11/20/13 1:00pm


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.

Details: Legislative Acts, Queens College, LeFrak Concert Hall, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, November 23rd, 7 pm, $100.

Photo by Mark Weprin

01/10/13 9:30am


Image source: larryrrr on Flickr – playing soccer in one of the pools leading to the Pool of Industry, which will be the site of the new MLS stadium

Astoria City Councilman Peter Vallone continues to make news (perhaps in part because he is planning to run for Queens Borough President) regarding the new Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium and team coming to the borough. We told you about his desire to see the MLS team play at Citi Field instead of at a new stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, but he also wants the new team to have “Queens” in its moniker, reports Big Apple Soccer.


12/21/12 11:00am


Image source: Warrenfish on Wikimedia Commons

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?”


10/16/12 11:00am


Image source: NYDN

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.”


10/02/12 3:00pm


Image source: HelveticaFanatic on Flickr 

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…)