Female artists to discuss current state of hip hop

On Saturday, March 16 at 1 p.m., Queens Library will celebrate women who helped shape hip hop with a panel event at Central Library in Jamaica.

More than a dozen female artists will discuss the current state of hip hop.

This group of acclaimed artists include: Sha Rock, Original Spinderella, DJ Flame, Sheri Sher, DJ Lady Love, Missy Dee, Belinda Trotter-James, Debbie D, Kimba Reynolds, MC Glamorous, Pauline Mimms, Sweet Tee, Sparky Dee and Nikki Dee.

Ralph McDaniels, Queens Library’s hip hop coordinator, will moderate the panel.

The event, marking Women’s History Month, is free and open to the public.


New art exhibit celebrates lives of six extraordinary women

This Women’s History Month, Resorts World Casino NYC is partnering with the Queens Historical Society to celebrate the lives and work of six impactful women.

“Leading the Way,” a new art exhibit, will celebrate six women who have once called Queens home. They are:

  • Betty Friedan, author of “Feminine Mystique,” who taught journalism at Queens College
  • Helen Keller, social activist who lived in Forest Hills from 1917 to 1938
  • Yeou-Cheng Ma, renowned musician who lived in Queens for 20 years
  • Rise Stevens, opera singer
  • Lisa Randall, theoretical physicist
  • Grace Lee Boggs, revolutionary social activist

The exhibit will be on display at the Red Wall Art Gallery and will run through March 28th.


Agreement reached to restore Rockaway Beach sand

Yesterday, Mayor de Blasio, Senator Schumer, Congressman Meeks and others announced an agreement between the city and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to use dredged sand to re-nourish the stretch of the Rockaway beach between Beach 92nd and Beach 103rd Street.

Hopefully, this will mean that this part of the beach will be reopened in time for the summer.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $10.7 million contract to Weeks Marine, of Cranford, New Jersey, to perform the maintenance dredging. The Parks Department will add $2 million to pump the sand for 2.5 miles further west to avoid potential environmental impacts.

The plan also calls for a reinforced dune (a composite seawall), at 17 feet high, from Beach 9th Street to Beach 149th Street.

This effort comes after the Army Corps placed 3.5M cub yards of sand on the beaches after Hurricane Sandy to strengthen resiliency.


Enjoy the winter at Resorts World Casino

Stay warm this winter by enjoying the nightly activities at Resorts World Casino NYC.

RWC has promotions throughout February for guests, including:

  • Earn & Get a Gift Giveaway, Shiatsu Massager: The first 1,000 guests who earn 3,500 points between February 1 –28 can redeem a voucher for a free gift, Shiatsu Massager from 2 p.m.– 6 p.m. on the promotion date
  • President’s Day Free Play: On Monday, February 18 from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.guest who earn 80 points can receive a $20 Free Play.
  • Earn & Play Tournament: Every Wednesday from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., guest who earn 100 points receive an entry into the tournament. Players can win at least $20 in Free Play and up to $1,000 cash.
  • Happy Hour Slot Tournament on Friday, February 22 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • GR 50 Tournament: Genting Rewards Members age 49 and over who earn 100 points will receive 1 entry
  • Birthday Tournament, Every Wednesday: Members with a February birthday will receive 1 free entry to any Wednesday tournament this month.
  • Party Night Bonus Free Play: Every Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight, patrons can earn 100 points will receive a $15 Free Play + a $15 drink voucher.

Bar360 also has themed entertainment every night. Here’s what to look out for:

  • Karaoke Mondays from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Latin Tuesdays with salsa lessons from 7:30 – 8 p.m. and live performances from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Tribute Wednesdays from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Throwback Thursday from 8 p.m.  – 11 p.m.
  • Weekend Kickoff Fridays with bands from 8-10 p.m. and live DJs from 10:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Ladies Nights Saturdays with a band from 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. with live DJs from 11:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
  • Jukebox Memories Sundays from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Adams delivers first State of the District speech

On Monday night, Councilwoman Adrienne Adams delivered his first “State of the District” address at the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture.

Adams highlighted major accomplishments in the district over the last year, including:

  • Street resurfacing throughout the district
  • $1.9 billion project to reduce flooding, upgrading sewers and water mains, installing new catch basins
  • Cleaning services
  • Broke ground on Northeastern Towers Annex, with 159 new homes for low-income seniors
  • Funding for 41 new organizations
  • $8 million in capital repairs to schools, including bathroom upgrades for 14 schools
  • $70,000 in tech upgrades
  • $8 million for a new track, football, soccer fields and fitness equipment at Baisley Pond Park

Adams is also bringing participatory budgeting to District 28 for the first time. Here are items on the ballot:

