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QUEENS TODAY

TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018

Weather in Queens (NWS): Day: 73° Cloudy, Night: 56° Cloudy

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THE LEDE: Happy Tuesday! It’s a great day for Queens foodies and artists. Tonight, Long Island City eateries convene for the 13th annual Taste of LIC food festival and various Flushing social justice organizations will host an interfaith Iftar. The Queens Council on the Arts is awarding public art grants to local muralists and sculptors and the Queens Theater has begun showcasing artwork by recent immigrant students. A real estate firm received a $100 million loan to develop a massive Queens Boulevard property, construction crews broke ground on a 100% affordable housing complex in Far Rockaway. Nine firefighters sustained minor injuries battling a blaze at a dilapidated home in Flushing and a dollar-van driver was murdered in Cambria Heights.

THE IMPRINT: Golden Parachute” — The Daily News front page features a photo of State Sen. Marty Golden skydiving despite receiving a disability pension from the NYPD.

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THE QUEENS RUNDOWN

Savor the Flavors of Long Island City at Neighborhood’s 13th Annual Food Festival

Kaufman Astoria Studios in Long Island City will host the neighborhood’s 13th Annual ‘Taste of LIC’ food festival tonight at 6 pm. Participating restaurants include The Creek & The Cave, Dutch Kills Centraal, George’s, Manducatis Rustica, R’A’R Bar and Rockaway Brewing and proceeds from the event will benefit the Chocolate Factory Theater. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer will serve as emcee.

 

Queens Council on the Arts Will Award 8 Public Art Grants Jackson Heights and Jamaica

The Queens Council on the Arts’ ArtSite initiative will award $4,500 grants to eight local artists willing to design murals, sculptures and other works in public spaces throughout Jamaica and Jackson Heights. According to the QCA website, ArtSite aims to “illustrate how art can transform a community” and stimulate “a self-sustaining supportive art culture” in the neighborhoods. Applications are due June 20.

Mysterious Flushing Fire Injures 9 Firefighters and 2 Squatters

A fire inside a supposedly vacant home in Flushing injured nine firefighters and forced two squatters to flee the property early Monday morning. In the past, neighbors have called 311 to report dangerous conditions at the home and told news sources that the property is frequented by drug-users. FDNY has not yet reported the source of the mysterious blaze. “It’s supposed to be a vacant building,” FDNY Deputy Chief Brendan McSweeney told Eyewitness News. “It is suspicious and they are investigating.”

127-Unit Affordable Housing Site Breaks Ground in Far Rockaway

Construction crews have broken ground on a 127-unit affordable housing site known as Beach Greens Dunes in Far Rockaway, an important step in the city’s effort to invest in the Sandy-ravaged community. The  $53.8 million property will feature 100% affordable housing for very low, low, and moderate-income tenants and is set to open in December 2019.

Flushing Social Justice Organizations Host Interfaith Iftar Tonight

Flushing Amnesty Group, Flushing Meeting Religious Society of Friends and the Flushing Interfaith Council invite New Yorkers of all faiths and backgrounds to celebrate Iftar tonight at 7:30 at the Flushing Quaker Meeting House on Northern Boulevard. Iftar is a meal shared by Muslims after sunset during Ramadan and provides an opportunity to unite neighbors.

Developers Receive $100 Million Loan for Queens Boulevard Property

The Real Deal released its list of April’s most expensive outer borough loans and for the first time, a massive Queens property cracked the Top Three. Madison International Realty received $100 million from Natixis to develop 88-15 Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst. The two higher loans will both finance projects along the Brooklyn waterfront. Oliver’s Realty Group received more than $250 million to complete a property near Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 and Two Trees got $175 million for a Williamsburg development.

Dollar Van Driver Shot and Killed in Cambria Heights

A 26-year-old dollar-van driver was shot and killed inside his parked van in Cambria Heights early Sunday. NYPD officers found the man with three gunshot wounds to his torso and he was pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital. No arrests have been made.

Met Council Honors ‘Champion of Affordable Housing’ Donovan Richards

The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty honored Councilman Donovan Richards as a Champion of Affordable Housing at their annual breakfast last week. The Manhattan-based social service organization supports thousands of low-income New Yorkers. “Honored to receive ‘Champion of Affordable Housing Award’ from @MetCouncil. Proud of the work they do everyday to address poverty in our communities,” Richards wrote on Twitter.

Queens Theater Showcases Artwork by Immigrant Students

School is almost out, but students from the Academy for New Americans in Long Island City will still have a chance to see their art class creations on display throughout the summer. Last week, the Queens Theater turned its lobby into an art gallery to display work by students from IS 235, a unique school serving recent immigrants. The non-profit theater is located in Flushing Meadows and highlights community performances and art projects.

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STAFF PICKS

LONG READ: How an Unproven Forensic Science Became a Courtroom Staple — via New York Times Magazine

ANOTHER LONG READ: When Working at Disney World Means Being Stuck Living in a Cheap Motel — via Vice

VIRAL: Kanye West’s new album art has inspired countless clever imitators

YUM: Explore the ‘Flavors of Long Island City’ with this weekly food tour

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NATIONAL NEWS:  Fewer immigrants are reporting abuse. Police blame fear of deportation — via The New York Times . . . New breast cancer test means fewer women will need chemo — via BBC . . . Opioid Overdoses Plague Housing for the Formerly Homeless — via Opioid Watch

FOREIGN DISPATCHES: Spain swears in new prime minister Pedro Sanchez — via CNN . . . Nearly half of Afghan children, mostly girls, don’t go to school — via NBC News

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN QUEENS TODAY    

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM: Queens EDC Entrepreneur’s Workshop in LIC Details

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM: Small Business Networking in Jamaica Details

5:30 PM to 8:30 PM: 13th Annual Taste of LIC Details

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM: Murphy Queens Technology Workshop Details

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM: Democratic Primary Candidate Suraj Patel Opens Office in LIC Details

7:10 PM: Dominican Heritage Night at CitiField Details

7:30 PM to 9:30 PM: Interfaith Iftar Celebration Details

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QUEENS SPORTS: The Mets can’t stop wasting Jacob DeGrom’s brilliant starts

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MILESTONES

Happy Birthday to Kenny G, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Kraft, Nick Kroll, Suze Orman, Brian McKnight, Pete Wentz, Ken Follett and Aesop Rock

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