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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Alfonso Quiroz for City Council District 25
« Last post by Jeffsayyes on June 11, 2021, 06:16:54 AM »
earbears please stop
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Alfonso Quiroz for City Council District 25
« Last post by earbears on June 10, 2021, 06:41:10 PM »
Activist Valerie Bell Who Lost Her Son in a Police Shooting Endorsed Alfonso Quiroz for City Council

Activist Valerie Bell, whose son was killed by police 15 years ago, has endorse candidate Alfonso Quiroz for the District 25 City Council seat.

Bell, the mother of Sean Bell, said Quiroz will help reform law enforcement and keep communities safe in New York City if elected to the Council. She said she was proud to endorse him.

“I am confident Alfonso Quiroz is the right voice for the residents of Jackson Heights and Elmhurst,” she said. “Alfonso understands that we must reform law enforcement, stand up for justice and keep our communities safe.”

Sean Bell was 23-years-old when he was killed on the morning of his wedding day, Nov. 25, 2006, after leaving his bachelor party at a nightclub in Jamaica. Plainclothes officers fired more than 50 shots into his car after thinking his friend had a gun.

Sean Bell died in the shooting and three of the five officers involved in the shooting faced criminal charges, but were ultimately acquitted.

Valerie Bell founded Mothers of Never Again (MONA) following her son’s death and has been an activist for police reform for seven years.

“Valerie Bell shows her character every day by turning her grief over the loss of her son into action on behalf of other New Yorkers,” Quiroz said. “She has dedicated herself to ending police violence, which too often takes the life of young people of color here in New York City and across the nation.”

Quiroz’s platform on policing and criminal justice includes advocating for community-based policing, decriminalizing low-level offenses, ending the incarceration of people for low-level drug offenses and increasing funding for youth programs. He also opposes U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) having a presence in local neighborhoods.

“We need to let the many good police officers in our city do their jobs and hold accountable those who abuse our trust,” Quiroz said.

The candidate has also been endorsed by former State Senator and City Council Member Thomas Duane; former State Senator and New York City Council Member representing District 25 John Sabini; New York State Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell; the LGBTQ Victory Fund; Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City and former New York State Governor David Paterson among others.

He is one of eight candidates running to replace Council Member Daniel Dromm, who is term-limited.
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Restaurants & Food / Re: Best outdoor dining in the neighborhood?
« Last post by pynchoff on June 10, 2021, 07:29:04 AM »
Sripraphai has a beautiful back garden and of course, great food.
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Neighborhood Chat / Queens Memory on Jackson Heights
« Last post by NYer1008 on June 09, 2021, 11:23:42 PM »
Queens Memory Project recently streamed the last in a 3-part series of tours around Jackson Heights during the COVID-19 pandemic. The earlier videos were posted in mid-March and early February. They can all be viewed on Queens Memory Project's Facebook page.

May 25: facebook.com/121521337947823/videos/253682473175784
March 16: facebook.com/121521337947823/videos/543896936581858
Feb 4: facebook.com/121521337947823/videos/415307969754549
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Restaurants & Food / Re: Queens Foodie Links
« Last post by atervooren on June 08, 2021, 06:30:08 PM »
toddg I think the post from JHResident about foodstrolls covering the neighborhood would be good to include in Walking Tours.  They do walking tours all over NYC, but have a bunch in JH/Corona.  Also have several articles other than the one JHResident posted.  Here are two more, and a link to their walking tours.

https://foodstrolls.com/strolls/an-afternoon-in-corona-park
https://foodstrolls.com/strolls/best-of-the-best-in-central-queens
https://foodstrolls.com/private-tours
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Painted security gates
« Last post by itsit on June 08, 2021, 01:45:36 PM »
The city does have a program for this!! Applications due on June 28th. Casals name is on it. But we are not NYCHA though maybe there is some way around it for 37th ave??

https://artbridge.submittable.com/submit/8027db7f-4e5e-4221-b2fa-ed0697fdfc1e/city-artist-corps-bridging-the-divide
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Painted security gates
« Last post by ClydeM on June 08, 2021, 12:49:56 PM »
Just wanted to add that the commissioner of the NYC DCA, Gonzalo Casals, lives in Jackson Heights. Maybe someone knows him.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Painted security gates
« Last post by ClydeM on June 08, 2021, 12:45:57 PM »
I like this idea a lot, but the artists would absolutely need to get paid. I think that Queens Council for the Arts might have a grant for initiatives like this. The NYC Department of Cultural affairs does but a qualifying community based 501(C)3 would need to apply.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Painted security gates
« Last post by abcdefghijk on June 08, 2021, 12:12:13 PM »
Bushwick has a lot of this. And it's awesome.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Finally, a Community Center!!!
« Last post by itsit on June 08, 2021, 10:44:13 AM »
 Love, love, love Make the Road and their ideas for a community center are great! A big difference is that they are not tending towards physical activity, senior activities, dance classes or many other activities that the NYC centers do in other neighborhoods. Check out some of those listed by me previously. Make the Road as a group are excellent fundraisers though, and that is another thing to praise them for as they bring in the $$$. Their work with immigration is stellar. Look at the recent ads on NY1 for Sunnyside Community Services and see how welcoming and diverse in range of activities they are for a typical NYC center and their facility is not fancy in the least!
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