QUEENS TODAY

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2018

Weather, Queens (NWS): Day: 70° and partly sunny Cloudy, Night: 58° Cloudy

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THE LEDE: Happy Wednesday! Today is National Running Day and the National Weather Service predicts perfect conditions for a jog. Lace up your sneakers and join the New York Road Runners at Flushing Meadows Corona Park or Baisley Park in Jamaica. Later, head to Queens County Farm Museum for a wellness series on the connection between exercise and stress relief. Tonight, Councilman Robert Holden hosts his monthly town hall in Middle Village and a number of Southeast Queens council members hold a marijuana summit on Linden Blvd. A new carshare pilot program is taking parking spaces away from vehicle-owners in Jamaica, Jackson Heights and East Rockaway and thousands of new apartments are coming to Long Island City. Borough President Melinda Katz hosts a Guyanese Independence Day celebration, a Middle Village racehorse owner has two chances to capture the Belmont Stakes and the Astoria Park Carnival kicks off this afternoon. In darker news, police are treating a post-Pride assault as a potential hate crime.

THE IMPRINT: “Trump Flips the Bird,” the New York Post declares after Eagles White House trip unravels.

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THE QUEENS RUNDOWN

Join the Road Runners for Global Running Day at Flushing Meadows and Jamaica

Partly sunny skies and a mild temperature mean it’s a beautiful day for a jog. Celebrate Global Running Day by lacing up those sneakers and joining the New York Road Runners Club at Baisley Pond Park in Jamaica at 9:30 am or Flushing Meadows Corona Park at 7 pm. Runners of all levels are welcome to participate in the events.

Councilman Robert Holden to Host Monthly Town Hall Meeting Tonight

District 30 Councilman Robert Holden will host his monthly town hall meeting Conversations With Your Councilman inside his Middle Village office tonight at 6:30 pm. Holden launched the series in May by providing a forum for constituents to discuss an array of issues related to housing, homelessness and infrastructure in Ridgewood, Glendale, Maspeth and Middle Village. Much of the conversation focused on the illegal conversions of one- and two-family homes into multi-unit dwellings.

Thousands of New Apartments Are Coming to LIC, the Nation’s Fastest-Growing Neighborhood

Long Island City just keeps growing. Last year, a study by the organization RENTCafé named the former industrial powerhouse as the country’s fastest growing neighborhood. And now, thousands are new apartments are under construction or review. For example, a six-story building at the corner of 41st Ave. and 23rd Street will soon open to buyers, a 15-story apartment complex sits on 27th Street and a gigantic, 985-unit glass condo tower has begun to rise behind the neighborhood’s historic clock tower along 41st Ave.

Carshare Pilot Program Will Encroach on Parking Spaces in Jamaica, Jackson Heights the Rockaways

A contested carshare plan aimed at providing vehicle access to non-car owners is coming to Queens. The pilot program will prohibit private cars from parking in spaces specifically reserved for ZipCar and Enterprise carshare vehicles.  And a new map released by the Department of Transportation illustrates the regions that will be affected first, including Jamaica, Jackson Heights and East Rockaway. Drivers citywide have begun complaining about the loss of valuable parking spots. “It’s already really hard to find parking,” a Hamilton Heights resident told The New York Times. “It’s only going to be harder.” In response to criticism,Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said the move to encourage car-sharing would benefit a higher proportion of New Yorkers in a city where fewer than half of adults own automobiles. “It is my job to try to provide the best options I can for all the travelers of New York City,” Trottenberg said.

For Middle Village’s Mike Repole, Winning the Belmont Stakes Would Be a Dream Come True

While most of the horseracing world focuses on Justified’s Triple Crown bid, one Middle Village native has dedicated his life to a different outcome at Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. Mike Repole owns Vino Rosso and Noble Indy, two contenders to capture the Belmont Stakes. Winning the third leg of the Triple Crown would be a dream come true for Repole who grew up in Queens and attended St. John’s. “If you could only give me one,” Repole told the New York Post, “I might be the only person ever who says, ‘I want to win the Belmont Stakes.’” He gets his chance when the ponies leave the starting gate at 6:37 pm Saturday.

Fun For the Whole Family at the Astoria Park Carnival

Spin on the tilt-a-whirl, whack a few moles or scarf some funnel cake at the Astoria Park Carnival, which kicks off this afternoon at 4 pm. There will plenty of rides, games and festival food for the whole family at the fair which takes place in Astoria Park beneath the RFK Bridge every day until June 10. Ride tickets cost $1.50 per ride and coupons are available at the event website.

