Apply to be the next Queens Poet Laureate

Outgoing Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella

From April 29 to May 31, Borough President Melinda Katz, along with Queens Public Library and Queens College, are accepting applications for the next Queens Poet Laureate.

What does the position do, you ask? According to Brough Hall, the poet laureate, an unpaid role, is “charged with promoting a love of poetry and literacy throughout the borough.”

Applicants must be published poets and residents of Queens. The winning candidate should be a “talented writer who can also demonstrate that she or he has a compelling vision for the role.”

Applications for the position will be available here starting April 29. The deadline is 5 p.m. on May 31.

To apply, submit a writing sample of up to 10 pages of your poetry, along with an essay of up to 500 words on why you want to be the next Queens Poet Laureate.

Applicants must also submit a one or two page resume focused on poetry-related work, along with public readings, grants, fellowships or awards.

Once selected, the poet laureate will serve for a three-year term.

Here are the past Queens Poet Laureates: Maria Lisella (2015-2018), Paolo Javier (2010-2014), Julio Marzan (2007-2010), Ishle Yi Park (2004-2007), Hal Sirowitz (2001-2004) and Stephen Stepanchev (1997-2001).

Former Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier

New Queens Botanical Garden exhibit at Resorts World

Resorts World Casino and Queens Botanical Garden are teaming up for a new photography exhibit, just in time for the start of spring.

The exhibit features the work of 20 photographers and garden lovers who participated in the Botanical Garden’s photo contest last year.

This exhibit will be on display at RWC’s Red Wall Gallery until May 31st.

Queens Botanical Garden is located at 43-50 Main Street in Flushing.


Participatory budgeting in full swing in District 28

Until April 7, residents of District 28 ages 14 and over can vote for their favorite capital projects as part of the participatory budgeting process.

Councilwoman Adrienne Adams kicked off the process over the weekend and cast her own vote.

Here are the following projects that made it to the ballot this year:

  • Schools
    • Water Fountains with Bottle Refills at JHS 226Q & PS 55Q
    • Renovation of the Student Lounge at Richmond Hill High School
    • Basketball Hoops and Time Clock at PS 160Q
    • Audio-Visual Upgrades at PS 45Q and PS 161Q
    • Tech Upgrades for PS 48Q, PS 55Q, PS 161Q, MS 72Q & MS 332Q
    • Bathroom Renovations at PS 40Q, PS 45Q, PS 55Q, PS 80Q
  • Libraries
    • Technology Upgrades for Baisley Park and Rochdale Village Libraries
    • Technology Upgrade for Lefferts and South Ozone Park Libraries
  • Transportation
    • 5 Real Time Rider Information Panels at Bus Stops in District 28
    • New Walkway at South Jamaica Houses II
    • NYCHA Playground Reconstruction outside Building 23
    • 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
    • Lamp Post installation at South Jamaica Houses
    • Enhanced Exterior Lighting at South Jamaica Houses
  • NYPD
    • Argus Security Cameras for four District 28 Police Precincts

The easiest way to vote is online at


Police searching for man who “manipulated” himself on A train

The police are searching for a man to question in connection to a public lewdness within the confines of the 100th Precinct/Transit District 23.

According to police, on Thursday, March 21, at approximately 5:30 a.m., the man “manipulated” his private parts in front of a 48-year-old woman while on board a Manhattan-bound A train at the Broad Channel subway station. The victim then left the train at Rockaway Blvd.

The person wanted for questioning is described as a white man in his fifties. He was last seen wearing a multi-colored cap, blue jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone with information in regard to the identity of this man is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.


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