Louis Armstrong, an American legend and longtime Corona resident // Courtesy the Louis Armstrong House Museum

Kerson Discusses His Career, A Crowley Is Running and It’s a ‘Wonderful World’ in Queens Today.


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FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018 

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Kerson, the Queens Bar Scribe, Reflects on a Life of Law With the Daily Eagle

When Paul Kerson graduated from college in 1972, he faced a choice. The former college newspaper editor could pursue journalism at a time when dozens of newspapers were closing shop or he could study law and establish himself in Queens, his home borough. The Queens County Bar Association enabled him to do both.

“I always had the bug,”  Kerson told the Queens Daily Eagle. “I became a lawyer, opened my own office and I saw that the Queens Bar had a paper that looked like my paper from college.” Since 1979, Kerson has written for and edited the Queens Bar Bulletin — that’s in addition to his duties as an attorney and business ownerRead the Rest of the Eagle Profile. 

Nixon, Van Bramer and Ramos Condemn ‘Dangerous State of Our Subways’

Gubernatorial hopeful Cynthia Nixon joined State Senate candidate Jessica Ramos and City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer on the 7 platform at the Jackson Heights–Roosevelt Avenue/74th Street stop in Queens to condemn the state of subway system. According to a Daily News, half of the 7 train fleet failed inspection last year. “The 7 train is a staple of life in Queens,” Ramos said. “Tens of thousands of us take it every day—to go to work, to school, to the doctor, to visit family. Meanwhile, our elected officials continue to ignore the fact that the wheels are worn down on half of all 7 trains. Van Bramer said he has endorsed Nixon and Ramos because he thinks they will commit to fixing the ailing MTA. “Every single rider of the 7 train deserves to be safe,” said New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer. “Simply put, it is time to change the MTA so that it works for all straphangers.”

Revamped Astoria Heights Playground Opens After $8M Investment

Local lawmakers cut the ribbon on the brand new Astoria Heights Playground yesterday. The playground is one of ten Queens parks that has received an investment through the Community Parks Initiative, NYC Parks’ plan for an equitable parks system. The project was funded with nearly $8 million total, and was the first major renovation to Astoria Heights Playground in more than 20 years.  According to a recent report by the Center for an Urban Future, at least 46 parks, triangles, and plazas — including six in Queens — have not received significant capital investment in at least a century. Twenty-five of the borough’s 66 playground have not been upgraded since the 1960s or earlier. “Thanks to the capital investment of public dollars, the children and families of Astoria can enjoy the long-anticipated upgrades to Astoria Heights Playground,” said Borough President Melinda Katz. “The new Playground is for the community, by the community, thanks to substantial input on the design from community members and students through the Community Parks Initiative.” Council Member Costa Constantinides also hailed the grand re-opening. “Astoria Heights Park has been a haven in our community, which is why it was important that it endeavor as a 21st century open space,” Constantinides said. “I am proud to have allocated $1.1 million to help Astoria Heights Park become on par with other City green spaces.

Crowley Is Running — No, Not That One

Three days after the Queens Daily Eagle reported that former City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley had raised more than $100,000 in an undeclared campaign ahead of the 2021 citywide elections, Crowley revealed the office she seeks. In an interview with the Queens Chronicle, Crowley said she formed an exploratory committee to assess her candidacy for Queens Borough President. “I’m from Queens. This is the borough I was born and raised in. I would bring a unique vision that extends beyond the previous boundaries of my Council district,” Crowley told the Chronicle. “I’ve been out there the last few months talking to leaders throughout Queens and I’m getting a very good response. People are encouraging me.” Current Borough President Melinda Katz will reach her term limit that year. For her part, Katz has raised more than $417,000 for an undeclared campaign.

A Journey Through Solar Power History for the Aspiring Engineer

The Queens Historical Society and Con Edison guide families on journey through the history of Solar Energy on Saturday. The program traces the history of solar power from colonial sun dials to present day rooftop panels. Students will be introduced to various aspects in the scientific field including: The Industrial Revolution, Hydro Power, Solar Power, Wind Power, Electric Energy, and Satellite/GPS Systems. At a special workshop, children will assemble Solar Rover Kits. The activity teaches children how to harness the light of the sun to power an everyday object — a recycled soda can. The workshop and history lesson last from 11 am to 1 pm 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Queens Historical Society at Kingsland Homestea located at 143-35 37th Avenue in Flushing.

See Scissorhands in Athens Square

On Sunday, Athens Square will host a special nighttime screening of Tim Burton’s classic Edward Scissorhands. The 1990 film tells the story of Edward, a gentle outcast with garden shears for fingers thrust into a conservative 1950s suburban society. The movie begins at 8 pm in square, located at 30th Street and 30th Avenue in Astoria.

For Queens, It’s Trees of Green. Red Roses, Too.

On Saturday afternoon, the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College will reprise its Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World Festival at the Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The fifth annual festival honors the legacy of Armstrong, the legendary trumpeter known as Satchmo who called Corona home for more than 20 years. Several high-profile Queens musicians will take the stage, including hip-hop headliner Action Bronson. The Soul Rebels, an eight-piece brass ensemble hailing from New Orleans, Louisiana — the city usually associated with Armstrong’s career — will share the stage. The band brings an eclectic blend of soul, jazz, hip-hop and pop music to their performances. “We can’t wait to take NYC festival-goers on a thrilling ride from Queens to New Orleans and back, at the same time that we honor and celebrate the legacy of America’s greatest musical icon, Louis Armstrong,” the Kupferberg Center said in a statement. “For this year’s What a Wonderful World Festival, we honor Satchmo’s life in Corona by featuring one of Queens’ finest.”

Rockaway Beach Super Boardwalk Street Fair Returns

Hit the beach then shop til you drop at the boardwalk street fair, which features handmade crafts, vintage items and unique gifts from fascinating vendors. The fair will take place along Beach 86th Street and Shorefront Parkway from 10 am to 6 pm.

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