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59.9% 15.1% 25% The Tribune polled borough Democrats on a variety of topics including the governor's race, the attorney general's race, and topics like the for-hire vehicle cap, congestion pricing and even the New York Mets Read full story on page 4

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CDC Called For JFK Illness Scare BY JON CRONIN A flight from Dubai to John F. Kennedy International Airport was quarantined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Wednesday morning with reports of a number of the 521 passengers feeling ill. The flight landed at approximately 9:06 a.m. and was met by CDC physicians and ambulances, according to reports. Benjamin N. Haynes, the senior press officer of the CDC’s Infectious Disease Media Team, wrote in an email to the Queens Tribune at 11 a.m. that 100 passengers, including some crew, were ill with cough and fever. He reported that officials were working with “Port Authority, EMS and CBP [U.S. Customs and Border Protection] officials to evaluate passengers, including taking temperatures and making arrangements for transport to local hospitals for those who need care.” Haynes added that once evaluated, “Passengers who are not ill will be allowed to continue with their travel plans and, if necessary, will be followed up with by health officials.” Later in the afternoon, Haynes stated that 11 passengers were sent to the hospital for care. “We are requesting the passengers who have been evaluated and released to call their provider and health department if they develop any symptoms, and to give their travel history and report of incident,” he said. “They may receive a follow-up call from their health department just as a check-in.” Eric Phillips, the press secretary for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office, tweeted in the early afternoon, “Health officials are processing tests now to determine the cause. Symptoms still pointing to the flu.” Fashion model Erin Sykes, a passenger on the flight, tweeted a video of a flight attendant asking the passengers to keep luggage out of the plane’s aisle. She also stated in another tweet that many of the passengers should never have been allowed to board due to their illness. She tweeted, “@emirates worst flight ever Dubai to NYC; plane was basically a flying infermary [sic]. Many of these people should never have been allowed to board. Now sitting on the ground after 14 hour flight unable to leave. @EmiratesSupport #emirates #worstairline”


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The Week In Tweets @yoavgonen

@tommy_robb Why the Voice mattered: Beatles, Leary and a weary Bobby Kennedy 1968 as rendered by Jack Newfield.

File under oops Gov. Cuomo at the West Indian American Day Carnival breakfast: “Una Clarke - God rest her soul (crowd moans). Una Clarke - who is with us today. Sorry, sorry.”

In a big election year faux pas, Gov. Andrew Cuomo mistakenly stated that former City Councilwoman Una Clarke, mother of U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-Brooklyn), was deceased.


A giant of journalism died this week, along with the hopes of many journalists who had yet to see their bylines in the first alternative weekly that shaped a generation and the culture of a city.


New York’s marijuana policy goes into effect September 1st. Marijuana is still illegal in NYC. Here’s what you need to know.

I created and covered a race beat at the NYTimes - they shut it down. Created similar race/inequality beat at CNN - no comment. MSM ***struggles*** when it comes to dealing with race in U.S. journalism.

New York City’s new marijuana law went to effect this week. It’s not legal yet, but for those partaking, familiarize yourselves with what is and not allowed on the streets and in the home.

Tanzina Vega took over WNYC’s The Takeaway in August. She is a national reporter for race and inequality and taught the subject at Princeton University.


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RESULTS FROM EXCLUSIVE POLL In the Queens Tribune’s exclusive poll looking at likely Democratic voters’ mood heading into the primary election, we also asked respondents a handful of other timely questions. It turns out the majority of people are happy about the for-hire vehicle license cap, and even more voters don’t want to see congestion pricing anytime soon. Here are some of the nonelection highlights from the poll.

Voters Back The Cap

Do you support the city’s recent move to restrict the number of for-hire vehicle licenses for companies like Uber and Lyft?

Support it Oppose it Not sure

46.4% 22.7% 30.9%

Fans Blame Everyone For Mets Mess

The Mets are having a historically awful season. Where would you place the blame? The players 5.8%

Manager and front office 25.2% The ownership 8.5% All of the above 51% Not sure 9.5%

Congestion Rejection

Lawmakers are considering legislation that would implement congestion pricing—charging drivers for entering parts of Manhattan at certain times. Do you support this idea?

Yes 28.6% No 52.4% Not sure 19% METHODOLOGY: The sample size for the survey is 840 registered Democratic voters in Queens with a history of voting in primary elections from a universe of 219,902 individuals in 180,739 households. The margin of error for this survey is 3.37% at a 95%

confidence interval. Responses were gathered through landline interviews conducted using IVR automated phone calls. A total of 16.1% of the respondents completed the survey in Spanish. The survey was conducted by the Queens Tribune from August 27-29, 2018.

Who Won The Week DISTRICT 27 SCHOOLS Mayor de Blasio and city Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza dropped by Ozone Park’s PS 377 this week to celebrate the debut of 3-K for All in Queens. School District 27—which covers Ozone Park, Howard Beach, Broad Channel and the Rockaways—became the first Queens district—and only the sixth in the city—to offer the free, full-day program for 3 year olds. State Sen. James Sanders Jr. said that the debut was a cause for excitement because the 3-K program gives students “the headstart that they need to succeed.” The 3-K program is also offered in five other districts in Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx. It is expected to be operating in 12 districts by fall 2021. So, congratulations to District 27 for being the first in the borough to get the 3-K program. For the sake of parents and students across the borough, let’s hope that the program soon finds its way to a neighborhood near you.


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Exclusive Poll:

Cuomo Is Still Queens’ Favorite Son BY MICHAEL GARETH JOHNSON

Andrew Cuomo was literally born and raised in Queens, attending St. Gerard Majella School in Hollis and then Archbishop Molloy High School in Briarwood in the 1960s and 1970s. It seems the native son is still the favorite son, according to an exclusive poll commissioned by the Queens Tribune. The poll surveyed Democratic voters just ahead of the Thursday, Sept. 13, primary in which Cuomo is facing a spirited challenge from actor and activist Cynthia Nixon. Cuomo captured 60 percent of support in the poll to Nixon’s 15.1 percent, with 25 percent of the electorate still unsure whom they were going to back. Cuomo is seeking his third term in office. His tenure has been marred by a series of corruption scandals involving close aides and staffers, including the conviction of Joe Percoco, a longtime friend of the governor who was widely seen as his most trusted aide. Cynthia Nixon has tried to position herself to the left of Cuomo, specifically campaigning on the unfair distribution of education funding to New York City. She has also taken the governor to task for his failure to maintain and improve the city’s subway system. She has held multiple campaign rallies and made numerous stops in Queens, riding the 7 train during one of those events to highlight the delays many New Yorkers experience. The poll was conducted from Aug. 27 to 29 using a sample size of 840 registered Democrats with a history of voting in recent primary elections. The poll was done in Spanish and English and has a 3.37 percent margin of error. Cuomo has support across all ethnic backgrounds, but he sees his greatest backing from black and Latino voters. Both groups support him at 75 percent, with only 9 percent of black respondents backing Nixon and only 6 percent of Hispanics supporting her. Asian voters also overwhelmingly back Cuomo: 62 percent to 5 percent for Nixon.

We see a similar ethnic breakdown of support for the governor when asking about his job approval. While 38 percent of all Democrats say he is doing a good job, 53 percent of black respondents and 50 percent of Latinos answered that he is doing a good job. Most people said Cuomo was doing an OK job—45 percent—and only 16.6 percent said he was doing a bad job. The governor’s numbers were also significantly better than those of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had more Queens Democrats saying he was doing a bad job than a good one—33.4 percent for bad to 25.2 percent for good, with 41.3 percent responding that he is doing an OK job. One trend that appears to be real is the much-opined-about Democratic voter enthusiasm. In our survey, 30.9 percent of people said they are excited about the election cycle, with 42.6 percent saying they are interested. The remaining 26.5 percent said they were either not interested or didn’t care. White voters were the most-enthusiastic ethnic group, with blacks and Latinos slightly less interested. Asian voters were the least excited about the election cycle. Based on this survey, it appears much of the enthusiasm of Queens Democratic voters is going to be helpful to Gov. Cuomo in the Thursday, Sept. 13, primary. One of the difficulties with polling is identifying new voters or first-time voters. This is a flaw we are keenly aware of in our survey. Earlier this year in the 14th Congressional District, representing parts of Queens and the Bronx, powerful veteran Rep. Joseph Crowley was upset by political newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—in part because her campaign was able to identify new voters and get them to the polls. It is unclear if Nixon will be able to duplicate this same strategy in a statewide race, but she does have the backing of Ocasio-Cortez. It does not seem likely that Nixon’s focus on

education and the subway system, even coupled with the endorsement of Ocasio-Cortez, will be enough to sway the borough to her. But we at the Queens Tribune are excited to see the vote totals when they come in next week.

RACE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL: In the race for the Democratic nomination for attorney general, for whom do you plan on voting?

Letitia James 24.6%


Leecia Eve 4.5%

What best describes your feelings regarding this year’s political elections?

Zephyr Teachout 10.7%

Excited 30.9%

Sean Patrick Maloney 13.3% Don’t know/not sure 46.9%

42.6% Not interested 16.3% Don’t care 10.2% Interested


HOW’RE WE DOING? Do you feel your quality of life has improved in the last two years?

Yes No Not sure

31.1% 39.9% 28.9%

Andrew Cuomo Bill de Blasio Good job 38.4% 25.2% OK job 45% 41.3% Bad job 16.6% 33.4%

POLL METHODOLOGY: The sample size for the survey is 840 registered Democratic voters in Queens with a history of voting in primary elections from a universe of 219,902 individuals in 180,739 households. The margin of error for this survey is 3.37% at a 95% confidence interval. Responses were gathered through landline interviews conducted using IVR automated phone calls. A total of 16.1% of the respondents completed the survey in Spanish. The survey was conducted by the Queens Tribune from August 27-29, 2018.

3-K For All Program Debuts In Queens BY NATHAN DUKE

Rikers Inmate Sues City For Alleged Rape By COs BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ A Rikers Island inmate is suing the city and two city Department of Correction (DOC) officers after they repeatedly raped and assaulted her in 2015. The Legal Aid Society—which is representing the woman, who is going by “Jane Doe”— announced the lawsuit last Thursday. According to the suit, on Nov. 30, 2015, Correction Officer (CO) Jose Cosme ordered Jane Doe to leave her work assignment and clean his office, which was in a private area. While in his office, Cosme allegedly threatened, raped, sexually abused and sexually harassed her. Jane Doe then reported the incident to the DOC. According to the suit, Cosme pled guilty to a felony charge of sexual abuse, but did not serve time under a plea agreement. Jane Doe also accused CO Leonard McNeil of aiding and abetting Cosme. She alleged that McNeil also raped, sexually abused and harassed her separately while she was at Rikers. The suit states that McNeil told a CO named Tabor, whose first name was not included in the lawsuit, that he wanted Jane Doe to work for him as a sanitation worker. McNeil allegedly did not follow CO policy to submit a work request to have Jane Doe work for him. Tabor allegedly did not report McNeil when

he discovered that McNeil was not following the proper procedure and allowed McNeil to continue to disregard DOC policy. The suit also alleges that Tabor caught McNeil having sex with Jane Doe and didn’t report the crime. Due to a lack of evidence that McNeil raped Jane Doe, he is still employed as a CO. After Jane Doe made her accusations to the DOC, McNeil and other staff members at the prison allegedly retaliated against her, threatening her life, intimidating her and denying basic needs, such as soap. “The city has long been on notice that there is a significant risk that DOC staff sexually exploit women in its custody,” the suit reads. “The city, nevertheless, permits a culture of systemic rape, sexual abuse and sexual harassment of women by staff to exist at the Rose M. Singer Center (RMSC), the women’s jail at Rikers. Despite being on notice of the widespread rape, sexual abuse, and sexual harassment perpetrated by COs and other staff at RMSC, the city acted with deliberate indifference to the substantial risk of harm to plaintiff and other women in its custody.” Jane Doe states that after she was raped, she went to the health clinic and asked for an Abbott pregnancy test, which allows for

