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BP KATZ LAUNCHES DISTRICT ATTORNEY BID Committee, according to top Democratic sources in Queens. “Melinda definitely has an advantage. Likability and loyalty are really important, and Melinda has been really loyal to both the party and the district leaders for a long time. And she is really liked—and that stuff matters [in a Democratic primary in Queens],” said one well-connected Democratic insider. Katz’s main competition likely will come from City Councilman Rory Lancman, who has had a fractured history with Queens Democratic Party leaders, but who has made strides to repair his relationship in recent years. “Rory is a fierce and aggressive campaigner and he can’t be discounted,” the source added. The Democratic primary election for district attorney will take place in September of next year. The winner of the Democratic primary will be a heavy favorite to win the office in the November general election.


HE FIRST NEW GATES IN LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B will open this Saturday, Dec. 8. Announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week, the opening is part of the $8 billion transformation of LaGuardia Airport (LGA) into a unified 21st-century terminal system that aims to provide a world-class passenger experience, featuring modern customer amenities, state-of-the-art architecture and more-spacious gate areas. First opened in 1939, LaGuardia ranks as the twenty-first–busiest airport in the country. The airport serviced over 29 million travelers last calendar year, offering flights to 68 destinations via 11 airlines. Yet over the past few decades, the airport has developed a reputation for being dilapidated and unfit to handle the number of travelers who depend upon it. Terminal B, or the Central Terminal Building, is particularly notorious for its ragged appearance and difficulty of use. Former Vice President Joe Biden once referred to the terminal as a “third-world country.” In June of 2016, Cuomo unveiled plans to completely renovate the troubled airport, including a brand-new Central Terminal Building. On Thursday, the governor, joined by representatives of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP)—the private consortium rebuilding and operating LGA's Terminal B—unveiled the 250,000-square-foot light-filled new concourse, which houses a total of 18 gates that will be occupied by Air Canada, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. "The opening of the first new concourse and gates at Terminal B marks another significant milestone in the transformation of LaGuardia Airport into a modern, global gateway that is worthy of the state of New York," Cuomo said. "While leaders in Washington only talk about investing in infrastructure, in New York we are actually getting it done, and now travelers from across the world will start to see and experience a whole new LaGuardia."

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closely you may wonder why the sitting borough president would launch a bid to be the district attorney of Queens when she doesn’t have to vacate her current office until 2022. The answer is actually pretty simple: The district attorney’s office is not term limited, and the occupant of that office usually stays there as long as he/she wants, which was the case with current DA Richard Brown, who has been there since June of 1991. Furthermore, the DA’s office has tremendous power to impact the day-to-day lives of the residents of Queens. While the office is primarily responsible for dispensing justice to people who commit crimes, the officeholder has a lot of say in how that happens, with the ability to choose to plea certain crimes down to lesser sentences when in the interest of the public. The office can

also wield its resources to provide services to help keep vulnerable populations from being victimized, providing free legal advice or other services. Launching her bid for district attorney from McDonald Park in Forest Hills, surrounded by elected officials, community and business leaders, and dozens of other supporters, current Borough President Melinda Katz started to spell out what her priorities will be if elected. The cornerstone of her platform is reforming the office to be a “partner for justice” with local communities and leaders. "Whatever your ethnicity, background, immigration status or economic means; whether you are a third-generation Queens resident or someone who came here yesterday to provide your family a better life; whatever your gender identification or sexual orientation, justice must always look the same,” Katz said. “All too often, it does not. As the

district attorney, I will fight to achieve fairness in the criminal justice system." Katz’s platform includes efforts to prevent crime and promote social progress through bail and sentencing reforms as well as softening punishment on low-level marijuana arrests. One area she said she will not be soft on is hate crimes targeting people for their religion, ethnicity or sexual identity. "Our nation as a whole is renormalizing the dangerous marginalization of people of color, of immigrants, of the poor. Yet there are powerful movements underway to combat that regression, and my agenda is part of a recommitment to inclusion, equity, fair treatment and justice," she said Katz already has several challengers for the office, but she is widely believed to be the frontrunner in the race and the preferred candidate of the majority of the members of the powerful Queens Democratic

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The Other Candidates Rory Lancman is a current city councilman. He has been a vocal critic of the current DA’s office on issues of criminal justice reform and specifically on the closing of Rikers Island Prison, an issue the current DA has not supported. Greg Lasak is a former assistant district attorney and a former judge. He has depicted himself as a lawyer and not a politician, and has also advocated for criminal justice reform and empowering communities to help prevent crime. He released a statement following Katz’s announcement, saying, “I welcome Borough President Katz to the growing field of career politicians running for district attorney. As the only non-politician in this race, I look forward to putting my decades-long record of fighting crime and freeing the innocent up against anyone else's.” Mina Malik is the former executive director of New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board, which is responsible for investigating misconduct by the NYPD. She is expected to announce her bid for the office in the near future.



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The Cigar Mile is one of the most prestigious races in North America, pitting some of the best thoroughbreds in the world against each other in a one-mile test on the dirt track at Aqueduct Racetrack. It is a race that often creates stars. This year’s running didn’t disappoint, as 5-yearold Patternrecognition hustled out to the lead and then held off seven challengers to capture the Grade 1 stake for trainer Chad Brown and jockey Jose Ortiz. The victory is a little bit of redemption for Patternrecognition, who has had an up-anddown career because of injuries. “Because he’s had so many interruptions in his schedule, I was always trying to bridge him to a longer race off a sprint and it was always hard to get there because he always had a setback. Finally, he got very sound to where I could train him consistently and get him out to that mile distance,” Brown said. “This horse is a rare horse. He’s got that speed and he can carry it. I’m very proud of the judgment Jose [Ortiz] used today. I left it up to him and the fractions concerned me a touch, but this horse showed his heart.” Earlier in the day, the crowds were treated to a brilliant display in the Grade 2 Remsen from several talented 2-year-olds, who are now likely to be pointed to the Kentucky Derby in May. Maximus Mischief outkicked Network Effect in the stretch to win by 2 ¼ lengths in the 1 ⅛-mile contest. The race was part of the official “Road to the Kentucky Derby Series,” with 10 points being awarded to Maximus Mischief, four points to Network Effect and two points to Tax, who finished third. The top-20 points earners will be entered into the Kentucky Derby.

The day of racing also featured a stunning breakout performance by Positive Spirit in the Grade 2 Demoiselle, for top 2-year-old fillies. And in the Grade 3 Go for Wand, Marley’s Freedom held off a game challenge from Come Dancing to claim honors for Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith and trainer Bob Baffert.

Velazquez Captures 6,000th Win Last Friday, Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez earned his 6,000th career win in North America, riding Singapore Trader to victory in the fifth race at Aqueduct. A mainstay of New York’s racing circuit, Velazquez has won practically every big race in the United States, including two Kentucky Derby wins and two wins in the Belmont Stakes. He has also captured 15 Breeders’ Cup wins and earned more than $390 million in purses during his career. Velazquez’s first win in North America also took place at Aqueduct, on March 30, 1990, aboard My Brother Jay.

Stop the presses: The New York Metropolitan Baseball Club has made an off-season move. The Mets faithful as well as casual fans of the sport know that every once in a while, the hometown team makes a splash in a positive way. In recent memory we have the Piazza three-way trade, Beltran and Cespedes. As for the negative splashes, well, let us not be reminded. The Mets tweeted the following to announce the trade to the listening few: @Mets: It’s official! We’ve acquired 8x AllStar @RobinsonCano and All-Star closer @ EdiDiaz44 from Seattle in exchange for Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Gerson Bautista, minor league RHP Justin Dunn and minor league outfielder Jarred Kelenic. #Mets On paper this trade feels very solid. Trading for a slugging juggernaut who also hits for average in Robinson Cano, and for one of the best closers in Major League Baseball in Edwin Diaz, fills tremendous holes. These acquisitions indicate the Mets’ front office and management believe they will be a competitive team in 2019. A slugger, albeit aging at 36 years old, and a lockdown fireman are exactly what the doctor ordered for the injury-plagued and downtrodden Mets. We can sum up 2018 in two points: the horrific bullpen that sought to undo all of the really incredible output and success of the starting rotation (which includes a Cy Young Award

winner in DeGrom); and a piecemeal lineup that went most of the season without the protection of Cespedes, and a startling lack of production at the plate from mainstays and new talent alike. Whom did they offer up to the trade gods? An also-aging Jay Bruce, who dramatically underperformed all expectations and became the bane of some fans after flirting with the Mendoza line for most of his recent stint with the Mets. They also parted ways with Anthony Swarzak, who never seemed to settle in as a Met after battling injuries and only throwing some 26 innings in 2018. Also included in the deal were top prospects Gerson Bautista, minor league RHP Justin Dunn and minor league outfielder Jarred Kelenic—not quite players-to-be-named-later, but with Kelenic specifically, definitely not on the pay-no-mind list either. We will watch their progress closely, if only to have another reason to gripe about management after any remote successes on its part. This may not be the silver bullet Mets fans were hoping for. But again, the indication with this trade that the top brass believe the Mets will be competitive next year is a positive sign. We hope this isn’t the last move, but if our rotation stays healthy and the bats come back to life, here’s hoping for some October and November nights to remember.

