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Astoria Flea opens this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The wait is finally over, Astoria!

Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria, a partnership between the LIC Flea and Kaufman Astoria Studios, is opening this Sunday, May 4.

The city’s first-ever backlot market, which was announced two months ago, will bring the community the best in food vendors, antiques, collectibles, art, crafts, fashion and much more.

The Astoria Flea will be located in the studio’s outdoor lot, the first of its kind in New York City, which opened up in December at 36th Street and 35th Avenue.

“It will be a great place to experience in one place all the amazing food offerings, artists, crafts and boutiques that have blossomed all around Astoria and throughout western Queens,” said Tracy Capune, vice president of Kaufman Astoria Studios. “Having it on the back lot will allow people to see the Kaufman Astoria Studios campus, where you’re surrounded by all of this film history and the stages where shows like Orange is the New Black, Sesame Street and Alpha

Men are made. There isn’t another flea market like this in New York, or the country as far as I know.”

The market will operate every Sunday for eight consecutive weekends. Upon arrival at the Astoria Flea entrance at 35th Avenue, visitors will be welcomed by a brand-new 40-foot-high steel gate, designed by David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group.

Some vendors from the LIC Flea & Food, just a neighborhood away, will also set up a table at the Astoria Flea to offer the community the best in food, arts, clothing and much more.

Matthew Katakis, owner of Butcher Bar, has been an LIC Flea vendor favorite since it began last year. He will now bring his 14-hour smoked brisket and pulled pork, combination sandwich called The Monster and some other surprise items to the Astoria Flea, located just five blocks away from the Butcher Bar’s Astoria location at 37-08 30th Ave.

“We think the flea market is a good idea for the community in LIC and Astoria,” said Katakis. “It’s a great way to pass the day, meet new people, experience different cultures, types of food and vendors.”

The market, which is within walking distance from the M, R, N and Q train lines, is expected to act as an incubator to help promote and foster businesses along with the surrounding community.

“It will bring in people who have never been here before, but have maybe heard some of the buzz and have been wanting to check it out,” Capune said. “We expect people will roam and visit other stores and restaurants in the vicinity, so it will bring traffic to our neighbors in the Kaufman Arts District as well.”

Last month, Kaufman Astoria Studios, the Museum of the Moving Image and the Queens Council on the Arts announced the designation of the Kaufman Arts District, the first of its kind in the borough.

The Kaufman Arts District will span from 31st Street to the west, 34th Avenue to the north, Steinway Street to the east, and 37th Avenue to the south.

Vendors can apply to sell at the Astoria Flea at www.LICFlea.com. Updates are available through Facebook at www.facebook.com/AstoriaFlea and Twitter at @AstoriaFlea.

 

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Sunny. High near 50. Winds N at 15 to 25 mph. Wednesday night: Clear skies. Low 36. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Master Builder Lego Animation Workshops

In this 60-minute workshop, children work in production teams to plan and create a stop-motion animated movie using LEGOs. Ages 8+. $5 materials fee. 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily at the Museum of the Moving Image through April 22. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Man makes anti-Muslim statements, spits on teen girl aboard Queens bus: cops

A 15-year-old girl was harassed while riding a Queens bus last week when a man made anti-Muslim remarks toward her, spat at the teen and threatened her, police said. Read more: The Queens Courier

Police seek suspect in Forest Hills slashing of 18-year-old

A teen was attacked last week in Forest Hills when a man slashed him before fleeing, cops said. Read more: The Queens Courier

NYPD to end Muslim surveillance program

The New York Police Department said Tuesday it has disbanded a special unit whose efforts to try to detect terror threats in Muslim communities through secret surveillance sparked outrage. Read more: AP

De Blasio signs law protecting interns from discrimination, sexual harassment

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation Tuesday that ensures the city’s law against discrimination applies to interns, whether they’re paid or not. Read more: CBS New York/AP

NY claws back $3.9B in evaded taxes

New York officials report collecting $3.9 billion in evaded taxes over the past year, an increase of about $200 million or five percent over the prior year. Read more: New York Post 

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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Sun and clouds mixed. High 68. Winds S at 20 to 30 mph. Monday night: Cloudy skies early then becoming foggy with periods of light rain late. Low near 55F. Winds S at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: The LEGO Movie

