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Things To Do in Queens This Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend Parades, Anthem @ Chocolate Factory, Flux Music Meals & Field Studies, Tango Flamenco Fusion, The Follies & Classical Concert in Astoria & Sunnyside Fair

queens things to do* May 24, 2018 / Things To Do Queens / Queens Neighborhoods / Queens Buzz NYC.

* Weather. The Temperature highs will be in the high 80's Thursday, Friday and Saturday, dropping to around 70 on Sunday and Monday. The temperature lows will remain in the 60's throughout the long weekend. There's an 80% chance of about 3/4 inch of Rain expected on Saturday beginning about 2 pm which ends about 8 am Sunday. Thereafter there's a 20% chance of rain on Sunday and Monday. Winds will be around 10 - 15 mph throughout the weekend. The Humidity will be about 40 - 50% Thursday, Friday & Saturday, rising to 70 - 80% on Sunday and Monday. Click for Queens Weather.

* The photo at right was taken from Cavalry Cemetery in Maspeth. This weekend the cemetery will be host to many visitors paying their respects to ancestors and loved ones, many of whom fought for the rights, for which many Americans today, can't be bothered to maintain by just keeping up on the news and exercising their voting rights at the polls. But be advised that freedoms are like muscles, if you don't use them, you will surely lose them.

* MTA / Public Transit / Click here for the MTA Weekender.

 

Friday - Anthem @ Chocolate Factory, The Follies, Tango Flamenco Fusion

queens things to do* The photo at right shows how dramatically the landscape view of LIC has changed looking south from Queensboro Plaza. It wasn't that long ago that the only high rise on the near horizon was the Citibank Building, which you can see in the background.

* Thalia Theatre at 41-17 Greenpoint Avenue in Sunnyside has a new show, Tango Flamenco Fusion, that begins at 8 pm on Friday and Saturday, and at 4 pm on Sunday. The show is dance & musical encounter between Spain with India and the Middle East [theater / $37 / $42 / $45 - www.thaliatheatre.org - or see Queens Events Member Calendar - ends 7/1/18].

* The Astoria Performing Arts Center at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church at 30-44 Crescent Street at 30th Road in Astoria has begun performing the classic musical The Follies which begins at 8 pm Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays [also 2 pm matinee Saturday] and runs through Saturday, May 26th [theater / $12 / $18].

* The Chocolate Factory at 5-49 49th Avenue [off Vernon Blvd] in LIC is performing ANTHEM, Wednesday through Saturday beginning at 8 pm which they are performing at Street in LIC [$20 / tickets at chocolatefactory.org / theater]. The piece is billed as,

"Questioning contemporary dance’s predisposition towards neutrality, authenticity and the de-sexualization of the female body, ANTHEM embraces theatricality, virtuosity and sass."

 

Saturday - Flus Field Study, Anthem @ Chocolate Factory, Spanish Dance, The Follies Musical & Video / Film, Sunnyside Memorial Day Wknd Fair

queens things to do queens events nyc* The photo at right shows newlyweds likely following their marriage ceremony at Queens Borough Hall. Spring is the high season of graduations and marriages.

* There's a Memorial Day Weekend Fair [one day only] at Sunnyside Gardens Park at 39th Avenue and 49th Street in Sunnyside beginning at 12 noon until 5 pm that's open to the public. The event includes food, games and entertainment [free admission but food etc may cost].

* Thalia Theatre at 41-17 Greenpoint Avenue in Sunnyside has a new show, Tango Flamenco Fusion, that begins at 8 pm on Friday and Saturday, and at 4 pm on Sunday. The show is dance & musical encounter between Spain with India and the Middle East [theater / $37 / $42 / $45 - www.thaliatheatre.org - or see Queens Events Member Calendar - ends 7/1/18].

* The Astoria Performing Arts Center at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church at 30-44 Crescent Street at 30th Road in Astoria has begun performing the classic musical The Follies which begins at 8 pm Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays [also 2 pm matinee Saturday] and runs through Saturday, May 26th [theater / $12 / $18].

* The Chocolate Factory at 5-49 49th Avenue [off Vernon Blvd] in LIC is performing ANTHEM, Wednesday through Saturday beginning at 8 pm which they are performing at Street in LIC [$20 / tickets at chocolatefactory.org / theater]. The piece is billed as,

"Questioning contemporary dance’s predisposition towards neutrality, authenticity and the de-sexualization of the female body, ANTHEM embraces theatricality, virtuosity and sass."

* The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria at 35th Ave & 36th St has an Indie Cade exhibit about video gaming & creation [ends 6/17], Behind the Scene which is an ongoing exhibit about film production, and the Jim Henson exhibit about the creator of Sesame Street [also ongoing], as well as numerous film screenings throughout the weekend BUT they are CLOSED MONDAY [film / $9 / $11 / $15].

* The Flux Factory in Long Island City is hosting a Performance Field Study on Saturday and a Walking Tour of LIC's Forgotten Landscapes on Sunday - both events from 2 to 3 pm at the Windmill Community Garden at 39-22 29th Street (at 39th Avenue) [free / donations welcome]. On Sunday from 4 to 7 pm in the same locale there will be two musical performances by Amirtha Kidambi and Jessica Pavone (solo and duo sets), as part of their supper club prepped by the Flux Iron Chefs [free / art / suggested donation of $10 or more].

 

Sunday - Walking Tour, Classical Concert, Modern Concert, Flamenco & Tango & Video / Film Exhibits

queens things to do* The photo at right shows a military veteran placing a wreath during the St. Sebastian Catholic War Veterans Post 870 Memorial Day event in Woodside - see details below on Monday.

* The College Point Memorial Day Parade runs from 2 pm to 4 pm.

* The Maspeth Memorial Day Parade runs from 1 pm to 3 pm.

* Thalia Theatre at 41-17 Greenpoint Avenue in Sunnyside has a new show, Tango Flamenco Fusion, that begins at 8 pm on Friday and Saturday, and at 4 pm on Sunday. The show is dance & musical encounter between Spain with India and the Middle East [theater / $37 / $42 / $45 - www.thaliatheatre.org - or see Queens Events Member Calendar - ends 7/1/18].

* The Church of the Redeemer at 30-14 Crescent Street [at 30th Road] in Astoria is hosting a Bright is the Ring of Words classical concert from 6 to 7 pm which is described as, "Baritone David Waterland and pianist Christopher Bradshaw perform works of Ralph Vaughn Williams, John Ireland and George Butterworth ..." [music / $15 suggested donation / for more details see Queens Events Member Calendar].

