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New Rezoning Tool Helps Far Rockaway Hold City Accountable

Massive rezoning underway in Downtown Far Rockaway is fueling community concerns about gentrification and affordable housing. But a new online tool released by the City is designed to address unease and promote transparency. On June 29, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the City had launched the “Rezoning Commitments Tracker,” an interactive map that sheds some light on the rezoning progress and commitments. Community members can click one one of five redevelopment commitment categories: Housing, Open Space, Community Resources, Transportation & Infrastructure, and Economic & Workforce Development. By viewing the stated projects under each category, community members can hold the city accountable for its commitments.

More Affordable Housing Is Coming To Downtown Rockaway, Council Member Richards Says

Far Rockaway Council Member Donovan Richards joined a number of city agencies yesterday to announce the construction of more than 670 units of affordable housing in the neighborhood’s downtown area. The Community Builders, Inc., a leading nonprofit developer will create a portion of the units, which will also use a Beach 21st Street lot to construct commercial space and community facilities. “Today’s announcement is another step in the direction of progress for Downtown Far Rockaway,” said Richards in a statement. “The Beach 21st Street lot  will be transformed into quality affordable housing for working families along with retail and community space to help lift up residents and local nonprofits delivering services to our community.”

Bellerose Library Reopens For Bookworms and Residents Looking to Beat the Heat

The Bellerose Community Library branch of the Queens Library reopened on Monday. “Thank you to the community and to our customers for their patience during our recent renovations,” the library announced on its website. The Bellerose Library will join other Queens library locations that serve as official NYC Cooling Centers for New Yorkers looking to beat the heat in a safe, air-conditioned environment during summer heatwaves.

Jackson Heights Woman Arrested For Allegedly Stabbing Husband

The NYPD arrested a woman yesterday for allegedly stabbing her 43-year-old husband to death inside their Jackson Heights apartment. Cops responded to a call about an assault at the apartment on 93rd Street at around 1 a.m. on Wednesday. Both the woman and her husband were rushed to Elmhurst General Hospital, where the man was pronounced dead. Cops say his wife, 35, had bruises on her face. The couple’s neighbor told The Daily News, that he heard a commotion coming from the apartment at around 1:27 a.m. “The lady had a little blood on the face,” the neighbor told the News.

Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself

The Cigar Factory in Long Island City hosts collaborative art exhibition featuring dozens of local artists from 3-8 p.m. today. The former industrial space located at 9-20 35th Avenue has new life thanks to its renovation as a modern, mixed-use creative space last year. Today’s exhibition, entitled “Allow me to Reintroduce Myself,” features original art made in the last six months by 115 New York City-based artists. Most works are made on or with paper, but the exhibition also includes large-scale installations of varied media, as well as a sound installation.

Mix And Mingle With Maspeth Movers and Shakers

The Maspeth Industrial Business Association (MIBA) and the Newtown Creek Alliance will host a “Summertime Mix and Mingle” today from 5-7 p.m. Come to O’Neills — 64-21 53rd Drive — to meet your industrial neighbors in an informal setting. Attendees will also learn more about the latest updates on the local Superfund Waterway. Place your business card in a prize bowl for a chance to win a ride on the Rainbow Sheen with the Brooklyn Boat Club or a MIBA t-shirt. Representatives from OnForce Solar will also be on hand to discuss the benefits of solar installation and to take questions. Light refreshments will be served.

Learn About Queen Arts Fund Grants

Join the Queens Council of the Arts today from 6-8 p.m. as they walk attendees through the Queens Arts Fund’s (QAF) grant opportunities, as well as how to fill out a sample grant application. The event will take place as the Jamaica Central Branch Queens Library auditorium located at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard. The QAF offers grants to Queens-based individual artists and nonprofit organizations that offer arts and cultural programming that directly serves Queens residents. The QAF Information sessions are mandatory for all first-time grant applicants.

‘Be Careful’ at Queensbridge Park

Very be Careful, a Californian band full of Caribbean soul, will be performing at Queensbridge Park, located at Vernon Boulevard between Queens Plaza and 40th Avenue, starting at 7 p.m. tonight. The group is credited as one of Los Angeles’ first cumbia and vallenator bands. Their innovative sound fuses the scene’s rock defiance and underground aesthetic into a unique Afro-Colombian style. Their music also melds an ode to partying with reflections on the self and personal heritage. Entry is free. Contact Rock Paper Scissors at 812-339-1195 for more information.

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