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Last night there was twice the fun at Flushing Town Hall. Upstairs in the theater area, our friends at the Queens Economic Development Corporation hosted a networking event, while art-lovers flocked to the first floor gallery to attend the opening of Erasing Borders, an exhibition of contemporary Indian painting, sculpture, video art, installation art and photography.

As part of the networking event, which Delta, the Mets, the USTA and Magna Restaurant co-hosted, QEDC announced the nine finalists (some in above photo) of the Seventh Annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition, a five-month challenge-and-instruction course sponsored by Citi.

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A typical park volunteer might not be recognized, but Forest Park Administrator Debby Kuha and Queens Parks Commissioner Dottie Lewandowski honored Myron Lubitsch with a nice plaque at an event held at the Oakridge House in Forest Park (GMAP). The evening was a thank-you party for parks volunteers. Myron helps out by having his school perform karate demonstrations at Forest and Highland Park. He runs Shorinjiryu Kenryukan Karate on Jamaica Avenue in Brooklyn.

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Which way the Queensway will go is still uncertain. We’re of course hoping that whatever gets done (if anything) to this three mile stretch between Forest Hills and Atlantic Avenue is great. Right?

Image Source: Wikipedia

We do understand that making the decision of which way to go will be rough. People have different visions of what the future of the area should look like and what interests should be served.  Also, on a more here and now level, some of the rail line passes through commercial areas, some through Forest Park, while a majority passes by private backyards, e.g. privacy advocates and public access advocates have at it!

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Kaitlin Monte, Astoria resident and 2011 Miss New York, was dressed in boxing gear and ready to get in the ring last week at the Golden Gloves boxing event at the Variety Boys & Girls Club in Astoria (GMAP). But she didn’t get in the ring to take on an opponent. She got in the ring to deliver her anti-bullying message to more than 300 at the event. Bullying, she says, has a more devastating affect on school aged kids than meets the eye.

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LIC Partnership’s annual panel on the LIC real estate market is on Thursday April 25, 2013 from 8 to 10 AM. It will be held in the UN Federal Credit Union building, at 24-01 44th Road, LIC, Queens, NY, 11101 (GMAP).

The panel will include:
Eric Benaim, Modern Spaces
Jason Sheftell, NY Daily News
Jonathan Miller, Miller Samuel
Andrew Nimmer, The Local Hostels and Sunlight Capital Management
Michael Phillips, Jamestown LLP

David Brause of Brause Realty will moderate.

Tickets are available thru LIC Partnership or at the door: $40 for LICP members and $50 for non-members.

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Image Source: SculptureCenter

When it comes to expansions, this group breaks the mold. On April 2, the SculptureCenter announced a renovation of its LIC facility that aims to improve the quality of the exhibition spaces and the visitor flow. The undertaking will create a 2,000-sq-ft. addition to the existing Purves Street facility, and the renovated facility will comply with all current building codes, including the Americans with Disabilities Act.

SculptureCenter will remain open during construction with some modification to its exhibition schedule and public hours. With an expected completion in fall 2014, the rehab includes the following:

  • 6,500 square feet of flexible interior exhibition space that will accommodate work of diverse
    forms and scale;
  • a 2,000 sq.-ft., one-story entrance lobby with bookshop, coatroom, seating area,
    and restrooms;
  • an elevator and stairway to the lower level galleries;
  • a 1,500-sq.-ft. enclosed courtyard for outdoor exhibitions and events;
  • upgrades to electrical and mechanical systems; and
  • office and storage space improvements.

Seen at the groundbreaking ceremony are (from left) Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, SC Executive Director and Chief Curator Mary Ceruti, SC Board Chair Sascha S. Bauer and NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin.

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From Transportation Alternatives:

Statistically, there are about 73,000 traffic crashes in New York City every year. Anecdotally, there are a whole lot more. Now, you can add your crash story to the map.

Why the disparity? Not every traffic crash is reported. “Near misses” never make the news. NYPD reports don’t elaborate. In fact, unless someone is killed or seriously injured, it’s outright impossible for average New Yorkers to learn where traffic crashes occur.

What you don’t know can hurt you. There are streets and avenues where New Yorkers are struck by a car, or grazed by a truck, or doored by a taxi passenger, or OMG that was too close — and everyone is ignorant to the danger. T.A. could be fighting to fix those dangerous locations, but until someone is killed or seriously injured there, there’s no way to even know the place is dangerous.

Now, a brand-new web platform from T.A. seeks to get ahead of the problem. Without the anecdotal information behind crashes, all New Yorkers are in the dark and waiting for the next tragedy. Use crashstories.org to map your crash story.

If it’s a blocked bike lane or sticky crosswalk that’s a hazard for you every day, or a crash that changed your life irrevocably, it’s time to put your story on the map. With a team of researchers at Hunter College, T.A. will fight for better traffic enforcement and a safer street blueprint where crashes most commonly occur, according to you.

 

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Good Friday in not  a holiday in New York.

From Wikipedia:

In the United States, Good Friday is not a government holiday at the federal level; however individual states, counties and municipalities may observe the holiday. Good Friday is a state holiday in Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas. State and local government offices and courts are closed, as well as some banks and postal offices in these states, and in those counties and municipalities where Good Friday is observed as holiday. Good Friday is also a holiday in U.S. territories of Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

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The Queens Tribune has announced the inaugural Queens Small Business Achievement Awards and Breakfast, scheduled for April 19 at Queens College.

The awards is public and you can submit your own nominees. There are six categories – Green Businesses (sustainability), Tech Sector, Community Involvement, Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, General Innovation – and you can submit nominees for all six! Nominations must be received by April 8, 2013 and winners will be announced at the breakfast.