Council Members from Southeast Queens Host Weed Summit Tonight

In response to racial disparities in citywide weed arrests and calls to legalizing marijuana, several council members will discuss the issue directly with Southeast Queens residents tonight at a town hall meeting. At 7 pm, Donovan Richards, I. Daneek Miller, Adrienne Adams and Rory Lancman will meet with constituents and advocacy groups at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life on Linden Blvd. “Ultimately, our goal is to alleviate some concerns, share the full picture of the impacts of a marijuana arrest and talk about other ways to deal with this issue than just arresting our way out of it,” a spokesperson for Richards told Patch.

Borough President Katz Celebrates Guyanese Independence Day Today at Borough Hall

In honor of Guyana’s Independence, Borough President Melinda Katz and the Guyana Independence Committee will host an Independence Day celebration at the Helen Marshall Cultural Center inside Borough Hall from 6 pm to 8 pm tonight. Guyana achieved independence from the United Kingdom on May 26, 1966 and today folks from Guyane comprise the second-largest immigrant population in Queens.

Police Investigate Potential Hate Crime Hours After Jackson Heights Pride Event

Hours after annual Queens Pride festivities wrapped up in Jackson Heights Sunday, two men attacked a 25-year-old schoolteacher, inflicting face wounds and busting the man’s lip. The victim, who is gay, told police that one of the attackers yelled homophobic slurs before beating him. Police are investigating the assault as a potential hate crime. “Getting your butt kicked for the same reason you went to Pride, just crazy,” the victim told CBS News. “Homophobia is real and it’s annoying.”

‘Melt Your Stress Away’ at Queens County Farm Museum’s First-Ever Wellness Series

Starting tonight at 6:30 pm, Queens County Farm Museum will host a weekly wellness series all month long. According to the program’s event page, each participant will learn about their body’s stress response, understand the mind-body connection and practice simple meditation and mindfulness techniques. Clinical Psychologist Carly Shaw will lead the month-long series, which costs $100.

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STAFF PICKS

LONG READ: Hell on Wheels: The Rogue World of New York’s Major Trash Haulers — via Pro Publica and Voice of America

ANOTHER LONG READ: China Won’t Play in This World Cup. It Still Hopes to Profit — via The New York Times

VIRAL: Melania Trump attends first official event after a 24-day absence had the world speculating

YUM: Spelunk Through Long Island City’s Secret Cheese Caves — via WPIX

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NATIONAL NEWS:  Trump rescinds the White House invitation for Super Bowl Champion Eagles — via ESPN . . . Koch Brothers take on Trump over tariffs — via BBC

INTERNATIONAL DISPATCHES: Iran Moves to Lift Its Nuclear Enrichment Capacity — via The New York Times . . . At least 62 killed and more than 300 injured after volcano explodes in Guatemala — via The Guardian

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN QUEENS TODAY

9:30 AM: Community Board 8 Cabinet Meeting Details

10:00 AM: Community Board 5 Cabinet Meeting Details

4:00 PM to 11:00 PM: Astoria Park Carnival Kickoff Details

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM: Open House at the Q Studio Lab Details

5:30 PM to 8:30 PM: Advance Social Media and E-Commerce Strategies hosted by the NYC Department of Small Business Services Details

6:30 PM: Councilman Robert Holden’s Monthly Townhall Meeting in Middle Village Details

6:30 PM to 9:00 PM: Citywide Education Council for District 75 Convenes for Weekly Business Meets Details

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM: Southeast Queens Townhall on Marijuana Details

8:00 PM: Watch ‘Purple Rain’ During Outdoor Film Night at Nowadays in Ridgewood Details

8:00 PM to 11:00 PM: Sunnyside Singers Club Meeting hosted by the Folk Music Society Details

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QUEENS SPORTS: Today is National Running Day so head to Forest Park, Astoria Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the LIC waterfront of one of countless unique running routes around Queens . . . The New York Post profiled Middle Village native Mike Repole, a racehorse owner who dreams of winning the Belmont Stakes

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MILESTONES

Happy Birthday to Paul Giamatti, Bjorn Borg, Harvey Fierstein, Eli Broad, Jason Isaacs, Robert Englund, Tommie Smith, Cam Neely, Uncle Kracker, DeAndre Hopkins, Julian Green and Vic Mensa

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