* The Noguchi Museum at 9-01 33rd Road at Vernon Boulevard in LIC / Astoria [art / donations welcome].

* The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria at 35th Ave & 36th St has an Indie Cade exhibit about video gaming & creation [ends 6/17], Behind the Scene which is an ongoing exhibit about film production, and the Jim Henson exhibit about the creator of Sesame Street [also ongoing], as well as numerous film screenings throughout the weekend BUT they are CLOSED MONDAY [film / $9 / $11 / $15].

* The Flux Factory in Long Island City is hosting a Performance Field Study on Saturday and a Walking Tour of LIC's Forgotten Landscapes on Sunday - both events from 2 to 3 pm at the Windmill Community Garden at 39-22 29th Street (at 39th Avenue) [free / donations welcome]. On Sunday from 4 to 7 pm in the same locale there will be two musical performances by Amirtha Kidambi and Jessica Pavone (solo and duo sets), as part of their supper club prepped by the Flux Iron Chefs [free / art / suggested donation of $10 or more].

* The Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade begins at 12 noon beginning at Ascan Avenue and marching along Metropolitan Avenue to Woodhaven Boulevard [kids / parades].

* Also see art exhibits and film above in the Friday & Weekend section.

 

Monday - Memorial Day Parades

* The Memorial Day Parade and ceremony by the St. Sebastian Catholic War Veterans Post 870 in Woodside begins at 11 am from St Sebastian's School at 58th Street and Woodside Avenue and marches to Doughboy Park at Woodside Avenue and 56th Street where there will be a ceremony [kids / parades].

* The Laurelton Memorial Day Parade runs from 9 am to 1 pm.

* The Howard Beach Memorial Day Parade runs from 11 am to 1.30 pm.

* The Rosedal Memorial Day Parade runs from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm.

* The 91st Annual Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade [began 1927] begins at 2 pm at Jayson Avenue in Great Neck and marches along Northern Blvd terminating at 245th Street in Douglaston [kids / parades].

* There may be a couple more Memorial Day events in the borough which I will post as I become aware of them.

 

MOSTLY DONE. ASTERISKED EVENTS HAVE BEEN UPDATED.

Q Museum.

The King Manor Museum on Jamaica Avenue is hosting a TBD beginning at 6.30 pm [$15 / music].

MoMA PS1 at 22-25 Jackson Avenue in LIC is hosting TBD, featuring local TBD from 8 pm to midnight [$15 / Art / https://www.moma.org/calendar/events/4413?locale=en].

 

Next Week 5.28.18 - LGBT Parade & Festival

* The first weekend of June the LGBT Parade and festival returns to Jackson Heights.

 

Farmers Mkts, Street Fairs & Member Events Calendar

Click here for reports about Queens farmers markets, Queens street fairs, shopping venues in Queens and / or click to Queens Events Member Calendar to view a number of additional weekend events.

Also see Friday & Weekend Events above and click here for free summer concerts in Queens, free summer movies in Queens and free things to do and free summer theater in Queens & things to do.

BOOK REVIEW NEXT WEEK: Under the Mets Grandstands by Seymour Butz.


Queens Economy Snapshot

NYS Comptroller Di Napoli Provides Queens Economy Overview

queens economy statistics queens economy nycMay 21, 2018 / Queens Neighborhoods / Queens Business & Economy / Queens Banks & Loans / Queens Buzz NYC.

Last Friday I attended a presentation by NYS Comptroller Thomas Di Napoli which provided an overview of the Queens economy. In general the economic statistics provide insights into what's been happening over the past couple of decades, showing a continuation of trends which began in the early part of the last decade, were interrupted by the Great Recession, and which have resumed ever since.

Good Paying Queens Jobs Added in Healthcare & Transportation

Private sector employment fell following 911, resumed growth in 2004, fell again in 2009 [Great Recession] and resumed growth in 2011. At the time of Thomas Di Napoli's May 2018 report, Queens was home to 567,800 private sector jobs, lead growth in the healthcare sector which accounts for 105,200 jobs, that carried an annual salary of $46,200 which is below the average borough income of $52,520 [the latter figure is an annualized figure from a Bureau of Labor Statistics report in Q1 2017]. This sector grew 38%, adding 29,100 jobs since the Great Recession ended in 2009.

Transportation is the second largest industry in Queens, employing 67,100 jobs that paid an average annual salary of $63,400. This sector added 13,100 jobs, up 24% since the Great Recession. Queens accounted for 96% of all air transportation jobs as it is home to LaGuardia and JFK airports. And the air transportation jobs contributed greatly to Queens accounting for 58% of all transportation jobs in NYC - about double the rate of its population representation. Queens population represents roughly 27% of the population of New York City [Wikipedia.org].

 

Lower Paying Queens Jobs Added in Leisure & Hospitality, Retail and Possibly Business Services

queens economy statistics queens economy nycLeisure and Hospitality accounted for 58,200 jobs with an average salary of $28,200 - a bit more than half the average Queens borough income of $52,520 mentioned above. This sector was the second largest contributor to job growth adding 20,300 jobs, up 54% from the Great Recession. Howard Beach and Ozone Park accounted for over half the gains, due to increased activity from the hotels near JFK Airport, activity in the Rockaways and Resorts World Casino in Richmond Hill, which is the only casino in New York City. Di Napoli noted that 62 new hotels were erected in the Long Island City [near Manhattan], Flushing [near LaGuardia Airport] and Jamaica [near JFK Airport] since the Great Recession.

 

The Retail industry is the third largest jobs category in Queens, accounting for 63,700 jobs. In spite of rising rents and fierce competition from big box and internet retailers, this sector added 10,100 jobs, growing by 19% since the Great Recession. These jobs had an annual salary of $31,500, which is about 40% below the average Queens borough income. The Rego Park mall and the Sky View mall in Flushing both opened in 2010 adding about 2 million square feet of commercial retail space in Queens, and both LaGuardia and JFK airports have been in the process of expanding their retail space as well.

 

We'll have more later this week on NYS Comptroller Thomas Di Napoli's informative economic snapshot of Queens.


Queens Taste Features Queens Restaurants

The 16th Annual Queens Taste was Held at the NY Hall of Science

ny hall of science flushing queens hall of scienceMay 15, 2018 / Flushing Neighborhood / Queens Restaurants / Queens Neighborhoods / Queen Buzz NYC.

