Jackson Heights Orchestra and more in the QNYC Evening Edition for Tuesday March 5, 2013

The Jackson Heights Orchestra is preparing for its second concert

We’re happy to know that the Jackson Heights Orchestra has a second concert in store for us! The next concert will be Wednesday, March 13 at 7:30 at the United Methodist Community Church (GMAP). They’ll be playing works by Piccinni, Donizetti, Wagner, local composer James Cohn, Faure, and Gounod. There will also be a reception to follow in the social hall.

The Ridgewood Market is coming

A new local artisan market is on its way – the Ridgewood Market! It will be a monthly affair and the first one will take place at Gottscheer Hall‘s ballroom on Sunday, April 14 at 11am. They envision having food and drink (including cocktails), artwork, jewelry, and other artisan goods for sale. For vendors, tables are inexpensive – $25.

They broke ground on the first building at the Hunters Point South development yesterday

The Hunters Point South development is truly on its way! The first building – AKA Site A – was the focus of a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday. Local elected officials and other interested parties were there, including  Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, and Queens Community Board 2 Chair Joseph Conley. This will be the first affordable housing built in like 35 years – the last of its kind was the completion of Co-op City in the Bronx and Starrett City in BK.

If you’re curious to know if you’d qualify to buy a home here, check this out:

At Site A, 21 units will be targeted to low-income households with an annual income of up to 40% of the area median income (AMI) or $33,200 for a family of four and 103 units will be targeted to low-income households with an annual income of up to 50 percent of AMI or $41,500 for a family of four, 288 units will be targeted to moderate-income households earning up to a maximum of 165 percent of AMI or $148,010 for a family of four, and 206 units will be targeted to middle-income households earning up to 230 percent of AMI or $190,900 for a family of four, with one unit reserved for the superintendent.

Native Coffee Roasters is based in Astoria – let’s hear it for locally roasted coffee!

At the Queens County Market, we came across Native Coffee Roasters, a small business run by local Astorian Brian Donaldson. We’ve been drinking it since then and it is delicious. He went through a long time of extensively tasting coffee from various roasters, and that led him to start roasting his own, and now it’s his business. His roaster is in a warehouse around Northern Blvd and 49th Street. Expect to see him at local markets, since that’s where he wants to focus his energies. And definitely give it a try – it really is good.

School by the Sea mural project

This is very cool – some kids that attend School by the Sea in Far Rockaway are going to be participating with their own artwork in this new mural (the previous one was 20 years old) at the school:

The objective of the ocean mural is to create a symbol of hope and resilience to the Rockaway community. The 6th and 7th grade art students are learning about realism to follow this lesson plan for the ocean themed mural. The walls have been primed white and Ocean Lifeline is awaiting confirmation on a profssional ocean muralist to work with the kids.