Children play in Gantry Plaza State Park, which hosts a Bluegrass concert tonight at 7 pm // Eagle photo by Katie Finkowski

Your Library Card is Now Your Museum Pass and the City Hosts a Workers’ Rights Forum. It’s Queens Today.

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TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2018 

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Department of Consumer Affairs Reviews State Of Workers’ Rights

The City’s Department of Consumer Affairs has partnered with the Commission on Human Rights and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to host a public hearing on the state of workers’ rights tonight at 6 pm inside LaGuardia Community College’s Little Theatre — 30-10 Thomson Avenue. The event will feature a panel of laborers who will describe the issues that they face in today’s workplace, as well as an open session for testimony from low-wage and immigrant workers, advocacy groups, labor unions, nonprofits, and community-based organizations. “The purpose of the public hearing is to get input directly from communities [through]  workers giving us their stories and providing testimony about the challenges they face in the workplace,” DCA Commissioner Lorelei Salas told the Queens Daily Eagle. “We’re giving more space for workers to know that they can come to us and air their grievances, to tell us where we could be doing things differently and let us know what is working.”

Cops Seek Suspect In Sunnyside Subway Snatch-and-Grab

The NYPD is looking for a man suspected of following an elderly woman and taking her wallet inside of a Sunnyside subway station. Police from the 108th Precinct say the man followed the 85-year-old victim into the 46th Street-Bliss subway station on the 7 line, reached into her purse and removed her wallet, which contained $130, a debit card and personal documents. The suspect, seen in surveillance video obtained from a business at 47-01 Queens Boulevard, is described as being Hispanic, in his 30s, approximately 5’0″ tall, weighing 125 pounds and having black hair and brown eyes.

Stay Safe and Beat The Heat Today In City Cooling Centers

With heat index values projected to reach the mid to high 90s, the National Weather Service has issued an Air Quality Alert today. As a result, the New York City Emergency Management Department and the Health Department have issued a heat advisory alert. To find a cooling center, including community centers and NYCHA facilities, call 311 or use the Cooling Center Finder at www.nyc.gov/beattheheat. “During extreme heat, air conditioning can save lives. Check on older neighbors, friends and family who may not have air conditioning, and help them get to a cool place,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. Queens Library branches also serve as cooling centers, with the added bonus of near-unlimited book and magazine access.

Your Library Card Is Now Your Ticket to City Cultural Institutions

Your library card now gives you free admission to more than 30 of the City’s Cultural institutions, thanks to a program unveiled by the the Department of Cultural Affairs on Monday. The “Culture Pass” program allows cardholders from any of the City’s three library systems — including the Queens Library — to gain free admission to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, the Queens Museum, the Queens Historical Society and 29 other members Cultural Institution Group, all located on city-owned property. In order to make a reservation using the Culture Pass program, cardholders may visit https://www.culturepass.nyc and log in to the program’s reservations system using their library card credentials.

Bluegrass on the Lawn at Gantry Plaza State Park

Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts will present yet another free outdoor concert tonight as part of its two-month-long “Live at the Gantries” event series. Head down to Gantry Plaza State Park, located at 4-09 47th Rd in Long Island City, for a night of Americana, folk and bluegrass music courtesy of the ensemble act Lindsay Lou starting at 7 pm. With roots in Nashville, Tennessee and Michigan, the group cites jazz singers of the 1950s and 60s and bluegrass greats as just some of their influences. Entry is free.

Ridgewood Robber Runs Off With Victim’s Wallet

The NYPD is searching for a woman suspected of swiping a victim’s wallet in Ridgewood. In a statement released on Thursday, cops from the 104th Precinct say the 35-year-old female victim was walking in front of a business at 57-37 Myrtle Avenue when she realized that her wallet, containing six credit cards and $220, was gone. One of the credit cards was later used to purchase $700 worth of merchandise at a nearby store. Using surveillance camera footage, cops identified the suspect as black, with her hair in a bun and last seen wearing a beige long sleeved shirt, dark colored jeans, gray sneakers and carrying a black purse. Anyone with information in regards to the incident is asked to call 1-800-577-TIPS.

There’s Less Than a Week Left to Apply for New York’s Tuition-Free College Program

The deadline to apply for New York State’s Excelsior Scholarship, a tuition-free college program, is Monday, July 23. The scholarship, in combination with other student financial aid programs, provides recipients with free tuition to SUNY and CUNY colleges, including Queensborough Community College, Queens College, York College and LaGuardia Community College. In order to be eligible, an applicant must be a New York resident who has resided in the state for 12 continuous months, be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, have a combined federal adjusted gross income of $110,000 or less, and meet a series of other criteria. For more information and to apply, visit https://www.hesc.ny.gov/excelsior/

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