LIC High School football field site for protest action

I think we’ve all tried one time or another to walk through the crowds of teenagers on the sidewalk along Broadway at Long Island City High School. Even at the far west end, it’s a busy road down there, so maybe that’s why during the nationwide and citywide student walkout against gun violence yesterday, LIC High School students spent their 17 minutes of protest on the football field.

A few notes:

  • A federal crackdown on the MTA for failing to comply with disability standards for a subway renovation in the Bronx has created an alliance between Trump-appointee U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman and Democrats such as State Sen. Michael Gianaris. “The MTA’s continued emphasis on style over substance wastes scarce resources, hurts transit riders, and stunts our economy while its failed Enhanced Station Initiative continues to cosmetically renovate stations without improving service or accessibility,” Gianaris said, reports City and State. There has been outcry in Astoria as renovations on the N/W line don’t include elevators.
  • The MTA plans to prepare Long Island City’s transit for the 2019 L-train shutdown by removing the airport-type automated walkway and widening and adding stairways at the Court Square hub and creating a free transfer between the 23-Ely Ave G and Hunters Point Ave 7 stops as Vice explains. In its Queens angle of the shutdown, the piece delves into the concerns people in Queens are having.

    “The members appeared frustrated, not just with what the shutdown could wrought, but what this area of New York City will face in the coming years. According to severalreports, Long Island City has witnessed the most apartment construction in America since 2010, with thousands of additional units in the works. If there’s no infrastructure in place to handle the shutdown, what does that mean for the entire region’s future?”

  • The Court Square Civic Association launched a petition demanding the School Construction Authority use funds to create schools around Court Square and turn 27-35 Jackson Avenue, a pre-school building, into an elementary school.
  • Plans for two schools at Hunters Point South moved from committee into the full city council, where JVB is a major advocate.
  • The Queens World Film Festival begins today at the Museum of the Moving Image and Kaufman Astoria Studio. 30 films are by Queens filmmakers, including 9 from Astoria.
  • The New York Times says of new restaurant Akrotiri on 30th Avenue: “The opening of another Greek restaurant in Astoria, Queens, sounds like business as usual. But…”
  • The site of the Toys R Us on Northern Boulevard will be freed up if reports are true all the stores are closing.
  • A 37,500 square foot luxury condo building is planned for 2101 21st Street and Ditmars Boulevard.
  • State Sen. Michael Gianaris is proposing a bill to limit campaign contributions to 6 Gs for primary and general elections for statewide offices, 4 Gs for senate elections and 2 Gs for assembly elections. It’s one of eight campaign finance reform bills pushed by Senate Democratic Conference. Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins from Yonkers said, “I feel like we’re frankly stuck in Groundhog’s Day…we do this every year.”
  • So, the Security and Exchange Commission, which regulates the finance sector, has reportedly signaled it might allow public companies to bar investors from suing. According to a press release, Rep. Carolyn Maloney “led all of the Democratic members of the House Financial Services Committee in a letter to SEC Chairman Jay Clayton strongly opposing this drastic and unprecedented move to weaken investor protections.”
  • TF Cornerstone’s filing last year for the 46 story building of Hunter Point South at 52-41 Center Boulevard put the site in the number 2 slot of top 10 biggest real estate projects on the way, says Real Deal.
  • Like Italian Renaissance viol music? The Parthenia Viol Consort will be playing at the Secret Theatre on Sunday, March 25 at 2pm.





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