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).
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.
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.
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.
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 from5 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.
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.