Through the first seven games of the St. John’s Men’s Basketball season, one thing is clear—Shamorie Ponds is worth the price of admission. The Junior guard has been nothing short of spectacular. With Knicks superstar Kristaps Porzingis injured, and the Nets lacking any projected All-Stars, it is safe to say Ponds is the best basketball show in town. Last Saturday, Ponds paced the Red Storm to their seventh straight win, scoring 37 of the team’s 76 points and dominating play against Georgia Tech in the final 10 minutes as the Johnnies stormed back from a 16-point deficit to remain undefeated on the season. So far this season, Ponds has scored more than 30 points three times against St. John’s’ toughest opponents—Cal, VCU and Georgia Tech, respectively. Each game played out in similar fashion, with Ponds asserting himself at key moments when needed, while trying to keep his teammates involved. The last five minutes were always owned by Ponds, who uses his exceptional ability to create shots and get to the basket with dribble penetration to clinch games. Ponds is the leading scorer for St. John’s, averaging 22.4 points per game. But the stat is incredibly deceptive: In the team’s blowout victories against Rutgers and Eastern Maryland, Ponds scored eight points and four points, respectively—focusing that time on creating shots for teammates and building up their confidence. Entering this season, much of the basketball world already viewed Ponds as a star, following his breakout performance against Duke last year at Madison Square Garden. There is little doubt that he will be an NBA first-round draft pick next year. But with his performances so far this year, Ponds has shown a maturity and potential for greatness that is rarely seen in the college game. If you can make it to Carnesecca Arena or MSG to see him play, go for it.

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The first new gates represent another step forward in the complex, multiphase construction plan designed to enable the airport to remain fully operational while the entire airport is rebuilt. Under the plan, old facilities are demolished only as new facilities are completed, ensuring the airport never loses capacity. The new airport will comprise $8 billion worth of new facilities. On the western side of the airport, the new $4 billion Terminal B is replacing the obsolete terminal that opened more than 50 years ago. The terminal will have a total of 35 gates— including the first 11 that are opening this weekend—with seven more coming into service in early 2020. Dual pedestrian bridges will rise over active plane taxi lanes. They will connect the main departures-and-arrivals hall that will open in 2020 with the two island concourses, as well as offering travelers views of the Manhattan skyline as they head to and from their gates. On the eastern side of the airport, Delta Air Lines’ new $4 billion Terminal C, which broke ground in August 2017, will ultimately comprise a total of 37 gates. The new Terminal C will replace the existing Terminals C and D and is scheduled to open in 2021. LGP and Delta are privately financing two-thirds of the redevelopment’s costs, and the Port Authority has committed to financing the remaining one-third—most of it for overhauling and simplifying the

current labyrinthine network of on-airport roadways. The new arrivals-and-departure halls will be located closer to the Grand Central Parkway than the existing terminals, increasing the size of the airfield and allowing for dual taxiways to red uce gate congestion, while also enabling larger gate areas to more efficiently accommodate modern aircraft. State-of-the-art security technology will be integrated from curb to gate. This year has been critical for the project as progress has accelerated. In February, the new Terminal B parking garage opened with 3,200 spaces, including more than 2,400 for personal vehicles. A dedicated level for Uber, Lyft and other car services provides 50 clearly marked loading areas for passengers to meet their drivers inside, protected from the elements. Overall, the redevelopment of LaGuardia is anticipated to create a combined $10 billion in economic activity and $2.5 billion in wages over the life of the project. To date, the airport redevelopment, including both terminal projects, has issued more than 750 contracts valued at more than $1 billion to certified Minority and Womenowned Business Enterprises (MWBEs), advancing New York State’s nation-leading utilization rate of MWBEs and a testament to its unparalleled network of MWBEs. Additionally, a total of 259 local residents have been hired to work in the new Terminal B concourse, with more than 50 percent of those employees residing in Queens.

For-hire vehicle (FHV) drivers are expected to receive an additional $10,000 a year, following a Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) ruling passed Tuesday morning. Earlier this year, the New School’s Center for New York City Affairs and the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at the University of California conducted a study that found that 96 percent of high-volume FHV drivers—who are employed by apps such as Uber, Lyft, Via, Gett and Juno—earn less than $17.22 an hour. The analysis also shows that drivers’ median earnings declined more than 10 percent between 2016 and 2017, and that drivers spend more than $400 a week on the operation of their vehicles. Rene, 43, told the Queens Tribune that although Uber pays a percentage of his E-Zpass, it doesn’t pay the toll when he crosses a bridge without a passenger in his vehicle. “If I’m taking a driver from Queens to Manhattan and the passenger is in my car, Uber will cover it. But if I don’t have a driver in my car and I’m going from whatever borough I’m in to Staten Island where I live, Uber won’t cover it,” said Rene. “They only cover the costs when there’s a passenger in the vehicle.” The TLC said drivers could expect a 96 percent raise based on the per-mile and perminute minimum trip-payment formula it implemented in the Tuesday ruling. To ensure that companies are paying their drivers accordingly, riders will be able to use a driver pay calculator made available to them by Dec. 6 that will determine the pay drivers deserve. The new rules include $27.86 per hour pay, a $10,000-a-year raise, higher minimum pay

for wheelchair-accessible vehicles, detailed pay information, and a decrease in the amount of tax fleets charge drivers for credit card processing. “One of the Council’s main goals in bringing a regulatory framework to the for-hire– vehicle business in the city was to help drivers in every part of the industry, and today marks a milestone in our continued efforts in this area,” said New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. “App-based drivers will now earn at least the equivalent of the city’s minimum wage, bringing more fairness to a gig economy that too often leaves working people behind. The Council is proud of the progress we have made and will continue working to help drivers, reduce congestion and increase fairness in the for-hire–vehicle industry.” Jose Rivera, 37, said this ruling will mean that he can work less and spend more time with his family. “Driving Uber is good because I could choose my own schedule,” Rivera told the Queens Tribune. “But I miss all my children’s milestones. My wife stays home with our three children while I work.” Rivera said he’s worked 24-hour days on numerous occasions to provide for his family. “Rides from borough to borough don’t amount to anything, so I accept any and every ride leaving New York City,” said Rivera. “My wife gets mad because sometimes I stay signed on overnight and if I’m in bed and my app says someone needs a ride, I hop right out of bed no matter what time it is because I need the money.” Rav, 28, said he works four jobs: two of them five days a week, one on the weekends and Uber seven days a week.






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“I depend mostly on my Uber and Lyft money because it’s not like I have to wait a whole week or two to get paid like corporate jobs,” said Rav. Rav said he gets paid by Lyft as promptly as by the end of the day. He said although it’s beneficial, the pay isn’t consistent. “If a have a bunch of $4 trips, I’m not making anything off of that,” said Rav. “POOL is good for the rider but it kind of sucks for the driver if the passengers are taking short trips. During the winter, Uber and Lyft add surges to the rides, mostly during snow or rainy days and during rush hours. But for the most part, a lot of my riders are taking trips from their home to the subway.” Rav said the ruling is good for drivers like him, who sacrifice their time and sleep to make very little money. But he thinks something should be done for the riders. Rav said that during the winter he gets a lot of trips in Queens because many commuters live far from public transportation and have to resort to FHVs. “The prices fluctuate during rush hours,” said Rav. “I’ve gotten a few rides from Bayside to Flushing and it’s sometimes over $20. It’s insane what people in Queens go through because of the lack of public transportation.” Rav said before he started driving with Uber and Lyft, he was an average Queens commuter, and he understands the struggles firsthand. “I just hope that the city comes up with a comprehensive plan that will benefit everyone,” said Rav. The TLC’s new rules will go into effect midJanuary 2019.

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New Basketball Court And Playground The Queensbridge community was joined by Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) to cut the ribbon on the new Queensbridge South basketball court and playground. The $306,100 project, which was funded by Van Bramer and Katz, includes a new full basketball court designed with blue pavement and a letter “Q,” identical to the Queensbridge North basketball court that was completed last month; and a brand new play area. Van Bramer said both the basketball court and play area are vital to the community because they allow its children and families to congregate and play outdoors.


“I love this community, and I am committed to improving the grounds and overall quality of life here in every way I can,” said Van Bramer. Queensbridge Houses is the nation’s largest public housing development. “For the countless kids of all ages living in the area, these new recreation areas will not only serve as places to play, but also as community hubs for relationship building and healthy living,” said Katz. “By investing in upgrades for our parks, we are investing in a better future for our children across the borough.” –Ariel Hernandez


Groundbreaking For Astoria Park Soccer Field The city’s Parks Department officially broke ground on Saturday on the highly anticipated soccer field at Astoria Park. The $30 million major renovations at the park—located at 19 19th St.—includes an eightlane rubberized track, accessible bleachers, drinking fountains, a long-jump area, bike racks, a soccer field, fitness areas, team benches, a flag pole, a warmup zone, a planted screen and more. “Reimagining the soccer field and track at Astoria Park is over eight years in the making, and I am thrilled to see work get underway,” said Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria). “The community for so long wanted this area rehabilitated and came out in force to make its voice heard.” The 59-acre park will also receive a new play-

ground, additional paths and upgrades to its infrastructure such as the field lighting. Astoria Park is one of the five parks that were chosen for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Anchor Park Initiative, a project he created to upgrade large parks in each borough. The Parks Department was joined by Constantinides, Community Board 1 District Manager Florence Koulouris, the Hellgate Road Runners—an Astoria-based group of runners who meet four times a week for group runs in Astoria Park—and soccer players from Eleftheria Pancyprian Soccer League for the groundbreaking ceremony. The project is slated for completion by May 2020. –Ariel Hernandez

Tracy Capune, a veteran urban planner and economic development consultant, has been elected president of the Queens Economic Development Corporation’s (QEDC) Board of Directors. The QEDC’s mission is to create and retain jobs through programming that assists small businesses, encourages entrepreneurship and promotes tourism, with an emphasis on those of low to moderate income, women, minorities and immigrants. Capune is vice president of Kaufman Astoria Studios (KAS). As such, she oversees KAS’s expansion plans and other initiatives that generate economic growth in the western Queens neighborhoods that surround the studio. Prior to joining KAS, Capune spent eight years as a managing director at Stadtmauer Bailkin LLP. In addition to her work with QEDC, where she has been a trustee for nine years, she is a member of the boards of directors of Queens Theatre, the Chocolate Factory Theater and the Kaufman Arts District. Currently, Capune, who has a master’s in Urban Planning from New York University, is overseeing a KAS expansion project to build Stages O and N.



