Coming out of the closet has been described as one of the hardest things a person can do, especially someone who comes to the realization of his or her sexual orientation later in life.
In accordance with National Coming Out Day — a countrywide event to encourage people to come out to their friends and family and fight for equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community — millions of people took to Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites to talk about the first time they told someone of their gender or sexual preference.
People United for Community Empowerment, an organization that aims to involve the communities of Southeast Queens in local and national political issues, had its second annual luncheon Saturday at the Astoria World Manor.
The event paid tribute to three honorees: Wilson Goode, Philadelphia’s first African-American mayor; Jestine Tina Brown, longtime community leader and founder of the Queens Community Cadet Corps; and Officer John Haynes of the 113th Precinct.
Despite the city and the Queens Development Group owning 95 percent of the property in Phase 1 for the Willets Point project, Community Board 7 expressed doubts that the development will run on schedule.
During a quarterly meeting, held on Oct. 8, where CBs 3 and 7 met with the QDG, Economic Development Corp. and borough president representatives, developers expressed optimistic enthusiasm for the eminent closing on outstanding parcels.
Well, the “Not in my backyard” (NIMBY) mentality is still alive and well in Glendale and Middle Village. I just read the Chronicle article about 300 people protesting a homeless shelter in their backyard (“Anti-shelter alliance readies to battle city,” Oct. 9, multiple editions). Robert Holden, one of the leaders in the forefront of this protest, is an opportunist who would probably like to run for public office. Does he think this issue will get him there? Maybe.
I live in Bay Terrace. One night a few years ago a neighbor had a massive fire in her townhouse. We all watched as she stood on the road in her fur coat hugging her important paperwork and jewels while her house was burning down. She became homeless, but she was lucky to have family members who took her and her homeless children in.
Do you protesters know how many young children are living in cars and washing in gas stations before they go to school? And feeling shame every day. Do you realize how many people have lost their jobs and housing in this economy? Do you know how desperately this city needs affordable housing? I bet
you don’t ... because you don’t care. Are you aware that the famous Tyler Perry was homeless and was made a star from the streets?
The Glendale/Middle Village protests bring back memories to me of the ’60s when Martin Luther King marched to end hate and discrimination. One can only wonder if you ever met, or even dared to speak to a homeless person, or family. I doubt it. The word homeless scares you just as the word integration scared the bigots in the ’60s. How about asking for a meeting to meet the homeless who are candidates for the shelter before you deny them a roof over their heads and keep them in cardboard boxes or steps on a church in the wind, rain and snow?
I wonder if senior citizens became a focus of discrimination and the young residents don’t want them in their community — would you then have feelings?
Karma is coming to the narrow-minded and ignorant in Glendale and Middle Village. Shame on all of you.
New York City has begun its preparations for any eventual brush with Ebola patients.
Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton on Tuesday met at the White House with Lisa Monaco, assistant to President Obama for Homeland Security and counterterrorism, and also with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
Keyan Price, a Yonkers resident, pleaded guilty to charges related to the recruiting and prostitution of two females, ages 15 and 18, throughout the city.
According to the criminal charges filed in the case, an undercover officer went to an establishment in Jackson Heights in November 2012, after responding to a prostitution advertisement posted on backpage.com.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell must feel like a quarterback who is about to be sacked ever since the 2014 season began. It seems as if everyone is calling on him to resign because of the unfortunate domestic violence incidents involving Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, C.J. Spillman, Greg Hardy and others.
ESPN talking head Bill Simmons went as far as labeling Goodell a liar and dared his bosses to suspend him. They complied by taking him off the air for three weeks.
Republican candidate for Governor Rob Astorino met with small business owners in Elmhurst on Tuesday to reach out to working-class and Hispanic voters.
“This is a mix of New York. Everything and everyone is here,” Astorino said of the Queens neighborhood. The candidate conversed with storeowners, restauranteurs and residents walking down the street in near-fluent Spanish.
“I think this is what, quite honestly, I was always afraid of,” Borough President Melinda Katz told the Queens Chronicle last Friday. “There was no transparency, nobody had any idea what was going on — and that’s completely unacceptable for an institution that’s so much funded by the taxpayers.”
Katz was referring to documents newly provided to city Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office, which show that the Queens Library under now-suspended President and CEO Tom Galante made what Stringer calls “a substantial number of questionable expenditures that may not be sufficiently related to the mission of the library.”
While criticism of inmate treatment and safety at Rikers Island is nothing new, it has been brought to the forefront by the newly elected and progressive City Council and administration.
