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Restaurants & Food / Eater Map: Where to Eat in JH
« on: August 08, 2019, 02:41:23 PM »
Robert Sietsema is out with his eagerly awaited map of places to eat in Jackson Heights.

His list:

1. Taste of Lahore
2. Cannelle Patisserie
3. Al-Naimat Sweets & Restuarant
4. Mustang Thakali Kitchen
5. Samudra
6. Taqueria Coatzingo
7. Café Salamanca
8. Raan Kway Teow
9. The Queensboro Restaurant
10. El Perro
11. La Boina Roja
12. Copacabana
13. El Maguey
14. Picanteria El Austro
15. Papa's Kitchen
16. Juanita’s
17. Pizza Sam
18. Tacos Morelos

All winners (Mostly)!  I might quibble a bit at the edges of this list, but they're largely solid suggestions.

But there are so many more treasures that didn't get included.   What's on your list of can't-miss JH eateries that should be included on Eater's map?   I'm going to put my thoughts together and post later tonight.

Forest Hills Improv (FoHi Improv) is launching beginner classes in Jackson Heights this fall!

Absolute Beginner
Jackson Heights Community United Methodist Church 81-10 35th Avenue
4 Sessions: Tuesdays Sept. 17, 24 Oct 8, 15  7:30-9:30pm $135
This class is all about fun! Play improv games and learn the beginnings of scene work in a warm, welcoming environment. This class is a stress-free introduction to improvisational theater, character work, finding your truth and connecting with others. No experience necessary…this class is for everyone!

Jackson Heights Community United Methodist Church 81-10 35th Avenue
6 Sessions + Showcase TBD:
Tuesdays Oct. 22, 29 Nov. 5, 12, 19 Dec. 3 7:30-9:30pm $225
Prerequisite: Absolute Beginner
This class will pick up where we left off in Absolute Beginner with the continued study of first beat emotionally committed scenes, character status, environment work,  patterns and how to mine your own life for the truths that work on stage. We will take all of it and begin to work on a form that combines true monologues with scenes born from them. Oh, and there will be tons of games and fun, too. The class will finish with a class showcase where you can invite your family and friends to enjoy all of the amazing skills you will have developed over the 6 weeks.

Jackson Heights Community United Methodist Church 81-10 35th Avenue
6 Sessions + Showcase TBD:
Tuesdays Oct. 22, 29 Nov. 5, 12, 19 Dec. 3 6:00-7:15pm $195
Calling all teens (entering 9th grade through 12th grade)! This class will include games, character work, the study of first and second beat scenes, and the beginning of form.  This level will result in a 20-25 minute set in a class showcase at the end of the course where you can amaze family and friends with all your new skills.
The teen classes will run if there are 8 or more students registered.

Neighborhood Chat / New community garden
« on: July 01, 2019, 08:11:06 AM »

Neighborhood Chat / Renewable Rikers
« on: June 06, 2019, 08:59:51 PM »
Here's an interesting proposal that I hadn't heard about until yesterday --

This evening, City Councilmember Costa Constantinides is hosting a forum in Jackson Heights on "Renewable Rikers" -- a proposal to repurpose Rikers Island as a sustainable energy hub for the city (once the city completes its plan to close the prison).

Tonight's forum is being co-hosted by Danny Dromm, Jessica Ramos, Catalina Cruz, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  Of course, the participation by AOC means that all sorts of chaos is taking place on the streets outside the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights, with pro-Trump protestors and lots of gawkers.  Fun times!

Anybody who attended the forum, please post your observations about it here.

In the meantime, here is some recent press coverage on the topic:

Costa Constantinides and Rebecca Bratspies: Rikers Island should get green infrastructure
Queens Courier: Western Queens elected officials host renewable Rikers Island forum in Jackson Heights
Astoria Post: Elected Officials Seek to Transform Rikers Island into Renewable Energy Center, Town Hall Discussion Thursday

Neighborhood Chat / Knock Down the House
« on: May 01, 2019, 01:13:49 AM »
Netflix is streaming a new documentary about four of the progressive women who challenged incumbent Democrats in the 2018 Congressional elections -- including our own AOC.

The trailer looks great:

I can't wait to watch it!   If you've seen it, what did you think of it?

Neighborhood Chat / Pilot to activate empty subway storefronts
« on: April 17, 2019, 09:28:59 AM »
A very interesting initiative from Jessica Ramos... I hope this will be successful.

Curbed: Vacant Queens subway storefronts may be filled by street vendors

Free Synagogue of Flushing invites all 3-5 year olds to attend our first Torah Tots program! RSVP by calling: (718)961-0030

Write for Rights with the Flushing Amnesty Group

Write For Rights is Amnesty International’s largest annual human rights campaign.  People like you around the world write letters on behalf of people who need urgent help. Through the power of collective action, these letters convince government officials to free people unjustly imprisoned and end other abuses.  This year’s 11 cases are women human rights defenders under threat.

Sunday, January 27, 2019, 1:30-3:00 pm
Free Synagogue of Flushing, 126-23 Sanford Ave at Kissena Blvd
Just three blocks south of the Main Street station on the #7 line
All are welcome

Join us to write letters for victims of violence, abuse, and unjust imprisonment around the world. This year the focus is on women.

Background information, sample letters, writing materials, and refreshments will be provided.

Our guest speaker will be Naheed Samadi Bahram, New York program director for the nonprofit Women for Afghan Women and a member of the inaugural class of New York City’s Immigrant Women Leaders Fellowship.

Music by the Willow Interfaith Women’s Choir.

Neighborhood Chat / New murals!
« on: December 21, 2018, 10:21:49 PM »
JH Post: Murals, Artwork Flourishing in Jackson Heights/Elmhurst as Part of Public Arts Program

Here's Annabelle Popa's website showing details of one of the new murals:

And here's the website of another of the artists, Chemin Hsiao, showing the first two parts of the "My Journey to the West" series:

Neighborhood Chat / Winter Market at Bulova Center, Dec. 17-19
« on: December 18, 2018, 06:47:46 AM »
Jackson Heights Post
Local Vendors to Sell Goods at Winter Market in Bulova Center Next Week
Dec. 13, 2018  By Meghan Sackman

A number of Queens-based vendors will gather to sell handmade and other artisan goods at an area winter market next week.

The event will be held at East Elmhurst’s Bulova Corporate Center, located at 75-20 Astoria Blvd., from Dec. 17-19, and marks the first winter market for Bulova.

The three-day market, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., was organized in partnership with MiQ, formerly known as Made in Queens, a tangent of the Queens Economic Development Corporation that aims to promote local makers and manufacturers.

The public will be able to sort through and purchase goods ranging from handmade accessories, jewelry, homemade bath and shower products and more from the lineup of vendors, who will set up at the center’s atrium.

Confirmed local vendors that will be in attendance at the free-admittance event include Treestar NYC, which sells homemade body products; Embellished life, which sells hand-embroidered hair accessories; R+D, which creates “fun and kitschy” 3-D printed jewelry; and Sandra Smith, which makes handmade baskets and bags with custom messages.

The Queens Theatre and Queens Museum, according to MiQ, will also be at the market to provide information about their programs and season passes.

Community Groups, Activities & Events / Jackson Heights Community Chorus
« on: December 01, 2018, 08:10:28 PM »


Join us for an evening of Holidays season music from the USA and around the world. A mix of uplifting Holidays favorites, deep soul songs and Festive cheers songs. A concert for the whole family.

Thursday, December 6, 2018
7:30 PM

The Jewish Center of Jackson Heights
37-06 77th street, Jackson Heights, NY

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