the early detection of pregnancy. She was instead given a regular pregnancy test because she had been in jail for two months and the clinic saw no need for the Abbott test. According to the suit, Jane Doe suffered severe trauma. She is asking for compensatory damages for being sexually assaulted as well as for her allegations that the two COs violated her First and Fourth Amendment rights, and for the DOC’s inability to stop sexual assault against women inmates. According to the suit, the amount of compensatory damages will be determined at trial. “This is another tragic example underscoring the culture of impunity among DOC staff at Rikers Island, and more reason for City Hall to fast-track the jail’s closing forever,” said Barbara Hamilton, a staff attorney with the Criminal Defense Practice Special Litigation Unit at the Legal Aid Society. “While no compensation will ever come close to righting the sexual violence our client suffered at the hands of these correction officers, we hope that this civil litigation will urge others who have suffered similar fates to reach out and seek justice.” The Queens Tribune could not reach the DOC for comment by presstime.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza kicked off the first day of the new school year on Wednesday at Ozone Park’s PS 377 during the first-ever day of 3-K for All in Queens. 3-K for All—a free, full-day program for 3-year-olds in the five boroughs—has now expanded to 187 sites across six city school districts for the 2018-2019 school year. This year will mark the program’s expansion into Queens in District 27—which serves Ozone Park, Howard Beach, Broad Channel and the Rockaways. The program is also offered in East Harlem’s District 4, Harlem’s District 5, the South Bronx’s District 7, Bedford-Stuyvesant’s District 16 and District 23, which serves Brownsville, East New York and Ocean Hill. “For too long, New York City was divided,” de Blasio said. “Some people could afford an early start and others couldn’t. That’s why we made early childhood education a priority from day one and why we’ve worked to expand our programs to reach every child, regardless of zip code or income level.” The 3-K for All program now serves approximately 5,000 students across four boroughs. During the previous school year, it served 1,500 students at 47 sites in the Bronx and Brooklyn. “This is an exciting time as New York City’s children head back to school for their first day of classes,” said state Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D-South Ozone Park), who represents sections of District 27. “This momentous occasion is made even more promising as the 3-K program is expanding to include more pupils and giving them the headstart that they need to succeed.” According to the mayor’s office, the city’s 3-K rollout plan is ahead of schedule. Originally, a total of four districts—as opposed to the six that are now in operation—were planned for the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.

Now, the city is planning to have 12 districts offering the program by fall 2021, compared to the original plan to debut eight by that time. An estimated 19,000 3-K seats will be available in all five boroughs by fall 2021, the mayor’s office said. “3-K for All teaches young students how to learn, how to cooperate, how to solve problems and puts them on the path to lifelong academic success,” Deputy Mayor Phil Thompson said. Regarding other city education benchmarks, the city’s Equity and Excellence for All initiative is aiming for 80 percent of students to graduate from high school on time and twothirds of graduates to be college-ready by 2026, the mayor’s office said. The city’s Universal Literacy program aims to ensure that students are reading on grade level by the end of second grade. The goal of the initiative is to have at least two-thirds of students reading on grade level by 2022 and 100 percent of all second-graders reading proficiently by 2026. Approximately 500 Universal Literacy reading coaches are currently available at elementary schools citywide, and the initiative has expanded to support children who speak a language other than English at home and those with reading delays. The city’s AP for All initiative will provide access to AP (Advanced Placement) classes for 75 percent of high school students during this school year, the mayor’s office said. The program’s goal is to ensure that all high school students have access to at least five AP classes by fall 2021. The College Access for All program now reaches every middle and high school in the five boroughs and, starting this year, every seventh-grader in New York City will have an opportunity to visit a college campus. And the city is also currently reviewing plans to ensure that classrooms are more diverse and inclusive by the end of the year.

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Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Flushing) has secured $250,000 for Flushing’s Selfhelp Benjamin Rosenthal-Prince Street Senior Center. The funding will go towards upgrades and renovations of the stage and auditorium at the senior center. “Selfhelp Benjamin Rosenthal Senior Center serves as a cornerstone of the Flushing community through the vital services it offers, from health and wellness to educational programming,” Rozic said. “It is my privilege to support the center and its ongoing work to provide seniors with access to the space and resources needed to ensure a healthy, active and empowered quality of life.”



Sandy Myers—who is the vice president of external relations and communications for the senior center—said that the center serves as a “home away from home” for more than 4,000 members and serves approximately 450 seniors a day. She added that the funding would help the center to continue to “provide high-quality programming that supports independence and dignity for older adults.” “This funding will provide upgrades to the auditorium, including the AC system, floor, lighting and sound systems, and additional enhancements that support the dynamic and meaningful programming at the center,” Myers said. -Nathan Duke


Neighborhood’s First-Ever Farmers Market Premieres Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) will bring the first-ever farmers market to Richmond Hill on Sept. 8. Ulrich spearheaded and funded the initiative to bring the farmers market to his district. The councilman will hold a press conference on the inaugural day at the farmers market’s site near the Buddy Monument in Forest Park. The market will operate at that location every Saturday through Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fresh produce from local farms will be avail-




Brooklyn Cyclist Killed By ATV A 65-year-old bicyclist from Brooklyn died last weekend after an ATV driver knocked him to the ground in Ridgewood on Aug. 28, police said. Eucario Xelo, who lived on Hooper Street in Brooklyn, was killed after being struck by a car, police said. Around 12:47 a.m., police responded to a collision at the intersection of Seneca Avenue and Woodbine Street. Upon arrival, they discovered Xelo lying in the roadway unconscious and unresponsive. EMS transported Xelo to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he was listed in critical condition. He succumbed to his injuries on Sept. 1.


An investigation revealed that Xelo was traveling westbound on Seneca Avenue approaching Woodbine Street when a group of two-wheel and four-wheel motorcycles also traveling westbound on Seneca Avenue approached from the rear. The lead rider, who was on an ATV, veered toward Xelo while simultaneously slowing down, knocking Xelo to the ground. The ATV driver fled the scene. No arrests have been made, and the NYPD Collision Investigation Squad is investigating the incident. -Jon Cronin


Woman Accused Of Assaulting Probation Officer A 50-year-old woman who was convicted on animal-cruelty charges earlier this year was charged on Friday after she allegedly attempted to push a probation officer down a flight of stairs at her East Elmhurst home, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Elizabeth Grant, who lives on 82nd Street, was also charged with hoarding animals and failing to provide animals with adequate care. Grant was arraigned on Aug. 30 before Queens Criminal Court Judge Ushir Pandit-Durant on charges of attempted assault of a police officer, attempted assault as a hate crime, 16 counts of failure to provide proper food and drink to an impounded animal, and criminal contempt. Grant, who could face up to seven years in prison if convicted, was ordered to return to court on Sept. 14. A supervising officer with the city’s Department of Probation made an unannounced visit to Grant’s home on Aug. 29. When Grant’s mother opened the door, the officer allegedly smelled a foul odor from inside the residence. Once inside, Grant allegedly became combative with the officer and uttered de-

rogatory sexual and racial remarks. The officer used her cell phone to take photos of cats on the ground floor that appeared to be underweight. Grant allegedly attempted to grab the officer’s phone from her. On the second floor, the officer allegedly observed numerous underweight dogs in a bedroom. When the officer began walking back down the stairs, Grant allegedly pushed her, causing the officer to trip and twist her back while holding on to the railing to prevent herself from falling. The officer had to seek treatment at a hospital. The NYPD and ASPCA executed a search warrant at Grant’s residence, where they allegedly observed an excessive number of dogs that were kept in a cramped kitchen area that was filled with flies. Officers allegedly recovered two turtles in a dirty bathtub aquarium, seven dogs, one cat, two rabbits, two guinea pigs and two betta fish. In March, Grant was found guilty of 108 counts of animal cruelty and sentenced to three years’ probation. -Nathan Duke

able to the South Queens neighborhood in a convenient location. The market will be operated in the community through a partnership with Ulrich’s office and GrowNYC, which runs a number of farmers markets throughout the city, including the massive one in Union Square. The councilman’s office announced that the market will employ local students from John Adams High School’s ROTC program. -Jon Cronin


Stop-Work Order For New Target Jackson Heights community leaders are celebrating a stop-work order at the site of a new Target on 82nd Street after developers were confronted with a zoning challenge. “It’s been obvious from day one that the Target slated to open at the Shoppes at 82nd Street near the border of Elmhurst and Jackson Heights would have devastating effects on local businesses and the character of these neighborhoods,” said Councilman Francisco Moya (D-Corona). Following a review of the site, the city’s Department of Buildings accepted a challenge on Aug. 30 to the development of the Target at the site on the grounds that the parking available for the location might not be suitable. The community rallied in March against the proposed Target, located at 40-31 82nd St., arguing that it would alter the character of the neighborhood and hurt vital small businesses. “I have no monopoly on this perspective—it would have been clear to anyone who had asked,” Moya said. “This project is and has always been unwanted in our community and deeply unpopular among nearly every resident I’ve spoken with about it. The Target does not conform to this property’s current zoning and should not proceed. I welcome the zoning challenge, and I hope this sets a precedent that major corporations cannot elbow their way into neighborhoods without being called to account.” Currently, the law allows nine-story buildings in the area. However, the developers plan to build a 13-story, 120-unit condominium with a Target shopping center on the bottom floors. Community leaders and residents hope to stop a rezoning in the community that would allow for the development. Jackson Heights’ Roosevelt Avenue is a hub for small businesses, so one of the community’s top concerns is that a major chain store—such as Target—could hurt the neighborhood’s mom-and-pop stores. -Jon Cronin

The Community Is Invited To Attend A World Trade Center Memorial Ceremony

Saturday September 8, 2018 11:00 AM Maspeth Memorial Park 69th St. & Grand Ave., Maspeth, NY INCLUDING:

Singing of the National Anthem By Kathleen Nealon Opening & Closing Prayers Poem Reading By Vincent Tomeo Laying Of The Wreath By The FDNY Music performed by Liz & Bill Huisman


Election 2018

The Queens Tribune, Thursday, September 6, 2018


Primary Day Guide Thursday, Sept. 13


Polls Open: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Democrats make up roughly 65 percent of the registered voters in the borough of Queens. According to our exclusive poll, many of them are fired up to vote this election cycle. Turnout is usually light in these September primaries. And with the primary held on a Thursday this year (because September 11 falls on the Tuesday that would normally be primary day), you’d expect even fewer people turning out at the polls—if we weren’t living in the time of Trump, when Democrats appear more energized than ever in recent memory. Here’s your cheat sheet to all the primary elections in the borough, both Democrat and Republican.

Governor’s Race

Attorney General’s Race

Andrew Cuomo Vs. Four-Way Dem Battle Cynthia Nixon By MICHAEL GARETH JOHNSON


ncumbent governor Andrew Cuomo is seeking his third term in office, and as was the case four years ago, he is trying to fend off a challenge from his left. Actor and activist Cynthia Nixon has run a laser-focused campaign targeting Cuomo’s perceived weaknesses, hammering him on the corruption scandals surrounding his staff, the lack of education funding for New York City, and the decline of the subway system, which is managed by the state. Cuomo’s strategy has been less about defending himself against attacks from Nixon and more about ignoring her attacks, touting his progressive accomplishments and focusing on standing up to President Donald Trump. Cuomo’s campaign has taken advantage of his huge fundraising edge by peppering the airwaves with ads touting his successes in challenging the Trump administration on women’s health and gun control, as well as his passage of several bills including raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, paid family leave and

tuition-free college education for working-class families. Cuomo and Nixon squared off in one contentious hour-long television debate moderated by CBS2 and carried on partner channels throughout the state. The debate was marked by the two calling each other a liar. When pressed on policy differences by Nixon, Cuomo often pivoted to explaining how he generally agreed with her ideas, but experience has shown him that they are not easy to implement. Polling on the race has been limited, with the most respected poll coming from Siena College Research Institute. That poll gives Cuomo a 31-point lead over Nixon among likely Democratic voters across the state—60 percent to 29 percent. The poll was conducted at the end of July, and likely there will be a follow-up poll ahead of the Sept. 13 primary. Our exclusive Queens Tribune poll has Cuomo leading Nixon in the borough 60 percent to 15 percent, with 25 percent of likely Democratic voters in Queens undecided.