Presented in Dolby Digital 3-D, this is an eye-popping, witty, fast-paced, and inventive stop-motion animated feature about Emmet, a rules-following, perfectly average LEGO mini-figure who is mistakenly identified as the “most special, most interesting, most extraordinary person” and the key to saving the world. Monday, April 14 – Friday, April 18, 1 p.m. daily at the Museum of the Moving Image. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Fallen NYPD Officer, killed in Brooklyn fire, to be mourned at funeral today

A police officer who died last week after rushing into a burning building will be mourned Monday at his funeral. Read more: NBC New York

Flight to Nashville makes emergency landing at LaGuardia Airport

An American Eagle flight from LaGuardia to Nashville had to make an emergency landing on Sunday evening shortly after takeoff. Read more: ABC New York

Schumer: Afghanistan, Iraq War veterans deserve NYC parade

Sen. Charles Schumer is proposing a New York City homecoming parade for troops returning from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Churchgoers nabbed two alleged thieves during Sunday services

Churchgoers nabbed two young men allegedly breaking the eighth commandment at Palm Sunday services in Flushing yesterday, witnesses said. Read more: New York Post

EXCLUSIVE: NYC will spend $10M to raise salaries for pre-K teachers at community-based organizations

The city will spend $10 million this year to boost the salaries of prekindergarten teachers working at community-based organizations to attract and retain qualified instructors. Read more: New York Daily News 

 

Kaufman Arts District is first of its kind in Queens


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

Astoria is ready for the world to know it’s the place to be for the arts.

The western Queens neighborhood gathered Friday to celebrate the announcement of the designation of the Kaufman Arts District, the first of its kind in the borough.

The district was created in partnership with Kaufman Astoria Studios, the Museum of the Moving Image, and the Queens Council on the Arts.

During the announcement, the partners of the arts district received a proclamation from Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer on behalf of the City Council.

The mission of the arts district will be “to advance and promote the area as a world class vibrant cultural destination and home for creative industries,” officials said.

“This corner of Queens has quickly become a vibrant community of cultural venues and arts organizations that have attracted some of our generation’s greatest artists,” Van Bramer said.

The Kaufman Arts District will span from 31st Street to the west, 34th Avenue to the north, Steinway Street to the east, and 37th Avenue to the south.

“Over the years, Kaufman Astoria and western Queens have blossomed side by side into a citywide landmark and a neighborhood that doubles as a world-class destination for the arts,” Senator Michael Gianaris said.

Within the boundaries of the Kaufman Arts District are the Museums of the Moving Image, The Astor Room, Studio Square NYC, the Queens Council on the Arts, the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, UA Kaufman Astoria Cinemas, the Astoria Performing Arts Center, and the Theater Development Fund’s Costume Collection.

“The creation of this arts district opens the community to more opportunities to experience the extensive creative activity in our midst,” said Carl Goodman, executive director of Museum of the Moving Image. “We’re going to really work together to bring this neighborhood to the next level.”

For more information on the arts district, visit here.

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Tuesday: Cloudy. High around 40. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night: Periods of light snow. Low 31. Winds NNE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Jim Campbell: Rhythms of Perception

The San-Francisco-based artist Jim Campbell, best known for his evocative low resolution works, is the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image, spanning his 30-year career and featuring over 20 installations. The works range from early experimental film, interactive works, and low-resolution videos to large-scale sculptural installations. An innovator in the use of technology, Campbell integrates and manipulates computers and custom electronics into visually arresting artworks. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Homeless man found dead on tracks of Queens subway station

A homeless man was found dead on the tracks of a Queens subway station early Tuesday, police said. Read more: New York Daily News

Cuomo, lawmakers negotiate on pre-k, property tax relief for state budget

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders negotiated over property tax relief, charter schools and prekindergarten funding Monday – with a budget deadline looming in a week. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Unsanctioned subway buskers, vendors feel NYPD’s wrath

The NYPD is putting the heat on churro sellers, subway acrobats, and other underground peddlers and panhandlers. Read more: New York Post

Majority of New York voters oppose having DREAM Act in state budget: poll

A new Siena College poll is a nightmare for DREAM Act supporters. Read more: New York Daily News 

9/11 Memorial Museum to open in May

The long-awaited museum dedicated to the victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks will open to the public at the World Trade Center site on May 21, officials announced Monday. Read more: CBS New York/AP