  • Tech upgrades at Baisley Park and Rochdale Village libraries
  • Tech upgrades for Lefferts and South Ozone Park libraries
  • Water fountains with bottle refills at JHS 226 and PS 55
  • Renovation of the student lounge at Richmond Hill HS
  • Basketball hoops and time clock at PS 160
  • Audio-visual upgrades at PS 45 and PS 161
  • Tech upgrades for PS 48, PS 55, PS 161, MS 72 and MS 332
  • Bathroom renovations at PS 40, PS 45, PS 55 and PS 80
  • New walkway at South Jamaica Houses II
  • NYCHA playground reconstruction outside Building 20
  • NYCHA playground reconstruction outside Building 12
  • NYCHA playground reconstruction at 107 Av & 159 St
  • NYCHA playground reconstruction at 108Av & 160St
  • Lamppost installation at South Jamaica Houses
  • Enhanced exterior lighting at South Jamaica Houses
  • Adult fitness equipment at Phil Rizzuto Park
  • 5 Real-Time rider information panels at bus stops in District 28
  • Argus security cameras for four district 28 police precincts

Vote week is March 30th to April 7th.


City agencies host fire safety forum

With multiple fires in southeast Queens since last December, local elected officials decided to host a fire safety forum for the community.

Council members I. Daneek Miller and Adrienne Adams brought in representatives from the Fire Department, Emergency Management, Department of Buildings, Human Resources Administration and others for an event at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center in St. Albans.

The experts spoke gave residents tips on the placement of space heaters. They remarked on the importance of installing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Finally, they gave advice about cooking safety, escape planning, preserving personal documents and applying for social safety net supports.

At least 10 people have died from fire emergencies in District 27 in just five years.

To learn more about fire safety and prevention, visit www.fdnysmart.org.


JFK Airport Terminal Project looking for MWBE investors

The Terminal One team, charged with redeveloping the terminal at JFK Airport, is looking for certified MWBEs to participate in the financing of the project.

Earlier this week, the Terminal One Group Association put out a call to women and minority businesses to join the team.

Other financing partners including CAG Holdings, The Carlyle Group, JLC Infrastructure and Ullico.

The call is part of Governor Cuomo’s goal of 30 percent participation from MWBEs in contracts and financing.

The new Terminal One will encompass 3 million square feet of terminal space on what is now Terminal One, Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. It will have 23 new gates, additional aircraft parking positions and will provide much more capacity for passengers.

Construction is expected to begin next year and finish sometime in late 2025.

Responses to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is due by February 25.

Send inquiries to info@onejfk.com.


Watch the Super Bowl at Resorts World

Catch the big game this Sunday at Resorts World Casino.

On February 3rd at 5 p.m., at the Central Park Event Space, guests can watch the New England Patriots take on the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl.

The 50,000 square foot event hall on the casino’s third floor is the perfect place for a viewing party.

The event will be co-hosted by former NFL players Sean Landeta and March “The Moose” Malusis, who will provide live commentary.

The event is free, but all guests must have a ticket.

VIP tickets are on sale, which comes with two drink tickets, two food vouchers and guaranteed seating.

Get tickets for the event here.


Celebrate Lunar New Year at Resorts World Casino

With Lunar New Year just around the corner, Resorts World Casino NYC is kicking off festivities to celebrate the year of the pig.

Resorts World is opening a new “Year of the Golden Pig” exhibit at the Red Wall Gallery on January 18.

They will also host a pre-LNY festival on January 19-20, featuring 30 vendors with merchandise, jewelry and tea.

The exhibit will run from January 18 through February 28, and will feature five renowned works from Chinese artists.

The artwork includes calligraphy, oil painting, water color and traditional paper cutting.

Artists include Wen Jun, Yau Wai-Hoi, Rocky Cheung, Nicholas Lai and K.P. Maggie.

Throughout the month, the main entrance at Resorts World will be decorated with flowers, lanterns and peach blossom trees.

Stay tuned for these upcoming events to continue celebrating Lunar New Year:

  • The Blessing Ceremony Lion Dance
    • When: February 5th at noon
    • Description: “The three-lion head performance will include a minimum of 15 performers, instrument players, and masked Buddha. The lion dance will start at Noon at the main entrance, followed by an eye dotting ceremony hosted by the President and senior executive team of Resorts World.”
  • Red Envelope Giveaway
    • When: February 5th through 11th
    • Description: “Any guests taking Resorts World Casino bus during the first 7 days of Lunar New Year can redeem points vouchers for lucky red envelopes with $8 cash.”

Serve on your local community board

Here’s your chance to get involved with the most local level of New York City government.

Borough President Melinda Katz is accepting applications for “qualified and civic-minded individuals” to serve on their local community boards.

CBs play an important advisory role on land use and zoning, safety, parks, libraries and other neighborhood concerns.

The membership application is available online here.

The deadline for applications to be completed, signed and notarized is Friday, February 8.

An appointed two-year term of service begins on April 1. Each member serves a two-year term.

In 2018, New York City passed a proposition to create term limits for community boards. Read about the proposal here.