The Entrepreneur Space is running out of space! On April 11, the LIC-based food-and-business incubator received more than 20 boxes of cookware, silverware, bakeware, cutlery and just about everything else a kitchen could want, thanks to a donation from Princess House, a party-plan, direct-selling company that promotes female entrepreneurship. Located at 36-46 37th St., the E-Space is a 12,500-sq.-ft., NYC Economic Development Corporation-sponsored hub with a fully equipped commercial kitchen, offices and classrooms that entrepreneurs can rent at below-market rates as they build their businesses. Consultant Kathrine Gregory (at right in photo with Princess House President and CEO Connie Tang) noted that this donation — valued at over $12,000 — will be put to extremely good use as the E-Space currently has roughly 170 clients who make everything from gluten-free baked goods to Greek garlic dip to designer marshmallows.
Cities all have their curiosities. One of NYC’s curiosities is Hart Island’s Potter’s Field cemetery, where the unclaimed dead are buried. More than 850,000 have been buried here since 1869. Hart Island is part of The Bronx, but its run by the NYC Department of Correction, which is pretty much a Queens thing.
For more than a century, to be buried on Hart Island, off the coast of the Bronx, was to be essentially forgotten.
A man run over by a train with no family to claim his body. A homeless woman who froze to death on a bitterly cold winter’s night with no loved ones to find their way to her. A stillborn baby born to a woman who could not afford to pay for a burial. These are among the approximately 850,000 forlorn souls who since 1869 have been buried in the city’s potter’s field, a 101-acre cemetery just east of City Island.
Now the City and the DOC has developed a website that provides information about some of the people buried on Hart Island.
Brooklyn might have the “hip” factor, but Queens now has the “Qool” factor. Fresh Meadows native Fred Cantor is selling black baseball caps that read “Queens = Qool” on the front. The retired lawyer wants to make some profit, of course, but he is also hoping to improve the borough’s image and help a venerable local institution. He donates $2 from every $21.90 cap sale to the Queens Library Foundation. This entrepreneur might be familiar to some Queens enthusiasts because he co-wrote Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America: Fresh Meadows book in 2011. Check out the merchandise here.
A group led by NYC EDC has studied the feasibility of extending the 7 Subway to Secaucus, New Jersey. Yup. its true. The 7 train would go from Grand Central, over to the west side near 34th street, under the Hudson, thru Hoboken, and on to Secaucus.
According to a presentation given recently by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection at a Newtown Creek Community Advisory Group meeting the phase out a 800,000-gallon sludge storage tank and dock in Greenpoint is moving forward. DEC will replace the dock and tank, which has been in place since 1967, with new infrastructure that is around the corner from the Greenpoint dock on the Newtown Creek and is much closer to the wastewater treatment plant that produces the sludge. This move makes room for an expanded Newtown Park and is a step in the the much larger Greenpoint Williamsburg Waterfront Access Plan.
Google has captured a good picture of a DEP boat docked at the storage tank in Greenpoint (GMAP).
You’ve seen the DEP sludge boats a million times going up and down the East River.
Last night there was twice the fun at Flushing Town Hall. Upstairs in the theater area, our friends at the Queens Economic Development Corporation hosted a networking event, while art-lovers flocked to the first floor gallery to attend the opening of Erasing Borders, an exhibition of contemporary Indian painting, sculpture, video art, installation art and photography.
A typical park volunteer might not be recognized, but Forest Park Administrator Debby Kuha and Queens Parks Commissioner Dottie Lewandowski honored Myron Lubitsch with a nice plaque at an event held at the Oakridge House in Forest Park (GMAP). The evening was a thank-you party for parks volunteers. Myron helps out by having his school perform karate demonstrations at Forest and Highland Park. He runs Shorinjiryu Kenryukan Karate on Jamaica Avenue in Brooklyn.
We do understand that making the decision of which way to go will be rough. People have different visions of what the future of the area should look like and what interests should be served. Also, on a more here and now level, some of the rail line passes through commercial areas, some through Forest Park, while a majority passes by private backyards, e.g. privacy advocates and public access advocates have at it! (more…)
Kaitlin Monte, Astoria resident and 2011 Miss New York, was dressed in boxing gear and ready to get in the ring last week at the Golden Gloves boxing event at the Variety Boys & Girls Club in Astoria (GMAP). But she didn’t get in the ring to take on an opponent. She got in the ring to deliver her anti-bullying message to more than 300 at the event. Bullying, she says, has a more devastating affect on school aged kids than meets the eye.