Live at the Gantries free concert series move online

Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College’s Live at the Gantries concert series is officially moving online this summer. Traditionally held at Gantry Plaza State Park, the series will go virtual with performances every Tuesday at 7 p.m. during the months of July and August. The concerts will stream on KCA’s YouTube and Facebook pages. Following each concert, there will be a live Q&A … Continue reading Live at the Gantries free concert series move online

More COVID-19 testing sites coming to LIC

With phase 2 of reopening underway, New York City is opening even more COVID-19 testing sites across the five boroughs. Through a partnership with Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), an emergency relief nonprofit co-founded by Sean Penn and Ann Lee, and SOMOS, the city is operating a testing site at Long Island City High School. This will be a permanent testing site that will operate … Continue reading More COVID-19 testing sites coming to LIC

Zone 126 announces new executive director

Zone 126, a nonprofit cradle-to-career nonprofit organization that promotes educational and community transformation in Long Island City and Astoria, has a new leader at the helm. Anju Rupchandani has been promoted to the role of executive director, the group announced on Monday. She has been with the organization since its inception in 2011. Raised in Astoria, Rupchandani is a product of the local public school … Continue reading Zone 126 announces new executive director

Immigration rights activist gives keynote at LaGuardia graduation

On Tuesday, immigrant rights activist and LaGuardia Community College alum Antonio Alarcon gave the keynote address for the school’s virtual graduation for the class of 2020. Alarcon, who graduated in 2015, is a co-plaintiff in the DACA case, U.S. Department of Homeland Security v. Vidal et al. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the case last November and is expected to issue its decision … Continue reading Immigration rights activist gives keynote at LaGuardia graduation

Support CCBQ’s crucial programs and services

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens is asking the Long Island City community to support their programs that assist neighbors in need. Since 1899, CCBQ has helped build communities and serve neighbors in need with mercy and compassion. The organization sponsors more than 160 programs and services for children, youth, adults and seniors. Their programs have helped those who are mentally ill, isolated or have developmental … Continue reading Support CCBQ’s crucial programs and services

Borough president announces appointments to community board

Acting Borough President Sharon Lee appointed 339 people to serve in Queens’s 14 community boards on Tuesday. Of the 399 appointees, 76 are first-time members who have never served on the board, but have shown a commitment and understanding to the community’s needs. The two-year term for these appointees run from May 31, 2020 to March 31, 2022. The office received 595 applications, including 252 … Continue reading Borough president announces appointments to community board

New York Junior Tennis League shares statement on racial injustice

Tennis legend Arthur Ashe once said the following quote: “My potential is more than can be expressed within the bounds of my race or ethnic identity.” It’s with this framework in mind that the New York Junior Tennis League has responded to the protests for racial justice in New York City and across the country after the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. George … Continue reading New York Junior Tennis League shares statement on racial injustice

Grassland Dairy donates butter to City Harvest in LIC

Grassland Dairy donated 2,000 pounds of butter to City Harvest in Long Island City at the beginning of the month. Altogether, the company and donated more than 10,000 pounds of butter across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The impact of this public health pandemic has been swift and significant, and as we’ve seen across the country, there has been an immediate surge in the … Continue reading Grassland Dairy donates butter to City Harvest in LIC

Explore Anable Basin with Dr. Jack Eichenbaum

On Sunday, March 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., geographer Dr. Jack Eichenbaum, the Queens borough historian, is hosting a tour of Anable Basin in Long Island City. As Eichenbaum notes, this is the area that Amazon rejected under community pressure last year. The tech giant was originally going to build its HQ2 campus for 25,000 jobs on the waterfront. Even without Amazon, the … Continue reading Explore Anable Basin with Dr. Jack Eichenbaum

LaGuardia student nominated for Barry Goldwater Scholarship

Computer science major Ruzan Melik-Yolchyan has been nominated by LaGuardia Community College for the 2020 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship in Math, Natural Science & Engineering. The scholarship for college students pursuing STEM fields is given every year to 400-500 students out of a pool of 1,200 nominees. Melik-Yolchyan immigrated to the United States four years ago from Armenia. She enrolled at LaGuardia to study comp-sci. … Continue reading LaGuardia student nominated for Barry Goldwater Scholarship