On Eid al-Adha, Turkish community gives back to Riis Settlement

To cap off Eid al-Adha, the Turkish Cultural Center of Queens is making a delivery of high-quality frozen meat to over 100 low-income seniors and families at the Jacob Riis Settlement House in LIC. The donation was made possible through the collaboration of TCCQ, the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District and State Senator Mike Gianaris. “Everyday our organization assists families who are dealing with food … Continue reading On Eid al-Adha, Turkish community gives back to Riis Settlement

National Night Out Against Crime at Andrews Grove Park

National Night Out Against Crime is back in Long Island City. On Tuesday, August 6, the 108th Precinct Community Council will host the annual event at Andrews Grove Park, located on 49th Avenue between Vernon Boulevard and 5th Street, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. This event is designed to introduce members of the NYPD precincts to community members, and foster better police-community relations. There will … Continue reading National Night Out Against Crime at Andrews Grove Park

Meet Paul Arcario, LaGuardia’s interim president

With Gail Mellow stepping down on August 1, Paul Arcario will serve as interim president of LaGuardia Community College starting on August 2. Arcario most recently served as the college’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, managing a $40 million annual budget and leading faculty recruitment and development. Arcario joined LaGuardia in 1988 as an ESL faculty member in the Education and Language Acquisition … Continue reading Meet Paul Arcario, LaGuardia’s interim president

Hunters Point listed as third most expensive neighborhood in Queens

The Hunters Point section of Long Island City is the third most expensive neighborhood in Queens, according to PropertyShark.com. The area’s median sale price in the second quarter of 2019 was $890,000, according to a report by the organization. That was just behind Malba, which had a median sale price of $1.12 million, and Ditmars-Steinway at $964,000. TriBeCa remains the most expensive neighborhood in New … Continue reading Hunters Point listed as third most expensive neighborhood in Queens

Gantry Parent Association receives $30K in funding

State Senator Michael Gianaris continues to dole out funding for local organizations and institutions. Yesterday, the Long Island City legislator announced he secured $30,000 in the state budget for the Gantry Parent Association. The allocation will be used to support the group’s online presence and to host future public forums. Gianaris announced the funding during the “Summer Kids at the Landing” program, organized by the … Continue reading Gantry Parent Association receives $30K in funding

Hunters Point Middle School gets $15K for arts

A Long Island City middle school got a welcome surprise at its graduation ceremony this week. Hunters Point Community Middle School, IS 291, will receive $15,000 in funding for arts programming, State Senator Mike Gianaris announced at the cap-and-gown ceremony. “Arts enrich the lives of students and provide a gateway to the future,” Gianaris said. “Arts education encourages and brings skills from across disciplines into … Continue reading Hunters Point Middle School gets $15K for arts

Refurbished Dutch Kills Playground now open

Dutch Kills Playground has reopened just in the knick of time for summer. The $4.5 million project to renovate the popular playground is almost complete. The comfort station will be remade and is expected to be open this winter. But in the meantime, kids in the community can enjoy the following new features: larger spray shower with water-saving controls, new adult fitness equipment, basketball and … Continue reading Refurbished Dutch Kills Playground now open

Gianaris bill would set presidential primary date

State Senator Mike Gianaris has introduced legislation to set the 2020 presidential primary date for April 28. This will be the first presidential primary where early voting procedures will be in place in New York, which was passed into law by the state government this year. Having it on April 28 will entitle New York Democrats an additional delegate bonus of 25 percent at their … Continue reading Gianaris bill would set presidential primary date