Protesters and Queensbridge residents, who say they were promised jobs they never got, chant at employees of the new Howard Johnson hotel set to open in a month.
Tension between the Queensbridge Houses community and hotel owners has hit a boiling point.
At a rally held on Aug. 15 in front of the Center of Hope International, residents and community leaders called on Xiao Zhuang Ge, owner of the Howard Johnson Hotel in Long Island City, to keep what they say was his promise to hire members of the Queensbridge community.
A self-guided tour around his old Rego Park neighborhood draws Bruce Levy first to the place he called home until he was 27 years old.
As he approaches the intersection of Saunders Street and 63rd Drive on a recent overcast day, he pauses, points to a fifth floor window — the one that now has a flower box in it — in the corner building, and says, “That was my room,” quickly adding, “I’m not an emotional person. It’s part of history, part of my life.”
A Queens civic activist and his colleagues have succeeded in their efforts to preserve a historical mural on a soon to be demolished campus building at the New York City College of Technology.
“That’s very, very good news,” said the activist, longtime City Tech professor and Juniper Park Civic Association President Robert Holden. “We were able to gain a victory by saving a valuable piece of artwork in the mosaic.”
Gia Allemand, a model and former contestant on the television show “The Bachelor” who grew up in Howard Beach, died Wednesday at a New Orleans hospital in an apparent suicide, published reports said.
Her family released a statement Wednesday that read: “On behalf of the family, we kindly ask for privacy at this time.”
Last week, Robert La Rosa naively wrote that the answer to our energy needs is solar energy (“The solar solution,” Letters). He asserted that the major oil companies pay billions of dollarsto lobbyists to stop the advancement in alternative energy.La Rosa’s letters are always one sided and provide as much information as a three-minute segment on MSNBC. Both Republicans and Democrats receive millions in campaign donations.
Hereis a list offailed solar energy/green energycompaniesthat received U.S. tax dollars.Most of these companies have already filed for bankruptcy and the rest of them are failing miserably. Evergreen Solar ($25 million), Spectra Watt ($500,000), Solyndra ($535 million), Beacon Power ($43 million), N
evada Geothermal ($98.5 million), SunPower ($1.2 billion), First Solar ($1.46 billion), Babcock and Brown ($178 million), EnirDel’s ($118.5 million), Amonix ($5.9 million), Fisker Automotive ($529 million), Abound Solar ($400 million), A123 Systems ($279 million), W & K Solar Group ($700,981 thousand), Johnson Controls ($299 million), Brightsource ($1.6 billion), Ecotality ($126.2 million), Raser Technologies ($33 million), Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million), Mountain Plaza ($2 million), Olsen’s Mills ($10 million), Range Fuels ($80 million), Thompson River Power ($6.5 million), Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million), Azure Dynamics ($5.4 million), Green Voltz ($500,000), Vestas ($50 million), LG Chem’s ($151 million), Nordic Windpower ($16 million), Navistar ($39 million), Satcon ($3 million), Konarka Tech ($20 million).
All these companies were given U.S. tax dollars the way aventure capitalistfirm would invest in a company. The difference is a venture capitalfirm uses private money and does its “due diligence” to determine whether or not the investment is worth it. These companies didn’t raise money privately. Your government, headed by your president, Barack Obama, took it upon itself to pick winners and losers with your money, and they failed miserably.
La Rosa should consider educating himself. Our government, on both sides of the aisle,is failing us miserably while we preoccupy ourselves with the Kardashians and “American Idol.” The Democratic Party is now the Progressive Party (Socialist/Marxist). The Republican Party of today is like the Democratic Party of 50 years past. If our country has any chance of remaining a republic, the readers of this paper better start paying attention and vote for constitutionally conservative candidates, whether they have a D next to their names or an R. Wake up, people!