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The Queens World Film Festival celebrates filmmaking from around the borough and around the world and runs from Wednesday to Saturday. Here is a guide to the films being shown in selected thematic blocks this weekend.
Rep. Joe Crowley, center, with Assemblywoman Marge Markey, right, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, center right, state Sen. Mike Gianaris, center rear, and Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, left, at PS 11 in Woodside.
The fate of incoming PS 11 students has been decided but a rally was held Tuesday as a final attempt to persuade the Department of Education not to temporarily relocate students to PS 171 while construction on PS 11 is completed.
Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) was joined by state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria), Assemblywomen Cathy Nolan (D-Sunnyside) and Marge Markey (D-Maspeth), Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and community members and parents in front of PS 11 located on the corner of 56th Street and Skillman Avenue in Woodside.
The ongoing slew of snowstorms has prompted the New York Blood Center to announce an urgent need for blood donations following the cancellation of more than 100 blood drives in the last few weeks.
“While we’re confident in our ability to supply our partner hospitals, we’re still struggling with the effects of the snow and ice this week, and worried about an even bigger hit this weekend,” Vice President Rob Purvis of the NYBC said last week in a press release. “It is critical that we all pitch in by donating blood to ensure that supplies aren’t further diminished in the days ahead.”
PS 11 in Woodside will have a new annex by the 2016-17 school year but parents are asking the DOE to revert back to the original plan.
After an objection from parents, elected officials are stepping in to ask the Department of Education to reconsider its PS 11 plan.
To combat the overcrowding of schools in the area, the School Construction Authority announced that it would build a new school in Woodside and add on to PS 11 on Skillman Avenue.
The Community Education Council in District 27 is opposing a Department of Education plan to rename MS 202 in Ozone Park after a Rockland County man who died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
The DOE has announced plans to rename Robert H. Goddard Junior High School after Wells Remy Crowther, a 24-year-old equities trader who worked for Sandler O’Neill & Partners in the World Trade Center. Crowther, who had ambitions to be a New York City firefighter, is believed to have saved at least a dozen lives in the South Tower before he was killed in its collapse.
From the perspective of many north and northeast Queens residents, 2013 was a good year for developers and not so great for the average citizen, who had to put up with increased airplane noise, overcrowded schools and more from College Point to Little Neck.
Like any year, 2013 brought many changes, but the overriding story here is Flushing Meadows Park, which has been bombarded on all fronts with some unpopular projects as the New York State Pavilion from the 1964 World’s Fair continues to suffer from neglect.
The ongoing recovery from 2012’s Hurricane Sandy dominated life in South Queens for most of 2013 and was a factor in many other big stories, from the future of the abandoned Rockaway Beach LIRR line to the election battle between Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and his Democratic opponent Lew Simon.
But South Queens also dealt with a wide array of other issues in 2013, from crime at Forest Park to internal strife on Community Board 9.
It could be said that 2013 was a good year to be a political junkie in New York City with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio being elected mayor, and Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner enjoying short-lived political comeback tours.
It also proved to be a bad year to be a school advocate, a Republican seeking elective office or former state Sen. Shirley Huntley.
Noshat Nahian, a third-grader, was on his way to school with his 11-year-old sister on Friday, much like any other 8-year-old would be.
It was 7:57 a.m., just a few minutes before class would start, when the child was struck by a tractor trailer at the intersection of 61st Street and Northern Boulevard in Woodside.
Schools in Woodside are notoriously overcrowded. So when the Department of Education’s School Construction Authority announced that it would build a new school and add on to PS 11 on Skillman Avenue, many parents were thrilled.
But now, the SCA has decided to construct the annex first followed by the brand new PS 339, leaving PS 11 without enough space to accommodate the incoming kindergartners.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Jan. 11 and Jan 12, the Parks Department asks residents to bring their Christmas trees to any of the nine Mulchfest chipping sites in Queens to turn them into mulch that will be used in plantings throughout the city or for personal use.
Trees can also be brought to one of five drop-off locations in Queens between Jan. 4 and Jan 12 as well.
Howard Beach residents packed the 106th Precinct Community Council meeting in Ozone Park on Dec. 11 demanding more police in response to two recent gunpoint carjackings and a spike in robberies.
Police said that on Nov. 26 at 11 p.m. on 91st Street and 159th Avenue, one block west of Cross Bay Boulevard, a gunman carjacked a man and stole his white Porsche Cayenne. Two weeks earlier another driver was carjacked a block away.
The look and feel of the holidays always seems to come to Southeast Queens right on cue at the start of December.
Decades ago the Christmas rush meant places like Mays and Gertz department stores with floor after floor of holiday bargains.
The SculptureCenter recently unveiled several new artworks as part of its fall exhibition.
Art of Ink in America, “Gesture and Beyond,” Godwin Ternbach Museum at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, Nov. 21-Dec. 30, Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; opening reception, Thursday, Nov. 21, 6-8 p.m. An East/West exhibition of contemporary calligraphy.
The grandstand walls at Aqueduct Racetrack will serve as canvasses for 11 contemporary urban artists who will transform the first floor of New York City’s only racetrack into a horse racing-themed street art show for “Aqueduct Murals,” opening to the public on Saturday.
“New York City is arguably the mecca of street art, and ‘Aqueduct Murals’ integrates horse racing with a celebration of this vibrant, artistic community,” said Paul Kelleher of the New York Racing Association’s corporate development department. “Aqueduct is New York City’s racetrack and this exhibit will be emblematic of the track’s wonderful, multifaceted environment.”
The City Council voted overwhelmingly to approve a school at the site of Keil Brothers Garden Center in Bayside Hills, despite the plan having being delayed and thought to be dead.
The Council approved the 416-seat school Thursday 36-2, with Council members Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) and Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) voting no. Vallone’s brother, Paul, is the councilman-elect for the district that includes portions of Bayside Hills.
A new school is coming to Woodside and elected officials and many members of the community couldn’t be happier.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) was joined last Thursday by Assemblyman Michael Den Dekker (D-Jackson Heights), representatives from the School Construction Authority and Woodside on the Move, Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley and PS 11 principal Anna Efkarpides to break ground on PS 399, a new school set to open in 2015.
Dorsky Gallery, “Artists’ Walks: The Persistence of Peripateticism, 11-05 45 Ave., Long Island City, Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., thru Nov. 17. Contact: (718) 937-6317, dorsky.org.
In the last 50 years, few days have had more historical relevance than September 11, 2001. On that clear late-summer Tuesday, when terrorists flew hijacked airliners into New York City’s tallest buildings, nearly 3,000 died just a few miles from Queens. More than 200 of them were residents of the borough.
Among them was a firefighter and lifelong Long Island City resident who had only been in the FDNY for two months.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) isn’t satisfied with the success she’s enjoyed during her first term. She’s running for a second term because, quite simply, her heart is in her district.
“I look at my past five years since I was elected the first time and anytime I ran for office, I expressed a vision,” Crowley said. “My heart is here in Middle Village, Glendale and Maspeth. I want to stay here.”
Only a little more than six months after voting to co-locate a second junior high school at JHS 226 in South Ozone Park — on top of a special education school that is already there — the city Department of Education is proposing a high school for the location as well and may approve it next week.
The building, at 121-10 Rockaway Blvd., will play host to four different schools by September 2014 if the co-location is approved.