Lt. Governor’s Race

State Senate

Williams Challenges Hochul

District 11:



ouncilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) is hoping to unseat Acting Lieutenant Gov. Kathy Hochul in the Sept. 13 Democratic primary. Hochul, who was previously a member of Congress from Upstate New York, became Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s running mate in 2014 after Robert Duffy did not seek a second term for the office as Cuomo ran for his second term. Hochul has touted her record with Cuomo, citing a law to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in many parts of the state as well as job creation and a paid–family-leave law. She has identified economic initiatives and higher wages as campaign priorities. Williams—who has represented Brooklyn on the City Council since 2010—is challenging Hochul from the left. His platform includes making healthcare more accessible, protecting women’s rights, providing more affordable housing, improving the state’s education system and strengthening labor organizations. Much like actress Cynthia Nixon, who is challenging Cuomo from the left in the gubernatorial race, Williams has positioned himself as a progressive alternative. However, Hochul has criticized Williams for his stances on abortion and same-sex marriage. Williams has said that while he is personally opposed to abortion and same-sex marriage, he supports the legal right to both. Williams has stated that he believes the lieutenant governor must stand up to the governor, but Hochul has argued that the role must also include working with the governor to get things done. Hochul has been endorsed by the governor, the state Democratic Party, Planned Parenthood and a number of labor unions. Williams has drawn the support of Nixon, the Working Families Party and the New York Progressive Action Network. The governor and lieutenant governor are nominated separately during party primaries, but run on the same ticket during the November general election.


he resignation of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in May, following allegations that he physically abused girlfriends, set up a competitive battle to replace him among Democrats. Even before the primary election shaped up, there was behind-the-scenes political maneuvering that ended with state lawmakers agreeing to keep interim Attorney General Barbara Underwood in the seat until the end of the year, in part because Underwood was not going to run in the election. By elevating Underwood, none of the four candidates for the office was able to get the advantage of incumbency. The candidates on the ballot next Thursday are New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Fordham professor and 2014 candidate for governor Zephyr Teachout, and former senior adviser to Hillary Clinton and current Verizon executive Leecia Eve. Letitia James is the perceived frontrunner in the race, in part because she has been backed by almost all of the elected officials in the state, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, most state lawmakers and several dozen City Council members. She has also been bolstered by significant

Republicans Vie For Avella’s Seat



the state Senate. In regard to the MTA crisis, Liu said he believes that the issue is treated like a “hacky sack” by the mayor and governor. He blames years of compounded mismanagement, and believes that future generations will rely more on public transit and have less interest in owning cars. Avella called his district a “transit desert” that needs more bus service, and noted that it is too expensive for many of his constituents to take the Long Island Rail Road. He believes that some of the money to fund the MTA should come from the legalization of sports betting. “I’ve actually been one of the loudest proponents of sports betting. It’s finally gonna happen, and we could advocate millions that could go towards the MTA,” he said. “We may have to change the Constitution. I’m happy after 15 years that it could finally happen— more revenue for New York.” Avella faults the mayor for the stalled funding of the MTA. “The governor wants to do the right thing, but he wants the city to have an equal footing. The last I heard before the end of session, the mayor didn’t want to pay half,” Avella said.

District 15:

Sullivan Challenged By Platta By NATHAN DUKE


olish-born lawyer Slawomir Platta will go up against Tom Sullivan in the Republican primary on Sept. 13. The winner of the primary will challenge incumbent state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) in the November 6 general election. Platta’s platform revolves around his opposition to building homeless shelters in hotels amid residential neighborhoods. His platform also includes the reformation of unemployment assistance programs and opposition to the closure of Rikers Island. Platta has said that Polish Americans—who have a large presence in the district—deserve representation in the state Senate.

eign governments. Teachout has been endorsed by The New York Times, the New York Daily News and such progressives as Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Sean Patrick Maloney, a former Clinton aide and current congressman representing the Hudson Valley, has focused his campaign on standing up against Donald Trump. He has outraised his opponents and spent large amounts of that money on television ads. Because of the state’s separate primaries for federal elections and state elections, Maloney is on the ballot for re-election to Congress as well as running for the Democratic nomination for state attorney general. Leecia Eve, a former senior adviser to Hillary Clinton and current Verizon executive, is the candidate who appears to have been getting the least traction. The daughter of legendary Buffalo-area Assemblyman Arthur Eve, Leecia Eve has been campaigning on a platform of criminal-justice reform and combating inequity. Her campaign has also highlighted her experience— as a courtroom lawyer, as the manager of the state’s economic development efforts, and in the corporate world. Eve has been endorsed by the Queens Tribune.

District 11:

Avella And Liu In A Rematch or the second time in four years, State Sen. Tony Avella (D- Bayside) is facing off against former city Comptroller John Liu in the 11th Senate District. Liu threw his hat in the ring at the beginning of July, after realizing that Avella would otherwise not face a challenger. “The IDC betrayal is not a small thing,” Liu said. He believes that the aftermath of the 2016 election and the anti-Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) movement could play to his own favor. Avella, on the other hand, believes that his IDC membership doesn’t matter. “The IDC doesn’t exist anymore. There’s no issue. Voters are sophisticated. They didn’t buy it four years ago. He [Liu] has based a whole campaign on nothing,” Avella told the Queens Tribune. Liu contends that the IDC prevented the passage of policies that conservatives would not allow on the Senate floor. Liu’s priorities include the protection of a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion, in the wake of concerns that the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn Roe v. Wade. Liu said he found it to be “repulsive” that “turncoat Avella” and other IDC members prevented such bills from getting passed in

union support in the race. One group whose backing James shunned was the Working Families Party (WFP), which famously got her elected to the City Council in 2003 running only on the WFP line—the first time the party was able to win a council seat without cross-endorsing with the Democratic party. As public advocate, James has been an advocate for equality in the city. Her platform for attorney general has, like her challengers’, focused on standing up to President Donald Trump’s agenda on the environment, immigration and women’s health. She has also pledged to be an advocate for student-loan borrowers and gender equity as part of her platform. Zephyr Teachout appears to pose the biggest challenge to James, based on polling and the interactions the four candidates had on a recent debate on NY1, where Teachout was repeatedly attacked by all three challengers. Teachout lacks government experience, but she has touted her long career standing up against corruption— from her book on the subject to her work with national organizations to lay the foundation for suing Trump for violating the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution, which prevents the president from accepting any gifts from for-

Sullivan, a Breezy Point resident who has been backed by the Queens Republican Party, is a member of the Army Reserve and previously worked in the financial sector. He also owned a restaurant on Long Island. Sullivan also opposes closing Rikers Island and replacing it with smaller community jails, and his campaign has focused on the borough’s overdevelopment. He is also against Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to eliminate the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT). Addabbo has represented the district since 2009, which includes Ridgewood, Maspeth, Ozone Park, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Howard Beach and parts of the Rockaways.


hitestone’s Vickie Paladino and Douglaston’s Simon Minching will square off in the Sept. 13 Republican primary for the District 11 seat currently held by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Paladino—who ran a landscaping business for years with her husband—has referenced taxes and quality-of-life issues on her Facebook page as top campaign priorities. She drew attention last year when she confronted Mayor Bill de Blasio about his joining G20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany. Minching, who describes himself as a cen-

ter-right Republican, works at private software and service company Palantir Technologies in Manhattan. He has cited his opposition to de Blasio’s proposal to eliminate the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) as a priority of his election campaign. Other priorities include reducing overcrowding in borough schools and ethics reform, such as instituting term limits for state legislators. He has been endorsed by the Queens Republican Party. Avella has represented the district since 2011, which includes Bayside, College Point, Whitestone, Little Neck, Douglaston and Floral Park.

District 13:

Peralta And Ramos Face Off By ARIEL HERNANDEZ


n Sept. 13, two decades-long neighbors and former friends, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Elmhurst) and Jessica Ramos, will face off in the Democratic primary. Peralta, the first Dominican-American to be elected to the state Senate, has been in public office for 15 years. Before being elected to the Senate, Peralta served in the Assembly from 2003 to 2010. Peralta has advocated for working families, public education, gun control, economic development, job creation, immigrant rights, affordable housing, senior equality and child safety. Although a number of Peralta’s bills have been passed and he has pushed for such legislation as the DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors), he faced backlash following his decision in January 2017 to join the now-defunct Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) on the day after President Donald Trump was inaugurated. Peralta defended his decision by stating that it helped him to bring the district’s issues to the table. Regardless, Peralta feels confident that he is going to win the race on his track record. “It’s about who has been there, who has existing relationships with the Senate, Assembly, governor’s office, and who can navigate the system,” Peralta said in July. “I have served for eight years. I’ve got the relationships that will help push back against the Trump administration.” But Ramos, a Colombian-American born and raised in Elmhurst by immigrant parents, said

that Peralta has not stood by his district. Ramos plans to focus heavily on funding for public schools in the district, which she—as the parent of two public elementary school boys—said is owed more than $2 million in state funding. Her platform also focuses on rent control, affordable housing and housing reform. She has also drawn attention to the LeFrak City housing development, where she said the landlord raises the rent every time a renovation is underway, and continues to charge that amount when the renovation is completed. Ramos, who relies heavily on public transportation, said that she’d also push for additional buses in her “transit desert” district. One of her top transportation priorities is to make the Metropolitan Transportation Authority an agency, so that the state could control how it uses its money. Ramos is hoping to ride the outsider sentiment to victory next week. “Traditionally, we seek to elect people for whom the system has worked, and then we were frustrated because they can’t figure out how to fix it,” Ramos said. “We can’t keep sending people who have been able to thrive. We have to send people for whom the system has not worked because they understand what it will take to fix it. For a long time, [women] felt like we could trust certain men to have our backs, but then after eight years, they haven’t been able to step up to the plate to protect us. At some point, as a woman, you have to say, ‘I can do it myself, thank you.’”

Election 2018

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State Assembly

Assembly District 39:

District 33:

Democrat Incumbent Barnwell Faces Off Against Newcomer Sklarz

Espinal Faces Two Democratic Challengers



Two years after making history by defeating 17-year incumbent former Assemblywoman Margaret Markey in the Democratic primary, Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth) is facing a challenger this September in longtime LGBTQ and civic activist Melissa Sklarz. In an interview with the Queens Tribune, Sklarz said that she has heard Barnwell’s talking points, and believes she has more to offer. A Queens native, Sklarz said that she is a shy person, but has been forced to overcome her shyness to engage people. “Baby steps,” she said about starting her campaign, which is still headquartered in the kitchen of her Woodside apartment, where she has lived for 12 years. She said that she had considered opening a campaign headquarters, but will wait until after the primary. Although she has worked on campaigns for former state Sen. Thomas Duane (D-Manhattan) and former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan), she finds it different to be in the spotlight. Her first foray into politics was in 1999, when she became a judicial delegate in the 66th Assembly District. In her nearly two decades of civic and LGBTQ activism, she has been the director of development for the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund and co-chairwoman of the Empire State Pride Agenda. “It was only the election of Donald Trump, with his reactionary, childish ideas of who we are as a nation, that demanded I get involved,” Sklarz said. Sklarz, who is transgender, transitioned years ago. She pointed out, “My medical history is nowhere near as important as housing and taxes.” She believes that congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s surprise win in June is a sign that Queens Democrats are ready for change. “As you can see, women all over the country are getting involved. It looks like I’m going to be part of a blue female wave that’s going to, hopefully, take over America,” she said. Before sitting down for the interview, Sklarz had just been talking to voters at the N train

in Woodside. She said that she’d had approximately 10 seconds to establish who she was, give out a palm card, and relay where voters can get in touch with her before they disappeared on the train for their workday. Regarding the MTA’s subway woes, Sklarz noted that the Assembly and state Senate vote money into the budget, but when the new fiscal year comes along, that money is rerouted elsewhere. “Seventy-five percent of New Yorkers live in New York City. The subway is the lifeline of New York City,” she said. Sklarz also wants to create more opportunities for young people. She noted that in 1976 when she was 25 years old, there were more opportunities for youths. When she finished college, she only had $6,000 in student-loan debt. Sklarz said that at the time, there were thousands more corporate jobs that paid a living wage. She was able to live with a friend in Manhattan on her $11,000 annual salary and pay off her student loans in six years. The Queens Tribune also interviewed Barnwell, who, as the incumbent, has not stopped running since he was first elected. He said that the biggest issue in Assembly District 30 is housing. “It doesn’t matter whether you rent or own,” he said. He recently introduced a bill in Albany, with state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D- Astoria) co-sponsoring in the Senate, that would abolish the major capital improvements (MCI) program. The bill is an effort to keep people in their homes when landlords raise the rent for necessary maintenance of the building. “We’ve seen it,” Barnwell said. “Landlords charging for fixing things that should have been fixed anyway.” He added that if the bill passes, landlords would be fined if they refused to maintain the building. He noted that the bill would provide a tax credit for the landlords so they could afford to pay for the building maintenance, and tenants, in turn, could continue to afford to live in their homes. As far as keeping his seat in the Assembly, Barnwell said that he would continue “to do the same thing we’ve always been doing, which is being the most accessible we can be.”