Vietnam Vets Memorial Breaks Ground Elected officials, members of the NYPD, Queens veterans and community leaders gathered at Elmhurst Park last Thursday, Nov. 29, to break ground on the borough’s new and very first Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The memorial, which is slated for completion by fall 2019, will honor all Queens residents who were killed while serving in the Vietnam War or who are listed as “missing in action.” “To our veterans of the Vietnam War, we know the sacrifices you made, the sacrifices your families made,” said Borough President Melinda Katz. “The Queens Vietnam Veterans Memorial will help ensure generations never forget, and remind our borough, city and nation to remain ever grateful. It’s been 10 years since Pat Toro first dreamed up the idea for a Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and now that dream will soon become reality. Because of his leadership and that of Vietnam veterans of America Chapter 32, the service members who made the ultimate sacrifice during and as a result of that conf lict will have a fitting and dignified tribute, right here in the borough they proudly called home.” The late Toro was a former president of Chapter 32 and a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. The $2.85 million memorial will take up 6.22 acres of space in the northwest corner of Elmhurst Park. It will consist of two semicircular granite walls containing names and historical facts relating to the war, and a separate plaque honoring Toro, who led the effort to have the memorial constructed and died of war-related causes. –Ariel Hernandez

Make The Road New York (MRNY) held a series of town halls throughout the city to call for the passage of the New York State DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act and Driver’s Licenses for All, two pieces of legislation that would help the immigrant community thrive in the state. Its first stop was in Jackson Heights last Thursday. The panel included state Sens. Luis Sepulveda (D-Brooklyn), Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx); Sens.-elect Jessica Ramos and John Liu; Assemblywoman Carmen de la Rosa (D-Manhattan); and Assemblywoman-elect Catalina Cruz. “2019 will be the year of the immigrant in New York State,” said Ramos. “Our workers and our students will be a personal legislative priority as we work against federal negligence and abuse. Education is the number-one driver of economic mobility for the working class, particularly undocumented New Yorkers, and that is why the DREAM Act must pass. Along with Driver’s Licenses for All, it will give immigrants in my district, the most diverse in the country, an equitable opportunity at the stable financial future every New Yorker deserves.” In addition to calling for the Dream Act and Driver’s Licenses for All, the panel announced its support for the New York Liberty Act; expanded funding for the Liberty Fund and


adult education programs; Fair Elections New York; access to healthcare for all; keeping Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) out of courts; and “Hell NO to Amazon.” Javier H. Valdes, co-executive director of MRNY, said restoring Driver’s Licenses for All is a must and should be at the forefront come January. “We have heard from our neighbors about their top priorities and for immigrant New Yorkers, the two top issues were driver’s licenses and the DREAM Act,” said Valdes. “More than 752,000 immigrant New Yorkers cannot access a driver’s license due to their immigration status.” The organization and the elected officials agree that Driver’s License for All would keep immigrant families together, make roads safer and add to the economy, while the DREAM Act would provide tuition equity to the undocumented youth in the state. “If there is an emergency at my son’s school, no matter how fast I would like to be there, I have to rely on someone else for transportation,” said Reyna Andreu, member of MRNY. “Access to driver’s licenses, regardless of immigration status, in places like Long Island is a necessity. It is time for our state to recognize that Driver’s Licenses for All and the NY DREAM Act are a dire need in our communities.” –Ariel Hernandez


Free Lead Testing For NYCHA Residents In an effort to combat the increasing number of children testing positive for elevated lead levels in their blood, many of whom live in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) units, Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal (D-Flushing) partnered with Kāmin Health to offer free lead testing to the residents of Pomonok Houses. Of the more than 110,000 tenants, over a dozen participated in the event, including elderly constituents and young children. “It is a shame that our families have become victims to improper management and care by the city,” said Rosenthal. “By offering free lead testing, we take the first steps towards ensuring that our children receive the medical atten-


tion they need.” Rosenthal said he plans to continue to collaborate with Kāmin Health to provide health services to the resident of Pomonok Houses. “Kāmin Health, located and founded by Queens residents, recognizes this difficult situation and sympathizes with our fellow neighbors,” said Yaakov Landau, managing director at Kāmin Health. “We stand ready and willing to help in any way we can.” Kāmin Health will be offering free walk-in lead testing at Union Medical Urgent Care, located at 186-06 Union Tpke., through January 2019. –Ariel Hernandez


Fifth Annual Children’s Holiday Parade Children flooded Bell Boulevard for the fifth annual Children’s Holiday Parade last Sunday. The event kicked off with performances from the P.S. 31 and P.S. 41 choirs, followed by performances by the St. Andrew Avellino School Chorus, the Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Academy Cheer Squad and the Michelle Marie Rock Camp. In addition to the performances, families were greeted by special guests Mr. Met and Santa Claus during the march that filled Bell Boulevard from 36th Avenue to 41st Avenue. Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), who sponsored the event alongside the Bayside Village business improvement district (BID), said

the rain didn’t stop the community’s holiday celebration. “Hundreds of children, families, friends and neighbors came out to march and celebrate the holidays together,” said Vallone. “Seeing the smiles on every child’s face, family members embracing as we marched, and community groups uniting is what the holidays are all about. I hope that everyone had an incredible time and I’m already looking forward to next year.” During the event, the Bayside community gathered for both a Christmas tree and menorah lighting, as Dec. 2 marked the first night of Hanukkah. –Ariel Hernandez

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MOVING THROUGH QUEENS A look at transportation issues around the borough




Because of signal maintenance 7 trains at Hunters Point Ave and Vernon Blvd-Jackson Ave will board at the Flushing-bound platform every Wed, Fri and Sat from 12:40am to 5am

BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ Citi Bike will now not only expand to more places throughout the city, but riders can expect higher-quality service, thanks to Lyft, which invested $100 million to improve the program. “New York City is one of the world’s great biking cities—and it’s about to get even better,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “This expansion means tens of thousands more New Yorkers are going to have a fast and inexpensive way to get around their city. It also means much more reliable service for all the riders who already use Citi Bike. We welcome Lyft’s investment to make Citi Bike bigger and better. We are ready to get to work with communities across the city to make this expansion a success.” The expansion will include more than 40,000 additional bikes, both regular and pedal-assist bicycles; 12 new valet stations; increased bike and dock availability; and the expansion of the Reduced Fare Bike Share program, which provides discounted memberships of $5 per month for New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. Moreover, in addition to Lyft’s $100 million investment, it will pay associated expenses to improve and expand the system. The city will continue its right to pilot and implement dockless bike-share services. “We are thrilled to partner with New York City to support and substantially grow North America’s largest bike-share system,” said Lyft co-founder and president John Zimmer. “Together with NYCDOT, we will improve mobility in New York City through an equitable expansion of new and existing technologies. Today’s announcement marks a major milestone in Lyft’s growth as a sustainable transportation service that connects communities and reduces

unnecessary driving in urban centers.” Ed Skyler, head of public affairs at Citi Bike, said that he’s thankful for Lyft’s investment and is excited about the future of Citi Bike. “Citi Bike has succeeded more than anyone of us could have imagined when it launched five years ago,” said Skyler. “It is a true public-private partnership, and we are proud of our role in helping create what has become a vital, sustainable transportation network and part of the fabric of New York City.” Currently, Citi Bike operates 12,000 bikes throughout the city, with more than 70 million rides taken since its launch in 2013. “This Citi Bike expansion is welcome news for a city in desperate need of as many mass-transit options as possible,” said City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. “In just a few years, bike share has become a part of the fabric of New York City, making getting around easier, greener, healthier and more fun all at once. The main issue was that more people and neighborhoods wanted in on the fun, which is why I am thrilled to hear that Citi Bike will double its geographic coverage and continue to make major investments in accessibility for low-income residents. The more New Yorkers who are able to enjoy Citi Bike, the better for all of us and our city.” Reach Ariel Hernandez at ahernandez@ or @reporter_ariel


The Riders Alliance not only released its book The Worst Commutes of 2018, but also called on the state to take action by demanding congestion pricing to fix the subway. The Worst Commutes of 2018, a book that provides stories submitted by subway riders whose 2018 commutes were ruined by signal failure or faulty subway cars, labeled the F and G train the worst commutes. “This holiday season, riders are demanding from elected officials what they need from Albany: to arrive on time and get home safe,” said Danny Pearlstein, Policy and Communications director of the Riders Alliance. “We are sending The Worst Commutes of 2018 to state lawmakers today with an urgent plea for congestion pricing in the coming state budget as part of a plan to fund the full-scale modernization of our ailing transit system and the restoration of reliable service.” The book not only explores in depth the real issues commuters face daily on these lines, but also explains in detail why congestion pricing would result in real change. “While New York can afford congestion pricing, we cannot afford to let transit deteriorate further,” reads the letter attached to the book, which will be sent to all state legislators, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, this week. “Beyond the eight million daily riders reliant on subways and buses, the entire city and state economy and tax base depend on the efficient movement of people

Due to track maintenance 7 service between Willets Point and Main St in Queens will be replaced by free shuttle buses from 11:45pm Fri, Dec 7 to 10pm Sun, Dec 9. that only public transit allows. As The Worst Commutes describe, a generation of disinvestment is now catching up to us and imperiling everything our state has worked for. It is time to fully fund transit and adopt congestion pricing in next year’s budget.”