The 16th annual Queens Taste was held at the NY Hall of Science on Tuesday, May 1st. There were more than 50 vendors present and they served about 650 attendees. I attended the event and sampled a number of the items on display. Many represented ethnic cuisines for which Queens is well known and several of them were fairly young starts ups that had either come out of or were still using the Queens Economic Development Corporation [QEDC] kitchen in Astoria / LIC. The Queens Economic Development Corporation [aka QEDC] had organized the event.

It was a cool Spring evening as I disembarked from the #7 train at the Mets / Willets Point stop. The train had skipped 111th / Corona due to the trains getting out of their timing sequence, so they had to move this train up by skipping stops. I headed south into Flushing Meadows Corona Park as it was still light out and the Spring foliage was budding.

 

Queens Taste at NY Hall of Science Flushing

queens taste queens restaurants queens nycAt the NY Hall of Science in the foyer I ran into Rob MacKay, QEDC Director of Marketing, Public Relations & Tourism and once in at the top of the stairs overlooking the event I saw Seth Bornstein, QEDC Executive Director. After a quick exchange of pleasantries with each, I made my way into the NY Hall of Science lower level where the event was being held.

The afro-latineers, a Latin jazz band, was playing on the upper level, and down below there was a crowd of people conversing and consuming the edible delights I was soon to experience.

Photos and report coming later this week.


PS1 MoMA Hosts Springtoberfest

A Night Showcasing the Micro Breweries in LIC & Queens

queens things to doMay 7, 2018 / LIC Neighborhood / Food & Beer in Queens / Queens Buzz NYC.

 

There are about a half dozen of micro breweries that have sprung up in LIC over the past half dozen years, and last Saturday evening they were all on display at the court yard at PS1 MoMA in LIC.

 

I arrived at the museum about a half hour after things had started. The courtyard was populated with people milling about, sipping beer in small mingling groups. There was a table for extra tickets along one wall and the brewery taps along another. In the distance were the PS1 MoMA back steps where people had already gathered to grab some of the good seats.

 

PS1 MoMA Court Yard Has a Different Feel This Year

The courtyard has changed over the years, as it has become a valley, surrounded by mountainous buildings, some of which are still under construction, like the behemoth multi-building franchise that was once the 5 Pointz graffiti mecca. The surrounding tall new buildings lend a heightened sense of drama to the street level space of the courtyard.

The crowd was a 20’s, 30’s and 40’s something group of at least as many women as men. I had never met so many female beer enthusiasts in one place. Most everyone I spoke to was either from queens things to doQueens or Brooklyn, so it was a neighborhood event, which was likely good for the brewers on exhibit at the museum this evening, as they are all located in Long Island City.

LIC Micro Breweries Exhibit at PS1 MoMA

There were seven brewers at the event, based on the four I sampled, and the press release, which listed three that I unfortunately missed. The ones I missed were the Big Alice Brewing Company, the LIC Beer Project and Blue Point. The ones I hit were the Rockaway Brewing Company, Transmitter Brewing, Fifth Hammer Brewing and Iconic Brewing Company.

My first stop was Rockaway where I sampled their famous Hawaiian Pizza IPA [Indian Pale Ale]. The beer had a cold fresh pineapple flavor, embedded in the hops flavor of beer. It was a surprisingly refreshing concoction with a 6.8% alcohol content. The tap tender was Lauren Rymic, who also illustrated the Hawaiian IPA label.

I have the rest of the story written, but I need to convert it to web format and add photos which I'll do Tuesday. Stay tuned.


Small Business Week in Queens

NYC Small Business Services Commissioner in Sunnyside

May 1, 2018 / Sunnyside Neighborhood / Queens Business / Queens Neighborhoods / Queens Buzz NYC.

queens small business week queens small businessTuesday afternoon, the NYC Small Business Services Commissioner, Gregg Bishop, visited the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District [BID]. It was the SBS Commissioner's first visit in five years.

NYC City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Sunnyside Shines Board Chairman John Vogt and Executive Director Jaime-Faye Bean were on hand to meet the Commissioner. Jaime welcomed Gregg to Sunnyside, noting the progress that has been made by the Sunnyside BID over the past year [see Sunnyside Shines BID story for details].

Jimmy Van Bramer spoke next, quipping that it's always sunny in Sunnyside, as the sun was out today and the temperatures hit 80 degrees. Jimmy went on to note that he's allocated taxpayer dollars to support the BID in its efforts to promote and aid small businesses in the area. He also mentioned that some improvements were coming to the iconic Sunnyside marquee that stands at 46th Street and Queens Blvd.

Gregg closed out the public comments, applauding the efforts by the BID organization and the councilmember in helping maintain a robust small business sector in Sunnyside in spite of macro trends weighing in against small business. He told us that there are 230,000 small businesses in New York City and that they employ 3.7 million people which using the last census figures constitutes 45% of all New Yorkers' employment.

The Sunnyside BID organizers then hosted the Commissioner on a whistlestop tour of a few of the nearby businesses so that he could hear more about the issues they are facing and learn more about how NYC Small Business Services can help.

In the photo above in the front row, NYC City Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer is third from left, Sunnyside Shines Executive Director jamie Faye-Bean is fourth from left, NYC Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop is fifth from left. Sunnyside Shines Board Chairman John Vogt is in the second row standing between Gregg and Jaime.


5 Boro Bike Ride Returns Sunday

Bike New York Organizes NYC Bike Ride & Bike Expo New York

5 boro bike ride nyc new york bike expo nycApril 30, 2018 / Manhattan Neighborhoods / Bronx Neighborhoods / Queens Neighborhoods / Brooklyn Neighborhoods / Staten Island Neighborhoods / Gotham Buzz NYC.

This story includes information about the upcoming 5 Boro Bike Ride on Sunday, as well as the Bike Expo New York which precedes it on Friday & Saturday in Red Hook. As of this report, the temperatures are expected to be in the 60's and the chances of rain appear slim. But bear in mind that the forecast probability of 20% chance of rain last Friday, turned into rain on Saturday evening, so check the weather as we get closer in.

 

Bike New York 5 Boro Bike Ride Route

Since 1977, every first Sunday of May, Bike New York has organized and promoted the 5 Boro Bike Ride. The ride begins in lower Manhattan, sweeps northward across the Harlem River Bridge to the Bronx, circles back across the Third Avenue Bridge to Manhattan, where it begins its southward trek crossing the Queensboro Bridge into Queens, heading south to Brooklyn after a quick stop north to Astoria Park, and then comes down past the Brooklyn Navy Yards, continuing southward along the west side of 5 boro bike ride nyc new york bike expo nycBrooklyn, to the Verrazano Narrows Bridge where it crosses over to the Fort Wadsworth neighborhood in Staten Island before terminating in the St. George neighborhood at the Staten Island Ferry.