Barnwell has consistently shown up at local civic and community board meetings, handing out his cell phone number and imploring constituents to call him at any time. Barnwell said that he answers constituents’ concerns on the phone, via text or through social media until 3 a.m. He also credits the staff of his “diverse and successful office,” where he has employees who together speak more than 30 languages. “What we learned is that we can never do enough outreach,” he said. “That’s what we won on two years ago.” Barnwell boasted that his office has solved more than 2,000 constituent concerns in the past two years. He has also authored a bill to keep owners and renters in their homes that could potentially force the city and state to judge a community’s average median income (AMI) by zip code. Currently, Queens’ AMI is averaged with those of Westchester and Manhattan. The bill has 22 co-sponsors, but has not made it out of committee in the Assembly. Gianaris is the sponsor in the state Senate. Regarding the MTA crisis, Barnwell believes that the transit system needs a dedicated revenue source. “This money has to go directly to the MTA; so often, it gets put in the budget and then it pays for other things,” he said. He added that it would be nice if the city paid more, but believes the real problem is that money allocated to the MTA is not reaching the agency. Barnwell said that he intends to introduce a bill to curb overdevelopment in his district. “Everything has a breaking point,” Barnwell said. He noted that the two community education councils in his district have some of the most overcrowded schools in the city, yet the city approves projects that the community boards vote against. “Enough is enough. We’re working on that legislation right now. That’s something we will focus on going forward,” he said, adding that “affordable” housing in his community is often misleading. “It’s misleading because the AMI is so skewed. Very few units are actually affordable. The word ‘affordable’ is a misnomer. It’s not affordable for people who need affordable housing.”

After Councilman Francisco Moya (D-Corona) was elected to take the seat of former Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland in 2016, Moya’s seat was one of eight vacant Assembly seats, leading Gov. Andrew Cuomo to call for a special election. In April, Ari Espinal, Moya’s former director of constituent services and deputy director of his district office, was elected as assemblywoman for District 39. Next week, Espinal will face off against Yonel Letellier Sosa and Catalina Cruz. Sosa, whose mother is Dominican and father is Peruvian, was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to Queens at age 1 with his parents. During his 10 years as the president of the New Visions Democratic Club, Sosa founded the Association of Latin American Leaders, which he still leads. Sosa also worked as state Sen. Jose Peralta’s (D-Elmhurst) chief of staff, first when he was in the Assembly and then again when he became a state senator. Sosa’s campaign has focused on such issues as affordable housing, immigration, transportation and healthcare. However, his priority is to change how local elections operate. He announced that he was running for the special election earlier this year. However, he failed to make the ballot because he didn’t announce the district or office for which he would be running. Sosa then sued Espinal and Moya, stating that their petition challenge was the cause of his not making the ballot. The Supreme Court dismissed his suit. One of Sosa’s campaign pledges is to push for an amusement park at Willets Point. He told the Queens Tribune that the borough currently does not have such a place for children and families, and he thinks it would bring revenue and tourist traffic to Queens. Catalina Cruz was born in Colombia and moved to the district with her parents at age 9, at a time when Colombia was plagued by drug wars and violence. When her family settled in Corona, her mother—an immigrant— struggled to find work, so she handed out fliers along Roosevelt Avenue and sold tamales until she landed a job as a housekeeper. As a

result of her experience settling in the United States and witnessing her parents’ struggle, Cruz was motivated to become a lawyer and help other immigrant families. She became a housing attorney before landing a gig in the Department of Labor. Cruz also worked for the City Council and as the chief of staff for Julissa Ferreras-Copeland. Although she never intended to go into politics, Cruz said that she spent much of her life as a public servant. But it wasn’t until Donald Trump became president that she realized she had to do something to help her community. “When he was elected, I felt a sense of guilt,” Cruz said. Cruz’s platform focuses on immigrant rights, education, women’s rights, senior services, healthcare and criminal justice reform. Although the other candidates in the race are focusing on similar issues, Cruz said that what makes her campaign different from Espinal’s and Sosa’s is that she isn’t just listing the concerns of the district, but has come up with ways to address those concerns. “My campaign is about uplifting our community, not tearing anyone down,” said Cruz. Cruz said that she realized the importance of running for the seat when she knocked on a woman’s door, and the woman was hesitant to open the door until Cruz told her her name. “She told me it’s because of people like me that’s the reason why she brought her daughter to this country,” said Cruz. “My story, the things I did and the struggles I went through is reflective of who they are.” Ari Espinal said she doesn’t believe that she has an “advantage” over the other candidates, despite being an incumbent, but believes that she “outworks” them. Espinal said that she works closely with Moya—her mentor—and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, with whom she speaks daily and expects it to pay off at the polls. Since becoming an assemblywoman, Espinal said that she has allocated funding for the district and focused on such issues as immigration, increasing public safety in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, protecting affordable housing and fighting overdevelopment, creating jobs, assisting small businesses, and a host of other issues.



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MOVING THROUGH QUEENS A look at transportation issues around the borough


By NATHAN DUKE The Rockaway Park S shuttle service has resumed this week following the completion of two phases of flood-protection work in the Rockaways to protect subway infrastructure against future storms, the MTA announced. Due to its location, the Rockaway Peninsula is vulnerable to flooding and storm surges. During Superstorm Sandy’s visit to the five boroughs in 2012, subway service was affected in the borough and equipment throughout the system was damaged. For months, the S line was rerouted to allow for flood-protection repairs. “We are committed to delivering the best service possible, which includes planning ahead for a future in which storms are getting more severe and sea levels are continuing to rise,”

NYC Transit President Andy Byford said. “The proactive flood protections we are putting in place in the Rockaways help us ensure subway service can continue to run safely.” Additionally, NYC Transit has enhanced its resiliency efforts in the Hammels Wye area to protect the A line’s infrastructure with a flood-protection project to secure the facilities needed to operate trains safely, such as a signal tower, signal compressor and hydraulic rooms, circuit-breaker houses and staff quarters. Service on the S shuttle and A line—which also resumed this week—had been rerouted due to the proximity of the tracks to the planned flood wall and the large size of equipment that was required for the construction. As of Sept. 4, S shuttle and A line service returned to affected stations in both directions.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office gave the greenlight for the BQX streetcar this week, releasing a new report that detailed a slightly shorter route for the Brooklyn Queens waterfront light rail. According to the new report, which was released by the mayor’s office last week, the project will skip the Sunset Park stop. The route will connect Astoria, Long Island City, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Downtown Brooklyn and Red Hook. In the original report, the Brooklyn routes were determined, but the route the streetcar would take to get to its Queens locations was not stated. Since its announcement in 2016, little has been revealed about the nearly $3 billion project. When it was initially announced, the project was expected to pay for itself through a method known as “value capture,” which would create tax revenue for the city through the private investment of the area surrounding the route. At a reporters’ roundtable in Brooklyn, de Blasio said that funding for the project “will be a challenge, but New York City is taking it on.” He added that this study “was informed by robust public engagement conducted through numerous community meetings and workshops and input from elected officials and community organizations along the corridor.” De Blasio noted that the next phase of the project will be an environmental-impact study this winter, which will be followed by the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) in 2020. He anticipates that construction will begin in 2024 and end in

2029. While discussing the value-capture concept, the mayor said that “there will be some real funding created by its presence,” but added that the project would also need federal funding. “I don’t think it’s doable without federal support, but we’ll speak to the details,” he said. Regarding federal budgeting, the mayor believes that if Democrats win more seats in the legislature in November, this would lead to increased allocations towards the city’s Northeast Corridor and the BQX. “Now, the good news is we have seen the beginning, the beginning in the last budget reconciliation of some spending on infrastructure,” he said. “I am hoping that is the beginning of something much bigger. Obviously, [Northeast Corridor expansion project] Gateway, a very important project for the city, is moving, but it’s something that would have to move federally going forward. I keep a hopeful stance on that, particularly as it relates to the outcome of the coming election.” City Councilman Carlos Menchaca (D-Brooklyn), chairman of the City Council’s BQX taskforce, said that he is skeptical about the need and payment method of the light rail, even after seeing the new proposal. “I want to stress that the financing problem is connected to the public-interest problem. It would be easier to understand the need to pay for such a large infrastructure project if it was also clear what transportation needs the project was addressing.” Menchaca believes that the city’s Economic Development Corporation has not established the need for the streetcar. “We know private-property owners and other major waterfront developments in North

Brooklyn will benefit from the streetcar,” he said. “The question is whether the public will, or if it will just displace lots of people and businesses who had no need of the streetcar to begin with. No other relevant entity—such as the DOT or MTA—has weighed in on the economic or environmental impact of this project.” In the press release for the new report, Polly Trottenberg, the DOT’s commissioner, said that the BQX “has the potential to be an integral part of our city’s expanding transportation system. It will complement and connect to our subway and bus system, the NYC ferry and bike share, while transforming city streets.”.

CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF QUEENS A look at development and its impact on the borough

MASPETH COKE PLANT TO BE DEMOLISHED By NATHAN DUKE Home Depot has filed a permit with the city’s Department of Buildings to knock down the old Coca-Cola bottling plant on Borden Avenue in Maspeth. The big-box home-improvement giant filed the permit to demolish the two-story structure on Aug. 30. The permit states that the demolition will be completed with handheld equipment and mechanical means. The permit is the only movement at the site since Home Depot bought it last year, when the retailer surprised the neighborhood with the $63 million purchase of the plant and its accompanying 7.3-acre property, which is located at 59-03 Borden Ave. Matthew Harrigan, a spokesman for Home Depot, said that the retailer plans to start the demolition this year and have a store opened at the site by 2020. The land had been owned by the Kaymac Corporation, which will not renew Coca-Cola’s lease in 2020. The soft-drink

conglomerate has been bottling its beverages at that location since the 1950s. According to an article in the Real Deal that appeared in August 2017, the property, located near the Long Island Expressway, has 316,200 buildable square feet with a 202,000-square-foot warehouse that could be torn down—or the big-box store could renovate it. Stephen Holmes, a spokesman for Home Depot, said that the average size of a Home Depot store is approximately 104,000 square feet with an additional 35,000 square feet for an outside garden facility. Its Manhattan stores are almost the same size, at a little under 100,000 square feet. Holmes had confirmed in 2017 that Home Depot occasionally buys land, builds a store and then leases it to other retailers. Regarding leasing to other retailers, Holmes said, “There are no specifics at this point.” Reach editor Jon Cronin via email at jcronin@queenstribune.com.

