Christmas dinner available in Ozone Park

Catholic Charities and Citywide Meals-on-Wheels is hosting Christmas Dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Christmas Day.

To enjoy the meal, you can stop by St. Mary Gate of Heaven’s basement, located at 104-06 101st Avenue in Ozone Park.

Volunteers are needed! To volunteer or for more information call Pat Critelli at 718-847-9200


Resorts World Casino NYC Celebrates the Holidays & Rings in the New Year!

Resorts World Casino New York City Continues the Holiday Spirit, Rings in the New Year with Exciting December Promotions and Events! 

(Queens, NY) – With promotions, events, and live musical talent, celebrate the holidays and call in 2018 in style at Resorts World Casino New York City!Join RWCNYC in its Bar 360 space every night in December for DJs and live entertainment, including:  MTA Musicians Mondays from 6-8 p.m., Latin Tuesdays from 9-12 a.m., Tribute Wednesdays from 9-12 a.m., Throwback Thursdays from 9-12 a.m., Weekend Kickoff Fridays from 9-10:30 p.m. with live DJs from 11-2 a.m., Club Nights Saturdays from 10-3 a.m. and Sports Sundays all day! To stay updated with the list of performers, check out the Bar 360 calendar online.

RWCNYC’s Central Park space kicks into high gear in the holiday season with multiple must-see events, including:
Hookah Meets Vapor Fair — from December 16 – 17th, the two-day event will provide both trade visitors and end users with an opportunity to exchange professional experiences and observe the hookah and vape market. One of the event highlights will be the crowning of Miss VaporFair New York City.

Ring in the New Year in style at RWCNYC with events running all day long, including:

New Year’s Eve RWCNYC Bash – all day from 11:30-2 a.m., RWCNYC will host party favors, musical acts from across the globe — covering China, India, Russia, and Europe — complete with a champagne toast to ring in 2018!
The New Year’s Eve Black and White Ball – one of the flagship events of the year, join RWCNYC on December 31st to ring in the New Year from 11pm – 4 a.m. in the Central Park event space.

Finally, on each of their three casino floors RWCNYC will feature exciting promotions this month, including:

Early Bird Bonus: guests who earn 50 points while playing any game will be able to redeem a voucher for $10 in free play every Friday – Thursday from 10am-4pm. If points are earned consecutively, guests will receive a $5 increment on their free play up to $40. If any day is skipped and the point requirement is not met, the offer will start back at $10.
Mercedes Car Giveaway: Guests who earn 75 points on any day between December 1st & December 31st may receive one entry for the Mercedes-Benz C300 Car Giveaway Drawing on January 1, 2018. Guests are entitled to multiple entries; maximum of one entry per day. Any guest who redeemed more than 20 entries during the promotion earning period will receive a $100 free play on the promotion date. All qualified guests may redeem their free play at any Genting Reward kiosks between 6pm-midnight on the drawing date. The drawing drum will open at 5pm at the Bar 360. Ten winners will be drawn at 8pm and will win between $1,000-$10,000 in cash or a Mercedes.
Merry Free Play Bonus: The first 2,000 guests to earn 100 points will receive $25 free play every Sunday from 5pm-12am.
GR 50+ Club: Every Tuesday, guests 50+ years or older who earn 50 points will receive $15 in free play from 10 am – 4 pm. If they earn 50 points between 12 pm – 6 pm they will receive a voucher for a $10 food voucher.
Earn & Get Scratch Off Promotion: first 800 guests who earn 50 points & print out a voucher will receive a free scratch off between 12pm-3pm every Wednesday in December.
RW Holiday Gift Card: The first 1,000 guests who earn 100 points can redeem a voucher for a $20 RW Gift Card at the 1st floor promotions booth from 12pm-4pm.
IGT Double Triple Diamond Cash Giveaway: All guests who earn 50 points will receive one free entry to the drawing starting from 2pm – 7:45pm on the promotion date. A maximum of five entries can be earned. The drawing drum will open at 3pm at 2nd floor Genting Rewards. Three names will be drawn every half an hour from 4pm-8pm to win cash prized from $400-$3,000. All unclaimed prizes will be awarded to one winner with an additional drawing at 8:30pm.

Resorts World Casino New York City is located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd in Jamaica.


Comrie’s office to host Holiday Toy Drive

State Senator Leroy Comrie is hosting his 3rd annual Holiday Toy Collection drive.

Now until December 14, his office at 113-43 Farmers Boulevard in St. Albans is collecting new, unwrapped gifts for children in need.

Drop off the items on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

“No parent should feel like they have to decide between paying the bills and buying toys for their child,” Comrie says. “I encourage all who have the means to help this holiday season by purchasing a toy or two for a neighbor in need. All of our young people deserve to feel the magic of the holiday season.”


TONIGHT: Know Your Rights on Access-A-Ride

Tonight at 7 p.m. in Cambria Heights, State Senator Leroy Comrie is teaming up with the Access-A-Ride Reform Group for a know-your-rights forum.

AAARG! (catchy, isn’t it?) is an advocacy and legal services organization that assists New Yorkers with disabilities who use the paratransit system.

The workshop tonight will feature reps from the city’s Department of the Aging, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and the Center for Independence of the Disabled.

Attendees can hear not only what these orgs are doing to improve paratransit, but also share their often-frustrating experiences with the presenters.

The event will take place at the Emblem Health Neighborhood Care Facility at 206-20 Linden Boulevard.


Resorts World Casino Hosts 3rd Annual Winter Con Sci-Fi Convention


Step  into Another World as Resorts World Hosts 3rd Annual Winter Con Sci-Fi Convention!

