Take a boatride through Newtown Creek

Google Maps screen shot of the dock at Long Island City
Google Maps screen shot of the dock at Long Island City

For western Queens and northern Brooklyn residents alike, the environmental legacy of the Newtown Creek has played an important role in each neighborhood’s history.

If you didn’t already know, decades of industrial usage and toxic dumping have left Newtown Creek one of the dirtiest waterways in our city. Now, the federal government, local environmental groups and concerned activists are trying to remedy the situation and let neighbors know about the impact it may have on them.

On September 7 at 6 p.m., members of the Newtown Creek community, including Sunnyside and Long Island City residents, are invited to board the historic Fireboat John J. Harvey to discuss the future of the creek. The free event will provide complimentary hot food, cold drinks and more.

Representatives from the following groups will be on hand to discuss the future of Newtown Creek: Newtown Creek Community Advisory Group (CAG), NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Anchor QEA (technical consultants for the Superfund Site) and the Newtown Creek Group.

“The goal of the excursion is conversation, concerns, and discussion of where the Newtown Creek’s superfund remediation progress is headed,” said the organizers of the event.

The boat will depart from the dock at 54th Avenue and Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City at 6:30 p.m. The trip will go through the different sections of the creek, including the four City Council districts that it goes through.

Participants are asked to meet at the Anchor QEA building at 54-10 Vernon Boulevard at 5:30 p.m. sharp. The boat ride will go from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

To RSVP, please contact Mitch Waxman at newtownpentacle@yahoo.com or call 917-880-1553.

Sunnyside celebrates Gertrude McDonald’s 100th birthday


A community leader and political trailblazer has turned 100.

Longtime Sunnyside resident Gert McDonald celebrated her centennial at Sunnyside Community Services last Monday alongside family, friends and community leaders.

McDonald moved to Queens when she was 3 years old and lived in Sunnyside for decades. She recently moved to Forest Hills, but she still goes to Sunnyside Community Services (SCS) almost every day.

Judy Zangwill, SCS’s executive director, shared her memories of McDonald’s long history with community leadership.

“Gert McDonald is truly an inspiring model for how we all would like to live and to age,” Zangwill said.

McDonald was involved with Community School Board 24, United Forties Civic Association and the Queens Correctional Advisory Board. In 1968, McDonald became the first woman to run as a Democrat for the State Assembly.

She’s perhaps most known for her advocacy. McDonald pushed the envelope on issues like fixing MTA bus stops, collecting trash and weekend services for seniors.

Sunnyside burglars strike again

perp (1a)They weren’t done just yet.

The same burglars who terrorized a home at 43rd Avenue and 44th Street on July 15 robbed another residence in the area just two weeks later.

Police say that on Friday July 29 between 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., two men entered an apartment on 44th Street through the front door, though cops weren’t exactly sure how. They then stole a laptop and six small diamonds from the apartment.

With this trend, police are now calling it a burglary pattern in the neighborhood.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM.

TONIGHT: National Night Out with 108th Pct!


Join the community and 108th Precinct at this year’s National Night Out! There will be lots of fun for children, including a DJ, refreshments, toys and more.

The event will be at Torsney Playground (Skillman Avenue and 43rd Street) from 5 to 8 p.m.

The 108th Community Council is also asking the community for donations, either financially or sponsoring a giveaway to children.

Sunnyside burglars wanted


Police are looking for two men who committed robbery at a private residence in Sunnyside on Friday, July 15.

Authorities say at about 3:20 p.m. that day, two men illegally entered a house near 43rd Avenue and 44th Street. They removed approximately $1,400 in cash, jewelry valued at $8,000 and electronics. They fled by foot.

No injuries were reported at the robbery.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM.

Woodside on the Move Summer Happy Hour


Join fellow Woodside residents at Woodside on the Move’s summer happy hour on Tuesday, August 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at La Adelita (52-22 Roosevelt Ave.)

Woodside on the Move is kicking off its 40th year, so what better way to celebrate than to meet and discuss the neighborhood over food and drinks?

Cover is $5 and donations will go toward the organization. Cash only!

For more information, visit their Facebook event page.

Woodside on the Move is hiring!

Photo Courtesy: Woodside on the Move
Photo Courtesy: Woodside on the Move

If you’re concerned about affordable housing in western Queens and want to take action, consider applying to be a housing assistant for Woodside on the Move.

The organization is looking for someone passionate who will help low-income seniors and families access fair housing and services.

You’ll be working on a team that provides one-on-one case management, pro bono legal clinics, know-your-rights workshops, tenant advocacy and organizing for buildings.

The start date will be August 1, 2016.

To see the application and more information, visit here.

Free Sunnyside community concert celebrates Turkey


The Sunnyside Community Concert Series will be hosting their July end-of-the-month concert on Friday, July 29th at 7 p.m.

Following the recent attacks in Turkey, the concert will have a special focus on the country’s victims. Performers include popular musicians Mustafa Demirci, Kanun and Academician.

The free public concert will take place at All Saints Episcopal Church at 43-12 46th Street in Sunnyside.