POLS: MIDDLE VILLAGE SEWER PROJECT IGNORED BY CITY BY JON CRONIN Elected officials representing Middle Village and city Comptroller Scott Stringer dropped by the community on Tuesday to evaluate a sewer project that the city has delayed for years. Stringer joined state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth) and Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village) in touring Pleasantview Street between Juniper Boulevard South and Penelope Avenue, where they spoke with residents about the frequent flooding and water damage with which they contend as a result of poor sewage infrastructure. The project was initially instigated by a severe storm in 2007, when the city’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) allocated $22 million for an upgrade to the neighborhood’s sewer system. The project didn’t begin until 2017, but was stopped and then the ground was filled in after the DEP discovered high lead contamination at the site. Another $8 million was allocated to clean up the hazardous materials in the soil and allow the workers to use proper gear and disposal. “Holes were dug up, left open for months and then backfilled,” said Anthony Torre, a Middle Village resident. “They work, and they go away, but we live here and it’s not right. We want our street back, we want the flooding to stop, and we are counting on our elected rep-

resentatives to help achieve that.” Ian Michaels, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Design and Construction (DDC), said the city intends to complete the job as quickly as possible. “The comptroller has received the request for an additional $8 million to properly manage soil contamination,” he said. “Once the request is approved, we will immediately direct the contractor to restart work.” But Stringer said that the city’s slow pace in completing the project was negligent. “The city chose to drag its feet on critical storm upgrades for years, putting the people of Middle Village directly in harm’s way,” said Stringer. “This community deserves better— their livelihoods should not be threatened by bureaucracy and city agencies. We are here today to stand with residents to let them know we will do everything we can to remedy this issue immediately.” The elected officials touring the site admonished the DEP and DDC for moving slowly to rectify the issues. “Flooding has been a problem in Middle Village for decades, and area residents have had enough of the red tape and bureaucracy of our city agencies,” said Holden. “Not only do my constituents deserve better infrastructure, but as taxpayers, deserve it on time and under budget. We need the city to step up and get this project completed. Enough is enough.” Addabbo said that residents in the area “live in fear of flooding with every heavy rain-

storm,” while Barnwell said that upgrades to infrastructure in the neighborhood are long overdue. “The damage is evidence of what we all know: The city’s infrastructure is outdated and needs immediate improvements,” said Barnwell. A similar problem plagued Calamus Avenue in Maspeth last year. A project on that street had been delayed for four years—and although some progress has been made, residents have informed local politicians and the comptroller that a clear timeline has not been established to remedy the situation.


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Police said that they are searching for an individual who is wanted in connection with a robbery that took place near the Ridgewood-Brooklyn border on Aug. 19 . Around 8:30 p.m., the suspect approached a 51-year-old man on the stairwell inside of the Halsey Street L subway station and engaged him in conversation. Upon conversing, the individual displayed a box cutter and demanded money. The victim attempted to resist, at which point he was punched in the face, causing a small cut to his nose. He also sustained a small cut to his thumb from the box cutter. The suspect removed $6 in cash and f led into the transit system by jumping over the turnstile and boarding a Brooklyn-bound L train. The victim refused medical attention. The suspect is described as a five-foot-nine-inch to five-foot-11inch black man with dark skin who was last seen wearing a du-rag and carrying a black bookbag.



Police said that they are searching for an individual who is wanted in connection with a shooting that took place in South Ozone Park on July 28. Around 3:57 a.m., a 20-year-old man was shot in the right thigh by an unidentified man in front of 115-20 116th St. The suspect f led in an unknown direction. EMS transported the victim to Jamaica Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. The suspect is described as a black man with a beard who was last seen wearing a backwards red baseball hat, black Fila jacket, red pants with a white stripe and white sneakers.



Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying an individual who is wanted in connection with a robbery pattern that took place in the 113th Precinct on Aug. 20. During the first incident, an unknown individual called a cab service and requested to be picked up in front of 118-40 154th St. in Jamaica. Around 11:30 a.m., a 47-year-old cab cab driver arrived at the location and the individual approached the car, opened the front passenger’s side door and displayed a handgun. When the suspect demanded the victim’s property, the victim gave him two cell phones and $185 in cash. The

individual ran northbound on 154th Street and f led the scene in a red four-door sedan. Later that morning, the individual called a cab service and requested to be picked up in front of 118-83 145th St. in Jamaica. Around 11:40 a.m., a 36-year-old cab driver arrived at the location and the suspect sat in the front passenger’s side seat. The individual displayed a handgun and took the victim’s cell phone, wallet and $60 in cash. The individual f led the scene on foot in an unknown direction. The suspect is described as a fivefoot-seven-inch black man who is believed to be in his 20s and was last seen wearing a white shirt, gray pants and light-colored shoes.

L’Shana Tova Wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year 115TH PRECINCT


Police said that they are searching for an individual who is wanted in connection with a theft on a 7 train on Aug. 15. Around 3:10 p.m., a 31-year-old woman was approached by an unidentified man while onboard a northbound 7 train that was stopped inside the 74th Street-Roosevelt Avenue subway station. The man snatched the victim’s cell phone from her hand before f leeing the station towards Broadway. The suspect was described as a black man who was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and jeans.

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The BQX To Nowhere


ast week, the de Blasio administration left us scratching our heads. First, the administration effectively said the BQX was not possible without federal funding, which is highly unlikely with this president and the current makeup of Congress. Days later, the administration released a revised plan for the BQX that saw substantial cuts to the route, while pushing back the timeline for completion. This new plan seems to be misguided at best, and to constitute malpractice at worst. With major parts of Queens, and the city writ large, either being a transit hellscape or no-man’s-land—and the mayor’s longstanding unwillingness to put some skin in the game on funding the MTA as the subway system disintegrates before our eyes—it is puzzling that the city would put considerable resources towards building a glorified joy ride for the affluent and tourists. As many reporters and advocates have pointed out, the light-rail line runs along the Brooklyn and Queens waterfront in mostly affluent areas—and through neighborhoods that have other transit options.The city’s own report says that riders would be better served taking the R train over the BQX. Even more outrageous is the fact that the light-rail effectively runs parallel to the G train in all but one area: Bedford-Stuyvesant. And with the revised

route, Sunset Park has now been nixed, which was the only other lower-income area on the proposed line. Couple the BQX saga with the mayor’s continued expansion of the city’s ferry system—which also serves primarily affluent areas and does not provide a free transfer from the city’s existing transportation network—and we are reminded of the mayor’s “Tale of Two Cities” narrative, and we are finally starting to understand. The city does not have the money to chip into the MTA, but does have the money and willingness to focus efforts on a ferry system; a light-rail along the gold coast; pedal-assist bike shares in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn; scooter services in Williamsburg; and more. It seems odd that a populist mayor who claims to be laser focused on issues of inequality is so excited about the BQX—the brainchild of a major real estate developer, with a funding scheme based on a valuecapture fantasy, servicing 40,000 people in some of the wealthiest parts of the city. With longstanding proposals that would have a direct and more immediate impact, such as more SBS (select bus service) or BRT (bus-rapid-transit), the mayor should stop pushing a fantasy that he has openly admitted is unlikely to happen, and work with the experts and advocates to implement real solutions for Queens and the rest of the city.

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more mindful of the fiscal impact. But that is something I would fight for. We can clearly pay for it,” Liu told us. “What it requires is an extension upward of the rates for the top income brackets. We are talking about very high income levels, but you know what? Trump already gave them a 2.6 percent rate reduction. You know what? We don’t even need an entire 2.6 percent increase on those top earners and we would still have enough to pay for single-payer health in New York State.” Liu’s vision and ambition for a more fair New York City, and 11th District, extends further. He speaks passionately about reforming the city’s incredibly unjust property-tax system—which is controlled by lawmakers in Albany. Successful reform of this system would result in a massive transfer of wealth, doing more to bridge the inequality gap in

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his week, we are excited to announce that The Press of Southeast Queens is returning in a new form—as a citywide magazine called The Press. In early July, Ocean Gold Media, the new owner of the Queens Tribune, announced that it would stop the weekly printing of the paper in Southeast Queens and, instead, distribute the Queens Tribune around the entire borough. Since then, we have been trying to tell stories that appeal to all communities in the borough, from featuring up-and-coming artists, including Blac Rabbit from the Rockaways, to tackling issues of public safety with nightlife throughout the borough and, particularly, in Southeast Queens. We will continue to strive to cover the weekly developments and important issues in the communities of Southeast Queens in the Tribune. But The Press will also give us another outlet to tell more vibrant stories featuring minority leaders; do deeper dives into the issues that matter the most in minority communities, often holding back prosperity; and provide entertaining and informative content for the millions of upwardly mobile people of color in the city—highlighting their intelligence and creativity, while exploring their fears and frustrations. “Black Beauty” was the focus of the first issue, which coincides with the start of fashion week. Featuring work from more than two dozen creatives, editors, photographers, stylists and models of

emocrats in the 11th State Senate District have a real choice in the Thursday, Sept. 13, primary. The incumbent, Tony Avella, is the past. John Liu is the future. The Queens Tribune encourages voters to support John Liu, who will undoubtedly be a more powerful and respected voice in the state Senate chamber if Democrats take control, which seems increasingly likely in the current political atmosphere. John Liu embodies the district. Immigrating to the United States from Taiwan as a child, he has grown up in the district and lived through all of its changes—good and bad. “When I was a kid, there were parts of this district that as an Asian kid I would never dare venture,” Liu told the editorial board. “Now, none of this exists. It is a pretty wide-open neighborhood. It is generally welcoming to all.” This change is in part from the work Liu has done. He has a consistent record of fighting to make his home a more fair and safer community, accepting of all people. Another advantage Liu would bring to the state Senate is his impressive background in mathematical physics and work at PricewaterhouseCoopers. This expertise and intellect is badly needed in the chamber, especially since it has shaped Liu’s pragmatic progressive politics. While most politicians speak in painful generalities about doing something, he lays out detailed plans on how to make it happen. He cares less about headlines and more about results, a trait sadly lacking in Albany. One example is his push for a singlepayer healthcare system—which he strongly supports—while thoughtfully outlining the financial hurdles that would have to be overcome. “There is a big price tag to it. The assembly has passed this. But, even so, it may not be simple because now the Assembly may say, ‘Oh shoot. It may actually pass now.’ We have to be a little

the city than anyone has in generations. Most politicians shy away from tasks this complicated and ambitious. Liu’s take: “We are talking about tens of billions of dollars. We need to figure out a way to reform property taxes overall to address the inequities….Overtime gives us this situation where houses in poor neighborhoods are assessed at much higher levels than houses in rich neighborhoods. That is something that is going to be a very difficult nut to crack, but I want to be a part of that.” Another example of Liu’s thoughtful approach to his job is his stance on congestion pricing. While Avella opposes the idea outright, echoing the knee-jerk response of many of his constituents, Liu sees the positive impact legislation could have on the district if done thoughtfully— “if it improved subway service, and increased express bus service, including new lines, and increased accessibility to Long Island Rail Road service for city residents, specifically lower fares and more frequent stops.” Instead of killing an idea because his constituents disliked the 35,000-foot view of it, he articulates all the positives that could come from a bill, presenting a new vision that would improve the lives of voters in his district. Throughout his career, Avella has been an ardent fighter for the district, using persuasion and public shaming, and cutting deals where convenient to help the district get added resources. His approach has been effective to a point. He often picks easy battles, and he often wins them. His ty pe of retaillevel politics can be very appealing, but it comes at a cost. Democrats in the state Senate are not shy in sharing their dislike for his combative approach, making it unlikely they will go the extra mile to help him deliver for his district. For the next two years as well as the longterm future of the district’s prosperity, John Liu is clearly the better choice.

