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TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2018

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LEADING OFF: Happy Tuesday! There are several important meetings and exciting arts events taking place across the borough today. Borough President Melinda Katz and the Queens Borough Cabinet convene at Borough Hall this morning and Community Boards 4 and 9 meet this evening. In politics, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi rallied 71 state lawmakers to sign a letter condemning proposed restrictions that would make it harder for low-income immigrants to apply for green cards and Community Board 2 voted 28-7 against parking-protected bike lanes at a contentious meeting last week. The Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society hosts free art classes today, the Queensboro Dance Festival heads to Bliss Street Plaza and the LIC Reading Series returns to Long Island City.

THE IMPRINT: ESPN the Magazine previews the World Cup with a shot of French soccer star Paul Pogba on its cover.



Katz Chairs Borough Cabinet Meeting This Morning at 9:30

Borough President Melinda Katz will chair the borough cabinet meeting at Borough Hall this morning from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. The board is made up of district managers from each Queens community board as well as representatives from each city agency. The board considers city service delivery and reviews how city agencies respond to issues in the borough.

Hevesi Leads 71 State Lawmakers In Condemning Green Card Obstacles for Low-Income Immigrants

In a letter to Donald Trump, New York State lawmakers condemned a proposal that would restrict low-income immigrants from gaining residency or green cards. Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi drafted a letter condemning a proposed regulation that would make it harder for immigrants to apply for residency if they receive benefits like food stamps, homeless services or even after-school programs. “Making people choose between basic social services to which they are entitled and their chance of becoming Americans is un-American and we shouldn’t be putting people in that position to have to make that choice,” Hevesi said.

Community Board 2 Voted 28-7 Against Parking-Protected Bike Lanes

The issue of dividing cyclists from motorists along Skillman Ave. and 43rd Ave. has divided residents of Sunnyside and Woodside. After a long, contentious meeting Thursday, Community Board 2 voted 28-7 against installing parking-protected bike lanes along the busy thoroughfares because the lanes would reduce the amount of parking in the area. Cyclists, however, say the lanes are necessary to prevent deaths and serious injuries initiated by careless drivers, including the 2017 death of cyclist Gelacio Reyes. But opponents disagree. “I don’t give a darn about cyclists — I care about me,” one woman shouted at the meeting. Despite the opposition, the DOT said that it might still proceed with the bike lane proposal.

Barone’s $20 Million Purchase Signals Jamaica’s Strong Growth

Manhattan-based Barone Management purchased two Jamaica properties with a total of 295,000 buildable square feet for $20 million from the Sisters of St. Dominic last week. The properties located at 89-25 161st St. and 89-25 162nd St. include a school and a parking lot. The firm said it plans to renovate the school and construct a new residential complex on the other site. John Barone, the firm’s president, was born in Jamaica and said his purchase signalled the neighborhood’s community-oriented growth. “Overwhelmingly, the growth has been residential. It’s not Williamsburg,” Barone told GlobeSt.com “It’s not hipsters in their early 20s. These are families and families have kids and kids need to go to schools. There is an obvious demand.”

Community Board 4 Meets Tonight in Corona to Review a New UPK site

Community Board 4 will meet tonight at 7 pm inside VFW Post #150 at 51-11 108th Street in Corona to review the proposed construction of a new, approximately 306-seat Universal PreKindergarten facility in Community School District 24. The proposed site is located on the grounds of the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and comprises roughly one acre. The Department of Environmental Protection will also present the reconstruction of a pump station at 108-01 Horace Harding Expressway.

Community Board 9 Meets Tonight in Ozone Park to Review Liquor Licenses

Community Board 9 convenes tonight at 7:45 pm at the Majestic Marquise at 88-03 101st Ave in Ozone Park to review nine Liquor, Wine, Beer & Cider License applications and two street conversion proposals. The board will also vote on a resolution to hold all future meetings at Queens Borough Hall.

The Touring Queensboro Dance Festival Comes to Bliss Street Plaza Tonight

An amazing lineup of dance companies will hit the stage under the tracks at Bliss Street Plaza in Sunnyside tonight from 5 pm to 7 pm. The event is part of the touring Queensboro Dance Festival, which visits various venues around the borough. Katharine Pettit Creative, Yamini Kalluri, Rastro Dance Company, Barbara Mahler’s Dances and the Kingdom Dance Company will perform while the samba band Os Clavelitos perform in the plaza. After the show, attendees can visit the Dance Festival VIP happy hour at Sidetracks bar.

Monthly Reading Series Returns to LIC Tonight

The Queens Council on the Arts’ free monthly LIC Reading Series returns to LIC Bar on Vernon Boulevard tonight from 8 pm to 10 pm. The event will feature prominent author and New York Times editor Rumaan Alam reading from his recent novel That Kind of Mother, poet Hala Alyan reading from her debut novel Salt Houses and award-winning author Porochista Khakpour reading from her new work Sick.

Register for Free Art Classes at the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society

The Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society will host a free art class today at 10:30 am at the Emanuel United Church of Christ at 93-12 91st Avenue. The workshop is part of a series of free art and painting classes provided by the arts organization. Email projectwoodhaven@gmail.com or call (718) 805-2002 to register for today’s class.



LONG READ: OPINION: We Know How To Reduce The Number Of Women Who Die In Childbirth. Do We Have The Will? — WBUR

ANOTHER LONG READ: First Canada Tried to Charm Trump. Now It’s Fighting Back — The New York Times Magazine

VIRAL: A memorial grows outside the NYC restaurant where Anthony Bourdain got his start

YUM: Stay tuned: Queens Food Tours will soon launch a walking tour of Jackson Heights’ Himalayan eateries  


NATIONAL NEWS: Supreme Court upholds Ohio’s controversial voter-purge law by 5-4 vote  NPR . . . Obama is meeting with presidential hopefuls to discuss future of the Democratic party  CNN.

INTERNATIONAL DISPATCHES: Trump met with North Korea’s Kim Jung Un late last night CNN . . . But did not plan to bring up North Korea’s human rights abuses NBC News



9:30 AM to 10:30 AM: Katz Chairs Borough Cabinet Meeting

10:30 AM: Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society Hosts Free Dance Classes

5 PM to 7 PM: Queens Dance Festival

7 PM to 8 PM: Free Waterfront Yoga at Hunts Point

7 PM to 8 PM: Rocky Hill Civic Association Meeting in Queens Village

7 PM to 9 PM: Queens County Young Democrats and Ridgewood Democratic Club Meet in Ridgewood

7:30 PM: CB4 Meets in Corona

7:45 PM: CB9 Meets in Ozone Park

8  PM to 10 PM: Queens Council on the Arts LIC Reading Series


QUEENS SPORTS: Todd Frazier saved the Mets from an embarrassing sweep by hitting a two-run homerun to beat his former team from the Bronx . . . Jarred Kelenic, the Mets’ first-round pick in last week’s MLB Draft, looks follow the blueprint drafted by Mets OF Brandon Nimmo as he sets his sights on the Big Leagues. Like Nimmo, the 18-year-old outfielder, who bats left-handed, didn’t play high school ball in Wisconsin. Instead, he played for the Rawlings Hitters travel program and starred on the US National Team — from the Brooklyn Eagle

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