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May 23, 2018 Jamaica, NY Council Member I. Daneek Miller issued the following statement on today’s MTA Board vote to approve the LIRR ‘Atlantic Ticket’ pilot program that will reduce fares to Atlantic Terminal to $5 for Brooklyn and Queens riders at 10 select stations and provide a bus or subway transfer for an additional $2.75.


“After years of planning, organizing, and campaigning, we are one step closer towards our goal of achieving commuter rail equity for all underserved New Yorkers. The residents of my Southeast Queens district who have long endured prolonged and costly commutes from the far reaches of St. Albans, Queens Village, Locust Manor and Hollis will surely benefit from the reduced fare, faster commute time, and optional subway or bus transfer the ‘Atlantic Ticket’ will offer them. I thank MTA Chair Joe Lhota, LIRR President Phillip Eng, and NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg for their support of this program. I especially want to thank the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA for its partnership in advocating for the full ‘Freedom Ticket’ proposal that would also include LIRR rides to Penn Station and provide the same benefits to Metro North riders. Our work continues.”


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New Pop-Up Art Festival on Wheels to Debut in Jamaica, Queens!

July 2018, Jamaica, NY — The Southeast Queens Artist Alliance (SEQAA) is taking art from the studio to the streets with its first day-long, free (C)Art Festival on Saturday, September 1st (rain date: Saturday, September 8th) at Rufus King Park on Jamaica Ave. & 150th Street. From 11am-5pm, visitors will have the opportunity to participate with local artists in hands-on art creation and educational activities ranging from paper-making to designing personal herbal teas. All happening in, on and around mobile carts!



SEQAA (C)Art Fest

New Pop-Up Art Festival on Wheels to Debut in Jamaica, Queens!


July 2018, Jamaica, NY — The Southeast Queens Artist Alliance (SEQAA) is taking art from the studio to the streets with its first day-long, free (C)Art Festival on Saturday, September 1st (rain date: Saturday, September 8th) at Rufus King Park on Jamaica Ave. & 150th Street. From 11am-5pm, visitors will have the opportunity to participate with local artists in hands-on art creation and educational activities ranging from paper-making to designing personal herbal teas. All happening in, on and around mobile carts!


Founded in 2017, SEQAA is a collective of artists and arts professionals who seek to cultivate and share artistic expression where they live and work. Its mission is to nurture local talent and support quality cultural programming in our community, particularly in public spaces. The (C)Art Festival is The Alliance’s first major initiative that invites interactive public experiences at a historical community space on the grounds of the Rufus King Manor Museum.


As Southeast Queens undergoes new developments and major changes, the (C)Art Festival will be a vehicle for SEQAA to introduce The Alliance to our neighbors and visitors as well as further its mission of building and expanding the current art community and its cultural offerings.


A number of cross-disciplinary projects will be available at the (C)Art Festival that are fun and engaging for people of all ages. They include:


  • Rejin Leys’ PulpMobile DIY paper-making project.
  • Shervone Neckles’ Creative Gathering Wellness Station, an herbal tea-making cart.
  • Jacqueline Herranz-Brooks and Margaret Rose Vendryes’ Consume a piece of Cuba before… / Consuma un trozo de Cuba antes que…, a community dialogue project about the changing relations between Cuba and the USA discussed while consuming cake.
  • Sherese Francis’ Expressions mobile library of Southeast Queens authors and writers will present a bookmaking workshop and the Black Cherry Jam Open Mic.
  • Natali S. Bravo-Barbee’s Fresh of the Press: The Green Card Cart, taking a small, portable Gocco silkscreen press and printing limited edition Green Card prints, to open dialogue about the current immigration crisis, deportations and family separations.
  • Art & Com’s (Thiago Szmrecsányi, Natalia De Campos, Tracy Collins and Toya Mileno) Collective Bargain, a mobile installation-performance-intervention that displays information, media and ephemera related to collectivity, action, gathering, healing, and the power of union.
  • Museum of Impact’s #UpstanderLoveLetters, an artful intervention where participants learn to ‘Stand Up. Speak Up. Act Up’ for what they believe in by engaging in a series of themed activities that amplify social justice.
  • Other participants include Queens Creative Solidarity, multimedia artist Elizabeth Velazquez, and other local creators and organizations.


The (C)Art Festival is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and through a partnership with King Manor Museum. For more information about the festival, please contact SEQAA at Additionally, please visit our website,, and our social media pages, Southeast Queens Artist Alliance on Facebook and @southeastqueensartists on Instagram.



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Wayne Stewart-Job well done



Wayne Stewart -Job well done

Local Queens resident Wayne Steawart gives back to his community by clearing up traffic on Sutphin blvd and Archer ave. Over the past six plus years Mr. Steawart has been volunteering his time to help keep traffic flowing smoothly.

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It’s In Queens! July 19 to July 25



It’s In Queens July 19 to July 25

The key word is “festival,” and it follows street, film, dance, independence day, music, and annual a few times this week. The other key word is “outdoors” at it goes with parks, lawns, triangles, a garden, a farm, and a shopping center.

July 19, Outdoor International Film Series: Ecuador, 7 pm. As part of the Passport Thursdays series, the movie “How Much Further (Que Tan Lejos)” screens on the lawn. This road trip tale involves two girls who have to get to Cuenca during a bus strike. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

July 19, The Devotions, 7:30 pm. The Central Astoria LDC’s 2018 Waterfront Concert Series continues with a Doo Wop group extraordinaire. Free. Astoria Park Great Lawn, Shore Boulevard between Hell Gate Bridge and Astoria Pool.

