They’re not actors. They’re politicians playing actors. This Saturday, elected officials from around the borough will star in Legislative Acts, a show which will let them display their musical, acting, singing, dancing and comedic talents for two good causes. Basically a series of parodies of classical movies, well-known TV series, Broadway shows and songs, the performance will benefit two Queens College initiatives: Big Buddy, which pairs homeless children with college-student mentors; and Women and Work, a job-training and life-skills program. So far, more than 30 legislators have agreed to participate. They include everybody from City Council Member Mark Weprin (above) to Congress Member Grace Meng to Borough President-elect Melinda Katz. Plus, Queens College drama and music students are involved in the production, which is directed by actor, playwright and teaching artist Kevin R. Free.
Last week the NY Post reported that Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz argues that the new Major League Soccer stadium should set up shop in Brooklyn, not Queens. After celebrating the opening of three new sports fields in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Markowitz said, “I know Queens is pushing for a stadium, but I believe pro soccer belongs here in Brooklyn. Soccer is the Number 1 sport in the world, so why shouldn’t we have a team here in Brooklyn?”
We’ve learned from DNAinfo that the Astoria ski slope project that could have been at Astoria Park this winter has been cancelled. The reason: Hurricane Sandy tore up – and not in a good way – Astoria Park. (more…)
Last week the NY Times reported that Astoria City Councilman – and motorcyclist – Peter Vallone supports the idea of free parking for motorcycles in NYC, and is pushing for legislation to make it so. The reason? Muni Meters seemingly muck it all up:
“Currently, the vehicles are subject to Muni-Meter rates, as any car would be. But motorcyclists say enforcement is inconsistent, and contend that there is no suitable place on their vehicles to display the receipts. Some riders said receipts were often stolen, blown away, or damaged by rain.”
The topic of building a Metro-North station in Queens – in particular, Astoria – is in the news again. The Daily News reports that Quinnipiac University sophomore Ali Fadil (he lives in Whitestone) “has launched a petition urging the MTA to open a Metro-North station in Queens.” (more…)