Because of station enhancements the A trains run every 10 minutes between 207 St and Rockaway Blvd during the day and early evening on Sat, Dec. 8. Because of signal modernization, World Trade Center-bound E trains will skip 65 St, Northern Blvd, 46 St, Steinway St and 36 St in Queens during late nights starting at 11pm Fri, Dec 7 to 5am Mon, Dec 10.

-Ariel Hernandez


Due to track maintenance, E service between Briarwood and Jamaica Center in Queens is replaced by free shuttle buses from 11:45pm Fri, Dec. 7. To 5am Mon, Dec 10.

The Independent Drivers Guild (IDG) blasted the state’s new congestion tax at a hearing held by the Taxi and Limousine Commission this past week. IDG represents more than 70,000 drivers for Uber, Lyft and other app-based services. They say it is unfair that the new tax, which goes into effect in January, hits their drivers harder than yellow cabs for entering Manhattan below 96th street. “The new state congestion tax is an unfair burden to put on the hundreds of thousands of working families who rely on apps like Uber and Lyft for transportation or for their livelihood,” said IDG founder Jim Conigliario, Jr. “The new taxes will be particularly harmful to appbased for hire vehicle riders, whose trips are already much more heavily taxed than taxi trips, and for-hire drivers who are already struggling to make ends meet. Forhire vehicle trips already generate over $260 million per year in sales tax.” Under the new tax, a $20 fare in parts of Manhattan would have $5.03 tax versus a $3.30 tax for yellow cabs.

Because of station improvements, G service between Nassau Ave in Brooklyn and Court Square in Queens is replaced by free shuttle buses from 9:45pm Fri, Dec 7 to 5am Mon, Dec 10. Due to track replacement N service is replaced by free shuttle buses between Ditmars Blvd. and Queensboro Plaza in Queens, from 9:45pm Fri, Dec 7 to 5am Mon, Dec 10.

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


By ARIEL HERNANDEZ The students of the Academy of American Studies will soon be under one roof as the city broke ground on the $118 million project that will give all 969 students enrolled, a school of their own. The new four story high school is being constructed in the backlot of Newcomers High School, located at 28-01 41st Avenue. For over two decades, students at the Academy of American Studies have been split, with half seated in classrooms at Newcomers High School and the others at a small two-story building across the street. The School Construction Authority (SCA) an-

nounced this project over a year ago, however, according to principal William Bassell, it has come to reality because of the push from both the faculty at the high school and Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D-Long Island City). “The groundbreaking for the new Academy of American Studies building is truly a momentous occasion, as it will bring our school into a 21st century state-of-the-art facility” said Bassell. “We are grateful to the many students, who made attaining this new school building their mission, and we are also grateful to Assemblymember Cathy Nolan, whose unswerving guidance and unstinting support helped us to bring this 20-year dream to a vibrant and exciting reality.”

The state-of-the-art facility will also include a competition-sized gymnasium with locker rooms, two science demo labs, two science labs, two science prep rooms, music and art classrooms, a technology lab, a medical suit, a guidance counselor’s office, a library, a staff room, a kitchen, student and staff dining areas, a parent room, and an outdoor play area with four handball courts, a half court for basketball and a reading area. “Community Board 2 is grateful to our local elected officials and the School Construction Authority for finding an acceptable location to build a new school near our district,” said Community Board 2 Chairwoman Denise Keehan-Smith. Creating a state of the art high school helps to prepare our children to compete in the global environment. We are thankful the education of our students has been made a priority once again.” The high school is slated for completion by 2020. The new Academy of American Studies building is just one of many schools Nolan said are coming to the district. “I am proud to see the Academy of American Studies finally get a proper school building” said Nolan. “Together with Principal William Bassell, our community has advocated for this school for a long time. More schools and additional investments are needed for the Long Island City, Dutch Kills and portions of Western Queens. I will continue to advocate for the city to make these investments so we can keep our quality of life and communities strong.” The SCA secured $60 million in its budget for the construction of a school in Court Square because of the need for seats in District 30. They are also working with local stakeholders, local parent associations and the Department of Education (DOE) to address other needs in the schools.


Flushing is booming, and according to a data site that specializes in real estate, it’s the priciest neighborhood in the borough and one of the priciest in the city.—a real estate data provider that shares in-depth information on residential and commercial property in the United States—released its ranking of the priciest New York City neighborhoods in 2018, seven of which are in Queens. With a median price of $880,760, East Flushing ranked number 39 out of 50, topping Belle Harbor—whose median price is $879,500—at 40. Hunters Point, whose median price is $869,496, ranked 42; Queensboro Hill, whose median price is $860,000, ranked 43; Auburndale, whose median price is $840,000, ranked 45; Fresh Meadows, whose median price is $825,000, ranked 46; and Hollis Hills, whose median price is $807,500, ranked 48. PropertyShark conducted its study by calculating residential property sales closed between Jan. 1 and Nov. 23, 2018. -Ariel Hernandez


If you think flooding has gotten worse in the five boroughs recently, you’re right—at least according to the number of complaints filed with 3-1-1. The data junkies at localize. city have taken a hard look at the number

of flooding complaints from October 2017 to the end of September this year, and saw a 53 percent jump in people’s gripes about the roads’ being waterlogged. Not surprisingly, many of the worst neighborhoods were in Queens, in particular, Southeast Queens. Here are the top addresses/intersections for street flooding complaints in Queens in the past year (with the number of complaints from Oct. 1, 2017–Sept. 30, 2018): • 147-05 and 147-11 259th St., Rosedale: 21 • 314 to 347 Beach 84th St., Rockaways: 13 • Francis Lewis Boulevard and 231-07 Merrick Blvd., Laurelton: 13 • 144-35 and 144-41 157th St., Springfield Gardens: 11 • 114-36 to 114-48 141st St., South Jamaica: 11



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SEVAN RESTAURANT Finding The Spirit Of The Armenian Sea Above The L.I.E. By JARED COHEE

Dispatch from Horace Harding Expressway, Bayside: When the restaurant is not busy and Arthur Matevosyan is not needed in the kitchen, you will probably find him next door at the attached grocery and bakery that has existed alongside his dining room at Sevan since opening in 2005. In this small shop you can find plenty of Armenian and Mediterranean treasures: canned and bottled goods as well as fresh cheese, nuts, spices, jams and cured meats. The baked treasures can be purchased here for takeaway as well, including Armenian lahmajun (flatbread meat pies) and cheese or spinach borek (savory triangles of phyllo dough). Despite not being formally trained as a chef, Arthur has been in and around kitchens since he was young. His father operated a small restaurant in Armenia’s capital city of Yerevan, where he first started to soak up the knowledge of what made eaters happy. Overlooking the busy Long Island Expressway, Sevan gets its name from the high-altitude freshwater lake that takes up a considerable portion of the country and is backed in the northern and eastern shores by snow-capped mountain peaks. During my travels in Armenia, residents of the landlocked country would refer to the lake as the “Armenian Sea” and always seemed to hold it in a spiritually high regard. Being only a little more than an hour from Yerevan, its beaches and hotels are used by Armenians all year round. A visit without eating the famous Sevan trout would be considered a waste. The trout on the menu here in Queens is not imported from Lake Sevan, but is probably the closest you can get in this country. Armenians in New York and New Jersey are spread out and do not centralize in any one place, but Sevan is convenient to those in the eastern regions of Queens and farther east into Nassau County. Over the years, the shop and dining room have swapped orientations so that more room could be added for a growing customer base. Arthur tells me that about 60 percent of his patrons are Armenian, and many of them come up to him to chat during our conversations. On one day, the birthday party of a 90-year-old customer is taking place in the covered patio area behind the building, complete with traditional music and dance. The restaurant sets itself up best for large groups like this, as many of the meat and fish entrées and kebab platters are quite large. Bring a group of at least six or eight if you can to help unlock some of the secrets like succulent lamb chops, which come out on their skewers surrounding a blazing central fire. Combo kebab plates are the best way to sample the wide range of steak, pork, chicken, lamb, quail and lule (ground beef). The 40 percent of customers who are not Armenian might gravitate towards some of the Mediterranean foods they find more familiar, but resist the urge and stick to Arthur’s Armenian meats, pastries and salads. Everything is spiced with products he imports from his home country, allowing other Armenians to really get a good taste of home instead of a substitution or knockoff. The combination of these spices and exact recipes remain a family secret to this day, and only Arthur’s wife knows what

goes into the marinades, which have evolved over time since his father operated the restaurant in Yerevan. The meats are soaked for days before being served. No extra sauces for dipping are necessary as the cuts of fresh meat are also perfectly tender. Simple dishes like his Armenian salad also use a blend of his herbs and spices over a pile of tomato, onion and cucumber cubes. Cured meats like basturma sirloin and sujuk beef sausage are bombs of more of this unique flavor. You will find Russian pelmeni (dumplings) on the menu here—and these are certainly popular with Armenians—but opt for the manti instead, tiny homemade meat dumplings that are drizzled with garlicky yogurt and fresh tomato sauce. All of the kebabs are served with rice or fries and laid over a freshly baked pita that you are expected to use. This nicely soaks in juices from the meat, so be sure to tear off pieces of this bread for rounded bites. Not on the menu, but kept around for those who are interested, are both sweet Armenian wine and malty beer. After your meal, strong Armenian coffee and regional desserts like baklava and kataifi are ready to satisfy your sweet tooth if you still have room. If you have not already become friends, around this time Arthur will have certainly come to check in to make sure everyone at the table is satisfied. He is proud of the food here at his restaurant and also of his country, and will go to great lengths to make sure the rest of us leave feeling the same way.

