Van Bramer ends campaign for Queens BP

Long Island City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer has dropped out of the special election for Queens borough president. In a campaign email to supporters on Monday morning, Van Bramer announced the end to his campaign. “Family circumstances have been weighing on me for some time, causing me to reconsider the timing and feasibility of this campaign,” he wrote. “Prioritizing my responsibilities as a son and … Continue reading Van Bramer ends campaign for Queens BP

Court Square Library to close on February 15

A closing date has been announced for the Court Square library branch. Queens Public Library has notified the community that the library at 25-01 Jackson Avenue will close on Saturday, February 15 at 5 p.m. Mobile library service will be provided on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting on February 24. The service will be located in front of the court house at … Continue reading Court Square Library to close on February 15

Court Square civic leaders to rally for new library

On Wednesday, January 8, Friends of Court Square Library, Court Square Civic Association and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer will rally to demand a new home for the Court Square Library. The library’s lease on the ground floor of the Citi Building is slated to end in March. That means the 100,000 people who use the library each year will be out of a library until … Continue reading Court Square civic leaders to rally for new library

Online contest to rename Bridge and Tunnel Park

Here’s your chance to help rename a Long Island City Park. The Parks Department and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer are hosting a public contest to rename Bridge and Tunnel Park. Located on 50th Avenue between 11th Street and 11th Place, the park was established in 1957. Its name refers to its location between the Pulaski Bride and the Queens Midtown Tunnel. The Parks Department website … Continue reading Online contest to rename Bridge and Tunnel Park

Your LIC second workshop set for December 16

The second ‘Your LIC’ workshop is scheduled for Monday, December 16 at Hunters Point Community Middle School. The topic of this workshop will be resiliency and public open space. Like the first workshop, this one will be facilitated by Dr. Gail Mellow, former president of LaGuardia Community College, and Bishop Mitchell Taylor, co-founder of Urban Upbound. The workshop will feature a presentation from SHoP Architects, … Continue reading Your LIC second workshop set for December 16

Variety Boys & Girls Club to host Queens BP forum

Now that Borough President Melinda Katz has officially become the next Queens District Attorney, the race to fill the borough presidency spot is well underway. There are at least half a dozen contenders, including current and former elected officials. Astoria Councilman Costa Constantinides and LIC/Sunnyside/Woodside Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer are among those who have thrown their hat in the ring. To help voters decide who … Continue reading Variety Boys & Girls Club to host Queens BP forum

Van Bramer hosts 10th annual Holiday Food Drive

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer is hosting his 10th annual Holiday Food Drive from now until December 20. The drive is collecting the following non-perishable food items: canned meats, canned soups, canned veggies, canned/dried fruit, infant formula, peanut butter, dried goods, other pasta, rice and grains. The collected items will support the women and children who receive services at the Long Island City-based nonprofit Hour Children. … Continue reading Van Bramer hosts 10th annual Holiday Food Drive

Sixteen Oaks Grove to undergo renovation

A gathering space near the Ravenswood Houses and the Long Island City branch of the Queens Public Library will undergo a $1.3 million transformation. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer announced the funding to revamp Sixteen Oaks Grove on 21st Street and 37th Avenue last week. “This is a beautiful space that is essentially empty,” he said. “We can add appropriate benches and greenery to beautify this … Continue reading Sixteen Oaks Grove to undergo renovation

ICYMI: Maloney tapped to lead House Oversight Committee

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, who represents Long Island City, was elected last week by the House Democratic Caucus to lead the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The veteran pol fills the vacancy created the passing of late Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland. Out of 219 ballots cast, Maloney received 133 votes, while Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly got 86 votes. The House Oversight Committee will play … Continue reading ICYMI: Maloney tapped to lead House Oversight Committee

Submit an entry to this year’s Thanksgiving Creative Program

State Senator Mike Gianaris is hosting his annual Thanksgiving-themed creative program once again this year. Young people from across western Queens are invited to submit a creative depiction showing what they are thankful for this time of year. Students in kindergarten through sixth grade can submit works of art, poems or short stories. Entries are due by November 25. “This program provides students an opportunity … Continue reading Submit an entry to this year’s Thanksgiving Creative Program