Get free Mets tickets by donating blood

Summer Blood Drive 2019

Watch the New York Metropolitans for free by donating blood this summer.

Assemblyman Edward Braunstein is hosting his 7th annual Summer Blood Drive on Thursday, August 8 from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center (Bell Boulevard and 26th Avenue).

All donors will receive a voucher for two tickets to see the Mets at Citi Field.

Additionally, the first 100 people to donate a pint of blood will receive a certificate for a free pint of soup from Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers.

Donors will also receive free refreshments courtesy of the Stop & Shop Bay Terrace.

“Each blood donation will help save up to three lives,” Braunstein says. “Our hospitals are in need of your assistance, so I hope you will take the time to share this lifesaving gift.”


Health Department to conduct aerial larviciding


Mosquito season is back, and the Health Department is stepping up its pesticide treatment in local marshes.

The Health Department is conducting a second aerial larviciding treatment to marshes and wetland areas throughout the city from Wednesday, July 17 to Friday, July 19, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In case of bad weather, application would be delayed to Friday, Monday and Tuesday.

The helicopter will treat only non-residential areas.

To date, no human cases of West Nile virus have been reported this season, according to the Health Department.

The agency will use environmentally-friendly and EPA-approved “VectoLex® FG,” which contains naturally occurring bacteria and kills young mosquitos before they grow into adults.

The most effective way to control mosquitos, the department notes, is to eliminate standing water.

Here are the Queens areas that will be part of the aerial larviciding:

  • Alley Pond Park – Alley Creek
  • Linden Hill/College Point – Abandoned Flushing Airport
  • Edgemere, Somerville – Dubos Point and Edgemere Park
  • Brookville Park
  • Kissena Park

Eastern Queens neighborhoods make list of most expensive areas

Top 10 Neighborhoods Median Sale Price 2019_Q2_Queens

Unsurprisingly, Malba tops the list of most expensive neighborhoods in Queens.

According to a report by, Malba’s median sale price in the second quarter of 2019 was $1.12 million, good for first among Queens communities.

Queensboro Hill also made the list, coming in at $880,000, followed by Fresh Meadows at $851,000.

East Flushing’s median sale price was $832,000, and Auburndale was at $739,000.

TriBeCa remains the most expensive neighborhood in New York City at $4.34 million, followed by Hudson Yards at $3.68 million. Little Italy snagged the third spot, and Cobble hill jumped to seventh.

You can see the full PropertyShark report here.


Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao is moving to One Fulton Square

Photo Credit: One Fulton Square

Photo Credit: One Fulton Square

Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao, one of Flushing’s most recognizable soup dumpling spots, closed its doors last month.

While local residents and foodies wondered what happened, the mom-and-pop restaurant was plotting an upgrade and expansion to One Fulton Square.

Nan Xiang plans to reopen in the fall into a bigger and better space – able to accommodate 150 guests – just 100 feet from its original location. The restaurant will move into a 5,113-square-foot space with a 10-year lease. F&T Group will be its new landlord.

Known for its crab and pork soup dumplings, steamed buns and Shanghainese dim sum, Nan Xiang also serves crispy noodles, fried rice cakes, scallion pancaked and pan-fried dumplings.

Other restaurants at One Fulton Square include Pappa Rich, Guan Fu, IKI Modern Japanese Cuisine, The Coop and Leaf Bar and Lounge.


Tangram to be home to Flushing’s first beer garden

Tangram Hero

Flushing will soon have its first beer garden.

Tangram, the 1.2 million-square-foot mixed-use mega-development that will have a 4DX theater and a luxury hotel, announced last week that it will open the neighborhood’s first beer garden.

It will be called “The Beer Assembly,” and it comes from Todd Leong, who also opened Lucky Rice and Leaf Bar & Lounge Cocktail Bar at One Fulton Square in Flushing.

The beer garden will feature a selection of craft brews from around the world, paired with a food menu inspired by skewers.

It will be part of Tangram’s 24,000-square-foot food hall. Guests will be able to eat and drink as they wish inside the development.

Earlier this month, Tangram also announced that Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot, a hot pot chain, will also come to Flushing.

There’s a lot of anticipation for Tangram to open. Stay tuned for more announcements!


CUNY Pridefest at Queens College set for June 20

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Let’s hope the weather is good on June 20!

Queens College will host the second annual CUNY Pridefest on the quad that Thursday from noon to 4 p.m.

The original event was planned for June 13, but was postponed due to inclement weather.

Pridefest will feature a presentation on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, a campus Pride match, a community expo, student musical and dance performances, games and more.

The event is not just limited for CUNY students – it’s free and open to the public.

In the event of inclement weather, Pridefest will be held inside the college’s main dining hall.

For more information on CUNY Pridefest, see the announcement here.


Here are the winners of the Mother’s Day Essay Contest

Mother's Day Essay Contest 2019

The winners of this year’s Mother’s Day Essay Contest for grades two through five are:

  • 2nd Grade: Allison Kim, from PS 159 in Bayside
  • 3rd Grade: Marilena Korahais, from PS 209 in Whitestone
  • 4th Grade: Isabella Delvey, from PS 32 in Auburndale
  • 5th Grade: Isabella Andrea Cortes, from PS 107 in Auburndale

According to Assemblyman Ed Braunstein, nearly 200 students from schools in his district participated.

All of the winners received a gift card, while all participants received a New York State Assembly Certificate of Merit.