Sevan Restaurant 216-07 Horace Harding Expy. 11364 Wed.-Fri. 4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 1:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Mon-Tue closed Credit cards and cash

An assortment of kebabs with spices imported from Armenia, the marinades are a family secret.

FAC T S & FI G U RE S From 1899 to 1931, roughly 80,000 Armenians fled to the United States to escape wars and conflict in the country, including the Armenian Genocide, which took place from 1915 to 1923.

The official language is Armenian, but Russian has been widely spoken in Armenia from the years it was part of the Soviet Union (1922 to 1991).

Armenia is slightly smaller than the state of Maryland.

Lake Sevan is the largest lake in the Lesser Caucasus Mountain Range.

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A Christmas Carol

Book Talk & Signing Nick Hirshon discusses, signs, and sells “We Want Fish Sticks: The Bizarre and Infamous Rebranding of the New York Islanders.” Starts at 3pm. Glen Oaks Library, 256-04 Union Tpke.

Astoria Market As many as 40 vendors sell edible products and gift items such as clothing, jewelry, and toys. From noon to 6pm. Repeats on Dec. 16. Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Ave. ------------------------------------------------

Center of Wreath-Making Attention Workshop ------------------------------------------------

Two days of lessons on wreaths and conifers. All materials included. Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. ------------------------------------------------


HollyTour 2018 For the fifth year in a row, Titan Theatre Company presents the timeless Charles Dickens story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.


Navidad Flamenca

bring the jokes. Known as New Jersey’s bad boy, Marino loves to riff on his Italian family. Byrne is the warm-up comic for “The Dr. Oz Show.” DeLena sings great impressions. Starts at 8pm. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.

A festive program highlights customs of the Spanish-speaking world, especially those from Argentina, Mexico, and Spain. Italian violinist Patrisa Tomassini joins Tango dancers Mariana Fresno and Jose Luis Lavayen and the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company. Shows are Dec. 6 at 7:30 pm; Dec. 8 at 2 pm and 8 pm; and Dec. 9 at 3 pm. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.





Music for Yuletide

Pawlikowski Retrospective Watch films by Oscar-winning Polish director Pawlikowski, such as “My Summer of Love,” “Dostoevsky’s Travels,” “Tripping with Zhirinovsky,” “From Moscow to Pietushki: A Journey with Benedict Yerofeyev,” “Ida,” Twockers,” “Last Resort,” and “Cold War.” Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District. ------------------------------------------------


Saturday Night Stand-Up Mike Marino, Richie Byrne, and Gary DeLena

Seven Queens landmarks — Louis Armstrong House Museum; Bowne House; Flushing Town Hall; Quaker Meeting House; Kingsland Homestead; Lewis H. Latimer House Museum; and Voelker Orth House — offer time-honored, family-friendly activities, performances, displays, and refreshments. Visitors can walk and/or take a dedicated shuttle to the venues, which are in Flushing and Corona. From 1pm to 5pm. ------------------------------------------------

Ken Jeong Live Actor, producer, and writer Jeong established himself via his role as the Asian mobster Mr. Chow in the hit trilogy “The Hangover.” Now he’s touring the country with his stand-up comedy act. Starts at 7pm. Queens College’s Colden Auditorium, 153-49 Reeves Ave. ------------------------------------------------

Queens College’s Choral Society performs Handel’s “Messiah.” A full orchestra with soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, and baritone. Starts at 7:30pm. Colden Auditorium, Queens College, vicinity of Kissena Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway.

The Queens Consort, the borough’s only baroque ensemble playing instruments from the 18th century, plays music for the season by Corelli and Telemann, along with selections from Handel’s “Messiah” and early carols. Starts at 7pm. St. Mark’s Church, 3350 82nd St., Jackson Heights.

Ecuadorian Winter Recital: Ñukanchik Sapi The Ecuadorian-American Cultural Center’s young members offer music, dance, and holiday spirit. Starts at 2pm. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. ------------------------------------------------

Holiday Market Local craftspeople sell everything from ceramics to jewelry to painting. Opens at 1pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. ------------------------------------------------

Baroque and Chamber Music

St. Nicholas Day


James Kreger 2018 Holiday Album Release Party

Annual Christmas Concert

Celebrate the release of an album by one of the world’s foremost cellists. Starts at 2pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

The Sacred Music Society performs Handel’s “Messiah” and other holiday favorites with soprano, tenor, bass-baritone, and the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens. Starts at 4pm. Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, 110-06 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills.



Open call for artists who want to work in a friendly environment with a little nudity. Starts at 6pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. ------------------------------------------------


Evening Reading: Jennifer Egan Egan, whose novel “A Visit From the Goon Squad” won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, discusses her new novel, “Manhattan Beach,” which won the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Starts at 7pm. LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, vicinity of Kissena Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing. ------------------------------------------------


Plant and Animal Life in Central Mexico

Visits with Saint Nick, holiday crafts, singing, tree lighting, mulled cider. Learn the legend that Clement Moore made famous. From noon to 5pm at Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood.

The Queens County Bird Club hosts Queens College biology professor emeritus Andrew Greller, who discusses the curve-billed thrasher and his recent bird-watching trip to Mexico. Starts at 8pm. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.



Eat and take pictures with Santa and receive a surprise from 8am to 10am. All proceeds go to Toys for Tots. Applebee’s branches in Astoria, Bayside, Fresh Meadows, Jamaica, and Queens Center Mall.


Live Drawing with Models



Breakfast with Santa


Visitors are invited to engage in a guided conversation about Isamu Noguchi’s piece “Sun at Noon.” Starts at 3:30pm. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., Long Island City.

Fortepiano and violin with works by Muzio Clementi, Ignace Pleyel, and Carlo Antonio Campioni. Starts at 5pm. King Manor Museum, vicinity of 150th Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica.

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Navidad Flamenca at Flushing Meadows Corona Park


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’Tis the season of celebrations. This week folks are lighting the menorah for Hannukah. In coming weeks we will celebrate Christmas and Kwanzaa, and there are sure to be loads of holiday parties through the month of December. In this week’s special section, we have some suggestions for people looking to get into the holiday spirit—including fun things for families to do, various ways to help give back, and some insight into the different holiday traditions on display in the borough.


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Holiday Fare From Around The World By KRISTINA JOHNSON

meal is another country’s holiday feast. Thanks to a wildly successful marketing ploy back in the 1970s, families in Japan sit down to a fried-chicken feast from KFC on Christmas Eve. The custom is so popular that people need to call ahead to reserve their order, or risk being left with no fried chicken to enjoy on the holiday.


Russia’s Orthodox Christians observe a 40day period of fasting leading up to Christmas. That fast is typically broken on Christmas Eve with a meal called sochivo. It’s a kind of porridge typically made with wheat or barley, poppy seeds, walnuts and honey. The dish is such an integral part of the holiday that the Russian word for Christmas Eve—sochelnik—is derived from it.


The holidays are all about family, and nothing brings a family together like sitting down to a festive meal. Some of those meals are inspired by solemn religious customs, while others are rooted in relatively new fads that have simply exploded in popularity. As people all over the world get ready to celebrate Christmas, we take a look at what some of them will be eating and drinking—most of which you can likely track down in one of Queens’ many ethnic enclaves.

Puerto Rico

The alcoholic drink of choice for Puerto Ricans during the holiday is the coquito. As its name, meaning “little coconut” in Spanish, implies, the festive drink is made with coconut milk and coconut cream, along with condensed milk and, of course, rum. Family recipes for the drink can sometimes be a tightly guarded secret, so while those are the basic ingredients, presentations vary widely. Optional add-ins can include eggs, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract.

If you’re eager to try it, your best bet might be to get yourself invited to a Puerto Rican holiday party—though you can buy it bottled. Brooklyn Coquito even ships it.


Though it’s more popular among Italian Americans than actual Italians, the Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes is a longstanding tradition. It’s thought to be linked to the Roman Catholic practice of not eating

meat on Fridays and certain holy days. The feast has been around for more than a hundred years according to the Italian marketplace Eataly, but there’s no set menu. You can prepare seven totally different types of seafood, or stick with one or two types but prepare them differently for each dish (as in fried shrimp and shrimp scampi, for example).


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Hot chocolate is a Christmas staple in Peru, even though the holiday falls in the Southern Hemisphere country’s summertime. Peruvian hot chocolate is nothing like the version you might make from a packet or grab from a vending machine here. Ingredients like heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk give it a much thicker consistency, while optional spices like cinnamon and cloves give the cocoa an even richer flavor.


Poles sit down to a 12-course spread on Christmas Eve. The meal, called Wigilia (“Vigil”), begins with bread. It’s mostly vegetarian with the exception of the main course of fish. Different regions of Poland have their own specialties, but borscht, pierogies, sauerkraut, pickled herring and mushroom soups are all typical courses. It can all be washed down with Krupnik, a honey-flavored vodka.


Officially, China is an atheistic country, and only a small fraction of its 1.3 billion people are Christian. Nonetheless, Christ-

mas is celebrated in some places, albeit in a commercialized way. Just as it is here, it’s a big holiday for shopping. It’s become a tradition for those celebrating to give each other apples, because the Mandarin Chinese word for “apple” sounds similar to the word for “Christmas Eve.” But instead of featuring a big family meal at home, it’s more a day for partying or for couples to go on dates.

South Korea

Though South Korea’s population is around 30 percent Christian, Christmas there isn’t generally regarded as a holy day. It’s seen more as a day for romance—similar to Valentine’s Day—and many hotels offer special romantic-getaway deals. If families do choose to celebrate with a big dinner, they often go with an American Thanksgiving-style meal with turkey as the main course.


