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Massive community-made mural unveiled in LIC


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos via Department of Transportation's Flickr

The commute to and from work, school and other daily activities for pedestrians and drivers in Long Island City just got more colorful — all with help from the community.

Queens artist Mark Salinas, who is the founder of the mural organization 7Train Murals, joined the Long Island City Partnership and the Department of Transportation on Wednesday to unveil the mural titled “Pedestrian Patterns” on the Thomson Avenue Bridge.

“The mural’s design is inspired by sneaker sole patterns and illustrates our daily commute from bright busy days to peaceful quiet evenings,” Salinas said. “The image begins bold and colorful and then transitions, with the rise and descent of the bridge’s architecture, into a quiet and camouflaged design.”

“Pedestrian Patterns” — which was part of the DOT’s Community Commission open call for art installations — was community-made with support from volunteers and local organizations such The Citizens Committee for New York City, LaGuardia Community College, International High School, Citi, the Falchi Building, Vanbarton Group, Re:Sources, and Janovic Paint and Decorating Centers.

“Thomson Avenue Bridge is a vital connector in Queens for thousands of daily commuter,” said Elizabeth Lusskin, president of the LIC Partnership. “With the addition of this beautiful new mural, we look forward to seeing it become a key point of interest in LIC.”

Going from 44th Drive to Skillman Avenue, the 6,000-square-foot piece is one of the largest community-made murals in the borough.

The mural, which was one of four new projects selected by the DOT, is made up of 25 colors plus one tinted background color on 33 panels.

“The beautification of vacant and vandalized public spaces improves the appearance of our neighborhood for local residents and visitors alike,” state Senator Michael Gianaris said. “The ‘Pedestrian Patterns Mural’ is an admirable addition to our community’s growing cultural fabric. I am pleased to see our community come together to make this area more lively.”


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Eight Queens schools chosen for new program


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

JANAE HUNTER

Eight Queens public schools have been named to participate in an innovative redesign that bends the traditional protocols, officials announced on Monday.

School Chancellor Carmen Fariña and Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), announced that 62 schools citywide were selected to participate in the Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence (PROSE) program for the 2014-2015 school year.

The PROSE program was created as part of a new contract between the UFT and the Department of Education (DOE). The program allows participating schools to deviate from the rules and regulations of the UFT and DOE, and allows them to implement their innovative plans, such as staggering the school days to meet student needs, changing the contractually required student-to-teacher ratio, and using a new teacher rating system.

“Real change happens when educators are empowered to develop the best, tailored strategies to help their students succeed,” Fariña said. “At dozens of schools across the city, these educators have come forward with new, innovative practices that can serve as a guide for all of our school communities and brighten the classroom experience for every child.”

Fariña and Mulgrew, along with First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris, launched PROSE by inviting all public schools to apply. By May 1, 107 schools had applied and after being reviewed by a panel of representatives, 62 schools were chosen. Support teams at the DOE will closely monitor the selected schools to make sure that proposed plans will be implemented successfully, and that any proposed plans benefit the teachers and students and comply with relevant state regulations.

“I’m proud of the New York City public school system and all the schools that took part in the PROSE program,” said Mulgrew. “Innovations like this will move education forward not just in New York, but around the country. Teachers, principals, parents and the entire school community working together will truly advance education.”

The Queens schools selected are:

  • Academy for Careers in Television and Film
  • International High School
  • Middle College High School at LaGuardia Community College
  • North Queens Community High School
  • PS71 Forest Elementary
  • The Flushing International High School
  • The International High School for Health Sciences
  • Voyages Preparatory South Queens

 

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Science extension connects LIC high schools


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan

Two Long Island City schools have great chemistry.

At a Thursday, October 18 ceremony, Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott cut the ribbon to open the science-oriented extension connecting Middle College High School and International High School at LaGuardia College in Long Island City.

Joined by Congressmember Carolyn B. Maloney, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan, Middle College High School Principal Linda Siegmund and International High School Principal John Starkey, Walcott welcomed students and faculty to the brand new learning wing.

“The addition offers students state-of-the-art science rooms and labs and an art room that will help them hone their skills and develop their interests,” said Chancellor Walcott. “What they learn here will help them be competitive as they prepare for college and careers.”

The two-story, $27.8 million addition boasts dual science labs with a science prep room, 10 new classrooms and an 820-seat demonstration hall. Outfitted with an exterior courtyard and complete wheelchair accessibility, the extension also has an art room, computer lab and administrative offices.

The extension connects both Middle College High School and International High School at LaGuardia College, marking the first time both schools will share a building while remaining separate schools.

According to Nolan, both schools have a long history of helping at-risk students advance their education, and that the institutions are greatly deserving of such an astounding upgrade.

“Middle College High School and The International High School at LaGuardia Community College represents one of the finest academic opportunities that New York City has to offer to its students,” said Nolan.

In a joint statement, the principals from both schools, Starkey and Siegmund, said they are proud to announce the union between their two institutions, which have had a long standing synergy and common bond since beginning to serve the people of Long Island City.