07/09/14 1:00pm


There’s no place like hip-hop home. The rappers Havoc and Prodigy, who work together as the infamous Mobb Deep (above), will return to their native Queensbridge housing projects to give a free concert on July 17th as part of the NYC Parks SummerStage Presents series. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, featuring 15 of the world’s finest soloists and ensemble players and led by Wynton Marsalis, is also scheduled to perform this month, as are Ismael Miranda, aka “El niño bonito de la Salsa,” and laid-back Washington, D.C.-based R&B vocalist J. Holiday. But the extravaganza offers more than music, as the Harambee Dance Company (below) will perform and  Puppetmobile and Teatro SEA will appear as part of SummerStage Kids.

Concert details: Ismael Miranda/Rebel Tumbao/Joe Claussell (Sacred Rhythm Music), July 15th, 7 pm; J. Holiday/Jon B with WBLS, July 16th, 7 pm; Mobb Deep with Lyricist Lounge, July 17th, 7 pm; Harambee Dance Company, July 18th, 7 pm; Queens Family Day: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra/Rashida Bumbray/ Michael Mossman & Copland Jazz with Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College, July 20th, 4 pm; Ifetayo Youth Ensemble, July 31st, 10:30 am; Puppetmobile, August 7th, 10:30 am; and Teatro SEA, August 14th, 10:30 am.

Location and price details: Queensbridge Park, vicinity of Vernon Boulevard, 41st Avenue and the East River, Long Island City, all concerts are free. 


Image source: NY Daily News

The NY Daily News reports that the residents of the Queensbridge Houses, one of the largest public housing developments in North America, will have better access to fresh, local produce, thanks to the efforts of GrowNYC and local City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. For just $10, residents can purchase a bag full of fruits and vegetables.  (more…)

04/30/12 11:22am

Why do so many people pay for the Internet when we could all be sharing? Apparently, we aren’t the only ones who have wondered this. The East River Development Alliance will be partnering with a company called KeyWiFi to help bridge the digital divide in Queensbridge through Internet sharing. The program will allow residents to use their neighbor’s WiFi networks for a low fee, and Key WiFi will take a cut for brokering the deal. The program, dubbed the Digital Futures Project, should help get low-income residents connected and may assist all of us in cutting our Internet bills in the future, according to Talking Points Memo.