Colombians indulge in a sweet treat called natilla during the holidays. It’s a custard dish usually made with milk, brown sugar, cinnamon and cornstarch. Some recipes call for condensed milk or coconut. It’s often served alongside another dessert called buñuelos, a cheese-filled fried dough ball. If you’d like to try either one but want to take a little shortcut on the preparation, you can buy boxed mixes for both.


A Guatemalan Christmas Eve dinner wouldn’t be complete without some tamales (though of course they can be eaten any time of year). Chicken or pork is encased in corn masa (dough) and then the whole mixture is wrapped in banana leaves. Red tamales (tamales colorados) are savory, while black tamales (tamales negros) can have sweeter fillings. After digging into their tamales, many Guatemalans celebrate the arrival of Christmas by setting off fireworks at the stroke of midnight.

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You can’t talk about the holidays without discussing all the ways people are giving back. In Queens, there are many nonprofits, businesses and community groups doing their part by conducting food drives and gathering up evevrything from winter clothes to toys for those less fortunate. Here’s a quick list of ways you can give back to those in need:

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The Magic of Lights at Jones Beach

The spectacular lights display at Jones Beach goes on and on as cars roll through at a snail’s pace. Different themed areas bring to life everything from Santa climbing up and into a chimney, to surfing elves and landmarks from around the world. As you reach the halfway point, stop at the holiday village for a photo with Santa, s’more roasting, cookie decorating and more holiday cheer. Admission is $25 per car on weeknights, and $30 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Keep in mind that it’s cash only. Bay Pkwy. Point Lookout 11569

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Don’t bother trying to battle the massive crowds and long lines at malls each weekend this month—that’s what online shopping is for. Instead, you might want to get into the spirit of the season at one of the many holiday fairs and festivals going on. There are fun events for kids of all ages, and many of them are free.

Live Nativity

Trinity Lutheran Church will bring the story of the first Christmas to life with its Live Nativity scene on Sunday, Dec. 9. It’ll even have live animals (including Peaches the Donkey), sure to be a hit with kids. Check out the scene from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., grab some hot chocolate and snap some great holiday photos. Trinity Lutheran Church 31-18 37th St. Astoria 11103

Kwanzaa Celebration

The Langston Hughes Library and Community Cultural Center in Corona kicks off its Kwanzaa celebration on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. The festivities include a holiday market, craft workshops, live music and other performances. It’s the center’s 34th year celebrating the African holiday, and the event is free and open to all. Langston Hughes Library 100-01 Northern Blvd. Flushing 11368

The residents of Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, take it upon themselves to create a spectacular holidaylights display each year. The houses between 11th and 13th avenues and 83rd and 86th streets are decked out in lavish light displays, drawing huge crowds every night. Traffic in the area gets a little crazy, so you might want to use public transportation if you can—the D train is a short walk away. Most houses keep the decorations up through the New Year, which may be the best time to avoid the crowds.

Tinker Fest

The holiday celebration at the Lewis H. Latimer House Museum in Flushing has an educational component for kids. The museum is hosting Tinker Fest and a tree lighting on Sunday, Dec. 16. The museum’s tinker programs offer hands-on STEM activities, including robotics and coding. The event runs from 2:30 to 5:30. It’s free, but you do need to RSVP to reserve a space. Go to to do so. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum 34-41 137th St. Flushing 11354

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“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear,” proclaims Buddy

the Elf—and that’s what groups from 10 local churches will be doing at the fourth annual United Carol Singing Christmas Celebration. There will be snacks and drinks on hand, and Santa will be making an appearance to hand out gifts to the kids. The celebration takes place on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights. Diversity Plaza (between 73rd St. and 74th St. and 37th Rd.) Jackson Heights 11372

Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden

More than 175 miniature versions of city landmarks are on display at the New York Botanical Garden. The tiny marvels are each made of all-natural materials. New additions this year focus on Lower Manhattan, including a model of One World Trade, the Battery Maritime Building and even a vintage ferry. More than a dozen model trains chug along around nearly half a mile of track through the display, which

also includes the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and Rockefeller Center. Weekend tickets are $30 for adults and $18 for kids. Advance reservations are recommended. New York Botanical Garden 2900 Southern Blvd. Bronx 10458

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Santa’s helpers whip up tens of thousands of sweet treats for the annual Cookie Walk at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in the East Village. You name it, they’ve got it. Attendees can peruse the 75 different kinds of cookies on display and fill up a small box for $15, or a large one for $35. Kids under 12 get to try their hand at decorating their own cookie for free. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. St. Nicholas of Myra Orthodox Church 288 East 10th St. New York 10009

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Old Bethpage Village parties like it’s 1899 during the holidays, with candlelit buildings and demonstrations of 19th-century life. The nightly celebration kicks off with a candlelight procession beginning at 5:15. Guests can sample mulled cider and chestnuts roasted on an open fire. There are musicians stationed throughout the village, and kids can take part in a new 12 Days of Christmas scavenger hurt. There’s also a train show and craft fair. The special event is being held Dec. 21-23 and Dec. 27-29. Tickets at the door are $13 for adults and $8 for kids and seniors. Old Bethpage Village Restoration 1303 Round Swamp Rd. Old Bethpage 11804

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Next CUNY Chancellor Will Be Announced Before The New Year

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This week, the city announced that a statue would be constructed in honor of Rep. Shirley Chisholm, to be erected at the parkside entrance to Prospect Park in Brooklyn. The honor, which comes 50 years after she became the first black woman elected to Congress, is a nice tribute, but it would be inaccurate to say it is befitting. No statue has the capacity to adequately reflect Chisholm’s brilliance. You can’t name enough schools or parks in the five boroughs in her honor to drive home how extraordinary she was as a politician, leader and human being—though that shouldn’t stop us from renaming a few dozen schools around the city. Throughout her remarkable career, Chisholm was a voice of conscience for the party. She advocated for the poor when it wasn’t popular to do so. Food Stamps exist because of her efforts, as does SNAP—the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which feeds tens of millions of hungry children each year. She staunchly supported spending less on the military in favor of helping the less-privileged. She was skeptical of the influence of big corporations long before Democrats espoused the idea. She also campaigned tirelessly for increases in the minimum wage and healthcare for all—and the list goes on. In 1972, Chisholm became the first black woman to seek the Democratic Party nomination for president of the United States. Her

campaign slogan and overall ethos was “Unbought and Unbossed,” in keeping with her wariness of big corporations. Unfortunately, it has taken the country about 48 years to catch up to her ambitious and principled message. At the time, she told people that she “met more discrimination as a woman than for being black.” Yet she didn’t let the prejudice she experienced distract her from a more important mission of bringing people together for a common good. Later in life she would remind her students, “If you don’t accept others who are different, it means nothing that you’ve learned calculus.” Chisholm seems like she would be the perfect candidate for the fractured Democratic Party right now—not just because she is black woman, but because her life and career epitomized the moral values of the Democratic Party at its best: a party that is tolerant, focused on helping others, and dedicated to justice for all. Currently, the party lacks a unifying leader and increasingly seems to be dividing into two factions. The most recent evidence of this fracture also took place this past week. There was a close battle inside the House Democratic Conference for the position of Caucus chair—the fourth–most-powerful position in the Chamber. Progressive California Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who characterizes Chisholm as an iconic influence on her career, lost a close vote to Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, who represents many of the same neighborhoods in Brooklyn that Chisholm served in Congress. The symmetry is almost a perfect microcosm of the Democratic Party’s current circumstances: a party that is seeking a brilliant leader to unite everyone—a leader all could agree would move the country forward in a positive way, and of such high intellect as to merit our total confidence with him/her in charge when the going gets tough. At this point, it is anybody’s guess who the 2020 Democratic nominee for president will be. But the party could do no better than to nominate a candidate who embraces the legacy of Shirley Chisholm.

If You Don’t Like Amazon, Take This Pledge Several state lawmakers have vociferously come out against Amazon’s plans to build their new headquarters in Long Island City. Their positions tend to vary, slightly, but all come back to the idea that a company as profitable as Amazon shouldn’t be given up to $3 billion in state and city subsidies. Some want the online retail and entertainment giant to go elsewhere, and are calling for the state to withdraw the promised tax breaks and other incentives. Here’s the thing. State lawmakers can derail roughly $700 million of the pledged $3 billion from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio. And all they have to do is — nothing. You see, the bulk of Amazon’s tax breaks come from the Excelsior jobs program, $1.2 billion, which is available to any company that comes to New York and creates jobs that trigger the tax credit. The state’s proposed outline of these benefits in the memorandum of understanding (MOU), are contingent on this program being expanded and extended in a few years, well before the pledge to Amazon is fully played out. This was all detailed in an insightful analysis by the Citizens Budget Commission of

New York. So, if lawmakers are truly opposed to Amazon coming to LIC, they simply need to stand up and say — I pledge not to extend and expand this program. If enough legislators do so, it would send a clear message to the tech company that they are not welcome (and if they stay they can kiss $700 million of the cash promised to them goodbye). From our perch, it seems like some of the lawmakers voicing the loudest opposition to Amazon coming are not intellectually committed to this anti-big corporation message, and are instead reading the political winds and jumping up and down to make sure they are lumped in with the energetic progressive wing of the Democratic Party. If they truly believe Amazon’s arrival is bad for Queens and for New York City, then they should take this pledge. If they aren’t willing to do so, then we should dispense from the political theater of protesting the arrival of 25,000 high paying jobs and start working towards the details of welcoming this tech behemoth into town, with an eye towards protecting the culture of Queens’ communities and making sure rent doesn’t skyrocket in the already increasingly unaffordable city.

Sources tell the Queens Tribune that Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez is a finalist to be the next CUNY Chancellor.

