“Temporary displacement is really forced migration, and is only true politically,” Deborah Gans, principal architect of the Gans Studio and professor at Pratt College of Art and Design, said during a panel discussion at Dorsky Gallery.
She and other members of the panel articulated the issues created from natural disasters: the destruction of residences and relocation of communities as part of a series of workshops and events inspired by the gallery’s newest exhibit, “Homeland [In]Security: Vanishing Dreams.”
Over the past decade or so, Queens has developed into a more established area for the arts. Music, visual art and theater venues have popped up all over the borough, especially in Long Island City.
But one of the more popular art mediums, dance, has had less of a presence in one of the most diverse places in the world.
I am a resident of Astoria Houses now for 17 years. Astoria Cove is extremely important to me because I have young siblings who are being raised in this neighborhood.
I have heard many positive ideas about the Astoria Cove development so far. One thing I am very excited about is the opportunity for this project to bring jobs into the neighborhood.
I am starting Queens College next semester, and I will be working my union job by night. My daily commute will be difficult, especially while I must juggle in order to get to class on time, and then get to my job at night in Manhattan.
The union jobs that will be brought into my neighborhood will be extremely beneficial to me. Walking to work would not only make my life a whole lot easier, but it would also better the lives of other residents around the community who also want to work on or as a result of the development.
The jobs will give an opportunity for residents to improve their lives with new employment opportunities in construction and skills that translate to other careers. Permanent jobs will also be available in security and building maintenance, something a lot of us are looking forward to. These opportu
nities are the boost that residents need for strong careers.
Astoria Houses is in a secluded area and there aren’t many resources for people to benefit from. Residents need to take a bus just to buy fresh produce. We are in desperate need of a nearby supermarket.
I believe this development is a great idea because it will allow new businesses we need to open up and be accessible to Astoria Houses residents.
I support the Astoria Cove development for the betterment of my generation and those who will follow in our community.
(BPT) - The holiday season makes for a memorable time of year, providing the chance to visit with old friends and relatives you might not see often. Equipping yourself with the right tools early on can be the key to enjoying a stress-free hosting experience this season, while ensuring your guests’ visit is as comfortable as possible. Following these simple tips will help you create a welcoming home so you can spend more time doing the things you enjoy most.
(BPT) - ‘Tis the season for family gatherings, dinner parties, gift exchanges and the sound of laughter coming from around the table. With the hustle and bustle surrounding the holidays, finding ways to reduce stress can help you survive the season. Here are six simple tips that will help your holidays go from hectic to holly and jolly, with even a little time left over to relax before your guests start arriving.
(StatePoint) Those pesky cold sores on the lips and around the mouth always seem to pop up at the most inopportune times.
(BPT) - Cures for disease, increased food production and higher graduation rates are most likely not the first outcomes you associate with big data. Worrisome incidents of data being stolen from major retailers and other businesses that have recently made the news may be more familiar. Those stories bring an important point to light and it’s vital that consumers and companies take protecting private data very seriously. But that same personal data - whether it’s about your health, finances or shopping history - can help organizations create incredible innovations that have the ability to improve the lives of every person on the planet. So why does data collection seem so scary?
(Family Features) Many aspiring entrepreneurs hesitate to pursue their professional dreams due to the seemingly daunting risks of failure associated with starting a business from the ground up. Opening a franchise is an avenue that allows you to reap the benefits of owning your own small business without all of the costly trade-offs.
Re: “With eye on terror, Schumer seeks fed law on trespassing” (Quick Hits, Oct. 16).
Ebola is arriving at our airports daily (three patients have already been identified as such) from West Africa and the first, a Liberian named Duncan, died in Texas. His nephew is now suing the U.S. for discrimination. His uncle wasn’t treated properly, it seems, because he was black. Duncan, it seems, lied to get out of Liberia, lied again to get into the U.S. regarding his condition and cost the U.S. taxpayer $500,000 for his medical bill. Obama might as well have placed a sign at all U.S. entry points saying “the streets of America are paved with gold … come and get it.”
In response to Ebola and enterovirus D68, which has already killed one child and sent hundreds of others to hospitals, our senior senator, Chuck Schumer, has once again risen to the challenge of keeping New Yorkers safe.