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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Friday: Plentiful sunshine. High 52. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph. Friday night: Clear skies this evening will become overcast overnight. Low around 35. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Requiem for a Dream

The Museum of the Moving Image is hosting Indie to Epic: The Films of Darren Aronofsky. Based on the eponymous novel by Hubert Selby Jr., Requiem for a Dream follows a young couple’s downward spiral into heroin abuse amid a search for the key to their dreams. Starts at 7 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Maspeth UPS cuts 250 workers, drivers to rally Friday

UPS employees and public officials are planning to host a demonstration in Maspeth Friday, hoping the company will rehire 250 drivers that were recently handed termination slips. Read more: The Queens Courier

Man who ‘butchered family,’ fled to Mexico indicted

The madman who tried to escape to his native Mexico after butchering his wife and young daughters in their Queens apartment in January was indicted on three counts of first-degree murder Thursday morning as his still-grieving in-laws faced him down in court. Read more: New York Post 

De Blasio to name new parks commissioner: AP

Mayor de Blasio is expected to announce the appointment of a longtime planning official as the city’s new parks commissioner. Read more: NBC New York

East River tolls, Midtown traffic charges proposed for $1.5 billion boost to roads, transit system

New York City’s deteriorating roads and transit system could get up to $1.5 billion per year for upgrades under a rummaging of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s push to toll East River bridges and charge for access to Midtown. Read more: New York Daily News

Lawmakers, constituents say it’s time for de Blasio to address surging water bills

Are water bills in New York City grossly inflated? Some say yes. Read more: CBS New York

Queens World Film Festival celebrates opening night


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Action! The 4th Annual Queens World Film Festival has begun.

The festival, which brings international and local filmmakers to the borough to screen their works, celebrated its opening night on Tuesday at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria.

Opening night featured three films from the United States and one from Kosovo, ranging from animation to short narratives.

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Borough President Melinda Katz, one of the night’s speakers, said that the festival was not only a great project for all the filmmakers and volunteers involved, but also for helping brand the borough of Queens.

“We are the most diverse place on the entire planet. We are extremely excited by this,” Katz said. “We are telling the international audience that we are here, we are strong. Diversity is the greatest asset that we can give the entire world here in the borough of Queens and this film festival proves it every day that we are having it.”

Organizers Katha and Don Cato, who were introduced by Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, welcomed the audience and shared what they’ve done in the 365 days since last year’s festival. They then went on to describe what the next five days would bring for the borough.

“It’s an incredible opportunity for us and one we are very happy to share it with everyone,” Katha said.

Don encouraged the audience members to go see all the films over the next few days.

“What I want you to experience is the unique opportunity that all of these films have and let them just wash over you,” he said. “Let them inform you, experience them, open yourselves up to them and enjoy them for what they are.”

Before the first block of films was shown, the festival honored Carl Goodman, executive director of the Museum of the Moving Image, as one of the 2014 Spirit of Queens Honorees for his leadership.

“Something wonderful is happening here,” Goodman said. “New York City is becoming decentralized. Manhattan is a borough, Queens is a borough. They’re all boroughs and there’s no inner or outer. I like to think about it as Manhattan being the shining surface of the city and Queens being the substance.”

Independent filmmaker Hal Hartley was also recognized as a Spirit of Queens Honoree. Before accepting his award, the crowd got a taste of his eight minute short narrative from 1994 called “Opera No. 1.”

The night ended with a party at Studio Square just a couple blocks away from the museum.

Throughout the six-day festival, which goes until March 10, a total of 127 films including short and feature narratives, LGBT pieces, documentaries and animation will be divided into subject blocks and will be shown at venues such as The Secret Theatre and The Nesva Hotel in Long Island City, and P.S. 69 in Jackson Heights. During the festival there will be 16 films screened from Queens filmmakers.

The festival will also screen the world premiere of the director’s cut of the Oscar-nominated documentary “The Act of Killing” on Thursday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. at P.S. 69.

Films will also be given awards on the final night of the festival.

For a full schedule of the festival visit here. Tickets for the festival are $10 for regular admission and $6 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets visit here.

