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MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018

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THE LEDE: Happy Monday! Borough President Melinda Katz and the Queens Borough Board meet tonight at Borough Hall and Community Board 7 convenes in Flushing. A Queens restaurant owner and a local community organizer remember Anthony Bourdain’s power to uplift the borough’s diverse food and culture. Councilman Barry Grodenchik hailed the pending Fair Fares initiative, Long Island City is getting another huge hotel and Newsday will begin printing in College Point instead of Long Island. Astoria’s Hallets Point will soon feature an outdoor arts venue on the waterfront and PS1 invites visitors to experience a sunset like they’ve never seen before.

THE IMPRINT: ‘Justified!’ The Post proclaims. By capturing the Belmont Stake, Justify completes the historic Triple Crown.



Borough President Katz and Queens Borough Board Meet Tonight

Borough President Melinda Katz and the Queens Borough Board will meet tonight at 5:30 pm at Borough Hall. Katz chairs the board, which includes every city council member representing Queens as well as the chairs of each local community board. The board discusses issues related to land-use, budgets, public policy, development and other key topics.

A Flushing Restaurateur Explained How Anthony Bourdain Put His Family’s Struggling Business on the Map

Anthony Bourdain’s suicide prompted an outpouring of gratitude and inspiring stories from food-lovers around the world, including here in Queens. On Friday, the owner of Chinese food franchise Xi’an Famous Foods shared how Bourdain’s unlikely visit helped his family achieve success. “I remember the time in 2007 when Tony first visited our basement food stall in Flushing for Travel Channel’s No Reservations while I was still in college,” he wrote on Twitter, describing how that visit put his restaurant on the map. “[In 2015], I told him, while he may have no idea what he has done for our family and business by simply saying he enjoyed the food, I wanted him to know it helped bring our family out from living in one room in Flushing to living the American dream.”

And a Community Organizer Described Bourdain’s Respect For Diversity

Queens attorney and community organizer Ali Najmi talked with Time Magazine about the extensive research Bourdain conducted before visiting a location as well as his respect for the distinct cultures he experienced. When he visited a Tibetan shop in Jackson Heights, he brought the same curiosity that he did during visits to far-flung countries, Najmi said. “The best thing about Bourdain was that he loves the food, but loves the people behind it even more,” Najmi told Time. “He truly was invested in people and he figured out that food is the connector of people.”

Grodenchik Hails Fair Fares

Low-income New Yorkers are about to get a break on Metrocards and District 23 Councilman Barry Grodenchik is excited. Grodenchik took to Twitter to hail a plan that would charge half-price for transit-riders who earn below the federal poverty line. “FairFares will be an enormous victory for #NYC riding poor. #FairFares makes eminent good sense and that is why I have supported it from the get go,” Grodenchick said. According to the New York Times, the city will allocate $106 million in the next budget to pay for the first six months of the program beginning in January 2019.

Newsday Shutters Long Island Print Operation and Outsources to College Point Plant

After 77 years of printing in-house at their Long Island headquarters, Newsday will switch 100% of its printing to The New York Times facility in College Point starting today. About 225 full-time and 300 part-time staff members will lose their jobs and must complete the New York Times hiring process to begin working at the plant.

Long Island City’s Development Boom Continues With Proposed 385-Room Hotel Tower

Long Island City just keeps growing. On Friday, developer Dun Zhang filed permits with the Department of Buildings to construct a 15-story, 385-room hotel at 37-10 10th Street. The proposed hotel would replace a one-story warehouse. According to The Real Deal, developers have filed permits for 45 new hotels since 2010, giving LIC the most hotels of any outer borough neighborhood.

Community Board 7 to Review Street Redesign and Parking Permits at Tonight’s Meeting in Flushing

Queens Community Board 7 will hold their monthly meeting tonight at 7 pm at Union Plaza Care Center in Flushing. Board members will review the conversion of 17th Road and 17th Avenue into one-way streets and discuss renewing NYPD storage parking permits. This will be the last Community Board 7 meeting until September 17.

Astoria’s Hallets Point Will Soon Feature an Outdoor Art and Performance Venue

Starting this summer, a temporary 30,000-square-foot outdoor venue will open at Hallets Point thanks to the Durst Organization, a real estate firm that plans to build a massive mixed-use facility on the waterfront property. “Hallets is something of a blank slate, and we want to start to highlight the cultural and arts community in Astoria,” a Durst Organization spokesperson told The Real Deal. “It’s the final phase of the project so construction is a few years away. The views it has of Manhattan, it would be a shame not to activate it.”

With ‘Skyspaces,’ PS1 Visitors Can Experience the Art of the Sunset

A new exhibition at MoMA PS1 makes sunsets even more beautiful than they already are. Artist James Turrell’s Skyspaces, Meeting is a site-specific installation that enables visitors to observe a multicolored lighting program that subtly shifts as the sun sets. Visitors can participate in the unique exhibition tonight at 8:15 pm.



LONG READ: “This Is Bigger Than Myself” — How the Women of US Gymnastics Found Their Voice — Vanity Fair

ANOTHER LONG READ: An intense investigation examines the Grenfell Tower fire in London — London Review of Books

VIRAL: Angela Merkel confronts Donald Trump in a photo released by the German Chancellor’s office

YUM: How Anthony Bourdain highlighted amazing food and cultures in the overlooked parts of Queens


NATIONAL NEWS: Trump refuses to sign G-7 summit and calls Trudeau ‘weak’ via The New York Times . . . Body of woman killed by alligator found in Florida lake The Guardian

INTERNATIONAL DISPATCHES: Fire hits Baghdad ballots before recount via BBC . . . Trump arrives in Singapore ahead of summit with North Korea via CNN



5:30 to 7 PM: Borough Board Meets

5:45 to 7:45 PM: Woodhaven Soccer Club Tryouts

7 PM: Community Board 7 meets in Flushing

7 PM to 9 PM: Queens DSA Housing Working Group meeting

7 PM to 10 PM: Royal Star Theatre Seussical Auditions in Jamaica Estates

7:30 PM to 9:30 PM: 1st Bilingual Congressional Debate in Jackson Heights

8:15 PM to 9:45 PM: Sunset viewing of James Turrell exhibition at PS1


QUEENS SPORTS: Jacob DeGrom leads MLB pitchers in WAR and has an 0.81 ERA over his last 9 starts. But the impotent Mets are just 2-7 during that stretch.

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