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Plans to develop the right of way of the old Rockaway Beach Long Island Rail Road line are moving forward in all directions.
While the urban parks advocacy group The Trust for Public Land conducts its feasibility study for the proposal to build a High Line-type park on the old rail line between Rego Park and Ozone Park, Queens College is now joining in, planning a study next year on both that plan and a competing one to reactivate train service between Rego Park and the Rockaway Peninsula.
“I think we let Iran off the hook,” said City Councilman-Elect Rory Lancman, echoing similar reactions other Jewish leaders representing Queens had about the new nuclear agreement between the United States and Iran.
On Saturday, President Obama announced the Joint Plan of Action a deal reached between Iran and the P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia and China) to greatly reduce Iran’s nuclear activity for the next six months. Iran will have to permit inspectors daily access to its facilities while the P5+1 countries will curtail its sanctions in certain areas including the auto industry, oil and gold exports.
The reactivated rail line as envisioned by supporters.
It seems as if you can’t be a key player for the St. John’s Red Storm unless head coach Steve Lavin has suspended you for at least one game for mysteriously violating team rules. Last year guard D’Angelo Harrison missed the last few games of the regular season, along with St. John’s futile appearance in the postseason NIT. Earlier this season center Chris Obepka was suspended for a pair of exhibition games for unsaid infractions.
This past Friday night it was hyped rookie guard Rysheed Jordan’s turn to sit out a game for unspecified bad deeds. Jordan, a big-time Philadelphia high school star, was supposed to be the best recruit to come to St. John’s since Lavin became head coach four years ago. Lavin and the St. John’s Sports Information Department decided before this season started that the media would not be able to interview him until January 2014 at the earliest. Obviously putting Rysheed in a cocoon has not been the foolproof plan that the St. John’s coaching staff thought it would be. At press time, Lavin did not indicate when Jordan would be reinstated.
Art of Ink in America, “Gesture and Beyond,” Godwin Ternbach Museum at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, thru 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.
New York was one of the first cities where modern, abstract calligraphy took root and the Art of Ink in America Society is finally bringing it back home.
Through an exhibit entitled “Gesture and Beyond,” the society is featuring new works by its members, the latest in abstract calligraphy, at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum of Queens College.
Queens has a rapidly growing elderly population facing severe problems, such as mental illness. Fortunately, there’s a place where many troubled seniors get help — Club Pride, part of the Pride of Judea Mental Health Center at 243-02 Northern Blvd. in Douglaston.
Funded by the Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services and New York City’s Dept. of Mental Health & Hygiene, Club Pride (launched in 1997) is a geriatric psycho-social club. It provides counseling, therapy and social re-adjustment services for Queens residents, from 55 to 94, who suffer from mental illness & substance abuse. Clients come from Flushing, Kew Gardens Hills, Whitestone, College Point & Bayside.
They’re referred by psychiatrists and other mental health providers, after their discharge from psychiatric and chronic care hospitals. If not for Club Pride, many of them would have to be reinstitutionalized, at a heavy cost to taxpayers.
Club Pride provides daily transportation to members via two buses for the Flushing and Bayside areas. But Flushing bus service will end on Dec. 6 due to budget cuts. Many riders are physically disabled. They can’t use public transportation and can’t afford Access-A-Ride’s daily $5 roundtrip fare. They’re distressed by the fear of losing Club Pride’s vital assistance.
Don’t let this happen. Contact U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (212) 486-4430, Congresswoman Grace Meng (718) 445-7860, State Sen. Tony Avella (718) 357-3094, City Councilman Mark Weprin (718) 468-0137 and Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio (212) 669-7200. Urge them to save an essential resource for their constituents.
Queens College President James Musykens, left, Leonard Rodberg, chairman of the Department of Urban Studies, and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder announce Queens College’s upcoming study on the plans for the old Rockaway Beach rail line on Monday.
The first set of meetings between the groups leading the study of a proposed High Line-style park on the former Rockaway Beach rail corridor and the residents who live along the line started a little on the rocky side.
Before the conglomerate of organizations, led by urban park advocacy group The Trust for Public Land and the plan’s backers, Friends of the QueensWay, even began their short presentation in Woodhaven’s Emanuel Baptist Church on Nov. 12, they were shouted down by a handful of residents who thought the workshop was a public forum.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced last week the guilty plea and sentencing of Wing Khay Lee, owner of Corum Group LLC, for failing to pay wages to workers on several private construction projects in Queens.
Lee admitted to a misdemeanor count of failure to pay wages. The defendant, 42, of College Point, owned and operated Corum Group LLC, a construction company. He failed to pay at least five employees more than $22,000 in wages they were owed between what the AG described as “approximately” August 2011 and September 2012.
Queens elected officials gathered for a peaceful political event on Saturday at Queens College to raise funds for the groups Big Buddy and Women and Work.
The cast featured borough city, state and federal legislators, including the lone Republican, Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), former Borough President Clare Shulman, her successor Helen Marshall, Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, and City Comptroller John Liu. The variety show featured singing, dancing, parodies of cinema, television and Broadway and costumes, including Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) in a rainbow wig. Tickets were $100 each.
