Success at the Carnival for All Children

Flushing elected officials made good on their promise to host a “Carnival for All Children” at Bowne Playground on Sanford Avenue in Flushing on Tuesday. The event was a response to a neighborhood school principal who prohibited around 100 elementary school students from attending a carnival during the school day because they couldn’t pay the $10 fee. photo(14)


Carnival for All Children

On Tuesday, June 30th the Carnival for All Children will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 Bowne Playground, which is located on Union Street between Sanford and Barclay.

The Carnival for All Children will include live music, bounce rides, face painters, cotton candy, popcorn and many other games.

The event was created in response to an earlier incident at PS 120 where almost 100 children were reported to be unable to attend a school-sponsored carnival due to their inability to pay the $10 fee. Together the F&T Group, the Chinese Planning Council, Assemblyman Ron Kim and other elected officials planned and sponsored the event.

Flushing LIRR station construction to be completed by 2017

Flushing LIRR station construction to be completed by 2017

The renovation of Flushing’s LIRR station will be complete by the end of 2017, the MTA recently reported.

300px-Flushing_Main_Street The $16.5 million project for the Flushing–Main Street station, located on  Main Street and 41st Avenue, will include the installation of an elevator for  each platform to make the station wheelchair- accessible as well as new  staircases, platform railings, better lighting and  improved safety measures.

“We completed the design work in May and now that the design is done, we  are looking to award the construction contract by the end of 2015,” Aaron  Donovan, an MTA spokesman, said.


The Shops at Queens Crossing hosts Music beyond Borders Summer Concert

This Sunday, June 21, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Shops at Queens Crossing will be hosting a concert, Music beyond Borders, as a part of Make Music New York 2015.  The free live music event celebrates the start of summer, Fathers Day and the 9th anniversary of Make Music New York which offers over 1,000 free performances all over New York City.

At Music beyond Borders, which aims to give its audience a range of music genres to experience, performances will include music styles from Japan, Korea, New York and California.

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Uniqlo Opens in Flushing

Uniqlo_pic_1Global retailer Uniqlo opened it’s first location in Queens last week with a Black Friday–style grand opening on on Level D of SkyView Center in Flushing.

The store opened at 6 a.m. on June 5, and by 5:30 a.m. over 100 fans of the Japanese hipster outlet’s fashion were lined up to get first crack at several opening day deals, including $5.90 Supima cotton t-shirts and $5.90 SPRZ tote bags.

Uniqlo_pic_3Uniqlo joins a diverse mix of retailers at SkyView, including Nordstrom Rack, Forever 21, Nike Clearance Store, The Children’s Place, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Marshall’s and Restoration Hardware Outlet.

The Shops at SkyView Center is located at 40-24 College Point Boulevard.


143 new units of affordable housing in Flushing

143 new units of affordable housing in Flushing

Elected representatives, city officials and church leaders gathered together to celebrate the opening of Macedonia Plaza, Flushing’s new143-unit affordable housing building located conveniently near downtown Flushing. The All those involved in the ten-year project received plaques for their work in creating the affordable housing development,
building is the manifestation of 10 years of hard between the city and adjacent Macedonia AME Church.
“Ten years, this is a dream fulfilled,” Bishop Gregory Ingram said. “We’ve gone from vision to innovative impact.”

Macedonia AME Church has been a key supporter for the inclusion of affordable housing the massive Muni Lot 1 development on Union Street, the rest of which is currently under construction.

“The mission of Macedonia AME Church is to minister to the social, spiritual and physical development of all people,” Senior Pastor Reverend Richard O. McEachern said. “We are grateful to God for the opportunity to provide much needed affordable housing to this community.”

Macedonia Plaza offers rentals between $500-$1,200 a month. Apartments are available for single-tenants incomes between $19,063 and $24,080 or between $24,515 to $30,960 for households of three people.

For the 143 units, approximately 30,000 applications were received, indicative of a greater need for affordable housing. State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky pointed out that the city now needs to find affordable housing for the 29,857.

Aymee Armenteros was one of those 30,000 applicants, but also one of the lucky ones that got an apartment. A resident since December, she talked about how happy she was to have gotten into Macedonia Plaza.

All those involved in the ten-year project received plaques for their work in creating the affordable housing development,

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