Daneek Miller to co-chair BLAC Caucus

Southeast Queens’s own council will lead the City Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus (BLAC) this legislative session.

Daneek Miller, alongside Manhattan’s Ydanis Rodriguez, were elected as co-chairs of the group. Newly-elected councilwoman Adrienne Adams will serve as vice co-chair alongside Corona’s Francisco Moya.

Alicka Ampry-Samuel from Brownsville will serve as secretary, and Flushing’s Peter Koo will be treasurer.

The executive committee will serve for a minimum of two years. They’re in charge of steering the legislative and policy agenda for the 26-member caucus.

“We pride ourselves as being the largest and most influential bloc within the City Council as evidenced by our role in refining the administration’s timeline for withdrawing challenges to civil suits related to stop, question and frisk,” Miller said. “We aim to be aggressive as we work to advance our agenda in the days ahead, mindful of the fact our strength is rooted in our shared interests as New Yorkers of color.”


Jazz after Bebop: Discover What Makes “Free Jazz” Avant-Garde

Please join us at the Queens Central Library at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard for a concert, brief talk, and Q & A with musicians on January 27:

  • Michelle Yom, flutes
  • Mark Hennen, piano
  • Elliott Levin, reeds/flute
  • Karen Borca, bassoon
  • Jackson Krall, drums

What happened to jazz after bebop? The main narrative of jazz would tell us that jazz became cool after the bop frenzy, thanks to geniuses like Miles Davis- and masterpieces such as Kind of Blue. But jazz is not monolithic nor must it necessarily rely on the recording industry for its identity. Today there are numerous styles of jazz, each with different aesthetic values and practical styles. Free Jazz is a style of jazz that emerged in the late 50’s and early 60’s. It is neither a set of repertoire nor a means of filling a functional role. It is a type of music characterized by a search for freedom, despite the paradox of such a pursuit. Coined by Ornette Coleman through the eponymous album in 1961, the term Free Jazz is not without controversy.

There are unsaid parameters musicians follow, not by abiding rules, but by following the Spirit of what Free Jazz tries to create with each instance: freedom, individual expression, energy, spirit. Pioneered by individual styles and practices of such masters such as Cecil Taylor, Sunny Murray, Albert Ayler, and Archie Shepp, Free Jazz impacted jazz and other improvised music to become practiced internationally with many cultural crossovers.

Particularly in New York City, Free Jazz was a staple in the loft era of the 70’s and clubs in 80’s and 90’s. Karen Borca, Mark Hennen, Elliott Levin and Jackson Krall have been active in this scene since the 80’s. Michelle Yom is an improviser originally from South Korea.

For ticket information click here!



Intro to Sewing for Beginners

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Do you have a sewing machine and you’re not sure how to use it? Or you would like to try one out before purchasing? On January 22nd, Sewing Instructor Barbara Grimes will teach beginners the basics of threading your machine, how to sew a straight line, and how to sew a basic seam at the Central Library at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica.

This is a one session class. Adults 18 and over only. All materials are provided. The class is limited to 7 participants. Class starts promptly and extreme latecomers will not be admitted.


Visit https://goo.gl/HyFJxi for more information!


FABSCRAP needs Volunteers!

On Monday, January 22, 2018, from 9 am – 12 pm, FABSCRAP needs help to sort all the fabric it receives from designers. It’s easy to learn and fun to do. In exchange for a full session, you could receive up to 5 lbs of free fabric!

What to expect:

  1. Tour of FABSCRAP (10 minutes)
  2. Training: Learn How to Sort (20 minutes)
  3. Sort! (2 hours)
  4. Shop (30 minutes)

Some tips for a successful volunteer session:

  • Dress comfortably and wear comfortable shoes
  • Bring an extra bag to carry your free fabric
  • Bring a book to read on the train to and from the warehouse – it’s about an hour from Manhattan
  • There will be music on in the warehouse, but feel free to bring headphonesThe warehouse is located at 184-10 Jamaica Avenue. It’s just a short walk from the last stop on the F train (179th Street), or you can take the Q110 bus from the last stop on the E train (Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer) to 184th street (which is right in front of the warehouse). There is also a free parking lot at the warehouse across from 185th st, should you prefer to drive. You’ll see IDEAL BUILDING above the entrance door to our building. Come up to the 4th floor (labeled Hankey Pankey) and wait by the elevators. When you arrive, please call the number listed by the door, you will be greeted there and escorted to the sorting area. Please arrive on time for the start of your session.

PLEASE NOTE: Sorting fabric requires the use of sharp scissors and some moderate lifting (20-30 lbs). If this is of concern, please let us know when you arrive. By registering for a sorting session, you are agreeing that you have read and understood the volunteer agreement.

