Well, it looks like Bill De Blasio is the frontrunner for the mayor’s race (although it’s still unclear if he avoided the runoff), Eliot Spitzer was defeated in the Comptroller’s race by Scott Stringer, and Tish James and Daniel Squadron, both from Brooklyn, will enter a runoff for Public Advocate. But let’s get down to the local stuff — both Queens Crap and the Queens Courier have great recaps from all the races concerning Queens. Pictured above, the Queens Borough President primary winner Melinda Katz, who easily defeated Peter Vallone, Jr. Although many expected this race to be down to the wire, early reports tell that Katz garnered more than 12,000 votes than Vallone. She’ll face Aurelio Arcabascio, who works in the healthcare field, in the general election. In District 19, where five Democrats were running to replace Republican City Councilman Dan Halloran, Queens Crap reports: “The latest numbers are Paul Vallone 2,723 votes to Austin Shafran’s 2,579 votes with 98% of precincts reporting. Neither Huffington Post nor NY1 has called it for Vallone, although he claimed victory last night.” Queens Courier called the win for Vallone. It looks like the general election will be a three-way race between Vallone, Austin Shafran (for the Working Families party) and the Republican canidate Dennis Saffran.

Costa Constantinides beat John Ciafone in District 22nd, and Rory Lancman won by a landslide in District 24. Daneek Miller won District 27. In the 28th District, Ruben Wills beat Hettie Powell. Incumbent Councilmember Donovan Richards will keep his seat in District 31. Lew Simon won District 32 and will face incumbent Councilmember Eric Ulrich in the general election. In District 34, covering both Bushwick and Ridgwood, Vito Lopez was finally given the boot. He was beat by Antonio Reynoso. Incumbents ran unopposed in Districts 20, 21, 23, 25, 26, 29, and 30.

2013 Primary Election Results [Queens Crap]
Queens Election Coverage [Queens Courier]
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CODA wins MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program competition

We recently learned that CODA – who is also known as Caroline O’Donnell, Assistant Professor of Architecture at Cornell in Ithaca, NY – is the winner of MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program competition. She has created a project called Party Wall and incorporates environmental issues such as sustainability and recycling. It will be installed in MoMA PS1′s outdoor courtyard and will be an “urban landscape” during Warm Up, the annual outdoor summer music series. Pedro Gadanho, Curator in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design, says it was selected because of its “clever identification and use of locally available resources—the waste products of skateboard-making—to make an impactful and poetic architectural statement within MoMA PS1′s courtyard.”

Pint Night at 5 Napkin Burger

The 5 Napkin Burger folks let us know about their Pint Night series. On Thursdays, starting tonight until March 7, between 7 and 11pm, enjoy a pint of beer for $5. Different breweries and one of their brews will be featured each week, including Singlecut tonight! Amber Ale, yum.

The Hunters Point CSA – lots of interest and potentially coming to LIC

The Hunters Point CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is in the works and may very well arrive in the Hunters Point section of LIC by next spring or summer. About 30 people are interested in organic/non-GMO produce, and they are currently working with Just Food to connect with a farmer. Exciting stuff!

Astor Room on Gilt City

The Astor Room in Astoria is a catch on Gilt City right now – the offer is dinner and wine for two for $63. There will be a special Gilt City menu, from which diners will enjoy two starters, two entrees, and one dessert to share, all with a house-selected bottle of wine (red or white). And even if you don’t participate in this offer, the Astor Room is a great place drop in for a delicious cocktail before or after a trip to the Museum of the Moving Image.

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall gave her last State of the Borough speech

On Tuesday night, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall stood up in front of hundreds of people at Queens College and gave her final State of the Borough speech. She will not run for a fourth term, as she is subject to term limits this year. She talked about her accomplishments (revitalization of many parks, libraries and neighborhoods in Queens, as well as development and rezoning in areas like Jamaica and LIC) and projects she wants to implement toward the end of her service (create a tech zone on the Queens side of the East River, spend $2 million on mobile science labs for the 30 Queens schools that do not have them).


Image source: DNAinfo

NY1 reported on Queens Borough President Helen Marshall’s final State of the Borough speech, which happened this past Tuesday at Queens College. Her term – the last of three she has served – is set to end this year and she will not run again (term limits). In her speech, she did not take much time to say goodbye but rather to talk about what she has accomplished over the years as Borough President, and what projects she plans to launch during her last months in office.


LIC for Brooklynites – where to live

We’ve published the third installation of our LIC for Brooklynites series – this time we’re focusing on where to live within LIC – the neighborhoods of Hunters Point, Queens Plaza, Court Square, and Dutch Kills. There’s some interesting stuff in there, and we hope you find it useful when visiting and if you’re even considering LIC as your new home (we think it’s a pretty cool neighborhod). Here are the previous two installations, about where to eat and what to do in LIC.

Now that’s cheap gas (retro)

The Queens County Market folks posted this image to their Facebook page. It’s a scene from LIC in 1989 – crazy cheap gas! Hard to remember when it was that low in price.

Image source: Queens County Market

LIC also has a vegan marshmallow company

Sweet & Sara is a small food business located in the eastern reaches of LIC, that focuses on making vegan sweet treats, especially marshmallows, which are notoriously challenging to make without animal products (gelatin is animal-based). S&S Owner Sara Sohn, who has been a vegan for decades, figured out the magic key to making vegan marshmallows, and busted out with all sorts of tasty things that pretty much anyone can eat. Those peanut butter s’mores look particularly yummeh, too.

Tony Avella will run for Queens Borough President

State Senator Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is running for Queens Borough Prez. The Queens Chronicle says he has a “reputation for red-faced, boisterous confrontations with government officials who draw his ire.” Avella said the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy affected his decision to run. Helen Marshall, the current president, is out next term due to term-limits. Avella believes that the role of the Borough President is to be a messenger for the people of Queens. Read more about it here.

Rock jetties for the Rockaways

A group of community leaders are pressing for 50 rock jetties to be built off the coast of the Rockaway peninsula, in order to protect the area during the next superstorm (and yes, climate scientists expect we’ll have another crazy storm like Sandy sooner than we’d like). The thing is, each jetty costs about a million bucks to build, which is a challenge to the pocketbook. But local leaders believe these jetties are crucial, and then there’s the whole “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” They’ll be rallying this Sunday, 12/2, to convince elected officials to help them out.