Winter Con is coming! Join Resorts World Casino New York City as it hosts the annual New York Winter Con this weekend. New York’s largest Sci-fi convention and expo will return to Resorts World for its third year this weekend, December 1-3. Sci-fi fans are able to interact with their favorite stars and artists at this beloved annual gathering.

Winter Con features celebrity appearances, life-size interactive displays, a Friday night live Rock n Roll Karaoke with “Kung FOO,” panels and discussions, celebrity q&a’s, Sunday kids Jedi training, and a Sunday kids costume showcase. Winter Con is an action packed weekend for Sci-fans of all ages to enjoy.

This year, Winter Con’s celebrity appearances include two cast reunions. Fans will be able to interact with the cast of Blade Runner at the highly anticipated Blade Runner reunion, featuring Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, William Sanderson, Joanna Cassidy and Kevin Thompson. Buck Rogers fans will also be treated to a cast reunion, featuring Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Thom Christopher, Felix Silla, and Barbara Luna. Other celebrity guests include Julian Glover from Game of Thrones and Star Wars, Gigi Edgley, from Farscape and Jim Hensons Creature Shop Challenge, Taimak from The Last Dragon, Kathy Najimy from Hocus Locus, Scott Schwartz from The Toy and A Christmas Story, and Terri Garber of North and South.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet their favorite artists such as Sean Chen of Wolverine and The Avengers, Billy Tucci of Shi and Sgt. Rock, Bob Camp of Ren and Stimpy, and many more!

Winter Con begins Friday, Dec 1 at 5 p.m. at Resorts World Casino New York City, and continues through the weekend.  Tickets are available here.

Resorts World Casino NYC is located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd in Jamaica.





Zara Realty & Councilman Daneek Miller team up to donate 400 Turkeys to residents

On Tuesday, hundreds of residents lined up at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Jamaica to receive a Turkey from Zara Realty @zararealty and Councilman Daneek Miller @idaneekmiller,

Zara & Councilman Miller teamed up to donate a total of 400 turkeys to the Jamaica community.

“I would like to thank Councilman Miller for the partnership and on behalf of the Zara Realty Staff & Management, we would like to wish the residents of our community a Happy Thanksgiving,” said Tony Subraj, VP of Zara Realty.

Councilman Daneek Miller, Tony Subraj and Amir Sobhraj, Zara Realty








Tony Subraj and Amir Sobhraj, Zara Realty

Senator distributes turkeys to local families

For the third consecutive year, State Senator Leroy Comrie helped distribute turkeys to local families in need ahead of Thanksgiving.

The giveaway took place at St. Matthews A.M.E. Church on Hollis Avenue. Over 120 frozen turkeys were given out as part of the event.

“Thanksgiving is a time when we should all feel cared for, but many are left without the means or support that they need,” Comrie said. “I hope that the individuals receiving turkeys today will feel a measure of kindness and compassion that they carry with them into the holiday season and the new year.”


Resorts World Casino to host tree lighting tomorrow

As we approach the holiday season, we all need a little more light in our lives.

Tomorrow evening, Resorts World Casino NYC is hosting its 7th annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. in the main lobby.

This will be the largest Christmas tree lighting in Queens, so if you can’t make it to Rockefeller Plaza, be sure to check out Resorts World.

Guests will be treated to a festive evening of holiday cheer, with live music and entertainment.

Of course, the event is free and open to the public.


Jamaica Hills building named as worst in Queens

87-40 165th Street. Screen shot via Google Maps.

Public Advocate Letitia James has released her annual worst landlords watch list, which includes the 10 worst buildings in Queens.

By worse, we mean these buildings have the most housing code violations.

Two buildings in southeast Queens appear on this list, with a staggering number of violations. In fact, the worst building in Queens is right here in Jamaica Hills.

Topping the list is 87-40 165th Street, which has a whopping 383 HPD violations. That’s 139 more than the next worse building. The list names Hillside House Management as the head officer of the building.

Tenth on the list is 127-04 135th Avenue in South Ozone Park, which is listed with 128 HPD violations. Its head officer is Alfonso Pistone.

“No New Yorker should be subjected to live in a hazardous home, yet bad landlords in our city are forcing too many tenants to live in dangerous and indecent conditions,” James says.


Incumbents secure re-election, Adrienne Adams wins open seat

Eric Ulrich at a rally at City Hall

Yesterday’s general election offered few surprising outcomes, and that’s exactly the case in southeast Queens, where incumbents fended off challengers.

The closest race was in District 32, between incumbent Eric Ulrich and challenger Mike Scala.

Ulrich, the borough’s lone Republican in the City Council (for now, anyway), won 14,862 of 22,621 votes, roughly 65.7 percent, according to unofficial results from the BOE.

Ulrich’s most notable achievement was passing legislation to create a new city Department of Veterans Services. He represents an independent voice for the more conservative area of Queens.

Scala, a transportation advocate and former political aide, won 7,715 votes, or 34.11 percent.

The race got nasty, with accusations of racism and misogyny thrown at the challenger. Ulrich’s camp unearthed old videos of Scala’s rap career that gave him a bad look.

In the 27th Council District, incumbent I. Daneek Miller dispatched his two challengers, Republican Rupert Green and Green Party candidate Frank Francois.

According to early returns, Miller took 94.97 percent of the vote. He will serve four more years in the City Council.

In the 31st District, incumbent Donovan Richards ran unopposed, though there were 228 write-ins. Richards will now focus on the speaker’s race, of which he is a candidate.

In the 28th District, Democrat Adrienne Adams cruised to victory over Republican Ivan Mossop Jr. and Working Families candidate (and former Democratic foe) Hettie Powell. Adams carried 86 percent last night.

She will begin a new term representing the district formerly held by disgraced ex-councilman Ruben Wills.