Community Events

Residents Celebrate Summer 2017 with a Host of Events and Giveaways

Community Events, Health/Wellness, Neighborhoods, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
Backpack and school supplies giveaways, health fairs, Caribbean Festivals, Outdoor concerts and Friends and Family events had residents enjoying the outdoors these final weeks of summer.  Music can be heard filtering through the streets while bouncy houses frame the landscape with the sounds of children’s laughter.  Residents will not let summer go without a good fight.  With the weather complying with warm days and unusually cooler nights, it has been easier to enjoy neighborhood parks. Rochdale Village's Friends & Family Day Saturday, August 20 was Rochdale Village’s annual Friends and Family Day.  Residents took to its vast manicured lawns of the Village for food, fun and fellowship.  The DJ was spinning the tunes, a bouncy house and rock wall for the
Young Democrats Protest Incident in Charlottesville

Young Democrats Protest Incident in Charlottesville

Community Events, Neighborhoods, Police/Community, Politics/Elections, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
On Tuesday, August 15 the Queens County Young Democrats’ (QCYD) Caucus of Color hosted a rally against hate and bigotry.   The rally was in response to the recent events in Charlottesville VA at which one person was killed.  The Charlottesville rally was organized by White Nationalist.  The rally was the brainchild of one of QCYD’s newest members, Kemar Newman.  A member of QCYD for just two months, the young immigrant and veteran was affected by the events in Charlottesville.  With two young daughters, Kemar was fearful of the country they would inherit.  It motivated him to take the initiative to gather individuals together in a show of unity. “You are the change,” he said. The rally was held at Rufus King Park under an overcast sky.  It s
DOH Will Be Spraying Against West Nile on August 8

DOH Will Be Spraying Against West Nile on August 8

Community Events, Health/Wellness, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
The Health Department will be spraying pesticide on Tuesday night, Aug. 8 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.  The spraying is to ward against the West Nile Virus by removing mosquitoes from the area.   The spraying includes the area bonded by the following boundaries. The Van Wyck Expressway; on the north by Linden Boulevard, 204th Street and Murdock Avenue to the north; on the east by 221st Street, 118th Avenue, 234th Street, 135th  Avenue, Hook Creek Boulevard and 249th Street; and on the south by 147th  Avenue, 225th Street, the Long Island Rail Road, 137th Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard.

‘Central Park Five’ documentary screens to community youths

Community Events, Neighborhoods, News, Police/Community, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
[This article was originally published in 2013.  As renewed interest in the 'Central Park Five' story emerges, this article is being reposted.] It is one movie that you are happy to know the outcome. ‘The Central Park Five’, is a documentary that examines the 1989 case of five Black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a White woman in Central Park.  The movie is currently being screened throughout Southeast Queens to audiences, both young and old.  Recently, the documentary was screened at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center and the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. At the Ross Center, seventh and eight grade students from the nearby Eagle Academy comprised a large portion of the guests who had come out.  While the case of the Central Park Jo

Community Fights Against Alcohol at Parks Events

Community Events, Economic Development, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
Days prior to the R&B concert event ‘Groovin’ in the Park’, civic leaders, residents, elected official representatives and Southern Queens Parks Association (SQPA) board members met with representatives from the Parks Department to discuss authorizing alcohol as part of the event. The community’s position was clear.  No alcohol.  Although NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver’s presence was requested, Queens Borough Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski was the designated representing official.  She was apologetic about another appointment she had that would mean leaving the meeting early.  The issue at hand was whether the promoter would be able to add alcohol to the event slated to take place in three days.  Alcohol would be in the form of four two ounce

Hip Hop Pioneers at St. Albans Library

Community Events, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
MC Davy Jay, DJ Divine, DJ Casino, Livio G… These names may not be household names, but they represents artists one who paved the way for the likes of Jay Z, Kayne West and Kendrick Lamar.  They are just a few of the Queens Hip Hop Pioneers featured in a photo exhibit curated by Queens Library’s Hip Hop Coordinator, VJ Ralph McDaniels.  On Thursday, June 15 the St. Albans branch of the Queens Library hosted an opening day reception to welcome the exhibit to its new temporary home.  McDaniels, Video Music Box’s VJ is a legend in his own right and was inducted into the Smithsonian African American Museum of History and Culture for his work.  McDaniels’ has been documenting the story of Queens Hip Hop for the Library.  That has included past conversations wi

Laurelton Memorial Day Parade 2017

Community Events, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
It was a dreary day with periods of rain.  The streets were empty and along Merrick Blvd there seemed to not be a car in sight.  Then in the distance, the beating of the drums sounded that familiar parade beat.  Then the marchers came, smiling and happy, umbrellas in hand.  Nothing was going to stop the community from thanking their veterans!  A little rain is nothing in comparison to the sacrifice veterans made to protect our freedoms.  The spirit of the parade was so upbeat and filled with gratitude it seemed like the sunniest day in May.  Along 225th Street, the annual tradition of neighbors cheering on the parade as they passed by was unabated.  The parade ended at the Veterans triangle at 225th and the Conduit for a heartfelt memorial service wh...