Queens Today

By Evan Rosen

Ulrich Wants a John McCain School in Belle Harbor

If Council Member Eric Ulrich has his way an elementary school in Belle Harbor could bear the name of a senator from Arizon. Ulrich, the lone Republican in Queens’ city council delegation said he wants Belle Harbor’s Public School 114 to pay tribute to John McCain, the Daily News reported. Though McCain did not have a significant relationship with New York City, Ulrich said he deserved to be honored. “Senator McCain transcended political ideologies and appealed to our better angels,” Ulrich said. McCain joined the U.S. Navy and survived five years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. He was elected to the House of Representatives before serving as a senator from 1982 until his death this week. McCain lost to Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election. Ulrich wrote a letter to School Chancellor Richard Carranza on Tuesday, but new school names must be approved by principals and parent associations. PS 114 Principal Elizabeth Welsome is now set to review the proposal with community parents and others, the News reported.

Long Island City Hosts First Ever ‘Bookcycle’

As if ferries, eBikes and scooters weren’t enough, a new mode of transportation is coming to LIC. But when the “Bookcycle” hits the streets it won’t be releasing fossil fuels; it will be dropping knowledge. City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and Queens Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott joined the Friends of Court Square Library and library staff on Aug. 23 to unveil the vehicle, a modified bicycle that will enable residents to sign up for a library card, reserve library materials and borrow books directly from its attached front compartment. The Bookcycle is part of an effort to spread Queens Library resources around the community. The bike also includes a Bluetooth speaker and microphone designed for outdoor story times, the Queens Gazette reported. “Increasing access to books and library resources is critical and I look forward to the day when bookcycles are actively pedaling around all five boroughs,” Van Bramer said.

Don’t Miss ‘111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss’ Authors

Author Joe DiStefano and photographer Clay Williams, the co-creators of the popular book, 111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss, will discuss the best places in their favorite borough at the Flushing branch of the Queens Library on Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. “Queens has taken its place alongside cities like Paris, Venice, Hong Kong and San Francisco in the ‘111 Places’ series of global travel books, crammed with insider tips,” said Florence Fabricant of The New York Times. “About a third of the one-page recommendations will direct you to something to eat in New York’s most ethnically diverse 

Ramos & Peralta Discussed Their Contentious Primary Race

Jessica Ramos, a community organizer and activist, is challenging incumbent State Sen. Jose Peralta in the Democratic primary for Senate District 13 on Sept. 13 and the race has been contentious. Ramos never misses an opportunity to criticize Peralta’s defection to the Independent Democratic Conference, a breakaway faction of Senate Democrats who caucused with Republicans, in late-2016. The two candidates recently sat down with City Limits executive editor Jarrett Murphy and Gotham Gazette executive editor Ben Max for an episode of their podcast “Max and Murphy.” The conversations focused on issues affecting the immigrant-rich district like the DREAM Act, subway service and small businesses.

Queens College Is In the Top 1% for Upward Mobility, Stanford study says

A recent study by Stanford economic professor Raj Chetty revealed that Queens College is one of the best schools in the United States at providing its students with opportunity for upward mobility, the Queens Gazette repored. The study, published earlier this week in the Chronicle of Higher Education, tracked the progress of students from nearly every U.S. college and measured their earnings after leaving school against tax filings and student aid records. It also observed how well colleges helped students navigate from the bottom 20 percent of the income bracket to the top 20 percent. According to the study, Queens College was in the top 1 percent of all colleges based on these metrics and was listed in 11th place among the top 20 four-year public colleges. “The Stanford University study powerfully demonstrates that when it comes to economic mobility, Queens College — now in its 81st year of serving the people of New York — is making a larger impact than virtually every other college in the country,” said Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. His school was also listed in the top quarter of Money magazine’s most recent ‘Best Colleges for Your Money’ rankings.

ACC Pets Available for Adoption This Saturday

Dogs and cats looking for permanent homes will be available for adoption this Saturday, Sept. 1. Animal Care Centers will visit the Petco located at 7507 31st Ave in East Elmhurst from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. to help the pets-to-be find good homes. ACC pets are vaccinated, spayed or neutered, pre-registered with microchips and equipped with identification tags. In addition, all pets have a collar and owners will receive a certificate for a complimentary initial exam at a participating veterinarian. According to the ACC website, the organization strives to “find loving homes for homeless and abandoned cats, dogs, and rabbits, both by adopting animals directly to the public and by partnering with more than 200 dedicated animal placement organizations.”

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