Professional Photographer Seeks Diverse Volunteers for ‘A Great Day in Queens’
Image of Residents at the Unisphere to Celebrate Borough’s Unity
(March 5, 2018) History repeats itself! On Aug. 12, 1958, Art Kane, a freelance photographer on assignment for Esquire magazine, took a photo of 57 jazz musicians in front of a brownstone at 17 E. 126th St. in Manhattan. Dubbed “A Great Day in Harlem,” the black-and-white image of Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and other legends symbolized the genre and neighborhood.
Fast forward to May 19, 2018, and Art’s son, Jonathan Kane, is going to honor the 60th anniversary of his father’s iconic photograph by taking his own visual portrait of Queens residents in front of the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Jonathan, a photographer/musician, lives in the international Jackson Heights neighborhood, and his image will depict the borough’s unprecedented ethnic diversity. (Wearing the traditional garments of their heritages will be encouraged, but not required.)
“It’s long been a dream of mine to recreate the image, but with a social and conceptual twist,” said Jonathan, who has been shooting location photography and producing video for the automotive and trucking industries since 2008. “Queens is the most diverse county on the planet. We speak more than 100 languages, we profess countless faiths and creeds, and best of all, we get along! We are living and celebrating everything that’s great about America every day, and it’s time to share that with the world in a bold and dynamic way.”
Working with the Queens Tourism Council, Jonathan plans to assemble dozens of Queens residents for about three hours on Saturday, May 19, starting at 8 am. They will enjoy some breakfast and each other’s company before posing for photos in the same basic T formation as seen in “A Great Day in Harlem.”
The image could be used for any number of purposes, including education, tourism, fund-raising, decoration, and even branding, Jonathan says. All participants will get an enlarged copy, while he plans to create and distribute a poster to interested parties. There are also plans to create a video documentary of the event that could also be used for education, tourism, and general entertainment. (There is a documentary on his father’s 1958 photo.)
Right now, Queens Tourism Council Director Rob MacKay is recruiting people for the photo and organizing the run of show on May 19. If you are interested in being part of the experience, please contact him at 718.263.0546 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Info for the caption: Jonathan Kane plans to take a photograph of Queens residents in front of the Unisphere as an homage to his father’s iconic 1958 photo of jazz musicians in Harlem.
JAMAICA CENTER BID BRINGS FAMILY FUN TO BACK TO JAMAICA AVENUE THIS SUMMER
Jamaica, Queens, August 13, 2019 – The Jamaica Center BID will host their second Weekend Walks event of the summer, “Family Fun on the Ave”, this Saturday, August 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jamaica Avenue between Parsons Boulevard and 162nd Street.
Weekend Walks, a NYC Department of Transportation initiative, are multi-block, multi-day events on commercial corridors that promote the use of streets as public space and highlight local cultural institutions, businesses, and neighborhood resources. Community organizations are invited to apply for Weekend Walks funding.
On Saturday, all vehicle traffic will be diverted off of Jamaica Avenue from Parsons Boulevard to 162nd Street allowing the street to be transformed into a unique playground with plenty to do for all ages. The day’s entertainment will include a musical performance by the Afro-Latineers, a dance performance by Omar Edwards and a musical educational performance by Miss Keila’s Jukebox. The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning will provide art workshops throughout the day in the event footprint.
Jamaica Center BID’s Family Fun on the Ave will also include free face-painting, a variety of games ranging from giant Jenga to huge checkers, the schoolyard favorite: double dutch jump-roping, and a coloring area where adults and children alike can enjoy the relaxing activity of coloring using a selection of quirky and cute coloring books. The Uni Project will be in attendance providing children of all ages an interactive learning experience.
“We are excited to bring Family Fun on the Avenue back to Jamaica this weekend,” said Jennifer Furioli, Executive Director of the Jamaica Center BID. “July’s event was a hit and we are grateful to NYC DOT for the Weekend Walks Grant funding, which allows for this unique placemaking experience bringing neighbors together to create summer memories while attracting additional foot traffic to local business.”
The Jamaica Center BID decided to coordinate “Family Fun on the Avenue” after merchants, shoppers, and residents revealed in a recent market study that they would like more family-friendly community events in Jamaica. In addition to the event this Saturday, the Ave will also have Sidewalk Sales Days at various stores for shoppers that will be out.
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About the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District (BID)
Founded as the Jamaica District Management Association in 1979, the Jamaica Center BID is central to one of New York City’s fastest growing communities. Jamaica Center BID is the proud home to national and regional retailers, several major cultural and educational institutions as well as City, State and Federal Offices, and more than 400 businesses. The Jamaica Center BID seeks to maintain Jamaica Center as a thriving business hub and premier destination to shop, work, live and play. For more info visit www.Jamaica.nyc.
Our World Hour of Power with Special Guest – Brendez Wineglass (Social Broker)
A native New Yorker and Howard University graduate, Wineglass is a dedicated and proven leader with 10 years of professional experience in the healthcare, tech, and events industries. Upon graduation, Wineglass elected to expand her horizons launching a
diverse career excelling in the areas she was most passionate; community advocacy, social engagement, and event production.
After earning her Sports Medicine degree at Howard, Wineglass began her professional career climbing the ranks in the healthcare field. She rose from volunteer to Manager of Patient Transportation at the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in an impressive four-year timespan in which she was the youngest person in a management role at the hospital. Brendez was trusted by the Center’s Senior Executive and Executive teams to revise hospital policies, implementing effective healthcare practices to improve the overall quality of the hospital. Wineglass’ drive to expand her career brought her to Black Enterprise, holding a pivotal role as Events Producer independently coordinating events and working with top brands like Nationwide, State Farm, AT&T, Morgan Stanley, FedEx, and PepsiCo. She also worked with celebrities and important community leaders including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Judith Smith, Don Thompson, Susan Taylor, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Audrey Smaltz, Don Thompson, Michael Lee-Chin, Steve Harvey and Mellody Hobson to name a few. These successful experiences strengthened her capacity to build relationships and connect leaders, companies, and consumers through life-changing events across the nation. Since 2017, Wineglass has held the impressive position of Project Manager at the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, leading the community of Jamaica in New York to one of strength and stability through several impressive initiatives. She has secured several hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants and donations from some of the nation’s top companies – Goldman Sachs and Con Edison respectively – and has leveraged those funds into large scale small business improvement projects and neighborhood revitalization programs.
Wineglass serves on several boards including the executive board of the Howard University Alumni Club of Greater New York , Community Mediation Services of NYC, Is a 2018 Art Commissioning Producer with the Queens Council, a 2018 Innovative
Cultural Fellow, and a member of influential organizations such as For (bes) The Culture, Google Partners, BWOI (Black Women of Influence), ColorComm, Silicon Harlem, and Black Tech Women. She has been a thought leader and advocates in the areas of
community engagement, arts & culture, fiscal equity, entrepreneurship, leadership & development, and technology. Wineglass continues to build her legacy of giving back to younger generations and contributes to improving the world around her.