 

Proceeds from Non-Profit New York Bike Ride go Toward Sustainable Transportation Efforts

The now famous bike ride was capped at 32,000 riders I believe sometime in the 1990’s, where it still stands today. One report noted that the 5 Boro Bike ride is one of – if not the largest - non-profit bike rides in the nation. The proceeds go to Bike New York programs which are designed to teach people about sustainable transportation, most notably bicycle riding and bike maintenance and safety. Another report noted that the NYPD had considered [don’t know the outcome] charging the organization $1 million for erecting, maintaining and terminating road closures during the New York 40 mile family-friendly bike ride.

 

Bike New York Bicyclist Outreach in all Five NYC Boroughs

Bike New York has offices in all five NYC boroughs. In 2015 their cyclist safety and bike maintenance programs reached 15,000 New Yorkers. And they are the organizers of the Bike Expo New York being held at Pier 12 in Brooklyn on Friday and Saturday [see details in rest of this story].


LIC Real Estate Breakfast

LIC Partnership Event Discusses How LIC is Evolving

April 23, 2018 / Long Island City Neighborhood / LIC Real Estate Queens / Queens Buzz NYC.

lic real estate long island city real estate prices inventory lic queens nycA bit over a week ago, I attended the LIC Partnership Real Estate Breakfast at the Ravel Hotel just south of the Queenboro Bridge at Vernon Blvd.

I've been attending the event since 2010 and it's been interesting to watch Long Island City's twists and turns during its incredibly rapid transformation. In 2010 large developers and big money were streaming in with critical mass, real estate prices were rising incredibly rapidly and large six and seven digit real estate transactions were happening periodically - if not more often - in spite of some of the hangover uncertainty left by the W. Bush financial crisis of the Fall of 2008.

The audience at the breakfast was still comprised of a fair number of familiar local faces as well as an increasingly large number of new interested parties.

The LIC Partnership executive level management changed in 2013 and 2014 and we started receiving fairly comprehensive data about units approved for construction, units under construction and units built. The numbers went from the low single digits THOUSANDS to the high single digit thousands, cresting last year at 9,000 new units that were expected to be built. This year it's 3,000 units.

lic real estate long island city real estate prices inventory lic queens nycDuring this time the audience began to attract vast numbers of outside interested parties, comprised of financiers and real estate developers and brokers, and less of the familiar local faces.

This year there was something of a settling down of the big business interest, and what I'd call the emergence of a new set of familiar local faces [see photo above right]. The familiar local faces of the past included artists and independent businesspeople, while the new locals are those working for some of the new businesses which have come into the Long Island City neighborhood.

I'll have more on the LIC Real Estate Breakfast including photos, later this week.

The photo above shows the LIC Partnership Real Estate Breakfast panelists [from left to right] including Chris Doeblin - Owner of Book Culture, James Orsini - COO Vayner Media, David Scharfstein - Co-Founder Fifth Hammer Brewing Company, Charlie Stewart - Co-President & CFO Altice USA and moderator David Brause - President Brause Realty.


Spring Has Arrived

The Trees are Blooming and Warmer Weather is on its Way

historic richmond town staten island nycApril 17, 2018 / NYC Neighborhoods / Queens Buzz NYC.

This weeks our deciduous trees have begun budding and flowering. We can see the bright pea green buds and the white tree blossoms popping out everywhere. This unique period of springtime lasts only a week or two, so enjoy the majestic beauty while it lasts.

The photo to your right shows what is a very ordinary view of a back wall of apartment windows in NYC, as it comes alive with nature's beauty. The budding trees add oxygen during the day and carbon during the night to our atmosphere. And provide shelter from the hot sun during the summer and some privacy between neighbors as well.

So enjoy these magical week(s) as nature blossoms and our deciduous trees awake from their wintry slumber.


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How We Hear @ Rough Draft Theater Festival

New Play Explores the Changing Nature of our Political Dialogue

reynaldo piniella nyc actor photo lindsay tanner actress nyc photo rough draft festival laguardia performing arts center lic queensApril 9, 2018 / Long Island City Neighborhood LIC / LaGuardia Performing Arts Center / Experimental Theater in Queens / Queens Buzz NYC.

Last weekend I had an opportunity to watch one of the new plays performed at the 5th Rough Draft Festival at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in LIC. The play was entitled How We Hear by Emily Lyon.

It was an exploratory exposition of what how the American national dialogue has changed over the past century and a half [158 years] and it was as much an experience, as it was a performance.

What Lyon did with the next hour and half of our time was an interesting journey through selected excerpts of our national debate. But even more importantly, Lyon took us on an exploratory journey - including some real time processing - of how new forms of mass media, with the incredible proliferation of information venues and access, impacts our ability to have a honest dialogue about important issues facing our society in a way that everyday Americans are able to process.

Lincoln Douglas Debates @ LaGuardia Performing Arts Center

I arrived shortly before the performance began and found a seat not far from the stage. The performance was given a short introduction by Handan Ozbilgin, the Rough Draft Festival Director and shortly thereafter, one of the seven Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858 [August 21 – October 15] began. The debates were the first ever between two Senate candidates vying to for a U.S. Senate seat [Illinois]. They became an instant sensation, and became the forerunner of the platform upon which Lincoln would run for president in 1860. It’s worth noting that at the time the Senators were elected by state legislatures – not by a direct tally of state citizens’ votes.

 

How We Hear by Emily Lyon @ Rough Draft Festival

emily lyon playwright lpac rough draft festival 2018While Triney Sandoval, the Hispanic man who played Douglas, didn’t resemble Stephen Douglas facially, he was an actor and orator of the first degree, and comported himself as one might imagine Douglas. His elocution and diction were very precise, cadenced and reminiscent of an earlier age. And his Hispanic heritage, in what was – over a century and a half ago – an Anglicized age, seemed purposeful in adding an ethnic layer and some complexity, to what was possibly a simpler time.

Sandoval, as Douglas, talked about the Lecompton Constitution, which was one of the hot issues of the time. The Lecompton Constitution which was a competing, pro-slavery, constitution for the state of Kansas induction into the United States, which also explicitly stated that only white males would have the right to vote.

Ironically, Stephen Douglas, a Democrat, helped the Republicans defeat the pro-slavery constitution by aligning with the other northern Democrats who were against it. The southern Democrats were supportive of it.

