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New Hunter’s Point Park Taps City’s Wetland Roots

The new 5.5-acre expansion of Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park restores the wetland origins of a region recently dominated by warehouses and factories. The park, located at the terminus of Newtown Creek and the East River, opened yesterday. And the setting is not only beautiful, it’s functional — the park will serve as a buffer against future floods.

Flushing Doctor Charged With Killing Woman in Botched Abortion Cops Plea in Queens Court

Dr. Robert Rho was sentenced to up to four years in prison for criminally negligent homicide after his patient died following an abortion procedure at his Flushing clinic in July 2016. Rho cut a deal with the prosecution “10 seconds” before the jury delivered its verdict, the Daily News reported. “This was a very sad case. A 30-year-old woman, who had recently graduated from college and had her whole life ahead of her, died as the result of this botched procedure,” Queens DA Richard Brown said in a statement. “The doctor has accepted responsibility and admitted his failure to provide adequate care following surgery.”

Who Was Jack Johnson? Watch This Film About the Legendary Boxer To Find Out

When Donald Trump pardoned boxing great Jack Johnson earlier this year, many Americans wondered, “Who was Jack Johnson?” The first black heavyweight champion of the world reached the pinnacle of his sport and of American celebrity, but his conviction for “transporting a white woman across state lines” reflect the bitter racism that even the most famous people of color encountered throughout the 20th Century. Tonight from 7 pm to 9 pm, the Queens Theater in Flushing Meadow Corona Park will air the film Dare to Be Black: The Jack Johnson Story, a documentary delving into the life of the trailblazing champ. The film proves that, though Johnson may have died more than 70 years ago, his legend lives on.

Katz Will Unveil Long-Awaited Tech Plaza Plans Today

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will unveil the Western Queens Tech Zone Strategic Plan today at 5:30 pm in WeWork Queens Plaza in Long Island City. The plan, entitled Live, Work, Create: A Roadmap for Equitable Growth of the Western Queens Tech Ecosystem, aims to foster the growth the tech industry in Western Queens. For more coverage, check out our report on page 19.

ArtHotel Open Studios Program Culminates Tonight At the Paper Factory

For months, ArtHotel’s artist-in-residence Kamille Ejerta, aka “OGMillie,” has hard at work inside the Paper Factory in Long Island City. In addition to creating beautiful paintings on vintage mirrors, the visually impaired painter and street artist enables Queens residents to stop by and learn about her process for making art. Ejerta’s artistic vision and public engagement earned her a spot in the Queens Council on the Arts ArtHotel residency program, which culminates with a special event tonight from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Transit Gets the Lead Out

The NYC Transit Department announced a two-year,  $43 million project to remove lead paint along the 7 line, beginning at the 82nd Street stations and continuing toward Mets-Willet Point. The project was prompted by a 2017 report from the District Council 9 International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, which analyzed the toxic lead levels in paint chips flaking off the elevated tracks, the Queens Chronicle reports. At a press conference on June 18, US Rep. Joe Crowley said removing the paint would also enable Transit to diagnose deeper problems. “It’s more than just painting,” Crowley said. “When you’re painting this line, you see the structural issues up close. You can’t just simply paint over old paint or bad concrete.”

A&E Moves on $127.5 Million Multi-Property Purchase

One of the city’s biggest multi-family home owners just got bigger. According to The Real Deal, A&E Real Estate Holdings purchased a $127.5 million, six-building portfolio spanning Elmhurst and Flushing. The firm received a $65 million loan from Deutsche Bank.

Rockaway Residents Rejoice! A Section of Eroded Beach Will Re-Open

The sudden closure of an 11-block stretch of shoreline at Rockaway Beach days before Memorial Day Weekend provoked an uproar from residents and beachgoers. Why, they asked, did the city not manage the shoreline erosion? And why, they added, didn’t the city announced the closure earlier? On Monday, however, Rockaway residents and beachgoers citywide got a bit of good news: The City plans to re-open a section of beach between Beach 96th and Beach 98th Streets. “We know how much New Yorkers love the Rockaways, and found a way to make more of the beach available for summer fun,” a Parks Department spokesperson said.

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