Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer

Sunnyside street co-named for Queens basketball coach Jerry Ingenito
Sunnyside street co-named for Queens basketball coach Jerry Ingenito
Sports Angy Altamirano 9/23/2013 at 4:31PM

Jerry Ingenito devoted his life to young players off and on the basketball court, and now his name will forever live on in one of the many communities where he coached. Family and residents joined Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer on Saturday, September 21 to celebrate and honor the life of Ingenito, who coached young basketball [...]

New state-of-the-art school facility opens in Long Island City
New state-of-the-art school facility opens in Long Island City
Education & Kids Angy Altamirano 9/13/2013 at 12:51PM

The students of Long Island City’s P.S./I.S. 78 will now have a new place to learn and grow. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott met with local elected officials, parents, students and school leaders on September 12 to cut the ribbon on the new, state-of-the-art building, located at 46-08 5th Street, which will house P.S./I.S. 78 and [...]

Sunnyside street named in honor of Sandy Hook victim
Sunnyside street named in honor of Sandy Hook victim
West Angy Altamirano 9/10/2013 at 12:36PM

Sandy Hook victim Benjamin Wheeler’s name will live on forever next to the No. 7 train he loved to ride and the Sunnyside street where the world got its first look at him. Ben, 6, originally from Sunnyside, was one of the 20 children who were killed in the gunfire at Sandy Hook Elementary School [...]

LIC’s Shady Park reopens following Sandy repairs
LIC’s Shady Park reopens following Sandy repairs
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 9/07/2013 at 10:18AM

The first phase of restoring the beloved “Shady Park” back to its former glory has been completed. The Parks Department began repairs in June at Andrews Grove, located on 49th Avenue between 5th Street and Vernon Boulevard in LIC, after the park was left with significant damage from Sandy. Play equipment, safety surfaces and fencing [...]

Sunnyside Community Services gets $2.6M to expand, renovate senior center
Sunnyside Community Services gets $2.6M to expand, renovate senior center
West Angy Altamirano 9/05/2013 at 11:00AM

Sunnyside Community Services is getting a much needed change to continue helping local and city-wide seniors. Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer surprised the seniors at Sunnyside Community Services, located at 43-31 39th Street, during their lunch on August 30 to announce that he has secured $2.6 million in capital funding for the expansion and complete renovation [...]

Hunter’s Point South Park opens in Long Island City
Hunter’s Point South Park opens in Long Island City
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 8/28/2013 at 3:56PM

Talk about a view. Mayor Michael Bloomberg gathered with local elected officials, community members and residents on Wednesday to cut the ribbon on the new 5.5-acre Hunter’s Point South Park located on Center Boulevard in Long Island City. “Opening up more of our city’s waterfront for public enjoyment has been a top priority for this [...]

LIC ‘s Queensbridge Park gets $2.5 million for renovations
LIC ‘s Queensbridge Park gets $2.5 million for renovations
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 8/27/2013 at 12:22PM

A Long Island City park is getting much needed help to restore it back to being the jewel of western Queens. On Monday, August 26 Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer announced he secured $2.5 million in funding to fully renovate and restore the park house at Queensbridge Park. The Parks Department hopes to construct a new [...]

$300G in repairs not made at Long Island City NYCHA center
$300G in repairs not made at Long Island City NYCHA center
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 8/20/2013 at 3:20PM

Long Island City seniors are waiting for fixes to be made to their senior center, and have been doing so for three years. Funds allocated to fix various problems at the Jacob Riis Settlement House at the Queensbridge Houses have yet to be put to use, and now the community wants answers as to why. [...]

Queens pol’s home broken into
Police Angy Altamirano 8/10/2013 at 7:33PM

A weekend break-in at his home has left Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer looking for justice — and to prevent other families from meeting the same fate. On Saturday, Van Bramer, who was away from his home at the time, received a call from his next door neighbor informing him that his Sunnyside Gardens home had [...]

LIC, Hunters Point get $65G to clean up streets
LIC, Hunters Point get $65G to clean up streets
West Angy Altamirano 8/02/2013 at 1:23PM

The streets of Long Island City and Hunters Point are getting cleaner. On July 31, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer announced $65,000 to expand The Doe Fund’s street cleaning initiative to Hunters Point and Long Island City. The streets involved in the program are along Vernon Boulevard from 50th to 45th Avenue, and 11th Street from [...]