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QUEENS TODAY

FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2018

Weather, Queens (NWS): Day 79° Chance of Thunderstorms, Night 69° Rainy

Saturday: Day 78° Rainy, Night 62° Rainy

Sunday: Day 68° Cloudy, Night 55° Cloudy

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THE LEDE: Happy Friday! It’s the 152nd day of the year and the first day of June. *Voter registration for the June primaries ends today.* The weather won’t be great, but there are still plenty of reasons to go outside this weekend: On Saturday, the LIC Post invites runners to its annual 5K Race along the East River, Socrates Sculpture Park hosts free yoga all morning and Forest Park needs volunteers to spruce up the grounds on National Trails Day. On Sunday, the Food and Music Festival takes over Bell Boulevard and Pride festivities come to Jackson Heights. Indoors, Queens council members read from their favorite books at their local libraries. In local news: A cyclist died in a crash with a box truck on a dangerous stretch of 21st Street, the AG busted a shady investor who scammed Queens seniors and NYCHA will try to tackle its maintenance backlog in the Queensbridge.

THE IMPRINT: ‘Beat the Machine’ — The Indypendent, NYC’s free progressive paper, features insurgent Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on its cover

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THE QUEENS RUNDOWN

Today Is the Last Chance to Register to Vote in the June Primaries

Don’t forget to register to vote! Applications must be postmarked no later than today, June 1, in order to vote in the June 26 primary elections. Today is also the last day to register in person at your local board of elections. Visit the state’s election website to print an application or find your local board of election.

Queens Council Members Bring Their Favorite Books to ‘Storytime’ at Queens Library Branches

Extra, extra! Read all about it: Throughout the month of June, Queens council members will visit their local libraries to participate in the “Storytime with Your Council Members” reading series. Councilman Francisco Moya will visit the Lefrak City Library today at 10:30 am to read passages from Ernest Hemingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” And at 2:30, Donovan Richards will bring Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat” to the Laurelton Branch. Councilmembers Adrienne Adams, Costa Constantinides, Robert Holden, Karen Koslowitz and Jimmy Van Bramer will visit their local branches later this month. The program is designed to raise money and support for Queens Library branches.

Activists and Revelers Head to Jackson Heights to Celebrate Pride Weekend

At noon Sunday, dozens of nonprofit organizations, activist groups and local leaders will march in support of LGBTQ rights as part of the annual Pride Parade and Festivities. The parade route stretches along 37th Avenue from 89th Street to 75th Street and culminates with a festival between 75th Street and 37th Road. Borough President Melinda Katz and youth activist Elijah Betters will serve as grand marshals. All marchers are automatically entered to win “Queenie” awards for best costumes and performances.

Bushwhack Your Way Through Forest Park on National Trails Day

In recognition of National Trails Day, Friends of Forest Park will be outside on Saturday sprucing up the grounds at Queens’ third-largest park. The organization seeks volunteers to prune, mulch and help blaze a new trail through the wooded park. They advise participants to wear sturdy boots and to bring water and lunch.

Race Along the Waterfront During the LIC Post’s 3rd Annual 5K Run

The LIC Post will host its third annual 5K race on Saturday morning at 8:30 am. The race begins at Center Ave. and Borden Blvd, follows Vernon Boulevard north and then loops south along the East River. The $25 entrance fee benefits the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy.

Stretch Out After the Race With a Free Yoga Class in Socrates Sculpture Park

Stick around Long Island City after the race for a free yoga class in Socrates Sculpture Park along the waterfront from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. A second class begins at 11 am. Organizers ask that participants bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing.

Savor Bell Boulevard’s Food and Music Festival on Sunday

More than 30 Bayside bistros and a dozen local bands will set up shop along Bell Boulevard for the neighborhood’s annual Food and Music Festival on Sunday from 2 pm to 6 pm. Come enjoy Cajun cooking, Greek treats, French fare and other regional flavors. Advance tickets are on sale for $25.

