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We watched all 11 plus minutes of a video on OurLIC featuring Isaac Carmignani, from Community District Education Council 30, and learned CDEC’s may not be the center of power in the NYC education ecosystem. Carmignani does a good job in explaining the value that the Council does provide — its a place for parents to speak up about education issues that matter to them.  At tomorrow’s Council meeting they’re voting on, among other things, a resolution against DOE’s proposed closure of eight Queens high schools. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at I.S. 230 located at 73-10 34th Ave. in Jackson Heights. GMAP

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Spring is here. So, if you are not suffering from all the pollen in the air, community gardens in Long Island City and Woodside are ready and waiting for your visit. There is also Two Coves Community Garden in Astoria, where you can garden with others in a group plot.

The Roosevelt Island Community Garden (pictured) is close to Long Island City and Astoria too.

The award for the borough’s best named oasis goes to the Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson Community Garden in Rochdale.

If these community gardens aren’t enough for you, Farming Concrete can help you, but you’ll need some land and at least 10 people to get going.

For those not quite versed in gardening, New York Restoration Project can give you a helping hand at their workshop on May 12.

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The wife of a Sudanese diplomat was injured in crossfire on 31st Drive near 21st Street in Astoria, ABC News reports. This happened Tuesday in broad daylight and two groups of guys were allegedly fighting. Mawahad Elbahi, 31, was hit in the neck, luckily neither the child she was carrying nor her toddler were injured.

“It appears to be two groups of young men who were in a dispute and started shooting carelessly, randomly,” Kelly told the Daily News. “She was clearly an innocent bystander. It had nothing to do with her.”

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      First comes love, then comes sperm donation, then comes the baby in the baby carriage, then comes love again.

      For former Queens Councilwoman Melinda Katz (D-Forest Hills), this is how the story goes. In a New York Post Exclusive, Katz revealed that the sperm donor who fathered her two children is none other than 58-year-old Guardian Angel, Curtis Sliwa.

      Katz, 45, had dated Sliwa, but things never worked out exactly. The two stayed close friends and when she asked him for a sperm donation, he obliged. After divorcing his third wife, with Katz about to give birth for a second time, Sliwa found himself at Katz’s side in the hospital after baby Hunter was born with serious complications.

      The pair fell in love again, and the rest is (modern love) history. He wants to get married (yet again) but she seems to be on the fence. Maybe she doesn’t want to give him paternal rights just yet?

      Sliwa photo source: Wikipedia                                              

      Katz photo source: Facebook

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      Night with a hooker cost Forest Hills man 50g [Fox News]

      Meng conspiracy theory [The Jewish Week]

      Woman shot in Astoria while walking with her kid [CBS]

      Sunnyside gym vanishes leaving members in the dust [NY1]

      Southeast Queens homeowners may finally see flood relief [Daily News]

      Fresh Meadows man to pay city for fake sidewalk repairs [Daily News]

      Another protest against LIC HS closure [Times Ledger]

      Peninsula Hospital finally closes, nurses lose their jobs [GMA Network]

      Image Source: Wikipedia – Geeta Ashram in Corona – GMAP

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      Time to tell Timmy he won’t be going to school.

      Waits are down citywide, but not in Queens, which saw a 7 percent spike in the number of unseated kindergartners. In Corona, 109 kindergarteners are waiting to get into P.S. 309. According to the NY Daily News, this is the city’s third longest kindergarten line.

      P.S. 59 is in the same predicament. “I’m flattered that so many kids want to come to the school,” P.S. 59 principal Anthony Lombardi told the Daily News. “Last year, I was able to accommodate everybody. But we’ve become a very overcrowded school.” Lombardi has 57 students on his school’s kindergarten wait list.

      Overall, nearly 1,000 Queens kindergartners are without seats. Maybe keep this link handy to get an early start for next year.

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      Flux Factory in Long Island City, one of our favorite art collectives, sent us this announcement about their upcoming show. If you want to visit fluxers in their home/work space, and see how the arty set lives, you might want to check this out.

      Flux Factory presents iSpy, a participatory conceptual game show that brings together live streaming video, consenting audiences, and unsuspecting participants for a rollicking good time through the misuse of surveillance.

      Come ready to team up and win subversive challenges involving live aerial surveillance, piñatas, World of Warcraft, and many more surprises. Each night, two featured players carry networked cameras in public space, beaming video back to the Flux gallery-turned-game show studio where they coordinate with the rest of their team to score more points. The team with the highest score wins a rare and special prize…

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      Image Source: NY Waterway

      We thought maybe it was time to try out NY Waterway’s East River Ferry.

      The double-decker catamaran seats 140 people, and on most days, there is plenty of room on board AND in the $5 all-day 160 car parking lot. What’s that you say? Parking in Long Island City?

      The Hunter’s Point terminal is located south of 54th Avenue on 2nd Street, with boats departing every 20 minutes during peak time to Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Dumbo, Wall Street and 34th Street.

      The ferry costs $4 each way for adults. You can bring your bike for $1. You can ride the ferry back to Queens too.

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      The Rockaways may technically be in Queens but, now that Williamsburg foodies are taking over the beach-side concessions and bearded surfers are everywhere, they have to be considered an honorary extension of Brooklyn. In case you needed further confirmation of the area’s hipification, the Wall Street Journal (via NY Mag) reports that Sean MacPherson (man-about-Montauk and developer of the Bowery and Jane hotels) is thinking about a project by the sea: “It’s the Lower East Side on the beach. It’s like, ‘Why are people not living out here?'” Obviously by “people” he means the cultured and moneyed classes. He does have a point though: Why spend your weekend in bumper-to-bumper traffic on Route 27 when you can just hop on the A train instead!
      Photo by NonaBrooklyn