Childhood In Our Unique Borough,”on display at the Queens Historical Society’s Kingsland Homestead in Flushing may provide some answers.
Walk into the new Children’s Library and Discovery Center in Jamaica and one can not help but be mesmerized by the playful colors and artful design of the space, but beyond that there are a variety of books, computers and interactive exhibits to challenge the mind.
The $40 million facility is part of the Central Library in Jamaica and will open the first week of July, but officials gave the Chronicle an exclusive inside peak at the space on Friday.
A 17-month project to renovate the Meadow Lake boathouse, built for the 1939 World’s Fair, will open in July at Flushing Meadows Park.
The $6 million makeover will be finished in time for the major summer boating season. The faciity is used by TASKA, a sailing group; Row NY, a student program; and the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Races, which are scheduled for Aug. 13 and 14.
New York City’s last remaining bicycle manufacturer, based in Ozone Park, is hoping the city it has called home for more than a century will select it for an upcoming bike sharing program.
The artists of “Archipelago,” a show at Long Island City’s Dorsky Gallery, may play on the tectonics of divisive human nature, but there are no astonishingly explosive volcanoes at this fault line.
It’s nearly time to stand up and be counted.
Queens libraries have been increasingly busy since the recession set in, with more people borrowing books and DVDs and a growing number of adults using library resources to search for employment.
Celebrating the 2nd Annual ‘Take a Veteran to School’ Day
When shelves and shelves of school supplies hit local stores, you know that the opening of school can’t be far behind.
By immersing himself in 40-million-year-old geography, a Queens College assistant professor of geology has found himself at the center of today’s most burning environmental issue — global warming.
Now that congestion pricing is roadkill, the temptation on the part of our lawmakers to walk away from reforming the city’s transportation system must be great. They should not be allowed to do this. Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s congestion pricing proposal got as far as it did because of the great need to increase the capacity and efficiency of New York City’s public transit, thereby offering residents a viable alternative to driving their cars.
Naida Njoku, an artist and collector who has been actively accumulating dolls since she was 14, is opening a museum on Linden Boulevard next spring.
Do you live in Queens and plan on having a baby in a couple of years? Want to know how pesticides in food and chemicals in plastics could affect your child’s health? What about lead paint or mold? And how might genetics, physical activity and your own exposure to environmental factors influence this equation?
If you are looking for a long weekend destination that has not yet been overrun by tourists, Pennsylvania’s capital city makes for an ideal getaway. Harrisburg is marketing itself as “The Heart of Pennsylvania.” While that may not be 100 percent true based on Keystone State geography, the slogan makes sense because it is so accessible to more well-known destinations. Lancaster (Pennsylvania Dutch Country), Gettysburg, Reading (home of the nation’s first manufacturer’s outlet mall) and Hershey are all within a half-hour car ride of Harrisburg. Lodging in Harrisburg is also less expensive than at comparable properties in the areas.
As the City Council’s Redistricting Commission considers different possibilities for redrawing council lines, an option that would put Ridgewood in a Brooklyn council district has raised some eyebrows and sparked some concerns.