ERE WE GO AGAIN! “There’s a handful of finalists. And the next chancellor will be chosen from there.” That’s according to a reliable source who has been in the room as the selection process happens. “The announcement will be made this month,” the insider told me in a brief telephone conversation on Monday. What’s not certain is whether this announcement will be brought to light during the Hanukkah days of celebration or if it’s going to be delivered by Papá Noel, aka Santa Claus, before, on or after Christmas Day. The names of that “handful” of finalists have not been confirmed, but as we first reported on July 25 of this year, the national search had produced three frontrunners from the five boroughs—Queens College President Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, LaGuardia Community College President Dr. Gail O. Mellow, and New York Public Library president and CEO Tony Marx, who ultimately withdrew his name. After our reporting, internal developments in the beginning of June

derailed and delayed the process to replace former CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken. Part of what happened in the process was the withdrawal from consideration by Marx. At the time, there was concern by some on the CUNY Board that the process would be viewed as a sham because the two main candidates were both already presidents of CUNY schools. “We don’t want the public to think that a wide search wasn’t done,” a CUNY source told me at the time to explain or justify why the timeline was being extended. This is interesting, because another source familiar with the particulars of the selection process of the CUNY Board of Directors confirmed to me that Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez is still on the final list of candidates. That information provoked this observation from the president of another college in the CUNY family: “If Felo [Dr. Matos Rodríguez’s nickname] has been their choice all along, why have they dragged this out?” It appears neoyorquinos will soon find out.


Where Is Our Tax Break? By JOANNA ROCK


BOUT FOUR MONTHS BEFORE the announcement of a rich package of tax breaks and subsidies for corporate behemoth Amazon, my neighbors and I at Citylights, a Long Island City co-op, sent a desperate letter to the mayor and governor. The abatement on our affordable housing complex was about to run out, and we faced a $5 million New York City tax bill. We had pled for action for years—but now, many of our 1,000 middle- and fixedincome residents would be facing the loss of their homes. We begged for help. We got crickets. Now we know that at about the same time, city and state officials were discussing a deal to reward one of the world’s largest companies with $3 billion in taxpayerbacked incentives to locate in Long Island City. Amazon got its money. A few blocks away, Citylights residents are still waiting for relief. In defense of the Amazon deal, Mayor

Bill de Blasio said it “secures more funding for the priorities that make people’s lives better.” But Citylights’ residents can’t help but ask: Whose priorities? Which people? Many of my neighbors have lived at Citylights since it opened 20 years ago. We moved in because the government promised it would stay affordable. It hasn’t. The same state agency that authorized Amazon’s sweetheart deal—Empire State Development (ESD)—saddled Ciylights residents with a massive $85.6 million mortgage and shoddy construction that cost us another $10 million. To add insult to injury, ESD also collects $470,000 a year in “ground lease” rent from Citylights—seven times more per square foot than Amazon will be paying for its property. Even worse, other massive companies with nearby headquarters, like Rockrose and Amazon site developer TFC Cornerstone, pay just $1 a year to the state. If it wanted to, ESD could charge us the same nominal amount. It won’t. Meanwhile, Citylights residents made

their first massive tax payment to the city a few months ago, with more due soon— payments we simply cannot afford. The taxes are the result of the city’s indifference and a deeply flawed property-tax system that somehow equates our middle-income co-op complex with the luxurious forprofit rental buildings next door. With the swipe of his pen, Mayor de Blasio could restore the tax abatement that fairly protected our residents and more than 500 affordable apartments for two decades. Instead, he used that pen to sign the Amazon deal. Maybe Amazon’s new Queens headquarters will eventually deliver the jobs and tax revenue the mayor and governor promised. Maybe it won’t. Either way, the “priorities” of the city and state should include affordable housing and the middle-income residents who need help right now. We’re waiting. Joanna Rock is a Citylights shareholder.

Who Won The Week BRODIE VAN WAGENEN New York Mets General Manager

You may love the trade the Mets made this week to get Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz. You may hate it, thinking the team gave up a top prospect and took on the contract of an aging star. One thing you cannot deny is that the Mets were the talk of the town this week — and not the Yankees. In New York City, winning the talk radio circuit during the offseason is part of a General Manager’s job, and Van Wagenen hasn’t disappointed in making the Mets the more interesting team this offseason. We will see if the buzz continues, but for this week, Brodie wins!


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tites, Seidel shows us, in no way suppresses them. “Too much,” he writes in the astonishing “Kill Poem” from 2006’s Ooga-Booga, “is almost enough.” Seidel’s poems can open with the intention to shock and appall. It is not uncommon to see references to incest, rape and masturbation placed next to more quotidian images, such as the speaker of the poem being fitted for a suit, or dining out at a New York restaurant. The tone of the poems—Seidel’s use of the iambic pentameter and constant rhyming—, give the impression that the poet treats these themes with levity or flippancy. However, as the poems develop, they most often approach a place of innocence or profundity, or both, converting what was first read as scandalous into something akin to heartfelt. It is a place that more earnest poetry rarely ever reaches. “Autumn Leaves,” for example, opens as follows:

Peaches Goes It Alone by Frederick Seidel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) By THOMAS MOODY For the past half-century, no American writer has had his finger on the pulse of the zeitgeist quite like Frederick Seidel. Since the publication of the alarmingly titled Final Solutions in 1959, Seidel has cut an isolated figure in contemporary poetry, with his idiosyncratic voice speaking to a range of themes that most writers go to great lengths to evade. No subject is off limits in Seidel’s poetry; no idea too obscene or profane; no line too self-concerned or ambitious—that is, he is the poet who most accurately presents the coarse and indulgent realities of our modern existence, embracing and articulating what we know is common in everyday life but seemingly taboo in literature: the crass, often vulgar aspects of sex and desire, money and power, history, status and the self. This unflinching explicitness is most commonly associated with writers who speak up to power from a position of disenfranchisement—who have little or no skin in the game, and therefore little or nothing to lose by taking such risks. What makes Seidel truly distinct and utterly enthralling, and at times disturbing, is that he writes securely from the lap of comfort and connectedness in his Upper West Side apartment, a custom-made Ducati in the garage, bespoke suits in the wardrobe, drinking at the Carlyle Hotel with federal judges and famous surgeons. When, in early 2016, he published Widening Income Inequality, there was no doubt as to which side of the divide he was speaking from. But the brilliance of Seidel is that he does not shrink from any of this extravagance, enabling him to explore from a position of unique privilege what is equal, if not uniform in its variety, among us all: the unrelenting gravity of desire and the black hole its sating unfailingly throws us into, no matter what our station in life. The refinement of appe-

Plop the live lobster into the boiling water and let it scream. You both turn red. Of course you have to eat it dead. There can be unfertilized roe That will turn red also, maliciously delicious, called coral. At various points throughout the rest of the poem, Seidel compares the lobster’s incontinence to falling autumn leaves; a mouse still alive stuck on a glue trap to a man standing on the roof of his submerged car; both the mouse and the man to a woman masturbating in front of a mirror, “Little shrieks from you as you try to get unstuck from you.” These images, disparate and crude, all circle around the idea of transformation, and their crudeness allows Seidel to smuggle in moments of true vulnerability. “It’s agony to be turning into something else— / And when you certainly weren’t intending to.” Of course, we are all turning into something else, at all times, without intending to. The innocence in Seidel’s poetry is not fraudulent: We live in a world where catastrophic and catastrophically stimulating images and events are thrown at us at hyper-speed. To live with them we do our best to make light of them, but no cloak of humor is impenetrable, and like a knife, an image can cut through and wound us, flashing a sense of the profound through our souls, only for the next image to cauterize it closed a fraction of a second later. This is the poetry of Seidel. Seidel’s work has garnered him a range of fervent critical responses. He has been labeled “the most frightening American poet ever.” But if Seidel was, as one critic wrote, “the poet the 20th Century deserved” (that is, unscrupulous, divisive, a highlight-reel of eviscerating images), then the 21st century is very much the century that Seidel’s poetry foretold. All the crassness and vulgarity of our most-private, splenetic moments—which were once concealed with tremendous care, only to become fetishized on reality television—have now been let loose in the public square by a gaudy, uncouth president who is the antithesis of the Poet: unusually incurious, phenomenally inarticulate, amazingly uncultured, fantastically uneducated and

apparently very proud of all those things. Seidel’s first post-Trump book, Peaches Goes It Alone (increasingly, Election Day 2016 will be seen as a watershed in contemporary literature), is a breathtaking account of the current zeitgeist, and the pulse Seidel diagnoses is dangerously close to extinguishing itself. However, the world isn’t going out with a whimper, but a throbbing rush of blood that is careening faster towards disaster than a Ducati on an ice-slick road. “I wear a suicide belt I detonate,” Seidel writes in “Paris,”

to “see the silence” within the void of that excess, but the past few years have shown unequivocally that the alternatives to a refined excess are far more injurious and far less enjoyable. In “Now,” which reads almost like a eulogy for America, Seidel writes:

And make my City of Light A coprophagic tomb. This is the End of Days. This is what we’ve been waiting for always. I walked over to the Hudson River, heading for Mars. Each poem of mine is a suicide belt. I say that to my girlfriend, Life.

