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

Gianaris bill would set presidential primary date

State Senator Mike Gianaris has introduced legislation to set the 2020 presidential primary date for April 28. This will be the first presidential primary where early voting procedures will be in place in New York, which was passed into law by the state government this year. Having it on April 28 will entitle New York Democrats an additional delegate bonus of 25 percent at their … Continue reading Gianaris bill would set presidential primary date

Gail Mellow to deliver final commencement address

Gail Mellow, the outgoing president of LaGuardia Community College, will deliver the keynote address at the college’s 47th Commencement on June 13 at the Barclays Center. It will be Mellow’s last commencement, as she announced plans to step down in August 2019. Mellow has served as president since 2000. LaGuardia CC’s class of 2019 has more than 1,700 students who will receive their associate degree … Continue reading Gail Mellow to deliver final commencement address

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

LIC resident steps up to challenge Cathy Nolan

  Long Island City resident Mary Jobaida has filed to run against longtime Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan in 2020. Nolan has been in office since 1984. She represents District 37, which includes parts of Long Island City, Sunnyside, Maspeth and Ridgewood. Jobaida, a mother of three, says she wants to run because Nolan has not received a primary challenge in over a decade. If she wins, … Continue reading LIC resident steps up to challenge Cathy Nolan

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

Cushman & Wakefield named leasing agents for “The Mill LIC”

Real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield has been tapped as the exclusive leasing agent for “The Mill LIC,” a 56,000-square-foot brewery in Long Island City. Located at 46-24 28th Street, near LaGuardia Community College, the building has a mezzanine, three floors, lower level with elevator access and outdoor communal space. The floors can be leased separately or combined, which gives the tenant the ability … Continue reading Cushman & Wakefield named leasing agents for “The Mill LIC”