July 19, Woodside Concert Series, 7 pm. The Chuck Braman Quintet plays jazz as part of an ongoing series. Free. Sgt. Collins Park Triangle, 58th Street and Broadway, Woodside.

July 19 Sleepless in Seattle, dusk. The CinemaLIC series continues with this adaption of Nora Ephron’s romantic comedy starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Free. Hunters Point South Park, Center Boulevard and Borden Avenue, LIC.

July 19, Chris Schlichting Period, July 21. This dance’s prolific, obsessive movement dispenses with preciousness and patterns to hammer out a Rosetta Stone to leave behind for the next, better world. Shows at 8 pm every night. $20. The Chocolate Factory Theatre, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC.

July 20, SHED by Xiao Chuan Xie, 8:30 pm. Using movement, sculpture, sound, and light, SHED is a durational performance piece. Free, but registration required. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.

July 21, Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World Concert, 4 pm to 8 pm. This fifth annual festival features Forest Hills-born funk-and-rap performer Action Bronson, the New Orleans eight-piece brass ensemble The Soul Rebels, and Fu-Arkist-Ra. Free with VIP tickets available for sale. Festival Lawn near the NYS Pavilion, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

July 21, St. Albans Jazz and R&B Festival, 4:30 pm. This 16th annual concert features Crown Heights Affair, Mel Holder, and Craig Crawford Players. Free. St. Albans Park, Merrick Boulevard and Sayres Avenue.

July 21, Solar Power Family Workshop, 11 am. Learn about the Industrial Revolution, Hydro Power, Solar Power, Wind Power, Electric Energy, and Satellite/GPS Systems. Suggested for junior high school students. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing.

July 21, Queensboro Dance Festival, 2 pm. Spaces of Fontana, Cole Collective, Tango for All, Flamenco Latino, Dancing Fish, and Masala Bhangra. Free. Juniper Valley Park, Athletic Courtyard at 80th Street, Middle Village.

July 21, Colombian Independence Day Celebration, 3 pm. The FolkCOLOMBIA School of Dance and Music offers traditional music and dance genres such as Carranga, Bambuco, and Guabina from the Andean Region and Bunde from the Pacific Coast. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

July 21, Center of Attention, 3:30 pm. Visitors are invited to engage in a conversation on Miya Ando’s “Haku-Un (White Cloud) 4.8.1 (2017),” featured in the installation Miya Ando: Clouds (on view through Aug. 19, 2018). Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd. LIC.

July 21, Chhaya’s Annual South Asian Street Festival, 12:30 pm. A showcase of South Asian cultural heritage food, dance, music, ethnic goods, and a Pani-Puri eating contest. Free. 77th Street between Roosevelt and 37th avenues, Jackson Heights.

July 22, Dr. K’s Motown Revue, 6 pm. This Motown cover band takes the stage as part of the Katz Concert Series. Free. Springfield Park, vicinity of Springfield Boulevard, 184th Street, and 146th Avenue.

July 22, Art-Making Workshop with Cecile Chong, 3 pm. As part of her “El Dorado” exhibition, Chong teaches how to make an art installation. Free. Lewis Howard Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing.

July 22, Floral Design Workshop: Recycle Containers, 2 pm. Learn how to adapt containers that had a previous use to become a centerpiece. Bring a container or choose from a variety provided. Floral materials provided. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.

July 24, Queens Symphony Orchestra, 7 pm. As part of the Katz Concert Series, the ensemble offers “An Enchanted Summer’s Evening” with classically trained tenor Christopher Macchio and QSO Music Director Martin Majkut. Expect enchanting arias and songs by Macchio, plus lush and romantic symphonies by the orchestra. Free. St. John’s University, 80-00 Utopia Pkwy., Jamaica.

July 24, FDR Drive, 7 pm. A fantastic classic rock-n-roll band grooves as part of the two-month Live at the Gantries series. Free. Gantry Plaza State Park, Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue, LIC.

July 24, The Wizard of Oz, 11 am. A live, outdoor musical adapted from the famous movie. Free. Playground for All Children, near 111th Street, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

July 24, Queensboro Dance Festival, 5 pm. Performances by Sector Dance, Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre, Q&A Productions, and Masala Bhangra. 46th Street/Bliss Street Plaza, Sunnyside.

July 25, The Young Girls of Rochefort, 7 pm. French food and art followed by the 1967 musical in which real-life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac play twins who are looking for love in a seaside town. A fair comes for a weekend, and hilarity ensues as each sibling meets a smooth-talking entertainer and the main characters weave a complicated web of romance and extremely unlikely coincidences. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.

July 25, Pretty Pots for Pretty Herbs & Flowers, 1 pm. Use brushes, paint, and stencils to decorate terra cotta planters. $4. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.

July 25, Autism-Friendly Program for Families, 9 am. Interactive tours of the farm grounds, opportunities to observe livestock, and an optional tractor-drawn hayride. $8. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks.

July 25, Monsters University, 8 pm. Screened as part of the Movies on the Green series, this film is about a kid monster who wants to become a scarer. Free. The Shops at Atlas Park, 80-00 Cooper Ave., Glendale.

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