 

States Rights Vs Human Rights: Early American Hypocrisy or Dialectic?

laguardia performing arts center rough draft festival licSandoval, as Douglas, then went on to accuse Lincoln and the Republican Party of that time of being a northern political party – not a national political party like the Democrats were. Douglas then cited excerpts from speeches made by Lincoln which seemed at odds with each other, where it appeared Lincoln appealed to the anti-slavery sentiment while giving speeches in northern cities like Chicago while appealing to the racial prejudice of the south, while in southern Illinois cities like Charleston [which is about the same latitude as St. Louis, Missouri and Kansas City] by stating that he did not support allowing Black men to become whites equals, citing they weren’t fit for the role of jurors and what not.

Stephen Douglas was a Democrat, but he wasn’t pro-slavery per se. He was for the rights of states to decide for themselves what institutions to create and how they should conduct their business. He noted that all of the Founding Fathers had kept their slaves through the Revolutionary War. And Douglas reminded voters of Lincoln’s speech in 1858 in Springfield, Illinois where he said that “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” And that one day the United States would either be all slave or all free.

CLICK here to read the rest of our report of the LaGuardia Performing Arts Rough Draft Festival performance of How We Hear.


Taste of LIC & Queens Restaurants

An Established Event Tries out New Venue & Welcomes Newcomers

queens restaurants lic restaurants long island city queens nycUpdated April 2, 2018 / June 6, 2017 / LIC Neighborhood & Astoria Neighborhood / LIC Restaurants / Queens Restaurants / Queens Buzz NYC.

About a week ago, the Chocolate Factory Theater Company announced the 13th annual Taste of LIC would be returning in June. I attended the 12th annual Taste of LIC at the Kaufman Astoria Studios Lot on 35th Avenue at 36th Street in Astoria / LIC. This was the first year the event was held away from its original waterfront venue under the gantries in Gantry State Park along the East River.

Sheila Lewandowski, one of the co-Founders of the Chocolate Factory Theater Company, told me that they made the change because the chefs weren’t allowed to cook in Gantry State Park. Now, on the Kaufman Astoria Studios Lot chefs can now do live performances of their cooking.

The Chocolate Factory Theater is an avant-garde dance and theater company that hosts live multi-media dance and theatrical performances in LIC. The non-profit theater company has organized the event since its inception. The proceeds help fund the organization’s work. Brian Rogers is the co-Founder of the Chocolate Factory, who we'll meet a bit later in this report.

I arrived about on time for the general admission and made my way in, perusing the entire scene before starting to photograph and sample my way through the tent.

I bumped into Steven Hitt, the Executive Director of the LaGuardia College Performing Arts Center. Steven mentioned that the dance troupe, Rioult, was planning to move into Queens in early 2018, and that they were currently in the process of setting up office space and studios not far from where we stood. Later in the evening he introduced me to Amy Harrison, the Executive Director of Rioult. Steven mentioned that the Joffrey Ballet Company also moved one of its programs to LIC, and is periodically using the LaGuardia College Performing Arts Center as a facility.

It seems while many of the independent artists have left LIC over the past five or so years, many other groups from Manhattan and Brooklyn have been making their way in. The Joffrey and Rioult dance companies have chosen LIC in lieu of Manhattan, due in part to the affordability, convenience and accessibility of the LIC location. I was to learn more of such migratory movements, as the night wore on.

I'll have the rest of this report later this month, including numerous photos of the event.


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Sunnyside Shines BID - Annual Meeting 2018

The Sunnyside BID Shines Brightly

Sunnyside Shines BID Holds Annual Meeting & Annual Recap

March 27, 2018 / Sunnyside Neighborhood / Queens Business / Queens Buzz NYC.

On Monday, Sunnyside Shines, the Business Improvement District organization serving Sunnyside held its annual meeting. The Sunnyside business improvement district includes Queens Blvd between 38th and 50th Streets and along Greenpoint Avenue from 50th to 42nd Streets and most points in between.

As you can see from the photo at right, the meeting was well attended. Somewhere in the neighborhood of fifty to one hundred people spent some time at the meeting, and I found it to be pretty informative regarding what's going on in the Sunnyside business community.

 

Sunnyside Shines BID Executive Director Jaime Faye-Bean & Board Chairman John Vogt

sunnyside shines bid sunnyside business improvement district queens nycSunnyside Shines BID Executive Director, Jaime-Faye Bean was there to present the BID’s annual results and she,along with John Vogt, Chairman of the Sunnyside Shines BID also presented a number of awards to community members for their contribution to the business district.

One of the things that struck me as I watched the events of the evening unfold, was the holistic approach to business development that the Sunnyside Shines BID had undertaken this past year. It struck me not just because there were so many people in attendance, but because of their enthusiasm, their achievements and the BID achievements in building momentum for the business district as a whole. You’ll see more clearly yourself as I describe the night.

I arrived a couple minutes late and Public Advocate Letitia James came to speak to the group about what her offices does and she encouraged the audience to contact her if they had any issues where they thought she and her office could help. According to Wikipedia, the NYC Office of Public Advocate,

“The Public Advocate is a non-voting member of the New York City Council with the right to introduce and co-sponsor legislation. … The Public Advocate also serves as an ombudsman for city government, providing oversight for city agencies, investigating citizens' complaints about city services and making proposals to address perceived shortcomings or failures of those services.”



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Queens World Film Festival 2018

Queens World Film Festival 2018 To Begin

The Queens World Film Festival Comes to the Museum of the Moving Image Astoria

March 12, 2018 / Astoria Neighborhood / Queens Neighborhoods / Film in Queens / Queens World Film Festival / Queens Buzz NYC.

The 8th annual Queens World Film Festival begins on Thursday, March 15th at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. This year the festival will run eleven days, present 189 films, from 36 countries, in three screening rooms at the Museum of the Moving Image and the Zukor Screening Room at KAS in Astoria.

Tickets cost $15 per show, which you can obtain online at http://www.queensworldfilmfestival.com, and you may obtain a discount of $3 [$12 per ticket] by inputting the promo code qwff8.

The photo at right shows a scene from one of the films, entitled Lilly Riggs, by Brooklyn filmmaker Naman Gupta, which I'll tell you about later in this report while providing highlights about several films in the eleven day event. The information contained in this report was collected from the Queens World Film Festival website and in an interview with the Queens World Film Festival Artistic Director, Don Cato, and the Executive Director, Katha Cato.

Click here for an overview of the schedule and films for the Queens World Film Festival 2018.



