Southeast Queens Neighborhoods

It’s all about the money and our share of it

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
NYC Comptroller Scott String invited Southeast Queens residents to a town hall.  “It is your night to ask questions,” he said to those who were gathered.  It was an evening in which the answers to most questions were “My office will get back to you”.  This was not necessarily because the Comptroller did not have an answer per se, but more so due to the fact that questions were wide ranging and may not have applied directly to the function of the Comptroller’s office. The financial topic the Comptroller was most asked about that evening was Minority and Women Owned Business (M/WBE) participation.  Glenn Greenidge, Supthin Boulevard Business Improvement District’s Executive Director, proposed support for M/WBE by means of receiving bids for city contracts and as

Technology…Empowering Today’s Entrepreneurs

Central Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
“This is an exciting time to start and run a business,” said Tony Rodoni, Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales at Salesforce. “Businesses need less capital, and using technology, [they] can make their business look bigger.” Salesforce is a cloud computing company that specializes in customer relationship management and web marketing products. The company teamed up with Best for NYC and other NYC business organizations for a Small Business Basecamp. The Basecamp was a one day pop-up event. Business owners and entrepreneurs were able to receive one on one advice on growing their business and attend workshops and panel discussions geared towards business success. They heard from business leaders, mix, mingled, networked and receive a first hand look on how today’s technology can h

Monthly MetroCard Fares Increase Single ride remains $2.75

Central Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
After a series of public hearings, the MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) Board voted Wednesday to keep the price of a single ride at $2.75.  However, the costs of monthly and seven day passes will increase.  Starting March 19, 7-day passes will cost and extra dollar at $32.  Unlimited monthly passes will be $121 which is a 4% increase from its current cost of $116.50.  Seven day express bus and unlimited subway passes will increase to $59.50. 
Vanel Sworn in as Assembly Member for District 33

Vanel Sworn in as Assembly Member for District 33

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
On Sunday, January 22, Assembly Member Clyde Vanel (Democrat) held his inauguration ceremony at York College.  Inaugurations give a glimpse of how that elected will govern, interact with his colleagues and deal with constituents.  What Assembly Member Vanel’s inauguration showed was his immigrant heritage, his engagement and large constituent following, his professional background and the respect his colleagues have for his perseverance at attaining the seat including those from a Democratic party that routinely did not back his candidacies.  The venue was packed to the rafters.  There was a constant stream of getting more chairs as residents continued to pack the venue.  Standing room only turned into balcony seating as accommodations were made for the large

Serve on a Community Board!

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Its time to be the change you want to see!  The Queens Borough President is accepting applications to serve on the boroughs Community Boards.  There are 14 community boards in Queens and three which serve Southeast Queens and Far Rockaway  (#12, 13, 14).  Members are nonsalaried and serve two year terms.  Appointments are made by Borough President, many of which are appointees nominated by City Council Members.  The deadline for returning applications is January 27.  The new two year term begins April 1, 2017. Download the application here.   For more information or to contact the Queens Borough President call 718-286-2900.

Spotlight: Andrew Jackson Making Black History Now

Neighborhoods, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
On Sunday, January 17 the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Colden Auditorim presented a special Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration featuring BeBe Winans.  In the hour prior to the start of the performance, there was a short program in which Borough President Melinda Katz presented the Service to the Community Award to Andrew Jackson, Executive Director of the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center.  The majority of the hour’s program was given to Keynote Speaker, Reverend Dr. Floyd Flake, Senior Pastor Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York.  Senator Charles Schumer also spoke during the hour.  Both speeches reflected on King Day, Race, Unity and Service.  While it is great to be reminded of those things, the speeches diverted attention from

Southeast Queens is site of 2017 first fatalities

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Early New Year’s Morning, a pedestrian was struck at Rockaway Boulevard and South Conduit Avenue.  He was the year’s first fatality.  The 52 year old male was attempting to cross the street when he was struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.  The police have issued a video and a photograph along with a notification at the site in an attempt to identify the vehicle.  On January 2 a man was fatally shot at 124th Street.  Rocky Kalisaran was one of two men at the scene that suffered gunshot wounds.  The second individual, identified as his brother, received a non-threatening wound to his back.  They were the apparent victims of an attempted robbery. These two deaths begin 2017 on a dismal note.  Especially in light of the historic crime reductio
Mulchfest 2017 – Here’s what to do with your holiday tree

Mulchfest 2017 – Here’s what to do with your holiday tree

Central Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
'It was the season.   Now its time to recycle those Christmas trees and make way for the new year. Mulchfest, the annual recycling of trees begins Saturday, December 31, 2016 and continues through Sunday, January 8, 2017.  Individuals can drop off their tree at various NYC parks in the five boroughs.  Roy Wilkins and Brookville Parks will again be participating sites.  Click here for a full list of sites.  Brookville Park will also be a site for chipping.  On January 7th and 8th, chipping locations will collect trees and individual can pick up their very own bag of mulch. The NYC Department of Sanitation will also be conducting curbside collections of trees from Tuesday, January 3, 2017 to Saturday, January 14, 2017 Remember to remove all lights...

NYPD Accident Reports Now Available Online!

Categories, Central Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Hallelujah! Drivers involved in collisions can now obtain copies of their reports electronically and with no fee.  The new portal is thanks to the NYPD and City Council which introduced legislation which mandated the NYPD provide individuals access to reports online and immediately upon its preparation.     Previously, individuals had to appear in person at the precinct where the collision occurred in order to obtain a copy of their report.  The process was often inconvenient and involved setting aside a large portion of time.    Thanks to today’s technology, officers can take reports electronically at the scene.  This allows for the report to be processed in a timely fashion.  Affected parties can obtain their paperwork faster and easier as
Residents receive update on flooding mitigation

Residents receive update on flooding mitigation

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
When it rains, it floods in Southeast Queens. Southeast Queens has a long standing issue with flooding.  On Wednesday, December 8th, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) delivered an update regarding their Stormwater Management Plan for Southeast Queens.  The City Council has made a $1.7 billion dollar investment in capital in response to rainfall and storm water flooding.  The update included remarks by DEP Acting Commissioner Vincent Sapienza in addition to key spokesmen from the agency.  DEP has specified various green and gray projects to help curtail the water.  Green projects are those which use natural infrastructure: rain gardens, pond restorations and the like to assist in water collection.  Those projects will help to positively...