Why It Will Take You Longer to Travel on 147th Avenue

Why It Will Take You Longer to Travel on 147th Avenue

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
  Traffic was backed up for five blocks on 147th Avenue as it moved to and from Brookville Boulevard. Motorists’ tempers flared as traffic snarled with no visible reason for the hold up. The cause of the hold up? A new traffic light was installed at 147th Avenue and 232nd Street. The location where Brookville Park is separated by 147th Avenue and the baseball playing field lies on the other side of the street. These blocks have been problematic for children and adults making their way to the baseball diamond. Alec McFarlane was hit by a car there when he was seven years old. “Thankfully, he is all right,” said his mother. Alec took an inaugural walk across the avenue with Borough President Melinda Katz and City Councilman Donovan Richards. The new traffic light is a slow a
Ladies provide Link for an arts education

Ladies provide Link for an arts education

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
While there is much talk these days of a STEM education (one that incorporates science, technology, engineering and mathematics), many already know that an arts education is a necessary component to successful children. “The arts are central to who we are as a people and they are central to the success of our kids. It is necessary for these young people to succeed that we promote the arts,” said President Barack Obama. Ladies from the Greater Queens Chapter of the Links, Inc., in conjunction with community partner Joe’s Music Center & Performing Arts Inc., joined forces to open the doors to an arts educations for 2nd and 3rd graders of P.S 116, with gifts of instruments, musical recorders. The Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead Recorder Program gifted two classes, 50 students, with recorder

Short Changed on Education

In Depth Reporting
Whether it is stepping up a grade, graduating or having a degree presented to you, all these steps are important because Education is crucial. In short and crude terms: the dumber one is, the poorer one is destined to be. Thomas Piketty in his book ‘Capital in the 21st Century, names education as the main force in favor of great equality of wealth. High literacy and an increasing and skilled workforce are the key elements to achieving growth and equity. Sixty years post the landmark Supreme Court decision, Brown versus the Board of Education (BOE), which focused on the issue of separate and unequal, the topic of education remains complex. It is what many people believe is the next civil rights issue as people of color continue to lag be-hind in the education system designed for all. T

Crossroads: Threats Against Global and Local Communities

In Depth Reporting
They say communities of color are a crisis people. They gather around little, distracting issues and fail to examine the most critical ones. They do not set an agenda nor do they tackle the most pressing and immediate concerns. Communities of color march in unity against police brutality but not against their staggeringly high unemployment numbers. They are outraged when individuals in leadership roles express racists’ attitudes and opinion, yet do not put in the work necessary to hold leaders responsible. Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Travyon Martin, Ray Rice are not the issue. The issue is how did those situations evolve and how did these people become poster men for death and abuse? As more and more of these distracting situations come to light, the more important issues like the upcomi

What the Republican Win in the Midterm Election Means to You

In Depth Reporting
Post Election Day 2014, the headlines screamed how the Democrats were sent packing by voters. It was a beating not only seen on a National level, but for New York State as well.  Nationally, the Republican Party gained majority control of Congress. They won an additional seven seats in the House and two seats in the Senate. Moreover, these seats were not merely won but were flipped from Democrat to Republican. New York State won the honor of flipping three Congressional seats from Democrat to Republican. More than any other state. On a state level, the New York Legislature is now officially controlled by the majority Republicans. Three Senate seats turned from Democrat to Republican. Jeff Klein is quoted as saying that there is no longer a need for the IDC (Independent Democratic Commi
Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
It was the Prom Impact day at Highland Church. The event was a collaboration of church, community and NYPD. Officer Tanya Dunhaney of the 113th Precinct’s Community Affairs Dept donated 60 dresses after reaching out to the people in her precinct. Top Cop Chief Philip Banks made a visit to the event to cheer the girls on. Several officers from the nearby 107th precinct also stopped by to take part in the happy event. Girls not only received free dresses, but shoes, accessories, hair styling and makeup tips to recreate their look for that special day. This prom expo also included healthy eating and self es-teem information. Photos clockwise: Chief Banks and Margret Pomah; girls display their dresses; The event was conceived in the mind of the church’s youth ministry led by Eliana Hamilton w
Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway 2014

Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway 2014

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Four days before Thanksgiving!  It was the perfect day to give away free turkeys.  Not only was the weather cooperating, after that artic blast, but the turkeys were frozen which means there is enough time for the turkeys to thaw, be seasoned and made ready for the Holiday Dinner. The giveaway was sponsored by Councilman I. Daneek Miller.  Folks had been lining up since 10A that morning and their wait paid off.  There was a turkey for everyone!  They had about 300 13-15 pound turkeys to donate and each person had their own plans for the turkey. Barbara Moore is cooking Thanksgiving dinner for her grandchildren. William Hallow and Samia are going to fry their turkey. Verna Simmons is going to have her daughter cook it. Edward Blalock is having his lady cook it. NYPD Commun

Playground Upgrade @ IS 59

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
After six long years the playground at Intermediate School 59 is finally finished and the school held it’s ribbon cutting ceremony despite the inclement weather on Wednesday October 22. The process for the new playground started six years ago under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  It was part of the “Schoolyard-to Playgrounds” initiative based on the PlaNYC 2030 mission to provide greater access to parks across New York City.  This initiative aims to convert underutilized schoolyards into vibrant community playgrounds. The plans for the school were drawn up back in 2008 with input from the then IS 59 students, but the project was stalled along the way due to bureaucratic issues within the New York City Department of Education. IS 59 Principal Carlton Gordon, reached out to  Community

Rockaway Ferry Discontinued, Elected Try to Soften the Blow

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods
Its official. Ferry service to and from the Peninsula has been discontinued.   A joint statement was issued by elected officials which service the area.  It reads, "We are extremely disappointed at the decision to discontinue ferry service to the Rockaways. We will continue to fight for a ferry that the Rockaways deserves and need to connect the peninsula to lower Manhattan."  It is signed by Congressman Gregory Meeks, Borough President Melinda Katz, State Senator Joe Addabbo, State Senator James Sanders, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, AssemblyWoman Michelle Titus and Councilman Eric Ulrich. The statement goes on to address another pressing issue in the Rockaways, homeless shelters. It reads, "We are however very thankful that Mayor De Blasio has decided to withdraw plans to place a hom

Council Member Miller Requests Moratorium on Van Approvals

Categories, Neighborhoods, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Led by New York City Council Member I. Daneek Miller, representatives from the offices of Assembly Member Bill Scarborough and Council Member Donovan Richards, along with Adrienne Adams of Community Board 12, Harbachan Singh of the Queens Civic Congress, President Mark Henry from ATU Local 1056, and Dustin Jones of Disabled in Action called today for the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) to reform the safety and legal standards of the commuter van industry, along with improving enforcement of the existing rules and regulations that govern the vans. The press conference began at 6pm across from the Jamaica Bus Terminal on the intersection of Archer Ave and Parsons Blvd in Queens. On Sunday, September 14th, an illegal commuter van engaged the NYPD in a high speed chase that left a 2...