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AirTrain Jazz Festival Expands…Seeks Artists

AirTrain Jazz Festival Expands…Seeks Artists

Categories, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Last year, the AirTrain Jazz Festival welcomed commuters traveling through the AirTrain Jamaica Station.  In the same manner that travelers are warmly greeted with music when de-boarding planes in the Caribbean, this jazz festival offered the same welcoming tone. This year the festival is expanding from its eight week run to thirty weeks!  The series will also move performances from the evening house to late afternoon/evening. Promoters have put out a call for  jazz bands that want to be a part of the lineup.  Last years festival took the opportunity to showcase area talent.   The hope is that additional local bands will answer the call. The festival is successful at capturing the attention of commuters at they move through the station.  Many pause their travels to enjoy the m
Upcoming Election Leaves Voters Voiceless and Choiceless

Upcoming Election Leaves Voters Voiceless and Choiceless

Categories, In Depth Reporting, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Assemblyman William Scarborough, District 29, stepped down from his position after pleading guilty to state and federal felony charges of grand larceny in the misuse of travel funds over a four year period.  This November, the election to install a new Assembly member will take place.  Three ladies are vying for the seat.  Alicia Hyndman, Scherie Murray and Terryl Ebony are in a lackluster campaign that has left many residents disappointed with a shortage of candidates, crying ‘voter suppression’ and dismayed with a repeat of the same old thing from the same old guard. After it was confirmed that Scarborough was stepping down, there was a buzz in the community that there would be many potential candidates tossing their hat into the ring.  The number was rumored to be upwards of 11 i
Brookville Park  Prepare for Upgrades

Brookville Park Prepare for Upgrades

Categories, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Local Serena Williams hopefuls will soon get an opportunity to train for the next grand slam both day and night. Plans were unveiled for the new and improved Brookville Park which will include upgrades to its tennis courts, synthetic playing field and picnic areas on September 22nd. The tennis courts will receive new lighting to allow for evening hour playing and events.  The turf field will include bleachers along the 50 yard line and wide paths for accessibility ease.  Picnic area upgrades will include the addition of eight tables, four hot coal stations and five barbecue grills. An upgrade to Brookville Park's reading and chess areas, which was a winner of the 2015 Participatory Budgeting Project which allocated $1 million to spend in the District, will be addressed in a la
Food pantry opens in Jamaica Avenue justice center

Food pantry opens in Jamaica Avenue justice center

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
New York City Department of Probation in conjunction with the Food Bank of New York City celebrated the opening of NeOn Nutrition Kitchen at its Jamaica Avenue Center. NeOn Nutrition Kitchen (Jamaica NeON) is the NYC Department of Probations’ in house food pantry. Staff noticed that clients were food insecure and, as a result, were trying to help fill those needs independently. With a clientele that is 85% male, solving food insecurity issues isn’t as simple as sending individuals to the local pantry. The stigma surrounding such in community visits is higher for males who, unlike women, overcome any personal stigma as they are fulfilling their roles as primary caregivers. Clients can visit the pantry while they are at the center visiting for other reasons. Parole officers can ass
Back-to-school fashions rock Jamaica Avenue runway

Back-to-school fashions rock Jamaica Avenue runway

News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Who knew school could look so good? The Ave, that’s who! Jamaica Avenue has long been the place where students shopped for trendy gear for the upcoming school year. On Saturday, August 29, the Jamaica Center BID collaborated with the 165th Street BID to host its second annualBack to School Fashion Event. An event which showcased the offerings from its business district along with young designer Tyyann of Pinky Sez, latest collection. What a show! The 165th Street mall was transformed into a scene from NY fashion week, with the red carpet positioned just outside the Coliseum Mall and chairs lining the runway. Fashions took to the runaway worn by tots and teens with sass, class and all modes of cuteness. Divas and dudes wore attire in the freshest of pairings for back to scho
RX for Obesity, Coupons Included

RX for Obesity, Coupons Included

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News
Let the healing begin! The Far Rock Urban Agro-Educational Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of “The Healing Garden”, Far Rockaway’s Farmers Market. The garden provides fresh fruits, vegetables and eggs to low-income neighborhoods.    This year, they will be providing an estimated 20-000lbs of food to area pantries. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control reported that two thirds of Americans are overweight or obese.  In addition, low income neighborhoods have a generational cycle of diseases including diabetes and hypertension. “There is a legacy that needs to be broken with family after family suffering from diabetes.  We want to give families the ability to buy fruits and vegetables at low costs,” said Dr. Melony Samuels, Founder and Execut
This house is open for education

This house is open for education

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Wine and Cheese.  Up and coming virtuosos.  Symphony Orchestra performances. These were what community  educators were exposed to when Joe’s Music Center and Performing Arts Inc. held an open house at its Farmers Boulevard location. Community educators were invited to a tour of the facilities, which includes classrooms and the music store.  Then they were treated to an intimate evening of musical performances.    Young talent from the school was the featured       performers.  They were dressed to impress as they took part in the showcase. Justin Springer exhibited his melodious vocal talent in a moving rendition of ‘The Greatest Love of All’.  Six year old pianist prodigy Bailey Timmons    tickled the ivories.  Although Bailey stumbled a bit during her performance, she displa
Hip hop meets elegance at annual fashion event

Hip hop meets elegance at annual fashion event

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
The Jamaica Collections, Downtown Jamaica’s annual fashion event, featured top notch designers, delicious cuisine all with refined style in its annual fashion, food and fun event.  Four designers brilliantly engaged the runaway to showcase their designs on Saturday, June 6th. The evening began with red carpet photos and food tastings.  In keeping with the fashion theme, attendees were dressed in their fashionable best! There were neon colors, matching handbags, floppy hats, sequins, shorts, graphic tees all ready for their red carpet debut.  Food tastings included crisp, fresh bites of classics turn delicacies of shrimp, black rice and salsa.  The food was as elegantly displayed as the attendees and just as likely to appear in red carpet photos.  But it was the designers and fash
On grieving, orange is the new black

On grieving, orange is the new black

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Monday, June 22, Queens held a dual vigil and lighting ceremony at the Queens Museum. It was a vigil of solidarity for the victims of the Charleston church massacre and a lighting to support New York State’s gun violence awareness month.  The façade of the museum was illuminated in orange, the official color of gun violence awareness month. “To send a clear message that those in Queens want to make sure that we are heard throughout the world that gun violence will not be tolerated.  And we need to get them off the streets.  People kill people, but get them out of folks’ hands.  That is such an important message here today,” said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. The event was sponsored by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and District Attorney Richard Brown. BP Ka
Airport noise forum fails at explanation and communication

Airport noise forum fails at explanation and communication

In Depth Reporting, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
On Wednesday, June 17, 2015 The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey hosted a Public Information Workshop Open House for the John F. Kennedy International Airport Title 14 Code of the Federal Regulation Part 150 Study. Important because Southeast Queens residents have been banging the drum of noise impact for some time with little results. This is the first time the airport, which is operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is performing such a study. The purpose of the study is to determine existing and future noise conditions. The study will examine air space efficiency and “look to see the kinds of noise exposure each aircraft is making,” said Steve Alverson, who is part of the technical team carrying out the study. “What of these things are making the mo