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Coachella promoters looking to host 2016 music festival in Flushing Meadows Corona Park: report

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New York City music fans may have a new favorite outlet to experience live music come 2016.

The entertainment company that hosts the massive music and arts festival Coachella is scoping out the “World’s Borough” for a possible music festival next summer, according to the Daily News.

AEG Live is allegedly discussing the possibility with city officials, and if it becomes a reality, Flushing Meadows Corona Park will be home to the Panorama festival next June. The concert promoter has reportedly started recruiting acts and is looking to host the festival two weeks after Governor’s Ball, the only major music festival hosted in New York City.

The event would be one of the biggest in Queens since the 1946 World’s Fair, which 51 million people attended. Coachella is held in Indio, Calif., for two consecutive weekends in April and last year attracted about 200,000 music fans. Past acts include Drake, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, The Black Keys, Amy Winehouse, Jay-Z and the Beastie Boys.

A spokesperson for Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said representatives from AEG Live have not contacted her about possibly hosting the event, but she welcomes a discussion.

“Queens is increasingly becoming a premier destination for entertainment, culture and tourism,” Katz said. “While we encourage public events of any scale that enhance our borough, this proposal appears to raise significant concerns, especially the precedent it would potentially set. If the application is granted, this would be the first time ever for Queens to lend its treasured public parkland to a for-profit company for a charged-admission event.”

AEG Live has not yet responded to The Courier’s request for comment.


PHOTOS: Preview of new QNS.com website at Queens Museum party

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Businesspeople, elected officials and other movers and shakers from across Queens came to the Queens Museum Wednesday night to get a glimpse of QNS.com, the future Internet home of The Queens Courier, Ridgewood Times, LIC Magazine and BORO magazine.

The preview party allowed guests to mingle with one another and learn more about the new website, which will launch this summer. QNS.com will continue to provide the expansive news coverage of The Courier and its sister publications while also incorporating social media elements, enabling residents from Astoria to the Rockaways to interact with one another on a variety of levels.

Courier President and CEO Victoria Schneps-Yunis and Co-Publisher Joshua Schneps welcomed several notable guests to the preview party, including state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Assemblymen Ed Braunstein and David Weprin, City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, Deputy Queens Borough President Melva Miller and former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman. Representatives of City Councilmen Donovan Richards and Jimmy Van Bramer and Assemblyman Francisco Moya were also in attendance.

Following a reception, guests headed into the museum’s famous Panorama — a scale model of New York City — for a formal presentation on the new website. Stay tuned to find out the power of QNS.com.

In advance of the launch, Facebook users are invited to like the new website’s Facebook page.



Silicon City model unveiled at Queens Museum of Art

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THE COURIER/photo by Billy Rennison

A conceptual model of “Silicon City,” a technological innovation center in Queens that includes an applied sciences campus, was unveiled today at the Queens Museum of Art.

The model was placed on the museum’s famed Panorama where it will remain on display for visitors through Sunday.

Jukay Hsu, founder of Coalition for Queens, and elected officials were on hand to advocate for Queens to become home to the applied sciences and engineering campus that Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced in December.

According to the Coalition for Queens the campus would bring over 20,000 permanent jobs and over $6 billion of economic activity to the borough.