Author Archives: Samuel Lieberman

Eco-friendly LIC group gets creative


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Marissa Munoz is painting the town white to keep the city green. Her eco-friendly initiative, NYC CoolRoofs, paints roofs white, reflecting the sun off the tops of buildings and repelling excess heat. While a few coats of white paint might seem trivial in the intense fight against global warming, Munoz’s project is estimated to help residents […]

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Star of Queens: John Watusi Branch


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John Watusi Branch Co-founder Afrikan Poetry Theater Inc. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: John Watusi Branch is the co-founder of the Afrikan Poetry Theater, which is celebrating 36 years this fall. The Theater is not just poetry. It has readings and workshops as well as children’s workshops, storytelling, drum making, mask making, and a weekly jazz series. The […]

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Instead of paint, L.I.C. artist uses chocolate


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Sid Chidiac eats his work. For the past 10 years, the artist, born in Australia and raised in Lebanon, has painted with chocolate. Now based in Long Island City, Chidiac has a distinct, creative routine unseen among those working with oils and acrylics. He cleans his brushes by licking them, and is forced to repeatedly […]

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Awards, networking at LIC Partnership breakfast


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The Long Island City Partnership hosted its annual Business Improvement District (BID) meeting last week, and over breakfast, attendees networked and discussed the betterment of the flourishing neighborhood. Keynote speaker George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company Inc., stated the importance of New York’s hospitality industry, calling New York the nation’s premier port of entry. […]

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Thousands show up to York College job fair


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After a quarter century, Margaret Jones’ job was outsourced, and now she’s finding the online employment search very difficult. “It’s impossible if you don’t have the personal touch,” she said. But job fairs hosted by the New York State Department of Labor are imbuing her with a new hope. “I’m going to get a job,” […]

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Cancer center to become a reality at NYHQ


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New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) has begun the five-year process that will culminate in the opening of a new cancer center. The project was put into motion by a gala benefit on May 30 that raised $1 million towards the expansion of the center. The benefit honored Prabha and Kanak Golia who, in conjunction with […]

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Avatars coming to New York airports to aid fliers


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Her name is AVA, and soon she will guide you through New York’s airports. She is a hard worker, requires no breaks, is never sick, and is completely content distributing the same information over and over again for 24 hours, seven days a week. AVA is an avatar — a 2D video image of a […]

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