ity Hall is playing a shell game with our children’s education. Half of New York City public high school students test below grade g rade level on standardized proficiency exams: They can’t read or write or do math at a level that will get them into college or into a job. But City Hall can’t acknowledge that it has a problem because for the last six years, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s handpicked schools chancellor measured the success of our education system by how good bulletin boards looked in classrooms. So Richard Carranza, the mayor’s new schools chancellor—and number-two choice for the job—has come up with a constant con man’s patter to distract us. He says the problem with our broken school system is equity. He says the city’s specialized high schools accept very few nonwhite students. Apparently, having just arrived in New York, Carranza isn’t aware that de Blasio has his own, more serious, equity issues, according to the reports that City Hall files with the federal government. De Blasio has a bias against hiring Puerto Ricans, Dominicans and Mexicans. These Latinos together comprise nearly a third of the city’s population, yet account for only 20 percent of new hires in de Blasio’s administration. Here is the crux of the problem: The underlying problem in the school system— and the city—is persistent, concentrated poverty. And the poorest people in New York City are the same people who can’t get jobs in the de Blasio administration. These Latino children don’t live in pov-

erty in isolation. They live in poverty in neighborhoods with the lowest income, with people with the lowest level of educational attainment and the highest rates of violent crime. Some readers might think that I am next going to reference the report released by the New York City Independent Budget Office last week, which said exactly this, but I’m not. I am going to reference the Bronx Pilot Project, the report released by the mayor’s office in 1949, which found exactly the same thing 69 years ago. Indeed, the Bronx Pilot Project was the study where social workers found the pocket of poverty at 138th Street and Brown Place, which has come to define the South Bronx through the second half of the 20th century and continues to do so in the 21st. I found the last remaining copy of this report two years ago at the Municipal Archives while taking a deep dive to better understand the concentrated poverty of the South Bronx. It helped me to understand my own family better. My parents’ families had escaped the poverty of Puerto Rico for New York in the 1930s and ’40s. They all lived within blocks of the subway stop at 138th Street and Brook Avenue in the Bronx. But in 1949, my mother was the first to move her family out of the Bronx to Queens. My mother understands poverty. She grew up dirt poor. Literally. She was born in a house with a dirt f loor. She was salutatorian of her middle school graduating class, but my grandmother pulled her out of high school to put her to work. W hen my Aunt Mercy sent her the fare to come to New York in 1942 , my mom was work ing as a bookkeeper for $5 a week and liv ing in a

room w ith her mother and two younger siblings. So when the mayor’s office released the Bronx Pilot Project report in 1949, my mom knew she had to get her family out of the newly defined South Bronx before they all became trapped in the concentrated poverty that would soon overtake the area. And Queens offered promise. For my family, and many others, Queens turned out to be the America that Rita Moreno sings about in West Side Story. It was a land of opportunity, where public schools offered a step up to anyone who was willing to work. But poverty is contagious, and it has been spreading. And as the percentage of Latinos and African Americans, who are our poorest families, has grown, the city’s investment in our schools has not kept pace. This is where the real equity problem lies. But that’s a heavy lift and it is going to take a lot of time to fix, so instead, stakeholders attack each other for the failures of the system. Oh, and don’t believe that old nut that it’s the teachers’ fault that our children aren’t learning. That is totally unfair. The conditions of extreme poverty are not conditions for learning. How can anyone be expected to teach a child who hasn’t had breakfast or a good night’s sleep? But until we elect a new mayor, the chances that anyone will work on a solution are not good. Meanwhile, de Blasio and Carranza will destroy our specialized high schools by dropping the entry standards so that they will be as bad as the rest of the schools. This would certainly bring a twisted kind of equity to our public schools.

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Rediscovering Towle BY THOMAS MOODY As I returned to the city at the end of this Labor Day weekend, the latest and perhaps last heatwave of the summer slowly passing through, it was difficult not to think of the opening lines of one of my favorite poems by Tony Towle, “Out and Around”: The streets have never been more profligate with automotive self-assertion. The sun has its instructions: keep up the heat. Nouns float about like paper. Some of them orate While Towle never specifically refers to summer, or indeed New York, the simplicity of the sun’s instructions, mixed with the unmistakable noise and clatter that the heat seems to bring out in the city—the streets being “profligate / with automotive self-assertion” is one of the most inventive and appropriate phrasings for loud traffic I have come across—means that we can assume the speaker of the poem is “out and around” on a hot August day, somewhere in New York—most likely, somewhere in Queens. If the New York School of Poets were to nominate a representative for each of the city’s five boroughs, then surely Tony Towle would take up the mantle for Queens. Towle, who grew up in Rego Park in the 1940s and ’50s, has consistently visited the borough of his youth throughout his five decades of writing poetry. Take this from 1973’s astonishing long poem, “Autobiography”: I had always found my thinking inexplicable and then, on July 15, 1960, I began writing poems, which oddly enough has made me feel gradually more comfortable, at least an improvement over when I was nine, in Rego Park, slowly ripening beside the great asphalt ladle of Queens Boulevard which led a broad trail of starry lights to the distant elegance of a visible Manhattan The disordering and entwining of thought and action within the lines of the above frag-

ment is typical of Towle’s writing. His poetry is at once rooted in place and lost in thought. Added over these perspectives is a voice considering and commenting on what has already been thought or acted upon. The interlay and overlay of perspectives allows Towle, in the words of fellow New York School poet Paul Violi, “to propel a particular event into a panoramic view of the momentary.” In the beautiful poem “Epigraph” he writes the following: But think of why you are cold and strong, then trapped and betrayed by natural event, shapes, and feelings among the waves; walking the earth as though it were useful, sweeping through its combinations working as steps— it is the history of the invitation. Growing up with the “distant elegance of a visible Manhattan” has affected Towle’s poetry in interesting ways. It has imbued it with a kind of wonder that sits comfortably beside the routine and quotidian. In his poem “New York,” a “peaceful bite of hamburger” leads to a mind-blowing experience into space “going on for some time while the long roots of space / dig into your language and the fuel pitches its tents and talks to you. / You escape from this passively and pay the check.” Always experimental in form, Towle’s poetry rebounds between the deeply personal and the enigmatic; the satirical and the sublime. In “After Dinner We Take a Drive Into the Night” from North, which won the prestigious Frank O’Hara Award in 1970, the speaker interrupts a moment of true intimacy with an exposition of inspiration that borders on the ridiculous: The record slows down; sweat falls on the instruments; the musicians are bored. A hand comes from the clouds to give me a poem. I accept it and we shake hands. There is a charisma to Towle’s poetic voice that is a constant throughout his work, no matter what mood it takes. It is a knowing irony. In Noir, his most recent collection of poems, pub-

lished this year by Hanging Loose Press, he writes, “If you still have charm / you are being underutilized.” Perhaps this is true of Towle’s poetry: that a part of the astonishment of reading his work—and there is much—is that it is not read more widely. The great John Ashbery once referred to him as “one of the New York School’s best-kept secrets.” Towle prized poets such as Ashbery and James Schuyler for their originality, wit and expansive visions of poetry, and has always recognized the debt he owes them: I know from Frank O’Hara that the poem and its setting are completely at your disposal, from Kenneth Koch that the resources of language are greater than oneself and thereby liberating, from John Ashbery that the mysterious and beautiful are still supremely possible and supremely inspiring— and James Schuyler’s blinding exactitude of observation, its serene and tremendous burden... But Towle’s poetry has not merely rested upon his influences to produce a lesser mimesis; rather, he has developed and expanded their virtues within his own voice. The poet and critic Charles North sees the great English Romantic poets Keats and Shelley in Towle’s work, and of his New York poems, written in the late 1960s and early 1970s, he writes, “These are New York poems, but a witty and highly sophisticated New Yorker whose sophistication takes in grubby local politics as well as the history of poetry and history in general; but in true Romantic fashion their true locus is the poet’s Self, writ large. They are self-conscious in just about ever sense of the term….Moreover, they have an uncanny way of treating fundamentally vague and ethereal matters as though they were concrete.” The poetry of Tony Towle is worth discovering because of this. Rarely has such beauty and imagination been invested into the everyday and ordinary.














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Each year on my children’s first day of school, I memorialized the occasion by taking a picture of them on the walkway in front of our house. Squinting through the camera’s tiny lens, I thought I could clearly see the excitement and anxiety in their faces about the next nine months. Maybe I was just projecting onto them what I was feeling before the shutter clicked. The back-to-school season is a big shift for all New Yorkers. Routines and schedules become more regimented. The roads are clogged with more traffic, and the subways and buses more crowded. The afternoon light gradually slips away earlier every day. For parents and guardians, this time of year not only involves saying goodbye to the lazier days of summer, but also managing the return of the intense pressure to make sure their children succeed in school. This commitment means expending more energy and effort to ensure the children get between eight and 10 hours of sleep every night, eat the right foods, limit their screen time and finish their homework, among other things. All of this can be overwhelming, which is why it is so important that parents and guardians know they do not have to shoulder the responsibility of a child’s education by themselves. Important sources of assistance are a child’s teachers, the school administrators who support them and others on staff. During

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hotspots, laptops as well as classes geared towards school children and teens such as coding and podcasting. Students can roam among the shelves and select whatever titles they wish, study with their friends or ask a librarian how to research a topic and evaluate sources of information. If younger students need regular assistance with their homework, the Queens Library offers STACKS, a free, curriculum-based program that combines structured help from a professional member of the staff and unstructured learning opportunities for children ages 6 to 14. STACKS will be available at 25 branches from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day throughout the academic year, even during holidays and vacations. Enrollment begins in two weeks. And parents and guardians can raise their game at the library, too. They can learn a new language, brush up on their job and technology skills, or get a high-school–equivalency diploma. Family-centered activities, performances and learning opportunities can be found in any Queens Library location, giving families the chance to spend time together. With these and other supports available at our schools and libraries, families do not have to wait until the temperature drops in order to breathe a little easier as they transition back to school.




the school year, kids and teens spend the majority of the day with these experienced, caring adults. Speaking to them for updates on a child’s progress is a good way to be part of what kids are learning and experiencing at school. This understanding helps parents and guardians stay connected with their kids, and also provides a starting point for conversations with them. In New York City’s public schools, parent coordinators are available to answer families’ questions about anything having to do with the school, from the dress code to extracurricular activities. Depending on the school and the level of need, some serve as translators for parents or run interference with the principal’s office. Another excellent option for parents and guardians who need assistance managing their kids’ academic performance and their own learning needs is the local public library. In Queens, almost every household is located within a mile of a branch of the Queens Library system, one of the largest in the nation. Public libraries are a lifeline to parents, guardians, teens and children for vital information, educational programs and services that nurture the mind for free. Libraries are among the most trusted institutions in the United States, where everyone is welcome to explore, discover and grow, whether they visit in person or online. Libraries are learning havens for everyone, offering books, e-books, audio books, periodicals, free wi-fi access, computers, tablets,







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Celebrating Queens' Best Businesses

Each year, the Queens Tribune asks its readers to pick their favorite businesses in Queens—from restaurants and museums to home improvement services, auto mechanics and clothing stores—for its Best of Queens special section. This year, we received hundreds of submissions for five categories—Health and Beauty, Food and Dining, Arts and Entertainment, Retail and Services and Home Improvement—that were broken down into smaller sub-categories. Our readers sent in glowing reviews for some of their favorite stores—and, on occasion, gave a shout out to a particular employee or owner who made their shopping experience memorable. So, dive into our annual Best of Queens survey and find out which borough businesses were named as the best by our readers. And we thank those of you who took the time to fill out ballots and submit comments.


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Best Concert Venue: Queens Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave, Bayside

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Kupferberg Center, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing

FEATURED PUBLISHER’S PICK Resorts World Casino, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Ozone Park If you are looking for a fun-filled night of action there is no better place than Resorts World Casino, for gambling, dining, and entertainment. There’s always something fun going on at the Queens’ casino. Best Museums: MOMA PS 1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City This museum is a local MOMA outpost that offers the latest in installation art. And on summer weekends, the museum hosts a dance party that draws large crowds. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks The Queens County Farm is the only one of its kind in New York City. It has great programs for children, some fun farm activities (hay rides and pumpkin patches, a lot of fun things to do around Halloween and it hosts the annual Thunderbird American Pow Wow, which is well worth attending.

Manor Oktoberfest, 73-11 Yellowstone Blvd., Forest Hills Always friendly service. Staff always remembers their customers. Giant pretzel with beer cheese is highly recommended, as are the desserts. The Ditty, 35-03 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria Bohemian Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Ave., Astoria One of the most popular nightlife spots in Queens, the beer garden can draw up to 1,000 people on summer nights. It also features live music and Eastern European snacks.


rom its unique variety of museums to its numerous nightlife options, Queens provides many opportunities for recreational activities, arts appreciation, entertainment and family fun. In this section of our Best in Queens guide, our readers voted on their favorite museums, movie theaters, bars and nightclubs, parks, performance groups and borough tours.

neighborhood bar food, drinks and laid back old-school vibe.

PUBLISHER’S PICK: The Pour House, 213-11 41st Ave., Bayside

Superchief Gallery NY, 1628 Jefferson Ave., Ridgewood Cutting edge art gallery on the Queens-Brooklyn border. Cool exhibits every month. Checkout their Instagram. Louis Armstrong Museum, 34-56 107th St., Corona The late great Satchmo was born in New Orleans, but made Queens his home. You can tour the house, which was restored to the way it looked when Satch lived there. Visitors can also listen to conversations Louis and his wife recorded while living at the home. The museum also has famous jazz performers give concerts throughout the year, including a big bash on the Fourth of July. During his life, Armstrong would serenade the neighborhood with his trumpet in the late evenings.

