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The portrayal of disabled characters in mainstream film has had an uneven history. Actors like Dustin Hoffman (“Rain Man”) and Tom Hanks (“Forrest Gump”) have been praised for their depictions of people afflicted with mental and physical disabilities, but too often, in films ranging from 1932’s “Freaks” to 2008’s “Tropic Thunder,” one-dimensional portraits or insensitivity toward the disabled have been the norm.
Hoping to steer clear of stereotypes, the citywide ReelAbilities Film Festival, which kicks off on Feb. 9 in Manhattan and includes several screenings in Queens, seeks “to change perceptions in our society and to bring to the spotlight a large minority in America that is often shied away from,” according to Isaac Zablocki, the fest’s co-founder.
Her middle name is Love and that’s not the only thing that sets Nina McConnell-Honore apart. She was the first Queens baby born in 2012.
Proud parents Rose Honore and Duane McConnell from St. Albans welcomed the 7-pound 10-ounce bundle of joy at 12:18 a.m. on Sunday at New York Hospital Queens in Flushing.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) was the headline speaker on Sunday at the 42nd annual Ruth and Arthur Coller Memorial Lecture at the Hillcrest Jewish Community Center in Flushing.
The breakfast has been sponsored by Edmond and Dr. Barry Coller since 1970 in memory of their parents. Ellen Miller, co-chairwoman of the event, said the Collers were very active in Democratic politics.
From Astoria to Sunnyside to Long Island City, residents of western Queens commemorated the 10th anniversary of 9/11 last week.
A “Never Forget” mural appeared at 5Pointz, the graffiti building in LIC, while another mural honoring Woodside residents who died was unveiled on 61st Street at Roosevelt Avenue.
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Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced plans to provide mass transit information via the city’s 311 system while touring a Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications call center last Thursday.
A sad day for N.Y.
The second part of Teresa Margolles’ Operativo exhibit opened last Friday at the Y Gallery in Jackson Heights; and if the first part veered toward the intellectual, the second part works much more on the visceral level. It consists of a painting called "Pintura de Sangre,"or "Painting In Blood." While Margolles’ previous work has often had a raw, even shocking effect, this painting has a more subdued, abstracted impact.
Bustling Jackson Heights is known for its garden apartments, ethnic eateries and parades. It’s a diverse community of immigrants where saris and samosas are as easily had as arepas. But something novel appeared on 85th Street during this summer’s swelter, inside a former street level office—a white walled, boutique art space.
Getting help from the city shouldn’t be a chore. It should be as easy as picking up the phone and dialing one number to get in touch with any service you need. Now it is that easy. The city has launched the 311 Citizen Service Hotline, which provides easy access to all non-emergency services in the city. (Remember, for an emergency, you still should dial 911.)
We are, without a doubt, in the midst of what could be considered a golden age for rock music in New York City.
Automobile leasing is becoming a popular method to finance a new vehicle.
Growing older, which is commonly associated with medical problems, inactivity and other negative conditions, can also be a time of wisdom, grace and peace. The 15 portraits of elderly people on exhibit at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning focus on the positive aspects of aging.