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

QPL tech lab launches Queensbridge Community Science Project

The Queens Public Library Tech Lab at Queensbridge has launched a new community science project, a series of workshops designed to explore local urban ecology. Starting June 1 and ending on July 20, the eight-week program is open to all ages with an emphasis on teens and families. Students will work with science educators and technology such as Airbeams and microscopes to explore air, water … Continue reading QPL tech lab launches Queensbridge Community Science Project

Winning projects for this year’s participatory budgeting

Last Friday, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer announced the winners of this year’s participatory budgeting process. In total, six projects were funded for a total of $2.05 million. Thousands of residents ages 11 and up voted for their favorite projects from March 30 to April 7. Here are the winning projects: Tech Upgrades for Schools ($400,000) 3,484 votes Laptop carts, computers, projectors and interactive boards for PS … Continue reading Winning projects for this year’s participatory budgeting

Two LaGuardia students selected as Jack Kent Cooke Scholars

Two students from LaGuardia Community College have been selected as 2019 Jack Kent Cooke Scholars. Matthew Wilson and Sukhrob Abdushukurov are two of only 61 community college students across the country to receive the scholarship, which provides up to $40,000 per year, up to three years, for the completion of a bachelor’s degree. With Wilson and Abdushukurov’s selection, LaGuardia now has had 11 Cooke scholars since … Continue reading Two LaGuardia students selected as Jack Kent Cooke Scholars

LaGuardia to host Black Lives Matter Summit

LaGuardia Community College is hosting the 5th annual Black Lives Matter Summit. On Thursday, April 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., LaGuardia students, faculty and staff will discuss issues of inequity faced by people of color and the fight for social justice. The keynote speakers at the conference will be Shaun King, a writer, activist and co-founder of the Real Justice PAC, and Talib … Continue reading LaGuardia to host Black Lives Matter Summit

Pick your favorite local projects for Participatory Budgeting 2019

From March 30 to April 7, residents ages 11 and up in the 26th Council District (Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside, Astoria) can vote for their favorite projects in this year’s participatory budgeting. After months of community engagement, the ballot has been narrowed down to 13 final projects: Technology Upgrades for Libraries ($450,000) Location: Sunnyside, Woodside, Broadway, LIC and Court Square Libraries Description: Technology upgrades … Continue reading Pick your favorite local projects for Participatory Budgeting 2019

Chip NYC raises $10K for Variety Boys and Girls Club

Last month, wildly popular cookie bakery Chip NYC teamed up with the Variety Boys & Girls Club’s Young Professionals Board to raise $10,000 for the club. Chip NYC set up a pop-up shop at the club, sold 1,000 cookies and 50 oven mitts, and donated all of the proceeds to the club. The proceeds will directly benefit the club’s after-school programs, which serve over 4,000 … Continue reading Chip NYC raises $10K for Variety Boys and Girls Club