PUBLISHER’S PICKS: Museum of Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria The only one of its kind in New York, the museum hosts a wide variety of film screenings, from popular movies to obscure independent and foreign films, and a fascinating collection of artifacts pertaining to film and TV history and some great exhibitions.

Best Movie Theaters: Kew Gardens Cinemas, 81-05 Lefferts Blvd., Kew Gardens This independent theater is in a prime spot for a good evening. The popular Austin’s Ale House is across the street and one of the few independent bookstores, Kew and Willow Books, is down the street. The cinema typically screens arthouse movies that you won’t find anywhere else in the borough, its lobby is adorned with photos from classic films and it has an old school concession stand. Cinemart Cinemas, 106-03 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills The Cinemart has recently upgraded its seating to lazy boy style seating. The location is perfect for family nights and dates. It is next door to Queens famous 1920s style ice cream parlor Eddie’s Sweet Shop and not too far from Dee’s, a brick oven pizza joint.

Best Cultural Center: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing A hotspot for cultural activity in Queens, this historic site offers everything from musical to cultural performances as well as art exhibits, dance festivals and a diverse variety of concerts. Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Ave., Bayside

PUBLISHERS’ PICKS: Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy, Grand Central Parkway, Whitestone Expressway between 111th Street and College Point Boulevard Poppenhausen Institute, 114-04 14th Road, College Point QPTV

PUBLISHER’S PICKS: College Point Multiplex Cinemas, 28-55 Ulmer St., Whitestone For mainstream moviegoing, this multiplex is the best in Queens. It draws crowds, but it’s never too crowded. The theater recently converted to the comfortable lazy boy type of seats. Also, this theater’s popcorn is the best in Queens.

Best Bar or Nightclub: Niers Tavern, 87-48 78th St., Woodhaven Oldest bar in NYC, location of the Goodfellas movie, Mae West, WC Fields, Ben Stiller, and Anthony Bourdain did episode here for CNN parts unknown. Friendly staff and great

Best Park: Astoria Park I live near the park, which provides beautiful views of the city, hosts a number of fun events throughout the year, has a gigantic public swimming pool and is an overall laid back and relaxing place to hang out. It perfectly suits the vibe of Astoria. Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Gateway National Park Brookville Park (Rosedale) Forest Park - It may not be the most famous in the city or even in Queens, but there are few parks, like Forest Park, that can create the illusion of dense fecundity.

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PUBLISHER’S PICK: Bowne Park Best Performance Group:

Oratorio Society of Queens, 35-20 Broadway, Astoria I am a longtime member of the Oratorio Society of Queens. Oratorio is the best that Queens, or even the entire city of New York, has to offer its residents and businesses. The concerts that are presented in Queens are of the highest quality, to a large part, due to the fact that we have the very best maestro. David Close has been the artistic director of this fine organization for over 40 years. He is not only supremely gifted, but also has unsurpassed personality and charm as he educates both the membership and the community and certainly all who attend our concerts. I write this for the sole reason that OSQ has added immensely to my quality of life and this organization educates and uplifts me and all members of OSQ and the community. I feel totally comfortable in saying that there is no other. Best Tours: Adrienne Onofri & Walking Queens Adrienne is the best Queens tour guide. You can use her book, Walking Queens, to take your own walking tour in almost any Queens neighborhood. She covers the whole borough, even places rarely visited by non-residents, and covers all aspects of life in each neighborhood: architecture, history, ethnic heritage, food and drink, arts and culture, etc. You can learn a lot of fun and noteworthy stuff about Queens with her tours.

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Park Side, 107-01 Corona Ave, Corona Food is delicious, service on point. Reservations are strongly suggested.

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ueens is cited as the most diverse county on the planet. This is good news for foodies as the borough offers a veritable smorgasbord of

culinary delights that represent the more than 100 countries from which its denizens hail. We asked our readers to vote on their favorite coffee shops, ethnic eateries, diners, delis, pizza joints, butchers, bakers, sweet shops, pubs and places to buy ice cream.

PUBLISHERS’ FAVORITE SPOTS: Best Coffee Shop: OK Cafe, 22-4 33rd St, Astoria Cozy, intimate neighborhood gathering spot that serves up more than just your typical cup of Joe. It also hosts unique community events. 969 NYC Coffee, 3765 80th St, Jackson Heights Ateaz, 116-29 Metropolitan Ave, Kew Gardens


Manetta’s, 10-76 Jackson Ave, Long Island City My personal favorite spot for Italian food in New York City. The dining room is intimately lit and the menu includes a number of delicious Italian dishes. It’s a great spot for special occasions. Caribbean: Smokehouse, 189-33 Linden Blvd, Jamaica It is known for authentic Jamaican cuisine. It is always crowded on Friday and Saturday. Generous portions and oxtails and brown stew chicken are delicious, not to mention escovich fish or mac and cheese and ribs. Something for everyone, polite service with fast takeout amd homestyle flavor. Also, they work to sponsor events, yearly Caribbean music in conjunction with Roy Wilkins Park for the community.

Best Ethnic Food: Italian: Il Poeta, 9804 Metropolitan Ave, Forest Hills The food is fabulous and yet simple. They are the nicest people. It is definitely a neighborhood gem.

San Aroy, 29-06 23rd Ave., Astoria Previously known as Bangkok Tasty, this little restaurant has a number of yummy Thai dishes. Best Catering: Terrace on the Park, 52 11 111th St, Flushing Douglaston Manor, 6320 Commonwealth Blvd, Douglaston

Sybil’s, 13217 Liberty Ave, Jamaica Always packed with people looking for great Caribbean and Guyanese food Greek: Agnanti Meze, 19-06 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria Located right on Astoria Park, this restaurant offers indoor dining in a cozy setting and outdoor dining with a great view of the park. The menu is filled with tasty Greek cuisine. Telly’s Taverna, 28-13 23rd Ave., Astoria Telly’s has been in the neighborhood seemingly forever, but that’s because it’s one of the best spots for Greek food in Astoria. The portions are sizable and the food flavorful. It’s a great place for large groups and has a comfy atmosphere. Indian: Yaar, 22-55 31st St., Astoria Some of the best Indian food in the city.

White Noise Coffee Co., 41-02 162nd St, Flushing

Thai: SriPraPhai, 64-13 39th Ave., Woodside There are often long lines to get into this Thai restaurant, most likely due to its reputation for having not only the best Thai in Queens, but possibly the best in New York City. Both its hot and spicy dishes are worth sampling.

Chinese: Joe’s Shanghai, 136-21 37th Ave., Flushing Joe’s is always very crowded and very busy, but for good reason. You can’t beat its soup dumplings, scallion pancakes and shredded chicken. You might have to wait for a table, but it’ll be worth it.

Best Diners, Delis and Dives: Ben's Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers, 2492, 211-37 26th Ave, Bayside Good Eats Diner, 69-32 Grand Ave., Maspeth Neptune Diner, 31-05 Astoria Blvd N, Astoria Queens has a number of diners, many of them great, but none compare to the Neptune Diner, which has the largest menu I’ve ever seen. Whether you’re in the mood for a burger, pasta, Greek specialties, breakfast food or a steak, the Neptune has it all. Plus, it features a nonstop soundtrack of 1980s music, which gives it a nostalgic vibe. Nevada Diner, 80-26 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst

PUBLISHER’S PICKS: Veggie Castle II, 132-9 Liberty Ave, South Richmond Hill

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Rosh Hashanah Dinner “Just For Us” $ 98

Georgia Diner, 80-26 Queens Blvd, Elmhurst

An exclusive Rosh Hashanah catered dinner package for two available for your celebration! Order ahead for pick up. Deliveries can be arranged.*

Fine Dining: Cara Mia Restaurant, 220-20 Hillside Avenue, Queens Village




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APPETIZER (Choose One) Gefilte Fish with Horseradish OR Chopped Liver MAIN DISH (Choose One) Roast Spring Chicken OR Braised Brisket of Beef with Gravy

Best Pizza: The Clinton 9-17 Clintonville St., Whitestone

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Michael & Sons Pizza & Italian Food 192-13 47th Ave., Flushing

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Sofia’s Pizza Shop 112-15 Linden Blvd, South Ozone Park



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Villa Rustica 73-28 Bell Blvd., Oakland Gardens Best Ice Cream: Eddie’s Sweet Shop 105-29 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills It’s no wonder that Eddie’s is ranked among the nation’s top 10 ice cream parlors in the nation. Eddie’s interior looks straight out of the early 1960s, and it has a wide variety of ice cream flavors, milkshakes and old school candies. Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices of Whitestone 12-48 Clintonville St., Whitestone Best Bagels and Bakery: Ace Bagels, 253 Northern Blvd. #5, Little Neck Artopolis Bakery, 23-18 31st St., Astoria This baker y, hidden away in a shopping plaza on 31st Street, has an amazing variety of Greek pastries, from baklava to galaktoboureko. Bagel Nosh, 32-07 Broadway, Astoria Cascon Cheesecake, Flushing




Lulu’s, 185-26 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows Sapienza, 164-26 Cross Bay Blvd., Howard Beach Village Bagels, 14-37 150th St, Whitestone Sweetshop: Bobb Howard’s General Store, 581 Lakeville Rd., New Hyde Park They offer a wide selection of candy and toys that go back 50-plus years. They provide their patrons egg creams for Valentine's Day. They are ver y nice and bring back memories of the good old days. They carr y a huge selection of fresh candy and nostalgic novelty items from decades gone by. Visiting here is a wonderful and delicious walk down memor y lane. And the shopkeeper, Eileen, is a treasure.


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Eddie’s Sweet Shop, 105-29 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills Best Pub: The Avenue, Glendale Best food and most friendly staff. Acey Ducey’s, 101-17 Metropolitan Ave, Forest Hills Great location, solid pub fare, friendly staff and a good jukebox. O’Neill’s of Maspeth, 64-21 53rd Drive, Maspeth This pub, restaurant and catering ser vice has been ser vicing the area for close to 80 years. Always friendly atmosphere with excellent american fare. Best Seafood: Off the Hook, 28-08 34th St., Astoria The fish and chips platter here is delicious, but so are a number of the other menu items. Off the Hook has a unique interior, a full bar and a chill atmosphere. The place has only been around a few years, but has already garnered a strong following in Astoria. Taverna Kyclades, 33-07 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria Chances are, you’ll have to wait for a seat at Kyclades if you go on a weekend night, but you’ll be glad you did. This is one of the best seafood restaurants I’ve ever been to. The portions are huge and the food is spectacular. And you get a free dessert.

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ueens’ restaurant scene is representative of its vast diversity, but its stores and shops are also indicators of the borough’s uniqueness.

For our Best of Queens section, readers picked their favorite malls and shopping centers, supermarkets, book stores, florists, pharmacies, jewelry and clothing stores, hardware stores, discount shopping options and holistic health stores.

Best Mall/Shopping Center: Queens Center Mall, 90-15 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst Right on Queens Boulevard, parking available (must pay), many retailers within the mall. Making shopping easy breezy. Bay Terrace Shopping Center, 23-98 Bell Blvd., Bayside All of your favorite shops in one easy, walkable area. It has a mixture of shops for all ages and needs. It contains a supermarket, a Panera, Outback Steakhouse and shops for the whole family.

PUBLISHER’S PICKS: Rego Center Mall, 61-35 Junction Blvd., Rego Park

Best Supermarket: Key Food, 22-15 31st St., Astoria This massive grocery store on Astoria’s 31st Street shopping strip has pretty much anything you’d need, plus a nice selection of cheeses and a good deli section.

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Best Book Store: Astoria Bookshop, 31-29 31st St., Astoria For a relatively small bookstore, Astoria Bookshop has a good selection of fiction and a quaint vibe. Best Florist: Ditmars Flower Shop, 29-11 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria Wonderful and unique selection of arrangements. At the holidays, it has everything from apartment-sized Christmas trees to elaborate and innovative orchid arrangements. Best Pharmacy:

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Crescent Apothecary, 25-01 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria Astoria is filled with pharmacies, but this small drug store meets most of your shopping needs. Plus, the staff is very friendly.