Questions of treatment of the mentally ill and the alleged covering up of correction officers being violent toward inmates have been brought up, but no practice has been scrutinized as much as the Department of Correction’s use of solitary confinement, or punitive segregation, of 16- and 17-year-olds.
Unattended candles and smoke detectors both missing and inoperative are being blamed in the deaths Monday night of two St. Albans children who were alone when a fire broke out in their Tioga Drive home.
John Kavanagh, 11, and his 6-year-old brother, Andrew, were in cardiac arrest when firefighters reached them on the second floor of the wood frame house.
What the critics suspected turns out to be true: Documents newly provided to city Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office show that the Queens Library under now-suspended President and CEO Tom Galante made what Stringer calls “a substantial number of questionable expenditures that may not be sufficiently related to the mission of the library.”
Being a baby boomer, I admit that I have an affinity for the Seventies. Sure, it’s easy now to make fun of the clothing and knickknacks as the lava lamp and smiley-face stickers but they were stylish back in the day anyway. I confess that I try not to miss Sirius XM 7’s Saturday noon replays of the late Casey Kasem’s “American Top 40” countdowns.
Mets fans, however, are understandably tired of the ’70s. No, not the “Me Decade,” but rather the fact 2014 marked the sixth straight year that the team didn’t muster more than seventy-something wins. Granted, their 79 wins in 2014 was the most that they achieved under general manager Sandy Alderson’s four-season stewardship.
Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows), center right, paid a visit to Queens College in Flushing recently to celebrate National Voter Registration Day, an unofficial holiday held every September.
She met with students to register them and encourage voter turnout.
If you didn’t stop by the St. Pancras School Carnival, held last Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the schoolyard on Myrtle Avenue in Glendale, here’s the proof you missed out and better not do that again! Just a few glimpses of the fun that was had include, clockwise from top right, the Ferris wheel, in both artistic and more traditional views; 5-year-old Philip Alleva testing his strength at ringing one bell as his father looks on; Maddalena Mannino slamming the hammer down on another one; 11-year-old Olivia Briganti, left, and 7- and 11-year-old sisters Emma and Sara Milad showing off the prizes they won; 10-year-old Daniella Visanti going down the rug slide; and 2-year-old Giulia Marinaro, left, and 4-year-old Alessia Como going for a spin on the ladybug ride. So, if you missed it, just think like a Mets fan: “There’s always next year.” See you then!
The Metro Parrot Head Club likes to party with a purpose and its Bayside president is making sure that effort continues.
Fans of musician Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band are legendary. They attend his concerts dressed in tropical garb and many join one of the 200 Parrot Head clubs in the United States.
Thirty residents from the city’s 27th Council District on Tuesday night took up Councilman Daneek Miller’s challenge to spend $1 million on one or more community-based capital improvement projects.
Miller (D-St. Albans) is one of 23 Council members this year who are conducting participatory budgeting initiatives, where members of the public over the next few months will identify one or more projects they would like to see Miller include in his discretionary funding in 2016.
If you didn’t stop by the St. Pancras School Carnival, held last Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the schoolyard on Myrtle Avenue in Glendale, here’s the proof you missed out and better not do that again!
A darkened section of Howard Beach is getting a bit brighter, just in time for winter’s earlier nightfall.
The NYC Department of Transportation is replacing broken street lights and had begun cleaning the pedestrian walkway from 80th to 84th streets, between 157th Avenue and Shore Parkway in Howard Beach after pressure from civic leaders and at least one area official. The department has already replaced dark and dim lighting under the 84th Street overpass between Lindenwood and Howard Beach.
With thousands of undocumented, unaccompanied minors facing possible deportation and the federal government not doing as much reforming as city officials would like, the City Council has taken it upon itself to assist the immigrant youth who are unable to pay for proper legal representation while in immigration court.
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan), the Robin Hood Foundation and New York Community Trust announced the new Unaccompanied Minor Children Initiative last week — a $1.9 million public-private partnership that will provide funding to legal organizations to address the need for free legal representation and access to social, mental health and medical services.
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Last week baseball commissioner Bud Selig made his final visit to Citi Field before he retires early next year. While many Mets fans and naive media members were hoping that he would say something critical of Mets ownership, he instead praised the way that they have been operated. I wasn’t the least bit surprised.
Bud said that he had no problem that the Mets are in the lowest third of MLB teams in terms of payroll with 2014 salary expense estimated to be $84 million. Why should he be perturbed? As the owners’ chief executive he would be thrilled if all clubs significantly reduced payroll. Having a team situated in the nation’s largest media market acting parsimoniously makes other team owners take notice. Even the once free-spending New York Yankees are trying to keep things in budget (albeit with a dollar figure more than twice what their counterparts in Queens are spending).