Flushing Optical celebrates 30 year anniversary with 30% off SALE

Flushing Optical is offering up to 30% off their products, in celebration of their 30 year anniversary.

FlushingAnniversaryAs the first retail store under the Mott Optical Group umbrella, Flushing Optical has been serving Flushing, and greater Queens for 30 years.

Located at 37-29 Main St. in Flushing, Flushing Optical has been providing elite eye care and style consultation through a wide variety of frames and professional services.

Their beautiful, clean store environment ensures that customers will have a enjoyable experience in the store.

Whether you need a comprehensive eye exam, want to learn about the latest eyeglasses/sunglasses trends, or you need a glasses adjustment; Flushing Optical’s professional, friendly staff would love to assist you.

 

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Flushing couple indicted on labor trafficking charges

Wikimedia Commons/Joi Ito

Wikimedia Commons/Joi Ito

Authorities say two children, ages 8 and 11 at the time, were forced to work and turn over salaries to their host family in America all while sleeping on the floor and providing massages.

Sook Yeong Park, 49, and Jeong Taek Lee, 53, both of 196 Street in Flushing, Queens, were indicted this week on charges of second-degree grand larceny, labor trafficking, endangering the welfare of a child, second- and third-degree assault, forcible touching, petit larceny and first degree criminal contempt.

According to the charges, the two victims, a bother and sister, were brought to the United States from their native Korea around January 2010 and stayed with Park and Lee. After arriving, the female child had her passport confiscated and was forced to work for at least 10 hours every day after school, providing Park with foot massages, manicures and pedicures and doing housework, the charges state.

The female victim was reportedly forced to sleep on the floor in a small closes, while the male victim was forced to sleep on the floor. The children were also allegedly physically assaulted and sexually touched for the purpose of degrading and abusing them.

Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown also stated that Park and Lee forced the children to work outside jobs and turn over all their wages because their parents in Korea were allegedly not sending any money. In reality, the parents had sent over $100,000, all of which was taken by Park and Lee.

“The allegations in this case are extremely disturbing and even more upsetting considering the young ages of the alleged victims,” Brown said. “According to the charges, the defendants cut off all contact between the two young victims and their parents in Korea, held them hostage in their home by seizing their passports, forced them to do household chores well into the night and to work outside of the home and turn over all their earnings. In return, the victims were allegedly given space to sleep on the floor without a mattress. In the older child’s case, the space allegedly was in a closet.”

The incident first came to light when the children reported the abuse to school officials.

If convicted, both individuals face up to 15 years in prison.

 

Officials visit Fresh Meadows pre-k

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Assemblywoman Nily Rozic joined Deputy Mayor Richard Buery to tour the Jack’n Jill School II, located at 68-05 Fresh Meadows Lane, last Friday.

They visited on the last day of pre-k enrollment for the Fall 2016 school year. Friday also marked the end of the second round of the application process.

Rozic and Buery spoke to teachers and administrators, as well as currently enrolled pre-k students.

The Jack’n Jill School II is a pre-K program that supports community needs and creates positive classroom culture based on family collaboration and community partnership, according to Rozic’s office.

Police seeking help in identifying Flushing burglars

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Officers at the 109th Precinct are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two men for attempted burglary in a Flushing home on Wednesday.

A 61-year-old man was alerted by his alarm company regarding the two individuals who entered his home near 157th Street and Horace Harding Expressway. After entering through the rear door, the two men ransacked the residence and then fled through the rear door.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Rozic hosts rain barrel giveaway

Rozic Rain Barrel GiveawayOver the weekend, Fresh Meadows Assemblywoman Nily Rozic gave out 240 55-pound rain barrels with the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Each barrel came with an installation kit, instructions and the DEP Homeowner’s Guide to Flood Preparedness. This is the fourth barrel giveaway Rozic has hosted.

“Rain barrels have proven to be an effective resource in Northeast Queens where homeowners are often burdened by costly repairs resulting from floor damage,” Rozic said. “I am glad to continue my partnership with DEP and expand access to a program that encourages water conservation while providing critical relief in flood prone neighborhoods.”

DEP said residents should be aware that rain barrels should only be used for non-potable purposes such as gardening and must be disconnected from the downspurt during the winter months to avoid freezing. Rain barrels are covered to avoid standing water issues. They’re not for re-sale, according to DEP.

The future is bright for Queens Night Market

Founder John Wang and the market’s volunteers.

Founder John Wang and the market’s volunteers.

With issues of crowd control, three-hour traffic delays and vendors running out of food fast, opening night for Queens International Night Market may have been a miss for thousands of people. However, contrary to many complaints on social media, the market was neither a one night nor one weekend affair. In fact, the night market will be running every Saturday night until August 20th.

During the second and third week of the market, crowds evened out and people were able to sample some of the world’s most bizarre and fascinating foods. With a price cap at $5, founder John Wang stressed the importance of setting a low price to attract a variety of New Yorkers while staying true to night markets from around the world.

“Local markets, especially when traveling outside the U.S., are seemingly affordable, you don’t really break the bank just trying to sample a couple of things,” Wang said. “That’s not necessarily true in New York City for other markets but 1.) it’s personal because I don’t want you to go to a market and feel like you spent too much money, and 2.) there’s no better equalizer than affordability when it comes to bring a cross-section of New Yorkers.”