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Indie Cade 2018 at Museum of the Moving Image NYC

Museum of the Moving Image: Indie Cade 2018

MoMI Hosts Community of Evolving Video Art Gamers

February 26, 2018 / Astoria Neighborhood / Film & Video in Queens / Queens Neighborhoods / Queens Buzz NYC.

A week ago I attended the Indie Cade East gathering at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. I had been to previous Indie Cade events at the Museum of the Moving Image, and each time I go I try to find something new and different.

It was a relatively balmy February day as I made my way to the Museum of the Moving Image along 35th Avenue at 36th Street. There were people milling about outside, discussing video games, as I entered the museum.

Memories of Astoria Video Mural

Along the left side of the entrance lobby, there was a video mural running along the wall, made by a Brooklyn artist, Ezra Wube, which showed painted scenes of the Astoria neighborhood. And directly in front of me, people were engaged in video games and hanging out on the benches adjacent to the snack bar. After checking in, I headed into the main theater to see what was playing as it was only a couple hours before closing time on Sunday afternoon.

There were people watching and discussing a black and white video, which was a combination of modern video art and representations of nature. The video continually morphing into and out of the real / surreal depictions, accompanied by rhythmic acoustical music, providing a mind bending experience if you gave it time and let it in. Given my time constraints, I decided to continue into the rest of the Indie Cade event, as delving more deeply into this work would likely consume the rest of my visit.

Museum of the Moving Image – Indie Cade East Exhibits

On the second level there was an interactive video that worked a bit like a game show. The player would be prompted by pick up lines / questions that the video game maker had collected, and then prompted for a multiple-choice response. Generally one of the questions was quite rude, and if you chose that one, the game ended more quickly. I suppose a bit like in real life : ) as some of the pick up men in the game would flee – which as one woman told me – isn’t exactly like what happens in real life.

Within that exhibit space there was a video explaining how the game was made. I’m not sure if this is a part of the exhibit entitled Indie Cade Presents: A Decade of Design, so I’m not sure if it will remain at the Museum of the Moving Image as part of that exhibit which is scheduled to run through June 17th, 2018.



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Jessica Ramos Opens Campaign Office

IDC Member Jose Peralta Faces Serious Challenge This Year

queens things to doMarch 19, 2018 / Jackson Heights Neighborhood / Queens Politics / Queens Neighborhoods / Queens Buzz NYC.

It was a cool Sunday morning as I made my way over to the campaign office opening of Jessica Ramos in Jackson Heights. I parked my bike outside their 72nd and Broadway headquarters and began my march up to the fourth floor.

 

At the fourth floor landing the door opened into a very bright, sunlit room that seemed to reflect the mood of the people in it. Jessica Ramos, a former Ethnic Media & Outreach staff member of the de Blasio Administration, was staking out a position in what appears to be a serious challenge to NY Senator Jose Peralta.

IDC - Republicans Running as Democrats?

I was greeted warmly by the folks inside, who appeared to be a combination of Jessica Ramos's family, friends, neighbors and interested supporters. All of them, appeared to be interested in sending NYS Senator Jose Peralta home from Albany, as they opined how Peralta had betrayed not just them – but all Democrats – by becoming an Independent Democratic Caucus member. In January 2017 NYS Senator Jose Peralta joined the Independent Democratic Caucus [aka IDC] which has aligned itself with the Republicans in Albany, thereby giving the Republicans control of the NYS Senate.

In the photo at right, some of the folks who attended the campaign office opening of Jessica Ramos who is challenging Jose Peralta for the NYS Senate seat representing Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst, Elmhurst and Corona.

More to come later today or this week.


Queens Chamber Hosts Tax Seminar

Accountants From Mazars Provide Overview of Tax Changes

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Last Thursday I headed over to the Bulova Corporate Center to attends a free tax seminar hosted by the Queens Chamber of Commerce. The seminar content was targeted toward small and medium sized businesses and their owners, in an effort to help folks navigate and plan their way through the new tax law changes.

The presenters included Mazars Partner James Wienclaw; and Senior Managers Donald Crotty and Michael Pappas. Mazars is an organisation specializing in audit, accountancy, tax, legal and advisory services. All three men are Certified Public Accountants [CPA’s] and the presentation took about two hours, including questions.

 

Tax Reform Plan of 2017 Includes Many Changes

Per an audience member request, we started with the Individual Tax Provisions. Generally the tax reform plan, entitled the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, kept the seven tax rate brackets, but generally lowered the tax rates for all brackets queens tax plan preparation impacts nycexcept the lowest bracket – which includes singles earning up to $9525. The plan did not extract the 3.8% tax which funds the Affordable Care Act [aka Obamacare].

To partially offset the tax rate reductions, many itemized deductions were scaled back. Perhaps one of the most significant changes in deductions was that they set a limit for deductions for state and local taxes at $10,000.

Based on research I had done around the time of the Tax Reform plan enactment, this part of the tax plan will most negatively impact taxpayers in Democratic states like New York and California - both of which already contribute more to the federal coffers than they receive.

Click this link to view the OpEd report we posted just prior to the passage of the Trump Tax Plan to see an Atlantic Monthly chart showing what every state receives back on each dollar sent to Washington, D.C. [scroll down, it's near the end of the story].

As you can see in the Kiplinger map at right, as a general rule the Republican states are the net recipients of federal government funding, while the Democratic states are the net contributors into the federal coffers. There's some irony there, as it's generally the Republicans who complain the most about welfare.

We’ll post the rest of our report on this presentation later this week, and it's worth viewing as there were a number of major tax law changes.


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Chinese New Year Parade - Flushing Queens NYC

Queens Chinese New Year Parade & Celebrations in Flushing

The Year 4716, or the Year of the Dog, has Begun

February 19, 2018 / Flushing Neighborhood / Queens Holidays / Flushing Chinese New Year Parade & Celebrations / Queens Buzz NYC.

On Saturday I made my way east to Flushing to watch the Chinese New Year parade in Flushing. The Flushing neighborhood of Queens rivals the Chinatown neighborhood in Manhattan for the leading center of Chinese culture in New York City and along the East Coast of the United States.

The photo at right shows a few of the 'dogs' celebrating the year of the dog in the Flushing Chinese New Year Parade.

 

Flushing Chinese New Year Parade 2018

The parade kicked off at 11 am just east of the Queens Crossing Mall at Main Street and 39th Avenue. They headed south along Union Street, west along Sanford Street, before heading north along Main Street terminating just after passing the Queens Crossing Mall.

Literally thousands participate in the parade itself and likely north of 10,000 spectators come out to watch the grand cultural celebration. Participants march in groups, dressed in traditional costumes, harking back to ancient times. And there were also many floats, which were generally associated with local businesses and organizations.

