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

Enter this Earth Day poster contest

Help celebrate our world this Earth Day by participating in State Senator Michael Gianaris’s Earth Day poster contest. Submissions to the contest, meant to raise awareness on environmental issues, can be made on Gianaris’s website here: www.gianaris.nysenate.gov. The deadline is April 17, 2019. “Protecting our environment for the next generation is critical, and it’s best to involve them in raising awareness,” Gianaris says. “The New York State … Continue reading Enter this Earth Day poster contest

Enjoy this multi-cultural celebration this weekend

On Sunday afternoon the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition is hosting a multi-cultural celebration at the RIOULT Dance Center on the Astoria/Long Island City border. The new dance center, which opened last October, is located at 34-01 Steinway Street. The event on Sunday will be free for all. Enjoy music and dance from cultures from around the world, including Mexico, Ecuador, Greece, China and Egypt. … Continue reading Enjoy this multi-cultural celebration this weekend

Amazon cancels HQ2

Consider it a Valentine’s Day heartbreak for Amazon supporters. After fierce opposition from many community groups, unions and local elected officials, including State Senator Michael Gianaris and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Amazon announced just today that it will not move forward with its Long Island City campus. Here’s the statement they posted on their Day One blog: After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not … Continue reading Amazon cancels HQ2

LIC United: We still need more investments

Since Amazon announced it was coming to Long Island City, one of the biggest questions was: what do local residents think of HQ2? There have been anti-Amazon protests from elected officials, community organizations and some labor unions. Then there are pro-Amazon factions, including some elected officials, business groups and, of course, some labor unions. Opinions are wide and varied. What residents do agree on is … Continue reading LIC United: We still need more investments