From left, NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm, trans-activist Bianey Garcia, NYC Council Member Jumaane Williams

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TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2018

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Hundreds Marched in Jackson Heights for the Rights of Transgender Latinx

On Monday night, hundreds of transgender activists and their allies marched through Jackson Heights for the seventh annual TransLatinxMarch.

Demonstrators carried signs and addressed the crowd to champion a single message in both English and Spanish: “We Exist,” or “Existimos.”

City Council Members Carlos Moya, Daniel Dromm and Jumaane Williams joined the demonstrators along Roosevelt Avenue. Hours later, Williams was arrested while protesting Donald Trump’s decision to nominate conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

For more coverage, visit the Queens Daily Eagle photo spread and report.

Forest Hills Goes Green

A new medical marijuana dispensary officially opened its doors in Forest Hills on Tuesday. Curaleaf will provide medical-grade cannabis to patients suffering from cancer, chronic pain, Parkinson’s Disease, post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions that qualify under the Department of Health’s medical marijuana plan. Last week, the Queens Daily Eagle covered an open house at the facility. “People are very positive,” one Curaleaf staff member said.  “We were especially surprised at how many seniors had good things to say about the opening of a dispensary in their neighborhood.” First-time patients are eligible for a one-on-one consultation with one of the dispensary workers.

Crime Is Down in New York City in the First Half of 2018

New York City saw an overall reduction in crime reports throughout the first six months of 2018, according to a statement released by the NYPD on Tuesday. The number of crime reports fell by 2 percent — or 853 reported crimes — compared with the same period in 2017. Shooting incidents fell from 360 to 340 and the number of burglaries fell from 5,768 to 5,458. Despite the decrease in some forms of crime, however, reports of rape increased from 678 to 903 and the number of murders increased from 136 to 147.

Federal Officials Recall Raw Chicken From LIC Slaughterhouse

The USDA has recalled raw chicken from a Long Island City slaughterhouse that was not properly inspected before it was shipped. Officials issued the recall on Monday after discovering that some chicken from Afandina Halal was stamped with a false inspection code, according to the USDA. The recall applies to boxes containing boneless chicken leg meat, whole chicken legs and chicken cutlets. Consumers who have purchased the products are urged not to eat them. No one has been reported sick yet.

Trio Attacked Hollis Deli Workers

Police from the 103rd Precinct released surveillance video of a group of suspects who assaulted two deli employees at a grocery store on Jamaica Avenue in Hollis. The incident started at 10:40 p.m. on June 22 after the two employees got into a dispute with an unidentified male suspect and pushed him out of the store, cops say. Later, the suspect returned to the store with two other male suspects. The two men punched and kicked one employee while the other pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed the other employee in the head, torso and chest. All three suspects then fled on foot.

Man Shot Dead In Front Of Woodside Duane Reade

A man was gunned down in front of a Duane Reade by a mystery assailant on Tuesday morning, the NYPD said. Cops responded to a 911 call around 12:30 a.m. that a man had been shot in front of the Duane Reade on 60-02 Roosevelt Avenue. Upon arrival, first responders found the unidentified victim unconscious and unresponsive with two gunshot wounds to the chest. He was taken to Elmhurst General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. No arrests have been made and an NYPD investigation in ongoing.

A Workshop For The Future Franchiser

The NYC Small Business Support Center will host a crash-course workshop on opening and operating franchises on July 12 at 90-27 Sutphin Boulevard. The free event lasts from 6-8 p.m. and will provide attendees with information about franchise regulations, fees and site selection. The City recommends the event for people just getting started in the franchise world, as well as those close to purchasing a franchise.

Don’t Miss LIC Henge

Venture down to Hunter’s Point Park in Long Island City on July 13 to check out LIC Henge, the peculiar event that occurs when the sunset aligns perfectly with the east/west grid of Manhattan. The Hunters Point Park Conservancy will also run a social media photo contest to award the best Henge pics.

An International Film Series In The Heart Of Queens

Enjoy Passport Thursdays on the lawn in front of the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park at 7 p.m. on July 12. Attendees can enjoy the film Road, Movie, an Indian film in Hindi and Rajasthani with English subtitles. The movie depicts a restless young man intent on escaping his father’s failing business by offering to drive an antique Chevy across the desert. He soon discovers that he is actually transporting an old touring cinema. The event kicks off with a Bollywood dance workout class from 7-7:45 p.m., followed by the film screening at 8 p.m.

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