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: A mix of clouds and sun early followed by cloudy skies this afternoon. High around 35. Winds SW at 20 to 30 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy skies. Low 8. Winds WNW at 20 to 30 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games

IndieCade International Festival of Independent Games and Museum of the Moving Image present a playable exhibition of more than two dozen games that represent the breadth and depth of the “indie” video game scene. The designers and developers of these games, individuals or small teams independent of large studios and publishers, take daring creative risks to explore new forms and methods of play. The Museum of Moving Image is located at 35-01 35th St., Astoria.  Through March 2. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Man sought in bias assault on No. 7 train

A suspect allegedly assaulted a Hispanic man on a No. 7 train before making anti-Mexican statements towards him, cops said. Read more: The Queens Courier

Suspect wanted in Astoria attempted rape

A woman fought off an attempted rapist after the man attacked her as she was walking down an Astoria street Sunday, police said. Read more: The Queens Courier 

Avonte Oquendo’s cause of death undetermined: medical examiner

The medical examiner has ruled the cause and manner of Avonte Oquendo‘s death as undetermined. Read more: The Queens Courier

NY’s decrepit roads costing drivers over $20B each year

New York’s decaying and congested infrastructure is costing drivers billions in vehicle repairs, crashes and wasted fuel burned sitting in traffic, with motorists in the five boroughs paying the most. Read more: New York Post

City Councilman pushes for signs alerting drivers of red light cameras

As the city looks to step up enforcement of traffic laws, one New York City councilman has proposed alerting drivers as they approach any of the 150 red light cameras. Read more: CBS New York

New York City restaurants openly flout ban on bottomless booze

So many New York City restaurants are openly flouting a little-known state law banning unlimited booze at brunch that an industry group is reminding members about the rule. Read more: NBC New York

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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Morning clouds will give way to afternoon sunshine. High 16. Winds NNW at 15 to 25 mph. Wednesday night: A few passing clouds. Low near 5. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Madden NFL: 25 Years and Running

Madden NFL: 25 Years and Running, at the Museum of the Moving Image examines the groundbreaking video game franchise Madden NFL. The exhibit takes a look at how the game has evolved and its place in culture, and features five playable games, from the original to the latest release. The Museum of the Moving Image is located at 36-01 35 Avenue in Astoria. Through February 23.

NO SNOW DAY: NYC public schools are open Wednesday

All New York City public schools will remain open Wednesday, education officials announced, dashing hopes city students might have about getting a second snow day this month. Read more: The Queens Courier

Swirling snowstorm batters tri-state, breaks snowfall records

A swirling snowstorm broke breaking snowfall records as it battered the tri-state Tuesday, forcing schools and offices to close early, delaying flights and making the roadways a dangerous mess. Read more: NBC New York

Feds on board with $850M for Sandy subway fixes

The feds are going to give New York straphangers a break by kicking in more than $880 million for Hurricane Sandy repairs, officials announced Tuesday. Read more: New York Post

De Blasio brushes off state pre-K, will raise taxes anyway

A defiant Mayor de Blasio is vowing to go full speed ahead with plans to raise taxes on the city’s highest earners to pay for universal pre-K — even as Gov. Cuomo is offering to have the state foot the bill. Read more: New York Post

Former Gov. David Paterson, wife file for divorce

Former New York Gov. David Paterson and his wife have officially filed for divorce, more than a year after saying they were separating. Read more: CBS New York/AP

 

What to do in Queens when it’s cold outside


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Photo credit (From top left, clockwise): Photo courtesy of MoMA PS1/Elk Studios, 2012; Photo courtesy of the World Ice Arena; Photo by Dominick Totino; Photo courtesy of the New York Hall of Science

When the temperatures dip, our desire to stay at home can rise. But even during wintry weather there are plenty of indoor places to explore around the borough.

MAKE YOUR WAY TO A MUSEUM

Queens is full of museums for art lovers as well as science, history and jazz enthusiasts.