The Flushing Chinese New Year parade is an evolving cultural event as Korean and Japanese marchers and floats also participate in the parade. And in the last few years I’ve noticed westerners marching dressed in traditional costumes, possibly as cross cultural / Americanized couples and friends join in the fun.



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Flushing Historic House Tour - Historic Sites Queens History NYC

Flushing History: Walking Through American Colonial History in Queens

America’s Colonial History Comes Alive in the 30th Historic House Tour in Flushing Queens

December 12, 2017 / Flushing Neighborhood / Flushing History in American Colonial Queens / Queens Buzz NYC.

This past Sunday, six historic sites in Flushing and one in the Corona neighborhood of Queens, coordinated to host the 30th annual Holiday Historic House Tour. For four hours visitors were invited into Queens colonial, as well as 19th century [1800’s] pasts, in the neighborhood of Flushing. The 20th century Louis Armstrong House in Corona, also participates in this event.

The map at right shows the Queens historic sites participating in the Holiday Historic House Tour in Flushing this past weekend.

It had snowed the day before, but it was only a few inches and by Sunday most of it had pretty much gone away. It was sunny with temperatures in the low 40’s, so not a bad day for walking around Flushing. The group of historic sites has it set up so you can either buy the one ticket to see all seven sites, in advance, online [$15] – or purchase the ticket on the day of the event from any one of the historic sites wherever you start your self-guided historic tour [$20].

The first two stops are by far and away the two most significant sites, as together they represent one of the most important cornerstones of the Bill of Rights in the American Constitution – religious freedom. So let us delve into America’s colonial past in Queens, starting with the Bowne House and the Friends Meeting House.

Click here to continue reading our report about our American colonial past in Flushing, as seen on the Queens History - Flushing Historic House Tour.



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Queens Borough President State of the Borough Address 2018

Queens State of the Borough Address 2018

Katz Delivers Her Fourth State of the Borough Address

January 29, 2018 / Astoria Neighborhood / Queens Politics & Government / Queens Neighborhoods / Queens Buzz NYC.

I headed over to the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School on a rather balmy January morning last Friday. The temperatures were unseasonably high in the 50’s and it was dry.

I arrived a bit late for the speech, so I watched it on Youtube over the weekend. The first eleven minutes included introductory performances and speeches, including the Pledge of Allegiance, a singing of the National Anthem, a brief thanks by Gideon Frankel the Principal of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School, and a call out to the local pols in attendance by Deputy Borough President Melva Miller.

What U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer Didn't Say was Notable

u.s. senator chuck schumer ny photoAs far as I know, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer was not given any advance billing as being one of the speakers today, but he came onto the stage and spoke to us. For a moment I thought we might hear why he had decided to take the Democrats into a showdown about a federal government shutdown with President Trump less than a week ago [Friday, January 19th], and why he then backed off that negotiating stance less than three days later, agreeing to reopen the government by midday Monday, January 22nd.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Schumer Mentions Support for Dreamers & Immigrants, but Not a Word About the Government Shutdown Showdown

But U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer didn’t say a word to us about the shutdown per se, less than a week after it had all gone down. I couldn’t help but wonder why?

Was the shutdown: 1) a part of the growing theatrics of the federal government - as a bid to demonstrate Democratic solidarity with immigrants and Dreamers, or 2) a real effort to win concessions from the Republicans for immigrants, or 3) an ill-planned showdown that only took into account the bi-coastal Democratic leadership [Democratic Senate Minority Leader Schumer - NY & Democratic House Minority Leader Pelosi - CA] that represents densely populated urban areas with large immigrant populations, while ignoring the constituencies represented by Democrats who come from states that are more rural and suburban, and have small immigrant populations?

Schumer was on stage for a bit less than 15 minutes and in that time he told us about how he had cared for his elderly father who now lives in Queens. He referenced Melinda’s second term in office as the ‘peaceful passing of the torch’ which didn’t make a whole lot of sense because Katz is moving from her first to second term so there's no real torch passing going on. And he credited Katz with bringing ferry service to the borough, which I am sure she helped lobby, but which at its core was a Mayoral action. Schumer's visit was not hailed in advance, and he seemed a bit unprepared, so I wondered why he'd decided to speak, and whether he’d been rattled by the events of the prior week?

U.S. Senator Schumer concluded by telling us a story about how Ben Franklin and the framers of the Constitution were concerned about whether the people would actively participate in their own democracy, and whether a self governance system would attract honest candidates / office holders to serve. He then told us that he thought that the politicians on the stage, and the people in the audience today, were proof that both were working.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz State of the Borough Address 2018

Queens Borough President Katz followed U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer. She talked about having recently completed ACL reconstructive surgery.

She said that during her first term the Community Board membership in Queens has undergone a huge transformation with 30% of the members being new.

There are three ways to view the significant change in the composition of the community boards: 1) it’s a fresh influx of new blood that represents some of the demographic changes going on in the borough, or 2) a huge loss of experienced community board members, possibly replaced by political appointees, thus creating an easier path for real estate developers to obtain variance approvals, or 3) both.

I don't yet know which it is, but I reckon over time, it should become more clear to us all.



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Mother's Day Restaurants In Queens

Mother's Day Restaurants In Queens

Mother's Day Restaurants in Astoria, LIC, Sunnyside, Woodside & Jackson Heights

Queens Restaurants / May. Mother's Day is less than one week away. It's a good time to let your loved one know you care. Flowers, gifts and brunch or dinner are always welcome, as is any thoughtful gesture that provides some measure showing your appreciation of your mother or the mother of your children. After all, without mothers, we would all cease to be.

It's best to book a restaurant reservation for Mother's Day brunch, as on Mother's Day in Queens, many restaurants are full. So if you're thinking about eating out at a restaurant this Mother's Day in Astoria, LIC, Jackson Heights, Sunnyside, Woodside or Flushing; it's best to do your research early, and call ahead to book Mother's Day restaurant reservations.

Mother's Day History - Restaurants In Queens

The origins of Mother's Day in the United States began with the efforts by Anna Jarvis in honor of her own mother. According to Wikipedia, Anna began the campaign in 1905 - the year her mother died - and in 1910 West Virginia was the first state to adopt it as a holiday. In 1914 Woodrow Wilson made the second Sunday in May as a national holiday to honor mothers.

Click this link to view a brief guide of Mother's Day restaurants in Queens 2016 where you will find links to Queens restaurants we've reviewed. The restaurants we've reviewed include a mix of high, medium and budget priced restaurants that are spread throughout the borough and offer a large variety of ethnic cuisines. Enjoy.



