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1.Lent Riker Homestead - Jackson Heights NY
Lent Riker Homestead In Jackson Heights The Lent Riker Homestead is located in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens NY.  The home is believed to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited private dwellings in New York City.   It was built in 1654 as a one room house by a Dutch settler named Abraham Riker. Click here to view the rest of the story on the Lent Riker Homestead in Jackson Heights.
Published Monday, September 8, 2008 11:15 pm

2.Lent Riker Homestead - Jackson Heights
Lent Riker Homestead In Jackson Heights This map shows the location of the Lent Riker Homestead in the Jackson Heights section of Queens NY. The Lent Riker Homestead is the oldest continuously inhabited Dutch Farmhouse in New York City.
Published Sunday, January 18, 2009 4:48 pm

3.Lent Riker Homestead Jackson Heights - Colonial Houses Homes in Queens NYC
The Lent Riker Homestead The Jackson Heights Jewel ... Home of Art, Theater & History November 12, 2017 / Jackson Heights Neighborhood & Astoria Neighborhood / Jackson Heights & Astoria History Queens / Queens Buzz NYC. On a Saturday afternoon in late October I made my way north to the Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead on 19th Road near 77th Street which is a stones throw from LaGuardia Airport. Most folks think of the home as being in historic Jackson Heights, but technically it's located in the East Elmhurst neighborhood. I had arranged to meet Marion Duckworth Smith, the owner and historic curator of the 1656 American Colonial home. The home, and an expansive yard which includes a family cemetery, is tucked away behind a wall of nature which gives the effect of passing through a time warp when you enter into the yard / home. Marion provides a sort of genteel colonial charm which is both aristocratic and democratic in the same sitting. After brief introductions we started talking about the Rikers, the trials and joy of living in an historic home and pretty much everything else. In the photo above right stands Marion Duckworth Smith in the doorway leading to the main parlor in the historic, American Colonial, Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead. The Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead & Marion Duckworth Smith Marion was a photographer and a "Funny Face" model who met Michael Smith in the 1970's. They started dating in 1979 and on the second date Michael introduced Marion to a home he had purchased from a Riker descendant, which dated back to pre-revolutionary colonial times. Marion and Michael married and the home had finally attracted someone willing to give it the attention and care needed following what was possibly a century or more of neglect. Marion became a combination of urban archeologist, Riker / Colonial historian and historic home / museum curator over the next four decades. And since her husband Michael's death on November 21, 2010, she added historic actress / colonial tour guide to her repertoire. Marion and I sat in the main parlor for a bit talking about how she'd first come to the home and about her journey of discovery surrounding it ever since. While we talked, descendants of the Riker family were on their way to join us, having come from Texas to visit the home. CLICK here to read the rest of our report on the Lent Riker Homestead in Jackson Heights - colonial homes in Queens NYC.
Published Saturday, April 14, 2018 9:14 pm

4.Greater Astoria Historical Society - Astoria / LIC Long Island City
Greater Astoria Historical Society Astoria. The Greater Astoria Historical Society has been serving the community for decades. Bob Singleton has been one of a core group of people who have dedicated themselves to keeping the history of the area alive. On Saturday, February 21st I had the opportunity to visit the society for a book signing of 'Queens: Past And Present' by author Jason D. Antos [shown in photo above]. Click here to read / view a brief overview of the Greater Astoria Historical Society and its programs. While technically the society is located in LIC / Long Island City, it is closer to the Astoria neighborhood restaurants and businesses, which is why we include it here [the Quinn Building is located two blocks into LIC / Long Island City].
Published Tuesday, February 24, 2009 11:08 pm