King Manor Museum
King Park, on Jamaica Avenue
between 150th and 153rd streets, Jamaica
718-206-0545
www.kingmanor.org
Hours: Guided tours of King Manor Museum are offered February – December (closed during January); Thursdays & Fridays, 12 – 2 pm, every 1/2 hour (last tour 1:30); Saturdays & Sundays, 1 – 5 pm, every 1/2 hour (last tour 4:30).
Suggested Admission: Adults $5; Seniors and Students $3; Children 16 and under Free; King Manor Members Free; Free tours are offered on “Hands-on History” weekends each month.
(File photo) 

Louis Armstrong House Museum
34-56 107th Street, Corona
718-478-8274
www.louisarmstronghouse.org
Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults: $10; Seniors (65 and older), students, and children: $7; Group rate: $6; Children under 4: Free; Members: Free.
(Photo courtesy of the Louis Armstrong House Museum)

MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
718-784-2084
www.momaps1.org
Hours: 12–6 p.m., Thursday through Monday, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Admission: Adults $10; Students + Seniors $5; Children under 16 Free; Suggested donation admission applies Monday all day, and Saturday and Sunday Noon—1:00 p.m.
(Photo courtesy of MoMA PS1/Elk Studios, 2012) 

Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria
718-777-6888
www.movingimage.us
Hours: Wednesdays–Thursdays: 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; Fridays: 10:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m. (free admission: 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.); Saturdays and Sundays: 11:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Admission: $12 adults (18+); $9 senior citizens (65+); $9 students with valid ID; $6 children (3-12); Free for Museum members and children under 3.
(Photo Courtesy of the Museum of the Moving Image) 

New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street, Flushing Meadows=Corona Park
718-699-0005
www.nysci.org
Hours: September 1 – March 31: Monday Closed (Except Open Monday February 17, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.); Tuesday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
General Admission: Adults (ages 18 & older): $11; Children (ages 2 – 17): $8 Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult; Students (with college ID): $8; Senior Citizens (age 62 & older): $8; Members: Free.
(Photo courtesy of the New York Hall of Science) 

Queens Museum
New York City Building, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
718-592-9700
www.queensmuseum.org
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12-6 p.m.
Suggested Admission: $8 for adults and children over 12; $4 for students and seniors; Children under 12 attend for free.
(THE COURIER/File photo) 

The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City
718-204-7088
www.noguchi.org
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Monday & Tuesday: Closed.
Admission: General admission: $10; Senior Citizens: $5 ; Students with a valid ID: $5; NYC public high school students with a valid ID: Free; Children under 12: Free; Members: Free; On the first Friday of every month year-round, Museum admission is pay-what-you-wish.
(Photo courtesy of the Noguchi Museum) 

CHECK OUT A CONCERT OR SHOW 

From a classical concert to a dramatic play, the local arts are alive at the borough’s concert halls and theatres. Here are some places to catch a local performance.

Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
718-463-7700
www.flushingtownhall.org
(File photo)

Kupferberg Center for the Arts
65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing
Box Office: 718-793-8080
www.kupferbergcenter.org

Queensborough Performing Arts Center
Box Office: Library, 1st Floor
222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside
718-631-6311
M-F, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
www.qcc.cuny.edu/qpac
(Photo courtesy of Queensborough Performing Arts Center)

 

Queens Theatre
14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Box Office: 718-760-0064
www.queenstheatre.org
(Photo by Dominick Totino)

The Secret Theatre
44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City
718-392-0722
www.secrettheatre.com
(File photo) 

 

 

HIT AN ICE SKATING RINK 

Though you will still need a scarf and gloves, the temperatures will be warmer and there definitely will not be any snow at the borough’s indoor skating rinks.

City Ice Pavilion
47-32 32nd Place, Long Island City
718-706-6667
www.cityicepavilion.com
Visit www.calendar.cityicepavilion.com for the public ice skating schedule.
Pricing: $5 Monday through Friday; $8 Saturday & Sunday; $8 Holidays including all school vacation weeks; $5 Skate rental per person. (Must wear socks); $2 Helmets rental per person; Coin operated lockers available for $.75.

World Ice Arena at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Avery Avenue and 131st Street, Flushing
718-760-9001
www.worldice.com
Hours: Monday through Friday the rink is open from 9 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. On weekends it is open: 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday nights; noon until 4:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. until 9:50 p.m. Saturdays and noon until 4:45 on Sundays.
Admission: $5 for all ages on weekdays and $8 on weekends and holidays. To rent skates be sure to bring socks and an additional $5.
(Photo courtesy of the World Ice Arena)

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High 44. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Friday night: Cloudy. Low 37. Winds light and variable.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Wavemakers

The Museum of the Moving Image’s First Look series showcases inventive new cinema. The documentary Wavemakers delves into the history and legacy of the Ondes Martenot, an electronic instrument with a haunting, ethereal sound. Director Caroline Martel will attend and Jean Laurendeau will play the instrument after the screening. Friday, January 17 at 7 p.m.  The Museum of the Moving Image is located at 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria.