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Astoria Furniture Stores Have It All - Queens

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The furniture stores located on the southern end of Steinway Street in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens seem to have something to offer to just about everyone. This part of Steinway is a furniture shopper's mecca, offering plenty of choices from classical colonial, to urban apartment living to bedding to suit nearly every spine.

I took a quick trip there, which is easily accessible via the N, W, G, R or V subway lines and within a sturdy walking distance from Long Island City, Astoria, Sunnyside and Woodside. Just up the street from Steinway is Broadway and two blocks further north is 30th Avenue, where you'll find a number of great Queens restaurants where after a good morning or afternoon of shopping, you can kick back in an enjoyable ambiance - or in the good weather along one of the sidewalk tables - ane enjoy a bit of coffee and some delicious food. Click here to learn more about the furniture stores in Astoria Queens.


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Esquire Men's Clothing Store continues to serve the greater Astoria and Queens area, as it has for over thirty years. The shop is owned and managed by Frank and Kevin Adhami, and their father, who is in his eighties, still visits the store on an almost weekly basis.

Esquire is located along Steinway Street between 30th and 31st streets. The store contains a wide selection of men's coats, suits, casual wear, shoes and men's accessories like belts and ties.

This story will provide some information about the store itself as well as fashion recommendations for the Spring and for job hunters.

Click this link to view a story written on Men's Clothing In Astoria Queens NY. Click here for men's clothing stores in NYC, and here to buy Stone Rose shirts in NYC, and here to buy Alberto pants in NYC, and here to buy Eton shirts and here to buy Hugo Boss sneakers in NYC. Click here for Astoria / LIC Queens tile stores serving Brooklyn, Greenpoint & Williamsburg or here for abayas in Queens & Brooklyn NYC and for hijabs in Queens & Brooklyn NYC.


Queens Farmers Markets

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Jackson Heights was the first year 'round farmers market in Queens, Forest Hills was the second year 'round farmers market, and Sunnyside was the third year 'round farmers market in Queens. So now Queens has three farmers markets operating year 'round and nearly a dozen seasonal farmers markets.

Click the link below to see a listing of the Queens Farmers Markets operating during the rest of the 2018 season including links to maps. Click the other link below for an updated list of Queens Street Fairs schedule of 2018 through the first couple of months of the 2018 season, including dates and maps showing their locations. We will continue updating and adding to the street fair calendar throughout the season.

Click here for our updated posting of Queens Street Fairs - Queens NY. Click here for a listing of the Queens Farmers Markets. You will always find both street fairs and farmers markets for the current month in the Queens Events section of the site [see top tool bar for button / link]. Click here to view the map of the Jamaica farmers market. Click here for Bronx street fairs.


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LIC Real Estate Boom Appears to be Slowing

A Near Doubling of New Units Coming on the Market this Year, so there Appears to be a Pause, as Investors see how Quickly the Market Adjusts to the new Inventory & new Interest Rates

March 28, 2017 / LIC Neighborhood / Queens Real Estate in LIC / Queens Buzz.

lic partnership real estate breakfast lic partnershipI attended the LIC Partnership Real Estate Breakfast just over a week ago. For the first time in a long while, I could actually find a seat. There had been a snowstorm the day before, so that may have contributed to my luck in finding a seat, but the event also did not appear to sell out as quickly as in prior years either.

This is not to say that LIC development is over ... and likely not by a long shot. But for the moment, the urgency seems to be abating as we all watch to see how things play out; while another 22,000 modern, fairly upscale apartment units come on the market.

According to the LIC Partnership, in the past decade nearly 12,000 new units have been created in LIC. Of those, less than 3,000 were sold to owners. In 2017 nearly 9,000 new units are coming into the market.

The principles of economics state that when supply goes up, if demand doesn't go up by an equal amount, then it is likely that prices will go down. So it's likely that a near doubling of new apartment supply in LIC this coming year could dampen rental prices for a while, and possibly sale prices too.

Interest rates are also rising. And again according to the principles of economics, when interest rates rise, generally the prices of high dollar value purchases decline, because interest rate increases add to the cost of the monthly payments associated with large purchases like real estate.

More regarding the discussion held at the LIC Partnership Real Estate Breakfast - which as always was very informative - at a later date.


Queens Real Estate

Real Estate in Astoria, Jackson Heights, Long Island City LIC, Sunnyside, Woodside, Flushing, Jamaica

queens real estateQueens NY / 2017. These links will take you into sections & reports on the Queens real estate market in Queens beginning in 2009.

These reports include reviews of apartment rental prices, as well as condo, co-op and home prices and availability in the Queens market.

We have also done neighborhood specific reports about Astoria real estate, LIC / Long Island City real estate, Jackson Heights real estate, Woodside & Sunnyside real estate, Flushing Real Estate and Jamaica Real Estate. Click here to view Long Island City apartments for rent LIC.

While we found these neighborhoods mirrored / trailed many of the national trends, we found some interesting differences, including differences from neighborhood to neighborhood.

Click here to read the Queens Real Estate market analysis 2009. Click here for Jackson Heights realtors and Jackson Heights real estate.


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Trump Tax Plan: A Morally Bankrupt President’s Gift?

Are Billionaires Trump & Murdoch Bilking America’s Unborn Babies?

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Like many of you, I have been watching the Trump Tax plan make its way through Congress. While Trump and his cohorts were whipping together the tax package, I was doing research on the possible implications of some of their tax policy proposals.

According to an October 20, 2017 PolitiFact report [based on the plan at that time, which has since been modified],

"... in the first year of changes, the top 1 percent are projected to draw a little over half the tax savings. The threshold of 80 percent going to the top 1 percent is projected for the tenth year."

While directionally this statement is likely to hold [meaning the plan is biased toward the rich], the exact numbers as to how biased the Trump Tax Plan will be for the wealthy - based on the final bill - remains to be calculated.

In this report we look at a number of tax cuts included in the final bill including repatriation of overseas profits, reduction of the estate tax, reduction of the corporate tax and the blue vs red state tax increase. We include a review questioning why the Trump Administration is pushing this deficit expanding / debt increasing fiscal stimulus package - when we're in a full employment economy with rising wages. We also include how the Trump Tax Cut Plan has been treated propagandistically by Rupert Murdoch's media outlets, as he appears to personally and corporately benefit immensely from the tax cuts.

But before we begin, we take you on a quick review at some key characteristics and prior dealings of the man behind the plan – Donald J. Trump.


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