Shady Queens Investor Charged With Scamming Seniors for $12 Million

On Thursday, the New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced the indictment of Queens banker Dean Mustaphalli on 99 counts of grand larceny, forgery and fraud after his shady investment scheme bilked Queens seniors out of $12 million. Mustaphali tricked at least 58 elderly clients into investing with him by telling them he would put their money into low-risk funds. Instead, he funnelled their cash into a failing hedge fund he operated. Mustaphali now faces years behind bars. “The lesson here is clear — if you deceive your investors, we will go after you,” Underwood said.

At Least 6 Cyclists Have Been Killed on 21st Street Since 2009

Earlier this week, cyclist Aaron Padwee became the sixth cyclist to die while riding on 21st Street in Long Island City since 2009. Padwee flipped over an open car door and crashed into the path of a commercial box truck operated by an unlicensed driver.  According to the watchdog organization Streetsblog, the city has taken no action to protect cyclists and pedestrians on 21st Street since Queens Community Board 1 endorsed a “comprehensive redesign of the entire length of 21st Street” in 2016.

With Repairs Planned for Queensbridge, NYCHA Begins to Chip Away at Its Massive Maintenance Backlog

NYCHA announced that it will begin expediting repairs at three housing complexes, including the Queensbridge Houses, where tenants typically wait more than four months for maintenance. NYCHA General Manager Vito Mustaciuolo said the $20 million city-funded program will reduce the overall backlog from 154,000 maintenance requests to fewer than 100,000. “This is not a number we’re happy with,” Mustaciuolo told the New York Post. “It’s not acceptable.”

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STAFF PICKS

LONG READ: It’s called Auto-Brewery Syndrome and it’s dangerous. Read about the Staten Island man whose body turns carbs into alcohol — NY1

ANOTHER LONG READ: Workers divided on the proposed changes to tipped wages — City Limits

VIRAL: New Yorkers share their stunning photos of ‘Manhattanhenge’

YUM: Bayside’s Bell Boulevard Food and Music Festival Takes Place On Sunday Afternoon

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NATIONAL NEWS:  Kim Kardashian lobbies Trump on prison reform — via BBC . . . Big Banks can resume risky trading after Congress repeals Recession-era Volcker Rule — Via The New York Times

FOREIGN DISPATCHES: A new law in Bavaria requires crosses in all public buildings — via The Guardian . . . Russian journalist defends his ‘death’ — via CNN

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN QUEENS THIS WEEKEND

Friday, June 1

REGISTER TO VOTE BY MAIL OR IN-PERSON AT YOUR LOCAL ELECTIONS OFFICE

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM: American Italian Cancer Foundation’s Free Mobile Breast Cancer Screening Clinic in Sunnyside Details

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM: Francisco Moya participates in “Storytime With Your Council Member” at LeFrak City Library Details

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM: Donovan Richards visits Laurelton Library as part of “Storytime With Your Council member” Details

7:30 PM to 8:30 PM: Tom do Brasil (Sound of Brazil) at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning Details

10:00 PM to 4:00 AM: Caribbean Concert Night in Richmond Hill Details

Saturday, June 2

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM: American Italian Cancer Foundation’s Free Mobile Breast Cancer Screening Clinic in East Elmhurst Details

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM: Yoga in Socrates Sculpture Park Details

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM: Volunteer National Trails Day at Forest Park Details

10:00 AM to 5:30 PM: The New World of the Number 7 Train Queens Historical Society Walking Tour Details

11:00 AM to 4:00 PM: NHS of Queens Housing Expo Details

2:00 PM to 4:30 PM: American Italian Cancer Foundation’s Free Mobile Breast Cancer Screening Clinic in Jamaica Details

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM:  A night of comedy, wine and social justice in Astoria Details

Sunday, June 3

1:00 PM to 6:30 PM: Queens Pride Parade and Festival in Jackson Heights Details

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM: Science in the Park: Woodland Details

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM: Bell Boulevard Food and Music Festival Details

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM: The Magic of Omar Ollusion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park Details

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QUEENS SPORTS: A fire broke out on a Citi Field terrace, an apt metaphor for a season in flames — via NBC New York

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MILESTONES

Happy Birthday to Heidi Klum, Tom Holland, Nick “Swaggy P” Young, Alanis Morissette, Javier Hernandez, Pat Boone, Greg Schiano, Justine Henin, Paul Coffey, Bryan Colangelo and Marilyn Monroe

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