Our Mexican border is open to illegal aliens bringing in diseases the U.S. made obsolete generations ago and who knows how many Muslim terrorists and members of ISIS along with them. So Schumer just announced a bill that would make putting a flag up on the Brooklyn Bridge or new World Trade Center a
federal crime. Five years in prison, he claims, should send a message to such “wrongdoers” and “pranksters.” Meanwhile, illegal alien prisoners due to be deported were freed from federal prisons because the government claimed it couldn’t afford to keep them.
What Schumer is in effect saying is if you illegally cross our borders, rob, rape, run over or kill Americans, you get a free ride, but if you climb up “critical infrastructure” while the watchman is asleep on the job and plant a flag, you’ll get five years in prison. Trespassing on “critical infrastructure” is a serious matter. The NYPD’s John Miller agrees.
The people of New York can rest easier tonight knowing Chuck Schumer is looking after them. What would New York do without him? I don’t know, but it sure would be nice to find out.
Jets general manager John Idzik must have felt the pressure of having a 1-6 team combined with the fact that he was doing business on the cheap by keeping the player personnel payroll a whopping $20 million below the NFL salary cap. Idzik used some of that payroll reserve to acquire talented wide receiver Percy Harvin from his old employer, the Seattle Seahawks, for what appears to be a bargain price: namely the mysterious conditional draft pick.
The defending Super Bowl champions have a surplus of talent, particularly at the wide receiver position. It would be nice to think that they were being altruistic by helping out Idzik and giving Harvin a chance to get more work instead of languishing on the Seahawks bench. The reality is that Harvin will never win an award from the NFL for congeniality as he has been known to get into altercations with teammates. In addition, he is injury-prone. However, Idzik obviously concurs with that old childhood axiom that beggars can’t be choosers.
Back when they were founding the country, the likes of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams raised and downed many tankards of cider, the historic beverage that fueled the colonies and nation for 200-plus years.
But gradually, cider lost its zing and was replaced by beer, as waves of German immigrants brought their taste for it to America in the late 19th century.
Some communities in Queens, such as Glendale and Elmhurst, view the Department of Homeless Services as an enemy, degrading their neighborhoods one homeless shelter at a time.
DHS Commissioner Gilbert Taylor, in a sitdown interview with Chronicle staff on Thursday, said he and the agency are both proactively and reactively dealing with the city’s homelessness crisis the best it can in their first year in office.
(NAPSI)—Many teachers say it’s not uncommon to find they have students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia in their classrooms. Fortunately, if they have not received tools or training in how to teach those students, teachers do have an ally they can rely on.
(Family Features) Every Halloween, many people look forward to participating in "frightful" festivities, such as costume parties and contests, but often wait until the last minute to come up with a costume.
(BPT) - With each school year, children and parents alike must adapt to new teachers, new classes and new activities. For children who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (or ADHD), the condition can add increased complexity to an already challenging situation. Certain school-year “checkpoints” – like the first report card, parent-teacher conferences, and the upcoming holiday and winter breaks – are opportunities for parents to assess how their children are adjusting and see if changes may need to be made to their treatment plans.
You have to give Jets quarterback Geno Smith credit for maintaining an upbeat attitude at his press conference following the team’s 31-17 loss to the Denver Broncos last Sunday, which marked their fifth straight defeat. “Every day that I get up healthy and get a chance to play is a blessing!” Smith said. He added that the travails of the previous week, when the media understandably made a big deal out of him missing a team meeting in San Diego, which became further magnified when the Jets were humiliated 31-0 by the Chargers, did not affect his mood.
Smith’s body language told a different story as he winced when I asked him about being a punchline on “Saturday Night Live.” Colin Jost, a co-anchor on the Weekend Update segment, stated “On Friday embattled Jets QB Geno Smith celebrated his 24th birthday. Sadly, when Smith blew out the candles his birthday wish was intercepted and run back for a touchdown!” It’s safe to say that’s not how Geno wants to become a pop culture icon.
With a recent holdup at the Queens Zoo and hot rodders speeding at a Meadow Lake parking lot, crime at Flushing Meadows Park has been in the spotlight lately.
But talk to Parks Department and NYPD officials and you’d never know that Queens’ premier greenspace has been rated the worst for crime out of 30 parks throughout the city.
Pope Francis may be changing the Catholic Church’s tune regarding gay marriage and divorce. A report released Monday by an assembly of bishops Pope Francis gathered at the Vatican says the Church needs to skew toward acceptance when it comes to alternative lifestyles.
“Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community: Are we capable of welcoming these people?” the report reads.
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