5.Rikers Island Closing Queens & Bronx - Neighborhood Jails in Brooklyn Bronx Manhattan Queens & not Staten Island
Closure of Rikers Island Moves Another Step Forward In Oct 2019 NYC Council Designated Neighborhood Jail Locations in Four Boroughs Community Board One in Astoria Only Approved the Closure of Rikers Island January 26, 2020 / Bronx Neighborhoods / Queens Neighborhoods / Queens Politics / Bronx Politics & Government / Queens Buzz NYC & Bronx Buzz NYC. A week ago, on Tuesday, January 21st I attended the Community Board One meeting at the Astoria World Manor where the board was asked to approve the closing of the Rikers Island Detention Facility effective sometime before the end of the year 2026. The photo at right was taken from an airplane while landing at LaGuardia in a prior year. Rikers Island Correctional Facility is a stone's throw away from LGA.   Queens Community Board One in Astoria Votes on Rikers Closure The presentation consisted of two slides. One highlighted the social / moral blight that Rikers Island had become. The second slide simply proposed the request in very limited terms - the closing of Rikers Island and the conversion of it to a ‘public place’. The presentation to the Committee was done by a team lead by Dana Kaplan, Deputy Director of the NYC Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice. So please note that the Community Board had no role in the placement of neighborhood jails, nor did they sign off on anything that may become of Rikers Island going forward. They only approved the closing of the Correctional Facility and the allowance of use for it as a "public place". I spoke with CB1 District Manager Florence Kolouris after the meeting about what exactly that meant. She told me that there isn’t any definition, per se, given for public place – but a couple of examples of prior public places include Lincoln Center, Fort Totten and Queens Borough Hall. The Community Board approved the measure with a recommendation that CB1 be kept in the loop throughout the closing process, including any demolition. Plenty of questions followed regarding what would become of the 400 acre island. Nothing concrete was proposed at this time, but the audience was assured that any changes would have to come through the Community Board via the ULURP process [Uniform Land Use Review Procedure].   The Bronx & Queens - Rikers Island Community Jurisdiction & Prison Population It’s worth noting that technically Rikers Island is a part of the Bronx – not Queens – even though the only road traveling onto the island originates in the Astoria / East Elmhurst neighborhoods of Queens. In addition to Queens Community Board One, Bronx Community Board Two, representing the Hunts Point neighborhood, also has influence over the island. Since the Dinkins Administration in the 1990's, there's been a floating barge facility that's docked in Hunts Point, that is considered a part of the Rikers Island Correctional Facility. Currently there are an estimated 7,000 plus inmates on Rikers Island. At its height, in 1991, Rikers Island held an estimated overcapacity inmate population of nearly 22,000. By the time the facility is to be closed in 2026, the inmate population is expected to have declined to between 3,000 and 4,000. The photo at right shows the Rikers Island Correctional Facility which will be closed by the end of 2026. CLICK here to read the rest of our report on the Rikers Island closing in Queens & the Bronx approved by Community Board One in Astoria / Queens. The designated Rikers replacement jail sites in four of the five boroughs was approved in an October NYC Council meeting.
Published Sunday, January 26, 2020 3:57 pm

6.Queens History - History of Queens NY
Queens History Queens NY / Queens Buzz. This is a summary of some of Queens History, particularly focused on some of the sites and attractions still in existence today in Queens NY. This report about Queens history includes LIC Long Island City, Astoria, Sunnyside, Woodside, Flushing, Jamaica, Forest Hills, Corona, Elmhurst. The report includes photos of some of the historic sites in Astoria, Long Island City, Sunnyside, Flushing, Jackson Heights and Jamaica as well. Click here for a report on some of Queens history.        
Published Wednesday, June 24, 2009 10:12 pm

