PS/IS 78’s Mandarin Language Program just got a boost

Learning mandarin at PS/IS 78 in Long Island City just got a whole lot better. Continuing his funding streak, State Senator Mike Gianaris announced last week that PS/IS 78’s Interactive Language Program will receive a $10,000 grant from the state. The program helps prepare students for a global economy by using technology to facilitate early-age foreign language instruction across the world. My Chinese Teacher (MCT) … Continue reading PS/IS 78’s Mandarin Language Program just got a boost

Growing Up Green Charter School gets $10K in state funding

State Senator Mike Gianaris announced this week that he has allocated $10,000 in state funding for Growing Up Green Charter School in the Dutch Kills section of LIC. The funding will be used to support special education programs for the school. “Every child deserves a full range of services and quality education, and I am proud this funding will help secure just that for our … Continue reading Growing Up Green Charter School gets $10K in state funding

Participatory budgeting in District 26 underway

The sixth year of participatory in District 26, which includes LIC, Sunnyside and Woodside, is now underway. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer is committing a minimum of $1 million to projects that receive the most votes from residents. In the last cycle, his office funded $2.05 million for five projects. Here’s the schedule for the rest of the neighborhood assemblies, which are community residents where residents … Continue reading Participatory budgeting in District 26 underway

PS 111 students receive school supplies

Not a bad way to start the school year! PS 111 students received school supplies collected by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer as part of his 10th annual Back to School Supplies Drive. From August 9 to September 11, community members donated thousands of school supplies, including backpacks, notebooks, pencils, crayons, rulers and more. The supplies were all given to PS 111, which serves students that … Continue reading PS 111 students receive school supplies

Sunnyside Yard’s third public meeting

EDC is hosting its third public meeting of the master planning process for Sunnyside Yard on Monday, September 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. The even will be held at Aviation High School right off Queens Boulevard. According to the invitation description, there will be some “early concepts” to help address open space and infrastructure concerns. The city is seeking feedback on these ideas. Light … Continue reading Sunnyside Yard’s third public meeting

11109 is 11th most expensive zip code in NYC

A new study by PropertyClub ranked 11109, which is Long Island City, as the 11th most expensive zip code in New York City. It’s also the most expensive zip code to live in outside of Manhattan. According to the report, a total of five home sales closed in 11109, during the first half of the year, for a combined dollar volume of $11 million. Based … Continue reading 11109 is 11th most expensive zip code in NYC

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

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