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
Black Comic Book Festival: Inspiring the Next Chapter in Black History

Black Comic Book Festival: Inspiring the Next Chapter in Black History

In Depth Reporting, News
The atrium of the Queens Library Schomberg Center on the corner of 135th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard was bursting with creativity!  Illustrations, designs, writers and artists occupied tables that filled the entryways.  It was the 3rd Annual Black Comic Book Festival. An event where comic book creators, their writers and various artists gathered together to showcase their wide range of products. What resonated most during the daylong event was its parallel to the rich history of Black Americans as innovators, thinkers, producers, self-motivators and entrepreneurs. The festival had a lot to offer.  There were panel discussions on publishing, image control and the future of comics.  There were film screenings and workshops, but by and large what most came out for we...

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
National Museum of African American History and Culture Opens

National Museum of African American History and Culture Opens

In Depth Reporting, News
On the lower tip of Washington DC’s National Mall, a phoenix rises.  Its golden bronze façade sparkles in the sunshine and glistens at twilight.  Five stories high, it dominates a skyline whose neighboring structures are vastly different in hue, shape and size.  Yet somehow it is at home, familiar, the family member who looks different but knowingly belongs.  It is the National Museum of African  American History and Culture (NMAAHC).  The museum was established as the Smithsonian’s 19th museum by an Act of Congress signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2003.  The museum is located across from the Washington Monument on the National Mall at the corner of Constitution Avenue.  Both  structures are visible from the northwest sid
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...

Weekly Protests Against Hotel Shelter Have Begun

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Protests have begun at 115th Avenue and Guy R. Brewer Blvd, the site of a new hotel.  Residents believe the hotel is just a front for what will likely turn into a shelter.  They promise a weekly protest from 12:30-1:30PM.   For their first week, protesters were joined by residents of the Maspeth Community who were successful in shutting down a proposed homeless shelter.  Watch a video from that protest which include a special visitor to the protest.