For more information, check out FABSCRAP!


W.O.R.K.S. Little League Excited to Announce Spring Registration Dates


More About W.O.R.K.S. Little League

W.O.R.K.S. Little League (Formerly Rich-Haven Little League) has been serving the communities of Richmond Hill and Woodhaven since 1958. In the year 2002 we merged with Ozone Wakefield Little League. We now serve Woodhaven, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Kew Gardens and South Ozone Park.

The philosophy and goal of Little League Baseball is to teach good citizenship, build character, and team work through the game of baseball. These are all tools required to be successful in life.

W.O.R.K.S. Little league has over 700 Volunteer Members that consist of players, coaches, managers, umpires etc.

W.O.R.K.S. Little League was the first Little League in NYC to have a Challenger Division. We can truly say that we serve ALL children.


First homicide of 2018 happened in Richmond Hill

(Facebook/Vinny Loknath)

The city’s first homicide of the year happened within the confines of the 106th Precinct.
Shortly after the city rang in the new year, police found 26-year-old Stacey Singh face down with multiple stab wounds in the torso inside of her home at 112-20 103 Avenue. Her husband, 46-year-old Vinny Loknath later committed suicide and was found hanging from a tree in Forest Park on the same day. His body was less than two miles away from the couple’s home. According to the Daily News, the murder-suicide happened after Loknath spent New Years Eve partying hard. Neighbors and family members told the paper that the couple often had domestic disputes but she chose to stay with him due to their two young children, a one-year-old daughter and five-year-old son.
This is the third year in a row that the city’s first homicide happened in Queens, and the second consecutive year that it happened within the confines of the 106th Precinct. Last year, a man in town for his grandmother’s funeral was shot in South Ozone Park during an attempted robbery gone wrong.


A roundup of Resorts World Casino’s extraordinary 2017

Resorts World Casino NYC has had quite a year.

The casino broke ground on a $400 million expansion project, unveiled a new gaming space with more than 330 games and generated more than $2 billion in revenue for New York’s Lottery education fund.

Other accomplishments include large contributions to local charities and partnerships with community organizations.

Let’s take a closer look:

  • Resorts World’s $400 million expansion includes a new 400-room, four-star hotel with five-star suites, fine dining restaurants, new retail stores and a new arrival space for guests.
  • The new gaming space on Resorts World’s third floor, Central Park, has an additional 336 video lottery terminals and electronic table games.
  • Since 2011, Resorts World has contributed $2,079,037,190 to six New York City public schools. Resorts World contributes 70% of its total revenue to New York state and the horse racing industry, with 44% going directly to the education fund. That allows the city and state to hire 37,000 new teachers and supply 27 million textbooks.
  • Some of Resorts World’s partnerships and charity work include:
    • A winter coat drive with New York Cares
    • $20,000 donation to Citymeals on Wheels
    • Supporting Jamaica Hospital Medical Center’s annual Rainbow Ball
    • $10,000 donation to the Boys Scouts of America-Queens Council
    • Hosting a job fair with State Senator Joseph Addabbo
    • Participating in 106th Precinct’s National Night Out
    • $10,000 to York College
    • Partnering with American Italian Cancer Foundation for its mobile care clinic.

RWNYC Donates Coats & Toys in Time for the Holidays

RWNY Director of Property Operations Christopher Jones  and Resorts World Vice President Brad Egnor donating coats for the holidays.

Resorts World Casino New York City continued their season of giving with donations for toy & coat drives to those in need. Last week, Resorts World donated 100 toys to State Senator Leroy Comrie, who will distribute them to local organizations, including the Showing Hearts Foundation. Resorts World will also be donating to the Dominico-American Society of Queens this week, and will continue accepting toys and coats until Dec. 21st.  NY Cares has also listed RWNY on their website as an official drop-off site.


State Senator Leroy Comrie, RWNY Director of PR and Community Development Michelle Stoddart, Executive Director of The Showing Hearts Foundation David Tanis, and Resorts World President Scott Molina giving toys for the holidays.

Resorts World New York City is located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd, Jamaica







Zara hosts ‘meet Santa’ for Jamaica tenants

This past Saturday, Zara Realty hosted ‘meet Santa’ for all of their tenants.

The lobby of Zara’s building at 90-36 149th street in Jamaica, Queens, was buzzing with excitement as Santa was there, along with his elves.

There was face painting, balloon twisting, cotton candy, presents, and free coffee for the adults.

“We love our tenants, and we take pride in giving back to the Jamaica, Queens community,” said Tony Subraj, VP of Zara.

There were over 100 presents given away at the event, compliments of Zara.

“The look on the kids’ faces when they were given a present by Santa… that’s what the holiday season is all about,” said Amir Sobhraj, CFO of Zara.