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Mobb Deep to return to Queensbridge for free concert

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of City Parks Foundation

A Queens-bred rap duo is performing a free concert in their native neighborhood Thursday night.

Mobb Deep, who recently reunited for “The Infamous Mobb Deep,” their eighth album, will be appearing at 7 p.m. in Queensbridge Park, as part of SummerStage, the city’s largest free performing arts festival.

The famed pair, Havoc and Prodigy, grew up in the Queensbridge area of the borough, but met in Manhattan, where they were students at Graphic Arts High School, according to a biography on their website.

After bonding through their love of hip hop, they built a successful career with 20 years of music industry experience, and appearances on records that have sold over 40 million copies.

Queensbridge Park is located near the Queensboro Bridge at 41st Road and 40th Avenue between The East River, Vernon Boulevard and 21st Street.



City cuts ribbon on $6.65M Queensbridge Park project, seawall reconstruction

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

The Long Island City waterfront has just received a much needed facelift.

Officials cut the ribbon on Tuesday on the $6.65 million project in Queensbridge Park which included the restoration and improvement of the seawall, and the creation of a six-foot-wide waterfront promenade with benches and plants as well as a small pier at the north end.

“The completion of the Queensbridge Park Seawall restores access to the waterfront, access that has been denied for far too long,” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said. “No longer do Queensbridge residents need to look at the seawall as it crumbles into the East River. Instead, residents will be able to enjoy a park and waterfront just as lovely as any in New York City.”

The seawall protects the park from high tides and covers some of the mechanisms and underwater cables that keep a number of subway lines in order. It was previously blocked off by a chain-link fence due to decades of deterioration.

This project, managed by the NYC Economic Development Corporation, included the reconstruction of the seawall using rip-rap revetment. Rip-rap, made up of large rocks, was used to protect the shoreline by absorbing and deflecting waves and also decreasing the effects of erosion.

“New York City’s 520 miles of shoreline is one of its greatest assets, and we are proud to continue reconnecting New Yorkers to their waterfront,” said Dmitri Konon, NYCEDC executive vice president for capital programs.



LIC ‘s Queensbridge Park gets $2.5 million for renovations

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer

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 facility that will feature a modern comfort station, storage space for sports teams using the playfields and an office for Parks Department staff.

The appointed staff will offer different programming for adults and children in the future.

“It is extremely important that every single senior and child who lives in Queensbridge know that our city has allocated every single cent we could to make sure that western Queens has a park that rivals Central Park in Manhattan and any other park in the City of New York,” said Van Bramer.

In May, local officials, community groups and residents gathered to break ground on the restoration and improvement of the Queensbridge Park Seawall. The $6.65 million project will include a six-foot wide waterfront promenade with benches and plants as well as a small pier at the north end.

The seawall restoration and improvement was funded through allocations from Van Bramer, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Borough President Helen Marshall, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the MTA.

According to Van Bramer, once the restoration of the seawall is completed by next summer, Queensbridge residents and parkgoers will be reconnected to the East River waterfront after a decade of deterioration.

“I look forward to working with him [Van Bramer] and the community on creating a scope of work and design for this project,” said Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski.



Free concerts, performing arts events in Queens this summer

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

SummerStage, New York’s largest free performing arts festival, runs in Queens from July 17 until August 9. It features musical performances, from pop and hip-hop to R&B and gospel music, as well as dance, theater film and family programming. For more festival information, visit www.SummerStage.org.


Tuesday July 17, 7:00 p.m.
Queensbridge Park (concert)
Chi-Lites / Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue

Wednesday July 18, 7:00 p.m.
Queensbridge Park  (concert)
Big Daddy Kane / Marley Marl

Thursday July 19, 7:00 p.m.
Queensbridge Park  (concert)
WAR / Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue

Friday July 20, 7:00 p.m.
Queensbridge Park (dance)
Liberation Dance Theater/Jamal Jackson Dance Company
(Master Class, All Levels Open Dance, 7 pm; Performance, 8 p.m.)

Saturday July 21, 7:00 p.m.
Queensbridge Park (dance)
Malcolm Low Formal Structure Inc. / VON USSAR danceworks / Jamel Gaines, Creative Outlet Dance Theatre
(Master Class, All Levels Open Dance, 7 pm; Performance, 8 p.m.)

Tuesday July 24, 7:00 p.m.
Springfield Park (concert)
Full Force / Force MD’s Johnny Kemp / Jeff Redd / Meli’sa Morgan

Wednesday July 25, 7:00  p.m.
Springfield Park (concert)
Le’Andria Johnson / Trin-I-Tee 5:7 / Brian Courtney Wilson / Amber Bullock

Thursday July 26, 7:00 p.m.
Springfield Park (concert)

Friday July 27 – Saturday July 28, 8:00 PM
Springfield Park (theater)
Power of the Trinity

Sunday July 29, 4:00 p.m.
Springfield Park (family programming / concert)
SummerStage Kids Queens Family Day featuring Randolph Matthews/ LuckyBob: Magic Juggling Comedy/ Little Club Heads

Sunday July 29, 7:00 p.m.
Springfield Park (concert/film)
Taj Weekes & Adowa / Shine & The Moonbeams / Randolph Matthews Screening: Africa United

Thursday August 9, 7:00 p.m.
Socrates Sculpture Park (concert)
The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series


League ends season by hitting it out of the park

| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com


Like all good things, the Long Island City YMCA Youth Baseball League’s season has come to an end.

To mark its completion, a ceremony was held at Queensbridge Park on Saturday, September 17.

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer attended the event and distributed awards to the league’s young sluggers. Van Bramer, a supporter of youth athletics and an avid baseball fan, has allocated over $100,000 to the Long Island City YMCA.

“I am proud to be able to support the Long Island City YMCA’s Youth Baseball League at Queensbridge,” said Van Bramer. “I remember hours of enjoyment as a kid playing baseball right here in Long Island City on Bryant High School’s field. Team sports, like baseball, give young people something fun and active to do, while teaching valuable lessons like sportsmanship, teamwork and the importance of practice.”

Each year, hundreds of kids from the community participate in the Youth Baseball League, which lasts from July to September. The YMCA also organizes football, basketball and bowling leagues at no cost to members.