Central Brooklyn

First Lady McCray Hosts Conversation on Mental Illness

First Lady McCray Hosts Conversation on Mental Illness

Central Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
How are you feeling?  Are you or a loved one depressed or anxious?  Would you know what to do or where to go for help? First Lady Chirlane McCray hosted a community conversation on the subject of mental illness and the Thrive NYC program.  The goal was to connect individuals, and their loved ones, to services which help those affected by the disease.  Thrive NYC is a collection of programs which offer help and support.  One phone call to 888-NYC-WELL can start the process.  Assistance is not just a phone call away, but many of the Thrive NYC programs are proactive and reach out to connect with those who might be most in need.  The ‘Respect for All’ program which extends care to students and their families is currently located in over 130 schools

What to do if confronted by a ICE officer (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

Central Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
  With tensions and concerns high in immigrant communities, Long Island Wins has created three know-your-rights videos.  Long Island Wins is an advocacy and educational group which fosters community partnership with existing and new Americans.   Every day a new story seems to surface about an immigration raid, an airport detainment and, most shockingly, an immigrant agent showing up at at Queens elementary school looking for a fourth grader.   This type of nervous climate lends itself to scammers who take advantage of individuals who feel they are in a vulnerable place.  Knowing your rights is a good place to start.  Long Island Wins clearly communicates that these video are for informational purposes only and not legal advice.  They advise ...
What Free Tuition Really Means

What Free Tuition Really Means

Central Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, In Depth Reporting, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
by KAREN CLEMENTS editor@thecommunitiesofcolor.com New York State has introduced the Excelsior Scholarship, a Tuition Free Degree Program. The program promises New York residents with family household gross incomes (as filed on your 2015 federal tax returns) of under $100K free tuition at a SUNY (State University of New York) or CUNY (City University of New York) institutions. The program is slated to begin in the 2017-18 academic year. Recipients can receive up to $5,500 toward their tuition costs which does not include grants from TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) Pell (a US government subsidy) or other scholarships. Eligible students must be enrolled in 30 credits over the course of the academic year which equates to enrolling in at least 12 credits per term or four classes (class...

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. 
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
Its Official! Bernie Endorses Hillary for President

Its Official! Bernie Endorses Hillary for President

Central Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
After weeks of wondering if Senator Bernie Sanders would ever abandon his quest for President of the United States, he finally formally endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for President. Sanders made the announcement on Tuesday, July 12 with Clinton by his side. "If you don't believe this election is important, take a moment to think about the Supreme Court justices that Donald Trump will nominate, and what that means to civil liberties, equal rights and the future of our country," said Sanders. Sanders and Clinton were sometimes at odds on the issues facing voters today.  That divide was addressed during the announcement. "There was a significant coming together between the two campaigns and we produced...the most progressive platform in the history of the Democ
Brooklyn Museum Closes Due to Power Outage

Brooklyn Museum Closes Due to Power Outage

Central Brooklyn, News
New York City's heatwave is affecting the most vulnerable and social lives. The Brooklyn Museum will be closed Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10 due to an air-conditioning outage. As New Yorkers look for shelter in cool indoor places during the lazy days of summer, this closure comes as a derailment for those who seek interesting air conditioned activities during the high temperature. Fret not, the Museum promises to be up and running soon.  Most importantly, museum collections will be monitored during the outage to ensure sensitive material is unharmed.  
Congress Democrats Willing for Forgo Recess For Gun Control Laws

Congress Democrats Willing for Forgo Recess For Gun Control Laws

Central Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
US Congress Democrats, led by Rep. John Lewis, are demonstrating in a sit-in on the floor of the House Congress for a vote on gun violence legislation.  Specifically, the group is pushing for a vote on expanded background checks and the prevention of gun sales to suspected terrorists on the "no-fly" list. Congress Democrats are asking House Speaker Ryan to keep the House in session during its planned recess to debate and vote on gun violence. This sit-in comes at the heels of yet another mass shooting.  The latest shooting occurred in Orlando Florida where a reported 49 individuals were killed and 53 were wounded. Chris Cox, the Executive Director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, wrote in an opinion piece for the USA Today that gun laws do not de