Focus On Queens, June 19

Queens Library locations will be serving free summer meals to children and teens ages 18 and younger every Monday through Friday, from June 27 to Aug. 29. Meals will be provided by the City Dept. of Education. Local sites serving meals include: Arverne, 312 Beach 54th St., Arverne. Far Rockaway, 1637 Central Ave., Far Rockaway. […]

Sunnyside Wary About FDNY Facility

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer At the Community Board 2 monthly meeting last week, Sunnyside residents expressed trepidation about an FDNY plan to house spare vehicles on the vacant lot next to Lou Lodati playground. These concerns were echoed by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) on Tuesday. The FDNY applied to purchase this property – […]

LGBT Movement Rises To Prominence

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer The LGBT movement has progressed immensely over the last 40 years, but there is still room for improvement. The movement began in 1969 with the Stonewall Riots, which were several violent demonstrations protesting a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan. Police raids on gay bars were commonplace back […]

Queens Pride Announces Grand Marshals

The 2014 Queens Pride parade will be led by a combination of individuals and organizations that have made great strides to advance LGBTQ visibility citywide. New York City is now represented by six LGBT councilmembers. Referred to as the LGBT Caucus, these LGBT leaders represent districts in four of the five New York City boroughs. […]

Sunnyside’s Rainbow Park To See Upgrades

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Rainbow Park in Sunnyside, otherwise known as Thomas P. Noonan playground, is getting an upgrade. Construction began early this month on the $2 million renovation project, which was orchestrated by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), and is due to be completed in about a year. Van Bramer held a groundbreaking […]

Lighting Ravenswood

  Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and NYCHA Chair Shola Olatoye announced a funding allocation for new lighting throughout the Ravenswood Houses in Astoria last Friday. The $4 million project will install state-of-the-art lighting throughout the housing development. About $2.5 million of the project will be funded by NYCHA and $1.5 million will come from Van […]

City Plaza Program Accepts Sunnyside Sites

Sunnyside will receive two new public plazas as part of the City Dept. of Transportation’s Plaza Program. A statement released from the office of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District last week announced that applications for the sites were approved in early April. The BID was chosen as the […]

Long Island City Marketing Campaign Delayed

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and a group of Long Island City businesses are still sorting out details for a marketing campaign that would run during a series of weekend shutdowns on the 7 train. While the MTA works on three infrastructure improvement projects on the 7 train for 13 weekends […]

Improved Dog Run Will Come To Doughboy Park

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer The dog run at Doughboy Park in Woodside is in need of an upgrade. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) recently toured Doughboy Park’s dog run to discuss long term improvements with local residents, representatives from the Parks Dept., School Construction Authority and Woodside on the Move, a grassroots community organization. […]