But this resignation has in no way dimmed Seidel’s talent to provoke and amuse. Trump is a frequent target. Seidel compares the president to the “madly inane” General Franco (“Make Spain great again!”) and describes Trump Tower as “a tower of global-warming gold. / The traffic situation midtown is possibly the end of the world.” Nor has that resignation blunted his ability to collocate images and ideas around a central theme: desire, most often driven by the libido. Take the speaker from “England Now,” who conflates his Brexit vote with his manhood:

Peaches Goes It Alone is a book that deals with collapse, often violent collapse: collapse of culture, of the environment and of Seidel himself, in the form of both the breakdown of his body and the disintegration of his spirit, that is, his faith in those things that had, if not fulfilled him, then at the very least sustained, amused and excited him. “The endlessness of America is ending,” he notes in the tersely titled “Trump.” “And what an ending. / A second-stage booster rocket ascending / From the one below that’s downward trending.” In the book’s opening poem “Athena,” Seidel juxtaposes what has long been considered the birthplace and apogee of Western culture—ancient Greece—with the destruction that the excesses of our own evolution of that culture have made on the natural world. (Seidel also frequently draws lines between ancient Greece and modern-day Queens, the birthplace of Trump, with its large Greek community.) Athena, the goddess who so patiently shepherds Odysseus safely home to Ithaca, is now keeping watch over the polar bears, “Who these days have to walk on snot, / Global warming underfoot. / Snot, not snow, is now their natural habitat with climate change / and oceans rising.” The crucial distinction is that, unlike Odysseus, the polar bears did not leave home; their home has left, having been taken from them. There is no home to which Athena can guide them. Much like the polar bears, Seidel’s world has been taken from him, too. America has been Trumped; London, which “once seemed the epitome of no regrets,” has been overrun by Brexit yobs; Paris has been hijacked by religious zealots; and Seidel’s own body, the aging of which he compares to having your horse shot out from under you, is eluding his will: “My silly body fell down a set of stairs. / My big body doesn’t always know who I am. / Doesn’t recognize who it’s with or how or why.” As Seidel’s body collapses, so does America and Western culture writ large. Because of this, for the first time in the poet’s writing there is a depressing sense of resignation. Seidel may have always known that “civilized life is about having too much,” and been able

And wasn’t America often quite generous? In fact, my understanding is the Western heart is leaking pus And the Western brain is near the end. The Prophet Muhammad and his evil double have started to blend.

Somewhere down south, In the tropical humidity and heat Of my brain below the belt, Is where I vote. Or how about Seidel’s take on the Me Too movement? In “Modigliani” he writes, “Masturbating in front of women who work for you or want to, / Women who have plenty to gain or lose in this, / Seems to be a new thing men in power do. / It’s as big as the White House.” When the men pull out their genitals, the poem continues, “They think they’re performing / On a nine-foot grand piano.” Elsewhere, he opens the poem “Abusers” with the lines, “Every woman who wants to be spanked should be / Spanked for wanting to be.” Seidel has often been accused of wanting to have it both ways. But as graphic and lewd as Seidel can seem when writing about lust and sex, he has always appeared in his writing to be a worshiper of women, not an exploiter. And in an exhilarating passage, which is perhaps the climax of the collection, Seidel pays the ultimate tribute: When I’m laid out naked on the slab, And here comes God—who’s of course a she— Who removes the ring, And slides my corpse For cremation Into her big hot thing It is a fitting way, perhaps the only way, we can see Seidel ever shuffle off this mortal coil—for him to be cremated in his ultimate obsession. But we also hope he does not find his last resting place anytime soon, because the poet’s work is as essential to the zeitgeist as the zeitgeist is to the poet’s work. Peaches Goes It Alone might be the most accomplished collection of poems by Seidel, who must now, at this moment, be considered the greatest living American poet.

BRIEFLY NOTED Notes from No Man’s Land, Eula Biss (Graywolf Press, 2018) Graywolf Press has reissued Eula Biss’ 2010 National Books Critic Circle’s Winner for Criticism Notes from No Man’s Land. Acclaimed for its frank investigation of racial identity, the collection of essays opens with a fascinating anecdote about the development of the telephone: how Alexander Graham Bell was told to stop working on his invention by his investors after he demonstrated its use in 1878 because it was impossible to foresee every household in the country connected by telephone poles; how for a brief period the telephone was a novelty, a plaything for the rich; how by 1898 The New York Times was

reporting on the “war against telephone poles,” since wherever telephone companies were erecting poles, business- and homeowners were sawing them down. The essay then takes a dramatic, and irreversible, shift. “In 1898, in Lake Cormorant, Mississippi,” Biss writes, “a black man was hanged from a telephone pole. And in Weir City, Kansas. And in Brookhaven, Mississippi. And in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the hanged man was riddled with bullets. In Danville, Illinois, a black man’s throat was slit, and his dead body was strung up on a telephone pole.” It is a devastating paragraph, and sets up what is to follow: an examination of how race pervades the American experience. In Notes from No Man’s Land, Biss explores race in America through the narratives chronicled in her essays—teaching in a Harlem school on the morning of 9/11, reporting from an African American newspaper in San Diego, watching the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina from a college town in Iowa, and rereading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s work in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. What she reveals is how families,

schools, communities and our country participate in preserving white privilege. Notes from No Man’s Land is an essential portrait of America, as vital today as it was upon its first release in 2010.

ONLINE READ OF THE WEEK Toward a More Radical Selfie by India Ennenga on The Paris Review Daily “We are at the end of an era characterized by the self-portrait.” The actress India Ennenga opens her compelling essay on exploring the value, meaning and future of the 21st-century phenomenon of the selfie. “This claim is not provocative,” she continues. “We’ve lived as characters for some time and have all felt it coming. So let me rephrase, we live at the end of an era characterized by relentless anxiety around the self as a product: what it means, who owns it, what it costs, what it’s worth.” Within the essay, Ennenga reinterprets the pop singer Britney Spears’ performance of shaving her own head from an act of hysteria (how it was perceived at the time, “the

most misogynistic of characterizations,” Ennenga writes) to an avant-garde undertaking of assassinating her own character. “Indeed, she reclaimed herself as something more than just a brand or commodity. By attacking her appearance (her hair, the root of so much aesthetic femininity) she drew attention to the ways in which our society attaches identity to women.” Ennenga then goes on to confront the difficulties in divesting the true self from the digital self; that “the collapse of critical space between one’s personality and one’s online personality erases the distinction between self-expression and self-promotion....” On the flipside, as viewers—consumers—of Instagram feeds and the like, we “bathe anxiously in the images of others and act impotently in response, liking a photo or congratulating others on their beauty. More stultifying is that this is done in spite of knowing the effort that went into each composition. The selfie is a cover-up, hiding both the means of its own production and the true self.” Toward a More Radical Selfie is a provocative, essential piece of writing.

Congratulations to Queens Native Camryn Bruno for Being Nominated as NYC Youth Poet Laureate for 2019 New York City’s premier youth poetry program has crowned its 2019 Youth Poet Laureate (YPL): Queens native Camryn Bruno. As YPL, Bruno will tour the city throughout 2019 to perform her own poetry and inspire her peers to get more civically engaged. It is the 10th anniversary of the program, whose overwhelming success is reflected in its being replicated in 35 cities across the country. On the evening before the 2018 midterm elections, 13 young poets came together to perform before a live audience inside the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in Midtown Manhattan. The poets recited two poems each—one written about a topic of their choice, and another about voting and its connection to their everyday lives. “I’m truly honored to be selected as the next Youth Poet Laureate for New York City,” Bruno said after being awarded the honor for her poem “Politics Bite.” “I’m looking forward to working with both Urban Word NYC and NYC Votes to reach a broader audience through my poetry, and to further encourage youths of New York to understand the effects that voting and social change—or a lack thereof—can have on our everyday lives.” Bruno is a first-year student at CUNY York College. She spent much of her childhood in Trinidad and Tobago, and she is a multiple-time participant in Brave New Voices, the largest youth poetry slam in the world. She is the recipient of several literary and leadership awards, including the 2015 Zelma A. Cowie Award for Civic Mindedness, the Ms. Tobago Heritage Personality Competition, and several Trinidad and Tobago national literary youth awards. Bruno describes herself as a fierce advocate for the rights of women, immigrants, minorities and other historically silenced groups. She is already working on her first full-length collection of poems, and as part of the YPL program, Bruno has received a book deal to publish her poetry.

Queens International 2018 Public Programs: Access And Agency This Saturday, Dec. 8, don’t miss the Queens Museum’s second installment of a series of dynamic public programs presented at Queens International 2018: Volumes. The programs allow visitors to delve deeper into the themes, contexts and esthetics that have informed the exhibition. Programming this Saturday includes Censorpedia Edit-a-thon, in which the crowdsourced online database of censorship cases in the arts and in culture is presented alongside Christina Freeman’s UltraViolet Archive, a collection of endangered creative works; a screening of Oscar Micheaux’s films The Symbol of the Unconquered and Within Our Gates, from the UltraViolet Archive; a series of three conversations focusing on the structural forces of omission, erasure and negation in culture, literature and on digital platforms, under the title Rewriting the Narrative: Conversations on Exclusion, Censorship, and Space Making; The People’s Guide to the Queens International Writing Workshop—led by Brian Droitcour and Christine Wong Yap—which invites the public to write reviews of artworks in the Queens International on the premise that anyone can be an art critic; and Queenzenglish, a series of readings and performances that focus on the expressive diversity of the English language in transition, framed around the practice of “mp3,” “poetry, philosophy and performativity” in poetic and prose formats. Readers include current and former Queens poet laureates Maria Lisella and Paolo Javier, musician Thurston Moore and poet Eileen Myles. Noguchi Museum Announces Extension of Akari Exhibitions The Noguchi Museum has announced a 14-week extension of its two exhibitions devoted to Isamu Noguchi’s iconic Akari light sculptures—Akari: Sculpture by Other Means and Akari Unfolded: A Collection by YMER&MALTA. Together, they present a series of immersive installations that shed light on various material, esthetic and technical aspects of Akari, both as executed by Noguchi and as the foundation for new designs. Having opened on Feb. 28 and originally scheduled to close on Jan. 27, 2019, the popular exhibitions will now remain on view through May 5, 2019.


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