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.
After a tough opening day loss on the road against Wisconsin on Nov. 8, the Red Storm returned home and walloped Wagner 73-57 in their first Queens-based contest of the season on Nov. 15.
Junior guard D’Angelo Harrison led the way for the Johnnies offensively as he scored a game-high 25 points, a solid follow-up of his 27-point outburst against Wisconsin.
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.
Local parents and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) are aiming to bring the first ever dual-language French program to Astoria.
“Growing up in a bilingual household, I’m well aware of the benefits and unique cultural awareness for those who grow up speaking two languages,” Simotas said during a recent information session. “I applaud the efforts of these engaged parents who are working to establish cross-cultural learning opportunities here in western Queens.”
The new look St. John’s Red Storm men’s basketball team kicked off their highly anticipated hoops season last Friday, losing to the Wisconsin Badgers 86-75.
While the loss might not sit well in the stomachs of the currently unranked Johnnies, there were many positive signs to come out of the defeat; signs that the Red Storm may live up to the hype of being arguably the most talented team in the Big East.
St. John’s University in Jamaica has partnered with Zipcar to bring car sharing to its Queens campus.
The program will provide St. John’s students and employees with a transportation option, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
From a girl living in Ozone Park to the first female to have her debut album chart four top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100, Cyndi Lauper has remained the same unusual girl throughout.
“I know who I am and when I came out with ‘She’s So Unusual,’ I wanted a few things: I wanted it to be good and I wanted it to be me,” Lauper said during her Oct. 20 show at Queens College. “The record label didn’t want me writing my own songs even though I had been doing that forever, but I wasn’t going to let that get in my way.
Before Paul Simon even wrote a song for his 1987 Grammy-winning album, “Graceland” was already making headlines, but not in praise of its music. Instead, he got criticized for flying to South Africa at a time when the UN had a cultural boycott against the country’s apartheid regime. Twenty-five years later, the album was again in the news thanks to the documentary “Under African Skies,” which chronicled the controversy and Simon’s journey back to South Africa. The album was a pivotal moment in Simon’s life, marking an extension to a career that began when he was just a teen.
For many years, Simon’s musical career was intertwined with Art Garfunkel, whom he had first performed with in sixth grade. Simon played the White Rabbit and Art the Chesire Cat in the play, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Growing up blocks apart in Kew Gardens Hills, the
pair saw they shared a passion for music and at 15 were performing as Tom and Jerry. Inspired by the Everly Brothers, they wrote “Hey, Schoolgirl,” which reached the Top 50. With no immediate follow-up they took a hiatus, with Simon attending Queens College and Garfunkel Columbia University. Later, the folk scene at Greenwich Village got them performing together again.
At one of the law firms she applied to, Geraldine Ferraro made it through five rounds of interviews before hearing a “no.” The simple and acceptable reason back then: They weren’t hiring any women that year. But as 1984 Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale said, this wife, mother, teacher and lawyer “had a lot of fire” and wasn’t about to let that stop her. Her drive led her to become the first female vice presidential nominee on a major party ticket.
Ferraro kept her mother’s surname in the public eye in her honor. Her widowed mother worked as a seamstress to make sure Geraldine went to college at a time when women were largely expected to be housewives. She became the first female in the family to receive a degree and used it to teach at PS 85 in Astoria.
If only fairy tales could last forever in real life as they do in the world of make-believe, Queens native Fran Drescher would have undoubtedly taken her place alongside the likes of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty.
By the time Drescher was attending Hillcrest High School in Jamaica, she was a beauty pageant contestant, nearly capturing the title of Miss New York Teenager in 1973.
Medical sleuthing led Flushing Hospital’s Dr. Deborah Asnis to a major discovery in 2000: the first outbreak of West Nile virus in the Western Hemisphere.
A native of Whitestone, Asnis is chief of infectious diseases at the Flushing institution. At the end of August 1999, she noticed five patients with unusual and serious symptoms and alerted officials at the city Department of Health. Although the symptoms were not identical, there were similarities. The only common factor was the patients all spent time in their backyards.
Adrien Brody was not yet a household name when he showed up at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles for the 75th Academy Awards Ceremony.
Brody was up against A-listers Nicholas Cage, Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Caine and Jack Nicholson for the Best Actor in a Leading Role award that year for his performance as Wadysaw Szpilman in Roman Polanski’s World War II epic “The Pianist.” When Halle Berry announced Brody’s name, the Woodhaven native stepped into history. At age 29, he became the youngest Best Actor winner ever.
When Dr. Allan Rothenberg retired earlier this year from the Howard Beach medical practice he co-founded back in 1981, the response from the community was overwhelming.
Well-wishers flooded his office with cards thanking him for what he had done for their children, or themselves when they were children. He wrote a column for the Queens Chronicle about his experiences as a doctor, and it went viral, with people posting adoring comments on the piece. Clearly the good doctor had left his mark.