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QUEENS TODAY

THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2018

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THE LEDE: Happy Thursday! Here’s some good news for commuters: The MTA launched its ‘Atlantic Ticket’ program to reduce LIRR fares in Queens and Brooklyn. And some good news for music lovers: Get to ready to rock all summer long at the free summer concert series taking place throughout Queens. This afternoon, visit the Paper Factory to experience the work of visually impaired painter Kamille Ejerta. Tonight, Community Boards 2 and 10 will convene to review infrastructure and rezoning plans, including a CB2 protected bike lane proposal garnering citywide attention. Join Borough President Melinda Katz and the borough’s Filipino community for a Philippine Independence Day celebration then head to Astoria to watch the US Women’s Soccer Team at a viewing party alongside the country’s biggest fan club.

THE IMPRINT: The Daily News cover honors designer Kate Spade, who was found dead of apparent suicide in her Manhattan apartment Tuesday

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THE QUEENS RUNDOWN

Mega Artists and Up-And-Coming Performers Will Rock Queens This Summer

A host of dynamic musicians will take over Queens parks and theaters in a series of free concerts taking place throughout the summer. Check out a performance by dazzling jazz trombonist Clifton Anderson in Long Island City on June 14, get ready for Kool & the Gang to groove in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on June 16 and officially start the summer with a Solstice Celebration in Socrates Sculpture Park on June 21.

Good News for Commuters: MTA Launches ‘Atlantic Ticket’ Discount Fares

As of yesterday, commuters who ride the LIRR between Atlantic Terminal and Rosedale will get a break on fares. The one-way ‘Atlantic Ticket’ will cost $5, down from a high of $10.25. A $60 weekly ticket will include LIRR rides between Queens and Brooklyn stations as well as a 7-Day Unlimited MetroCard good for subway and local bus rides. The new fare applies to riders who travel between Jamaica, Hollis, Queens Village, Locust Manor, St. Albans, Laurelton, Rosedale, Atlantic Terminal, Nostrand Avenue and East New York.

Community Board 2 to Vote on Protected Bike Lanes and Review 44th Road Redesign

Community Board 2 will hold their June meeting tonight at 6 pm inside Sunnyside Community Services at 43-31 39th Street. The board will review the Skillman Ave. Safety Plan, the 44th Road redesign project and various Landmark and ULURP applications, including zoning amendments that affect commercial hotel development in industrial zones. Guest speaker Judy Zangwill from Sunnyside Community Services will present to the board and all those in attendance. This will be the last Community Board 2 meeting until September 6.

CB2’s Transportation Committee Endorses Protected Bike Lanes on Skillman and 43rd Avenues

On Monday, Queens Community Board 2’s Transportation Committee voted 5-2 to support a Department of Transportation plan to add protected bike lanes along Skillman Avenue and 43rd Ave. The 2017 death of a cyclist along 43rd Ave. motivated the bike lane proposal and the vote ran counter to Board Chair Denise Keehan-Smith’s opposition. The full board votes at today’s meeting.

The Measure is Important to Local Cyclists Who Formed a ‘Human-Protected Bike Lane’ Last Night

The organization Transportation Alternatives, which advocates for pedestrian and cyclist safety citywide, organized Queens’ first-ever ‘Human-Protected Bike Lane’ demonstration in support of protected paths along 43rd Avenue last night. Cyclists formed a barrier between cyclists and motorists near the site of a white Ghost Bike honoring Gelacio Reyes, the cyclist killed after being struck by a car last year.

Community Board 10 to Discuss Lefferts Blvd. Rezoning and Speed Hump Installation

Community Board 10 will meet tonight at 7:45 pm inside the Knights of Columbus Hall at 135-45 Lefferts Blvd. in South Ozone Park. Board members will review a rezoning proposal along Lefferts Boulevard and a request for a speed hump on 135th Place between Rockaway Blvd. and Alwick Road. MTA Assistant Director of Government and Community Relations Simone Price will discuss a proposed change to the Q37 bus route.

BP Katz Hosts Philippine Independence Event Tonight

June 12 marks the 120th anniversary of Philippine independence and, in recognition of the national holiday, Borough President Melinda Katz will host a celebration inside Borough Hall from 6 pm to 8 pm tonight. Philippine Independence Day commemorates the former Spanish colony’s Declaration of Independence on June 12, 1898 and has been observed since 1962. Queens is home to New York City’s highest concentration of Filipino immigrants and Filipino-Americans. Specific areas, like Woodside’s Little Manila section, are famous for their dense concentration of Filipino residents, restaurants and businesses.

ArtHotel Open Studios Enable Residents to Experience an Artist at Work

ArtHotel’s artist-in-residence Kamille Ejerta will open her Paper Factory studio to the public from 3 pm to 7 pm today. Ejerta, also known as “OGMillie ” is a visually impaired painter and street artist from New York City whose talent, artistic vision and public engagement earned her a spot in the Queens Council on the Arts ArtHotel residency program. Ejerta uses acrylic paint to create portraits on vintage mirrors.

Join the American Outlaws Supporters’ Club for a US Women’s Soccer Viewing Party in Astoria

The US Men’s National Team may be also-rans after missing the 2018 World Cup, but the women’s side remains the cream of the soccer crop. Tonight at 9 pm, Astoria’s Passage Irish Bar and Kitchen invites borough residents to watch the world’s best soccer players as they take on rival China, their opponent in the iconic 1999 World Cup final. The event is hosted by the American Outlaws, the country’s largest supporters club.

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STAFF PICKS

LONG READ: The inside story of how the US Men’s National Soccer Team missed the 2018 World Cup — via The Ringer

ANOTHER LONG READ: OPINION: As Mayor and Council Clash Over Fares, CUNY MetroCards Offer a Compromise — via City Limits

VIRAL: International Joggers of the World United on #GlobalRunningDay yesterday

YUM: Astoria chef serves up paleo food with home-cooked meal delivery company — via QNS.com____________________________    

NATIONAL NEWS: It’s Newsom vs. Cox in the Race for California Governor — via the New York Times . . . Sen. Menendez may be vulnerable in NJ — via NJ.com . . . Women surged on a night of historic election results — via The Daily Beast

INTERNATIONAL DISPATCHES: 75 dead, almost 200 missing after Guatemala’s volcano catastrophe — via BBC . . . Violence reaches ‘unprecedented’ levels in Derna, Libya — via The Independent

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN QUEENS TODAY

9:30 AM: Community Board 14 Cabinet Meeting Details

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM: ArtHotel Open Studio Details

6:00 PM: Community Board 2 Meeting Details

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM: BP Katz hosts Philippine Independence Day event Details

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM: Under the Hood: Project Description and Budget Writing Workshop Details

7:00 PM: ‘The Workers Cup’ Film Premiere Details

7:45 PM: Community Board 10 Meeting Details

9:00 PM to 11:00 PM: Watch the US Women’s National Soccer Team takes on China at Passage Irish Bar and Kitchen in Astoria Details

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QUEENS SPORTS

 The Islanders fired GM Garth Snow and head coach Doug Weight — via ESPN . . . Watch the US Women’s National Soccer Team (aka, the Country’s Good National Soccer Team) take on rival China at Passage Irish Bar and Kitchen in Astoria

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