Best Jewelry Store:

Brass Owl, 36-19 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria Unique spot for affordable and local designer pieces. Best Clothing Store:

Forever 21, Queens Center Mall, 90-15 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst Best Hardware Store: Bartunek Hardware Store, 28-07 23rd Ave., Astoria This small hardware store is a blast from the past. It has an old school feel and pretty much has anything you’d need to make repairs on your home.

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Best Discount Store: The 99 Cent Store, Whitestone This place always has what I need. From belts to dishes. It's so affordable.

CBD Superstore, 150-51B 14th Ave., Whitestone The owner and employees are very knowledgeable about the products sold. Huge variety of CBD that is reasonably priced. Great location with indoor parking. Beautiful clean store. This is a store you want to keep coming back to.


Best Holistic Health Store: Village Vaporium, 150-55A 14th Ave., Whitestone Owner is extremely friendly and accommodating. Always an easy transaction when dealing with them.

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n our annual Best of Queens section, we asked borough residents to cast their votes for their favorite health and beauty shops in their neighborhoods. Our readers gave shout outs to their favorite spas, hair salons, pet grooming places, barbershops, gyms, veterinarians and massage parlors.

Best Health Care Providers and Insurers: Cohen’s Children Hospital, 200-14 44th Ave, Bayside, and 37-11 23rd Ave., Astoria New York Presbyterian Queens, 56-45 Main St., Flushing Queens Medical Associates, 176-60 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows Fidelis - Various Locations Metroplus, 92-14 Roosevelt Ave., Jackson Heights St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, 29-01 216th St., Bayside

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PUBLISHERS’ PICKS: Agewell NY, 1991 Marcus Ave., New Hyde Park Parker Jewish & Rehabilitation, 271-11 76th Ave., New Hyde Park Queens Long Island Renal Institute, 271-11 76th Ave., New Hyde Park Amida Care Queens Hospital Center, 82-68 164th St., Jamaica Northwell Hospital, 102-01 66th Road, Forest Hills

Flushing House, 38-20 Bowne St., Flushing Zwanger Pesiri Radiology- Various locations Best Spa: Blossom, 22-04 31st St., Astoria Pampering at a fraction of the price with a full variety of services, from facials and massages to manis and pedis. Best Hair Salon: Dream Hair & Nail, 150-47C 14th Ave., Whitestone Dream Hair & Nail is definitely one of a kind. The first time I paid a visit there, I had a vision, a very risky one. Usually when you go into a hair salon and share your ideas,

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depending on the damage that could be done to your hair, they’ll deny your request. Dream on the other hand, were so accommodating. What I wanted done, was done, and then some. It was truly a great experience. The time and care they provide to their customers is noticeable in the quality of their work. Whenever I’m in a risk taking mood, I go there. The prices are just as great as their service.

Pet Grooming: Lola’s Grooming Salon, 20-28 College Point Blvd., College Point Dawn is so passionate about what she does and has been in the business for such a long time, not to mention how great she is at it. The animals she works with feel so comfortable around her, including my own dogs, and she truly takes such good care of them. They also look fantastic after taking a trip over to her. Best groomer in town! Dawn is great with dogs and cats. Our furry friends always come out looking fabulous. Always attentive and timely.

Best Gym:

The Rock, 22-15 31st St., Astoria Although it can get a little crowded, The Rock has a large amount of exercise equipment, spacious changing rooms and a variety of classes.

Best Massage: Rockwood Park Chiropractic, 91-17 157th Ave., Howard Beach Dr. Fuggetta cares about his patients and treats each one like family. Each staff member is super friendly, knows all patients on sight by first name and their office is super accommodating to changing last minute appointments. They are the best!

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ueens vibrant community includes mom and pop shops, cultural institutions and many more places deserving of recognition, even if they didn’t fit into some of the specific categories we presented. Here’s a quick list of some of the other top picks from our readers.

Best Auto Repair: Bobb Howard’s Auto Repair Shop, 581 Lakeville Road, New Hyde Park I would only bring my car to this auto shop. Even when I lived in Astoria, I'd make the trip. They are the most reliable, knowledgeable, reasonable mechanics I know. I trust their suggestions and recommendations wholeheartedly. The owners are amazing and go out of their way to give you the best service ever, and they succeed every time. This place is the real deal. Honest, talented and reputable auto mechanics. Friendly and helpful customer service. Bobb Howard’s Auto Repair Shop has earned their reputation of excellence over many decades. I've been taking my car for service at Bob Howard's Auto Repair Shop for over 10 years. Service is always prompt, repairs needed are always explained beforehand, labor costs are reasonable, and incentives are offered after so many visits. Personnel is professional, knowledgeable and it's also a place where "everybody knows your name.” Deshi Auto Repair Inc., 20-01 31st St., Astoria This auto shop nearly always gives a quick turnaround when fixing my car. Plus, the staff is very friendly and the prices are fair. Dorgler Auto Repair, 94-02 116th St., Richmond Hill

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The neighborhood repair shop is now in its third generation of the Dorgler family. Whether a customer deals with the owner or his son, both are patient, kind and willing to discuss all matters of the car repair, despite one’s lack of knowledge.

Sinai Chapel, 162-05 Horace Harding Expressway, Fresh Meadows Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, 78-00 Myrtle Ave., Glendale Best Customer Service in Queens: Con Edison

Best Ridesharing: Uber

Spectrum Best Colleges and Universities: Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing

Main Street Insurance, 108-05 Liberty Ave., South Richmond Hill Cord Meyer 111-15 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills

Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside St. John’s University, 80-00 Utopia Parkway, Fresh Meadows

Best Place To Bank: Bank of America - Various locations Amerasia Bank - Various locations Maspeth Federal Savings - Various locations Ridgewood Federal Savings - Various locations New York Community Bank - Various locations Best Places for Your Loved One: St. Michael’s Cemetery, 72-02 Astoria Blvd. S, East Elmhurst

Sheraton LaGuardia Hotel, 135-20 39th Ave., Flushing Weisman Home Outlet, 63-27 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village

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Ballet • Theater • Tap • Jazz Hip Hop • Acrobatics All of our activities are designed to encourage performers at every skill level to grow. The students will increase flexibiity, improve coordination, focus on muscle strengthening, build poise, and

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dance companies from Queens that will be followed by an audience talkback with the choreographers. Pre-show music begins at 7 p.m. $16. 8 p.m. Flushing Town Hall 13735 Northern Blvd. ------------------------------------------------


Bird Walks With The NYC Audubon

Check out creatures of flight with ornithologists. 9:30 am. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. ------------------------------------------------

Wild Edibles The Noguchi Museum’s Bang on a Can series brings Koto visionary Yumi Kurosawa, who will offer a beautifully crafted program of original and classic Japanese music played on a traditional instrument. 3 p.m. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., Long Island City.

Movies Under The Stars: “A Poem Is A Naked Person”

Les Blank’s first feature-length documentary captures music and other events at Leon Russell’s Oklahoma recording studio between 1972 and 1974. Visitors should arrive early to find a spot, and should bring a blanket or chair. The film starts at 7:30 p.m. Beach 94th Street Plaza, Rockaway Beach. ------------------------------------------------


Movies Under The Stars: “Brave”

This Pixar film follows the story of Princess Merida, who uses her bravery and archery skills to battle a curse and restore peace to the Scottish Highlands after she makes a wish that puts her entire kingdom in jeopardy. 8 p.m.


“En El Séptimo Día”

The Museum of the Moving Image will hold two screenings per day (2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.) of the latest feature from director Jim McKay (Girls Town). This film follows undocumented immigrants in Brooklyn over seven days. They work six days a week and spend Sundays on the soccer field. Deliveryman and team captain José takes his squad to the finals, but he’s suddenly called in for work. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District. ------------------------------------------------


film about an all-women baseball league during World War II. Madonna, Geena Davis and Tom Hanks star. $15. The film will also screen on Sept. 9. 11 a.m. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District. ------------------------------------------------

Visitors are recommended to arrive early to get a seat and bring a blanket or chair. Paul Raimonda Playground, Long Island City. ------------------------------------------------

Kickball For Kids

Summer Sports Experience, an instructional youth program that teaches sports skills, will train youths how to play kickball. The program is recommended for ages 8 to 14, and will cover basic and more advanced techniques. Free. 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Playground for All Children, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. ------------------------------------------------

“Walking On Sunshine”

The Queens Village Library will host short plays and songs by Queens Council on the Arts grantee Senior Theatre Acting Repertory. 2 p.m. Queens Village Library, 94-11 217th St. ------------------------------------------------

Queensboro Dance Festival Flushing Town Hall will present a night of vibrant contemporary and cultural

Ethno botanist Leda Meredith leads an exploration of the Queens County Farm Museum’s grounds and teaches how to identify, harvest and enjoy wild, seasonal ingredients. 10 a.m. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks. ------------------------------------------------

Victorian Walking Tour

An expert takes participants to the Victorian sections of Maple Grove Cemetery and discusses history, architecture and interesting trivia. 2 p.m. Maple Grove Cemetery, 83-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens. ------------------------------------------------


Community Arts Day The NYC Audubon Society will hold a bird walk this weekend at the Queens Botanical Garden.

ensemble), drum and dance lessons from Maguette Camara from Senegal and The Brown Rice Family (which plays reggae, ska and Latin music). 3 p.m. Sunnyside Gardens Park, 48-21 39th Ave. ------------------------------------------------

Queens Bocce Tournament

The city’s Parks Department will host its annual citywide Bocce tournament in Middle Village. Players will compete in borough-wide tournaments with the best teams advancing to the citywide championship. The tournament is open to ages 18 and older. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and the tournament kicks off at 9 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. Juniper Valley Park’s 80th Street entrance at Juniper Boulevard North, Middle Village. ------------------------------------------------

“Opening For My White Dress”

The Plaxall Gallery will host an exhibition inspired by the Bride’s March against Domestic Violence by Diana Behjarano, who is a Queens Council on the Arts grantee. 6 p.m. LIC-A at the Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46th Ave., Long Island City. ------------------------------------------------

“A League Of Their Own”

The Museum of the Moving Image will hold two screenings of Penny Marshall’s hit

Painters, potters, photographers, glassmakers, jewelry artists, illustrators and fiber artists will take part in this Kew Gardens arts festival. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Austin Street and Lefferts Boulevard, Kew Gardens. ------------------------------------------------

Silent Disco

Dancers shake their booties while listening to music by live DJs. DJ 1 (Green) plays Top 40 hits, while DJ2 (Red) spins throwbacks and DJ 3 (Blue) rocks hip hop, R&B, funk and maybe even some Motown. Dancers can rent headphones. They can switch DJs by pushing the green, red and blue buttons on their sets. Admission ranges from $10 to $25. 6 p.m. Long Island City Landing, 52-10 Center Blvd. ------------------------------------------------

“Morning Raga”

Watch an Indian musical by Paromita Mumu, who is a Queens Council on the Arts grantee. 11:30 a.m. P.S. 69, 77-02 37th Ave., Jackson Heights. ------------------------------------------------


Oratorio Society Of Queens

Temple Beth Sholom will hold an open audition to join a diverse, high-quality music group with approximately 120 members. 7:30 p.m. Temple Beth Sholom, 172nd Street and Northern Boulevard, Flushing.

Watch a site-specific sound project by Joseph Di Ponio, who is a Queens Council on the Arts grantee. 2 p.m. Sunnyside Municipal Parking Field, Queens Boulevard between 40th and 41st streets, under the 7 train. ------------------------------------------------

Latimer House Museum’s 170th Birthday Party

Celebrate the Lewis H. Latimer House Museum’s birth with wine and beer tasting, art, poetry, a silent auction and tours. 5 p.m. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 3441 137th St., Flushing. ------------------------------------------------

Queens United International Party

This music festival features local talent, such as The Not Club of NY (gypsy violin), Chota Madre (an Ecuadorean/African

Flushing Town Hall will host a Queensboro Dance Festival performance on Friday that will incorporate several dance companies.



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