7.Queens District Attorney Candidates 2019
First Impressions at the Queens DA Forum Lugo Arrives Late, Katz Leaves Early, Nieves Rambles, Lasak is Most Experienced in the Current Way of Doing Things, Lancman is an Articulate Politician Who was Knowledgeable but not Experienced, and Caban seemed Articulate, with Relevant Experience & a Vision for the Future April 29, 2019 / Jackson Heights Neighborhood / Queens Neighborhoods / Queens Politics & Government / News Analysis & Opinion / Queens Buzz NYC. I attended a forum for the candidates running for the Queens District Attorney's Office at the Jackson Heights Jewish Center in Queens this evening. Six candidates came to the Meet the Candidates forum for the Queens District Attorney at the Jackson Heights Jewish Center on Monday night. The center was filled with folks interested in learning more about the candidates seeking to replace outgoing Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, who has occupied the office for nearly 30 years [1991]. To many the Queens District Attorney's Office is in dire need of reform. Others cite the generally low crime rates in Queens in the outgoing District Attorney's defense.   Two Local Politicians & a Private Practice Attorney Vie for the Job Two politicians, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and NYC Councilmember Rory Lancman, are running for the office, presenting themselves as reform candidates, who don't have any experience as criminal prosecutors or defenders - but who have borough-wide name recognition, political connections and wealthy donor contributors - who claimed that the first two of these three characterizations, will enable them to reform the system. Unlike the other three candidates present at the forum [Lugo came late and hence we have no response from her], these two politicians said they do accept contributions from Political Action Committees or Real Estate Developers. And both of these candidates, in additon to their government experience have also - for a time - been practicing civil [not criminal] court attorneys. Another candidate, Betty Lugo, has criminal justice experience that seems to have started and ended in the 1980's. Ever since she has been a partner in a Latina law firm, and according to her website, she seems to be a well connected attorney who participates in a multitude of organizations.   The Candidates Who Have the Education, Experience & Careers Working in the Criminal Justice System I found one of the candidates, Jose Nieves, to be a sleepy speaker, seeming to take us in the audience on a circuitous journey before making his point - if a relevant point was ever made at all. But I visited his website and he has what looks to be a solid resume, with relevant education and experience including eleven years experience working in the Brooklyn DA's Office [ending in 2011]. Since then, Nieves has done several two to three year gigs with the FAA, the City Department of Corrections and the NYS Attorney General. But on the night I saw him, that knowledge and experience didn't seem to come through. The two candidates that most impressed me were former Judge Gregory Lasak, who has 35 years experience working in various capacities in the criminal justice system. He seems very well qualified. And last but not least, Tiffany Caban. Tiffany Caban introduced herself as a gay attorney, with seven years experience as a Legal Aid attorney and Public Defender who has tried over 1,000 cases. She says she wants to reform the justice system by using the Queens District Attorney office to address and correct the behavior of small time offenders, so she can shift resources to go after the real criminals in society who oftentimes get off free. Harassment Landlords are a Repeated Topic of Conversation One group of offenders, harassment landlords, was highlighted several times during the forum. These landlords attempt to harass tenants out of the rent stabilized apartments in their buildings, so the landlords can take possession of the rent stabilization benefit that is rightfully the tenants - not the owners' - and make outsized illegal profits by monetizing the government benefit as their own. It seems to me that harassment landlords are guilty of attempted grand larceny - given that the differential value of a rent stablized apartment vis a vis a similar free market apartment - can easily be worth a quarter to a half million dollars per unit over a ten or twenty year time period. There are three more Queens District Attorney forums this week, and several more in May - including a debate on May 15th at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. CLICK here to read the rest of our report on the Queens DA candidates debates - candidates running for Queens District Attorney, including the dates, times and locations of the forums to be held this week.
Published Monday, April 29, 2019 11:12 pm

8.Jackson Heights Map / Elmhurst Neighborhood Map / Things To Do In Jackson Heights Queens
Jackson Heights & Elmhurst Maps - Overview Click to view two maps of Jackson Heights & Elmhurst: 1) Map of shops and restaurants in Jackson Heights & Elmhurst with links to shop home pages or stories on this site and / or 2) Map of Cultural Attractions in Jackson Heights & Elmhurst most for which there are reports about them to be found on this site. Click here to view Jackson Heights & Elmhurst Maps - Shops, Restaurants and Cultural Attractions in Jackson Heights & Elmhurst Queens.  It's also a map of things to do in Jackson Heights Queens.
Published Monday, September 8, 2008 9:02 pm

9.Elmhurst / Jackson Heights Shopping Center & Map
Jackson Heights Shopping Center Shops and Shopping In Jackson Heights This page contains home page links, contact info, maps for stores and shops located in Jackson Heights & Elmhurst, Queens. Click here to view places to Shop & Shopping in Jackson Heights & Elmhurst.
Published Wednesday, December 31, 2008 6:51 pm

10.Events In Queens - September 2008
Queens Events - September 2008 This was a calendar of things to do in Queens for the month of September 2008.
Published Tuesday, September 2, 2008 8:48 pm

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