Human remains found in College Point with possible link to Avonte Oquendo

Several body parts were discovered along the shore in College Point Thursday night and cops are investigating their possible connection to missing autistic teen Avonte Oquendo, according to police. Read more: The Queens Courier

De Blasio’s new health commissioner oversaw anti-smoking, trans fats, calorie efforts

The deputy commissioner who helped orchestrate the most significant public health policies under Mayor Bloomberg has been chosen as Mayor de Blasio’s new head of the Health Department. Read more: NBC New York

De Blasio to announce expansion of paid sick days law

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to announce Friday a significant expansion of a law that requires employers to give workers paid sick days. Read more: CBS New York/AP

UFT boss: Schools officials apologize for treatment during Bloomberg era

Top school officials “have been apologizing” for how they treated the teachers union during the Bloomberg administration, union President Mike Mulgrew told his members in a private meeting. Read more: New York Post

Verizon outage takes NYPD data systems offline for hours

The entire NYPD except 1 Police Plaza lost access to its data systems Thursday due to a Verizon outage. Read more: CBS New York

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Abundant sunshine. High 13. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Tuesday night: A clear sky. Low 11. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Raze preview screening and discussion 

Come to the Museum of the Moving Image at 7 p.m. for a preview screening and discussion of Raze, part of the ongoing martial arts series, Fist and Sword. In her biggest role to date, Zoë Bell headlines a sly subversion of the women-in-prison genre. Zoë Bell will be there in person. Click here for more info

New York area warned about severe freezing temperatures

The New York City Office of Emergency Management and other area agencies are warning residents throughout the Tri-State about prolonged exposure to extreme cold weather. Read more: ABC New York

Brooklyn native Janet Yellen Confirmed As Fed Chair

The Senate has easily approved Brooklyn native Janet Yellen’s nomination to head the Federal Reserve. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Deal eyed in for suspect in cop beating

Several dozen uniformed cops packed a Queens courtroom on Monday to support one of their own who was brutally beaten almost to death by a muscular stranger while cellphone cameras recorded the bloody incident. Read more: New York Post

De Blasio’s pre-K push still lacks Cuomo support

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio surrounded himself with labor leaders Monday morning, the latest choreographed show of support for his signature campaign promise to fund universal pre-kindergarten programs with a tax increase on the wealthy. Read more: AP

Head of Metro-North stepping down: source

The head of the Metro-North Railroad is stepping down after a year marred by a fatal derailment in the Bronx, a train collision in Connecticut, a worker’s death and a 12-day power loss to one of the authority’s busiest lines, a source familiar with the situation told NBC 4 New York. Read more: NBC New York

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Partly to mostly cloudy. High 39. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph. Monday Night: A few clouds. Low 24. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Holiday Puppet Party Workshop

Children become puppet makers and performers at the Holiday Puppet Party Workshop at the Museum of the Moving Image. In this hour-long workshop kids use simple materials to design their own unique characters, and then take turns performing with them in a short televised puppet show. 2:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

De Blasio expected to pick veteran NYC educator Carmen Farina as next chancellor: report

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is expected to appoint veteran New York City educator Carmen Farina as the next chancellor of the nation’s largest school system, according to a report. Read more: NBC New York

Bloomberg gives final radio address as New York City mayor

Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg says serving New Yorkers as mayor for 12 years has been an “honor and privilege.” Read more: AP

Bloomberg spent $650 Million on NYC in 12 Years: report

A new report says Mayor Michael Bloomberg has spent $650 million of his own fortune on New York City over the course of three terms in office.  Read more: NBC New York

3 NYC employees arrested in separate incidents

Three New York City employees were arrested in separate incidents early Sunday. Read more: CBS New York

Justice Sotomayor to helm Times Square ball drop

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will lend some high-profile help to the countdown to 2014 in Times Square. Read more: NBC New York

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Cloudy with periods of rain. High 56. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Rainfall near a half an inch. Monday night: Cloudy. Low near 35. Winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas

