NYC Ferry needs a caption: pol


Councilman Paul Vallone has introduced a bill to establish a Director of Ferry Operations under the Department of Transportation.

“Delegating a Director of Ferry Services to manage our waterways will ensure that we chart a smart, fiscally responsible course to an expanded and reliable ferry system,” Vallone says.

The position would be appointed by the DOT commissioner. The responsibilities would include operation and maintenance of ferries, ferry route development and evaluation, and identifying potential expansion sites for ferry service.

EDC officials have told Vallone they are open to conversations about the position. NYC Ferry is currently run by EDC, not DOT.


Take a walking tour of Flushing Creek


On Saturday, April 20, from 4 to 6 p.m., Cody Ann Herrmann of FlushingBayandCreep will be hosting a walking tour of Flushing Creek.

Here’s a description of the event:

This walk takes place in ‘the valley of ashes,’ as referenced in the novel ‘The Great Gatsby,’ and will trace City owned property under the Van Wyck Expressway. We will discuss water quality, local history, and plans for new development in Willets Point and downtown Flushing. We will also demystify parts of Willets Point and Flushing Creek.

Herrmann is an artist and community organizer. She has created a series of projects critiquing policy related to land use and environmental planning for the areas surrounding Flushing Bay and Creek.

The tour begins at the intersection of Roosevelt Avenue and 126th Street, under the Mets-Willets Point 7 train station.

RSVP for the event here.


Author Jeff Kinney to speak at Flushing, Bellerose libraries

Photo courtesy of Flickr/Politics and Prose Bookstore

Photo courtesy of Flickr/Politics and Prose Bookstore

Later this afternoon, author Jeff Kinney, who wrote the bestselling series “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” will speak at two branches of the Queens Public Library.

Kinney will visit the Flushing Library branch at 2:30 p.m., and then stop by the Bellerose Library Knitting Club at 4:15 p.m.

The author is also promoting a new book during these visits: “Diary of An Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal.”

The book is written from the perspective of Rowley Jefferson the best friend of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” protagonist Greg Heffley.

According to QPL, the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series is among the most popular books in the library system, taking the first nine stops among the top 10 children’s books in 2018.

More than 200 million copies of the books in his series have been sold globally.


NE Queens to see transit improvements: pols

File photo

File photo

Transit improvements are coming to Northeast Queens commuters, according to two state lawmakers.

Assembly members Nily Rozic and Ed Braunstein announced that as part of the 2019-2020 NYS budget, LIRR riders from NE Queens will receive a 20% reduction for their monthly pass.

That will include commuters traveling to and from these stations: Auburndale, Bayside, Broadway, Douglaston, Flushing-Main St, Little Neck and Murray Hill.

The funding for this fare discount was allocated from the Outer Borough Transit Fund, which was created by the State Legislature to assist those living in areas with limited transit options.

A $3 million boost in funding has also been added to express bus service, and $6 million will go to first mile-last mile connections.

“Relief in the outer boroughs is long overdue for Northeast Queens transit riders who are far too familiar with increasing fares and travel times,” Rozic says. “As part of this year’s state budget, it was critical for us to ensure that the needs of our communities were not neglected and that our transit system is fully funded.”


Queens College to host Veterans Resource Fair

Qns Veterans Resource Fair

Queens College is hosting the first-ever New York State Veterans Resource Fair on Tuesday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Student Union Ballroom.

The sponsors of the event include the Department of Veterans Services, the Vet Center and the NYS Division of Veterans Affairs. They will offer assistance with housing, health, education, legal matters, jobs opportunities, mental health and LGBT resources.

This free event will include complementary refreshments. It is open to all New York State veterans, service members and their families.


Shark Tank’s Matt Higgins to speak at Queen College commencement

Matt Higgins headshot 2019_QC

On Thursday, May 30, Queens College alumnus Matt Higgins will be the keynote speaker at the college’s 95th commencement ceremony.

Higgins, who grew up in Bayside, graduated from Queens College with a B.A. in political science in 1998.

He is the co-founder and CEO of the private investment firm RSE Ventures, as well as the vice chairman of the Miami Dophins football team.

You may know him from the popular ABC show “Shark Tank,” for which he made his debut in 2018.

Higgins has been a benefactor to college, supporting single mothers who are taking classes at QC through the Linda Higgins Empowerment Scholarship. He established the scholarship in honor of his late mother, who was also a QC aluma.

Five recipients of the scholarship are among the graduating class of 2019.