Pool Bar, rooftop pool and observation deck at TWA Hotel now open

As New York City continues to reopen in phases, more features within the TWA Hotel are now open to guests.

The Pool Bar, rooftop infinity pool and observation deck are now open, but with new safety protocols.

Guests of the hotel can book a reservation at the infinity pool, which is purified every 30 minutes, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every night.

Hotel guests do not need to make a reservation to swim or visit the observation deck from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.

The Pool Bar is also serving a new summer menu, with aviation-inspired cocktails and bites.

If you haven’t already checked out the TWA Hotel by JFK Airport, it’s a must-see.


Community leaders distribute coffee and bagels to essential workers

This morning, local community leaders Jeremy Bucaria, Mike Scala, Torey Schnupp and others distributed 60 bagels and four boxes of coffee to essential workers at the Lindenwood Shopping Center in Howard Beach.

Bucaria, a local activist who coordinated the event, said he wanted to show gratitude to people serving the community.

“I wanted to show my children the importance of celebrating local heroes and volunteering to serve others,” he said.

The bagels and coffee were donated by All American Bagel, located at 82-41 153rd Avenue.

The group greeted staff with cheers and signs thanking them for their service.

“These workers are beyond essential,” Scala said. “They can’t work from home like some of us.

“They’re out here everyday making sure we have everything we need. Today was about giving a little something back to them.”


Assembly candidate gets key endorsement

Richard David, a candidate for State Assembly in District 31 in southeast Queens, has picked up an endorsement from Congressman Gregory Meeks.

David, a local activist and district leader, is seeking the Democratic nomination against five other candidates.

The seat was vacated by former Assemblywoman Michelle Titus, who was elected a civil court judge this year. Titus served in the Assembly since 2002.


Meeks, who chairs the Queens County Democratic Party, formerly held the Assembly seat in District 31.

David has also been endorsed by the Alliance of South Asian American Labor, Stonewall Democratic Club, Muslim Democratic Club, National Association of Social Workers PAC, US Cricket Umpires Association, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, New American Voters Association and the Queens Democratic Party.


Teen who delivered his baby brother to be honored in Queens Village

Council Member Adrienne Adams will honor the heroic efforts of a local 14-year-old Boy Scout, Fabril Desroches, tomorrow night. Desroches, a member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 263 Queens, delivered his baby brother.

He will be honored by Adams, the Boy Scouts of America Troop 263 Queens, Thomas Edison Career and Technical Education High School and local community leaders. The event will take place on Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m. at the New Covenant Church, 206-14 100th Avenue in Queens Village.


City of Science event to take over Jamaica

On Sunday, November 3, the World Science Festival will hold its free City of Science event at York College in Jamaica.

This larger-than-life, hands-on, and interactive STEM event is open to the public and geared toward families, students of all grades, and the community. With an expected attendance of over 2,500, attendees will experience mind-bending exhibits from the World Science Festival and partner organizations.

Designed to explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and math, CITY OF SCIENCE unleashes everyone’s inner scientist.

The event will be the third time that the World Science Festival has visited Queens.

The City of Science event is free but RSVP here. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at York College’s Health/Physical Education Complex at 160-02 Liberty Avenue.


King Manor hosts Constitution and Cocktails

The King Manor Museum in Jamaica recently celebrated the 232nd anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution.

The night’s honorees were Congressman Gregory Meeks and Andrea S. Ogle, the VP of the Assigned Counsel Association of Queens Family Court & Board of Managers of the Queens County Bar Association.

Ogle and Meeks’ wife, Marie, reflected on the importance of the Constitution and upholding its values.

For more on the night, stay tuned for the next issue of the Leader Observer.


DOT begins to pave, mill parts of Cross Bay Boulevard

The Department of Transportation has begun milling and paving parts of Cross Bay Boulevard from Howard Beach to Broad Channel.

Starting on September 9, the city will resurface the 10 miles from 156th Avenue to 165th Avenue.

Then it will repave the area from the Joe Addabbo Bridge to West 5th Road in Broad Channel, starting the week of September 23.

The repaving will include fresh high-visibility crosswalks and other markings.

The project was made possible with $2.125 million in funding from Councilman Eric Ulrich.

It’s the first time these sections of Cross Bay Boulevard will be resurfaced in more than 20 years.

The project is expected to be completed in October, weather permitting.


Martin Van Buren HS principal retires

After 32 years as a New York City educator, Sam Sochet has called it a career.

Sochet, the principal at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village/Bellerose, has retired after seven years at the helm.

He was largely credited with turning around the school. Sochet receives the High School Principals Association’s Leadership and Excellence in Education Award earlier this year.

Tracy Martinez, pictured above, will take over as interim acting principal of Martin Van Buren HS.

To read more about the school’s turnaround, see here and here.