This holiday season, the imaginative, playful, and creative film and television work of Jim Henson will be celebrated by the Museum of the Moving Image in the screening series “Jim Henson’s World.” On Monday at 1 p.m. the museum will screen “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas.” This television special tells the story of Ma Otter and her son Emmet, who both secretly enter a talent contest to win money for Christmas presents for each other. The screenings also includes Kermit the Frog’s segments, as well as outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage. There will also be screenings at 1 p.m. Dec. 26- Jan. 1. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Record-setting warmth continues as temperatures hit 70s

Record-setting temperatures around 30 degrees higher than usual were recorded throughout the tri-state area this weekend. Read more: NBC New York

Bill would increase suspended license penalties

New legislation will be introduced Monday to make it a more serious crime to drive with a suspended license after a Queens boy was killed by a truck driver who should not have been on the road. Read more: New York Post

Micro-apartments planned in NYC can lead to major psychological problems: report

Micro-apartments could lead to major psychological problems, a report shows. The city plans to build a residential tower of apartments between 250 and 370 square feet at 225 E. 27th St. in Manhattan. Read more: New York Daily News

De-Blasio announces new head of Childrens Services

A woman born and raised in the Bronx, has been tapped as the next head of Childrens Services for New York City. Read more: Fox New York

Israel bus bombing prompts NYPD to beef up security across city

The NYPD is beefing up security across the city following a bus bombing in Tel Aviv, Israel. Read more: AP

On eve of inauguration, Bill de Blasio faces high voter expectations: poll

As Bill de Blasio prepares to take the oath of office as New York’s 109th mayor, a poll shows the voters who awarded him a landslide victory are now expressing high hopes about his coming administration, showing that in politics, great promises come with great expectations. Read more: NBC New York

Op-ed: The western Queens renaissance: A burgeoning community on the rise


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ASSEMBLYMEMBER ARAVELLA SIMOTAS

At its core, western Queens is a community built by small businesses. From the time the Steinway brothers built their first factory in the U.S. in 1853 to the television and film production and high-tech enterprises we see flourishing today, this part of New York City is firmly grounded in innovation and civic leadership. As a lifelong resident of Astoria and a New York State elected representative, I have been dedicated to ensuring that this wonderful community continues to thrive.

As we continue to recover from the economic downturn, western Queens has been a powerhouse of new ventures and a center for job creation. As the most diverse county in the United States, our borough is uniquely positioned to cultivate a dynamic hub of economic and cultural activity. The area is growing fast, with an influx of new families and workers eager to contribute and establish themselves in the neighborhood.

As the home to three film production studios, western Queens is also a driving force behind the continued strength of the New York City film industry. These studios and the movies and television they produce contribute thousands of jobs and untold indirect revenue and economic activity that benefit community residents. Located adjacent to the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, the Museum of the Moving Image, and the new home of the Queens Council on the Arts,  this part of the borough has become a veritable epicenter of arts and culture.

In addition to the hundreds of restaurants, boutiques, hardware stores and every imaginable variety of mom-and-pop stores, western Queens is a model for responsible innovation. The hard work of so many ensures that growth benefits all members of our community. Recently, construction began on the $125 million expansion and modernization project at Mt. Sinai Hospital. This new state of the art facility will be much better equipped to serve the growing population of new residents who will now enjoy expanded first-rate medical care in the heart of Astoria.

Our local seniors have also benefited from the construction and opening of the brand-new HANAC/PCA Residence, a 90-unit facility which will make affordable housing more accessible, especially important in a city with scarce land resources and a high demand for real estate.

Together with other local leaders, I have worked to ensure that our community welcomes these new waves of growth. I have made it a priority to keep our streets free of trash and our centers of commerce clean and welcoming for consumers. Working with concerned residents, I have also striven to preserve the family-oriented character of local neighborhoods so that our children can always feel safe and our small businesses can thrive.

I will always pledge to work both in the community and through my role in Albany to encourage and promote an environment conducive to the continued growth of western Queens. Working together with businesses, residents, and local institutions, we can ensure that our world-class neighborhood remains a beacon of economic and cultural development for decades to come.

Aravella Simotas represents parts of western Queens, including Astoria and parts of Long Island City in the New York State Assembly.

 

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