While traveling, Wang found himself most drawn to markets rather than other cultural aspects such as museums and sightseeing.

“I like to emerge myself in the culture and cuisine, and the quickest way to do that is to go where all the locals go, whether it’s indoor, outdoor or open-air markets,” Wang said. “I thought that if I could create something similar in New York City, it would be a pretty cool thing.”

And as the market has expanded, the diversity of what visitors can purchase remains quite varied.

“Last year, people didn’t know what a night market was at first, so that’s why it started off predominantly Asian, because Asian vendors were the ones who were familiar with night markets,” Wang said.

With the success and popularity of the market last year, more vendors have applied to be involved in this cultural institution. The vendors of Treat Yourself Caribbean Flavors come from Yonkers to introduce Caribbean snacks such as pholourie and staples like jerk chicken. Wang and his team try to represent as many countries as possible. The last count had 40 countries featured at the market, from Trinidad and Tobago to Japan and Guatemala.

The first-time vendors of Hapagkainan sell Filipino street foods such as fish balls, crispy bicol express (pork belly with spicy coconut milk and shrimp paste) served with rice and pickled veggies as well as sisig tacos, which are crunchy tacos shelled filled with chicken sisig topped with lemon mayo. During the third week, they decided to debut balut, which are boiled 18-day duck eggs. You eat the duck with salt and spicy vinegar.

Hapagkainan sells Filipino street food at the Queens Night Market.

Hapagkainan sells Filipino street food at the Queens Night Market.

“The balut is really authentic, when you talk about street food, this is the number one thing in the Philippines,” Agnes, one of the five vendors for the tent, said. “It’s really recommended for people who are on a high protein diet.”

Agnes and her family cooked all of the homemade street food. They are currently in the process of trying to open a Filipino restaurant in Elmhurst or Forest Hills and decided to try out the night market for exposure and to sell their products while waiting for a storefront. Their name, Hapagkainan, is inspired by a dining table that families gather around to enjoy food and one another’s company.

“There’s no party without food or hapagkainan,” she added.

Kyle Wong, a Queens resident, volunteered to help Wang run the event as a way to give back to his community. Wong was actually Wang’s first enlisted volunteer for the market.

He assists vendors, sets up booths, provide information to customers and sells apparel during the market.

One of the new vendors that he’s been following is Sukkr, who specializes in a Mediterranean dessert with pistachios, coconut and orange blossom syrup.

And if you’re not in the mood for food, Queens Night Market also has over two dozen vendors who sell anything from jewelry, crafts, henna, body products, clothes and vintage goods. Miguel Fernandez of Arte Miguel, who creates cartoonish pop art, and Gabriella Bahena of Corazon Handcrafts & Gifts, who sells Mexican art and crafts, are two vendors worth checking out.

Miguel Fernandez and his mother, Maria, of Arte Miguel.

Miguel Fernandez and his mother, Maria, of Arte Miguel.

The Queens Night Market begins at 6 p.m. every Saturday. It’s located within the back parking lot of the New York Hall of Science at 47-01 111th Street in Corona. Vendors rotate so there’s always the chance of stumbling upon something new and falling for a culture’s cuisine or craft that you may have never heard of before.

 

Ginuwine to headline “Only in Queens” Summer Festival

Ginuwine will perform at this year's "Only in Queens" concert. (Flickr/Ralph Arvesen)

Ginuwine will perform at this year’s “Only in Queens” concert. (Flickr/Ralph Arvesen)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borough President Melinda Katz, the Parks Department and sponsors announced today the lineup for this year’s “Only in Queens” Summer Festival, set to take place on Sunday, June 26 from 1 to 8 p.m. at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Admission is free and open to the public.

R&B singer Ginuwine will headline the concert, which also includes performances by hip hop group Kid ‘N Play, singer/actor Tristan “Mack” Wilds from HBO’s The Wire and music by Hot 97’s DJ Camilo, a Queens native.

The daylong festival will also offer a wide range of activities, including:

  • Guided tours of the New York State Pavilion’s Tent of Tomorrow, the Queens Library Mobile Unit, the Queens Theatre and the Queens Museum;
  • Family-friendly fun including cultural performances, face painting, inflatable bounce houses, a Delta Air Lines Scavenger Hunt, activities run by the United States Tennis Association, and an appearance by Mr. Met;
  • Food and craft vendors offering a variety of international cuisine and merchandise for sale;
  • Exhibits of memorabilia from the original 1939-40 and 1964-65 World’s Fairs, classic cars and a boat from the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival;
  • Virtual reality demonstrations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the group People for the Pavilion and Queens-based RPGA Studio as part of the international ideas competition currently underway to solicit imaginative and creative public input for how the New York State Pavilion can best be adapted for public reuse.

“Music, food and fun in the park are what New York summers are made of, and we’re proud to bring it all together this June at the ‘Only in Queens’ Summer Festival,” Katz said. “Bring your entire family and friends to explore some of the very best of ‘The World’s Borough’ right at your fingertips.