How green was your state legislator this year?

The New York League of Conservation Voters released its “Environmental Scorecard,” which grades lawmakers on how they voted on environmental bills. The green lobby group considered voting records for 13 bills, five of which passed the State Senate and seven of which passed the Assembly. The legislation ranges on issues from prohibiting offshore drilling and protecting working farms to paint stewardship and single-use carryout bags. Overall, 16 state … Continue reading How green was your state legislator this year?

Enroll in free classes for adults

School isn’t just for kids. The NYC Department of Education is taking applications for free adult classes beginning August 27. Classes offered include English for all languages, computer courses and basic education classes. Programs are offered for both the morning and the evening. The Queens Adult Learning Center is located at 27-35 Jackson Avenue in the third floor in Long Island City. Continue reading Enroll in free classes for adults

Brent O’Leary to run for City Council

Hunters Point Civic Association leader Brent O’Leary is giving it another go for City Council. The civic leader announced on Friday that he will make another bid in 2021, after Jimmy Van Bramer is term-limited. Van Bramer has all but started campaigning for Queens borough president (Melinda Katz is also term-limited). O’Leary ran in 2009, but lost to Van Bramer. The 26th District covers Long … Continue reading Brent O’Leary to run for City Council

Know Your Rights workshop set for August 7

A Know Your Rights workshop is coming to Long Island City on Tuesday, August 7 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It will be held at 696 Build Queensbridge’s offices at 10-31 41st Avenue. The week-long series, called “Closing Cases, Opening Doors,” will offer free, confidential advice from lawyers and experts on ways to eliminate barriers to employment and economic opportunity. Participants will learn more about … Continue reading Know Your Rights workshop set for August 7

Tax Commission to host hearing on Citylights

Some good news for Citylights residents. The NYC Tax Commission will review the building’s tax assessment done by the Department of Finance. The hearing is set for mid-August. Residents at Citylights are facing a double-whammy of an impending 87 percent property tax increase at the same time of the end of a 20-year tax abatement. This expected increase has made residents fearful that they will … Continue reading Tax Commission to host hearing on Citylights

Kupferberg Center’s Live at the Gantries Kicks Off

Experience the wonderful world of Queens in your own backyard at Long Island City’s Live at the Gantries, a summer concert series hosted by Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College. Live at the Gantries aims to highlight local and diverse talents that represent the communities and cultures in Queens. In past years, Live at the Gantries typically featured only seven acts, but due … Continue reading Kupferberg Center’s Live at the Gantries Kicks Off

SummerStage at Queensbridge Park starts tomorrow

This Thursday through Sunday (July 12-15), The City Parks Foundation is hosting free concert events at Queensbridge Park. As part of their ‘Summer Stage’ Concert Series, artists such as Systema Solar, Ro James, Jungle Brothers and Friends, Very Be Careful, and more, will be performing throughout the four day span. Visit the CityParks Foundation website for the full lineup. This year’s concert series is presented by … Continue reading SummerStage at Queensbridge Park starts tomorrow

Sunnyside Yard Steering Committee is officially underway

Here at the LiCity Blog, we intend to keep our readers informed about the ongoing happenings related to the Sunnyside Yard project. In May, EDC announced the formation of a steering committee to create a master plan for the project. The plan, which will take 18 months to form, will lay out a vision and identify first steps. To complete the master plan, EDC has … Continue reading Sunnyside Yard Steering Committee is officially underway

Drag Queens Story Hour at the Broadway Library

Queens Library has been hosting drag queen story hours, and it’s coming to the Broadway branch tomorrow afternoon. From 3 to 4 p.m. on June 15, Queens Library president Dennie Walcott will join Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer at drag queen Bella Noche in a picture book reading. Designed for children ages 3 to 8, the story hour raises awareness about gender diversity and promotes self-awareness … Continue reading Drag Queens Story Hour at the Broadway Library

Taste of LIC set for June 5

Come check out all of the delicious flavors that make up the diverse neighborhood of Long Island City on Tuesday, June 5. The annual event will take place at the backlot of Kaufman Astoria Studios. Enter at the intersection of 39th Avenue and 36th Street.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. More than 40 restaurants, breweries and other vendors will participate. The MC will be Councilman … Continue reading Taste of LIC set for June 5