New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. will host a free screening of an episode of the new Netflix docuseries, “Who Killed Malcolm X?” this Saturday, March 14.
The episode will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the show’s directors, Rachel Dretzin and Phil Bertelsen, as well as a key figure in the series, Abdur-Rahman Muhammad.
Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance has said that he will re-open the case and into the assassination of Malcolm X, and this weekend’s event at The Black Spectrum Theatre (117-01 Baisley Blvd.) follows recent news from Senator Sanders regarding the criminal justice system.
During his remarks at the 55th Annual Commemoration of Malcolm X on Feb. 24, announced two pieces of legislation he introduced to the state legislature that will promote truth and justice for unsolved civil rights crimes, further preserving the legacy of Malcolm X.
W.O.R.K.S. Little League has been a part of the communities of Richmond Hill and Woodhaven since 1958. In 2002, they merged with Ozone Wakefield Little League. They now serve Woodhaven, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Kew Gardens and South Ozone Park.
The league offers T-ball, girls softball, Baseball and Challengers to kids ages 4 to15.
Today, W.O.R.K.S. announced registration dates for the 2020 Spring season, which will take place at 84-01 Jamaica Ave. in Woodhaven:
Friday, February 7, 6:30pm – 8:30pm Thursday, February 13, 6:30pm – 8:30pm Friday February 21, 6:30pm – 8:30pm Saturday, February 22, 2pm to 4pm Friday, February 28, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Make sure to bring proof of your child’s age (passport, birth certificate) and proof of residence (cable bill, rent or maintenance charge receipt, utility bill, etc.). Only cash, check or money order accepted.
A new affordable industrial center has opened in Ozone Park, thanks to funding and support from state agencies.
Last week, the nonprofit industrial developer Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center (GMDC) marked the site’s opening along with Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and a slew of government officials.
The 85,000-square-foot facility will provide affordable space to more than two dozen local small and mid-sized manufacturing businesses.
The 113-year-old factory site was renovated with $11 million in investments from the state.
The industrial center is spread over three buildings and spans an entire city block. It will be leased to woodworkers, artisans, custom fabricators and other entrepreneurs.
Officials estimate it will provide about 80 jobs at the facility.
On Tuesday, Councilman Adrienne Adams hosted a hair donation event where young people donated their locks to a local nonprofit.
Thanks to free haircuts and styling from Aracelis Unisex hair salon, every young person was able to donate hair to Butterflies by Blaq, which provides high-quality wigs to children with medical conditions.
The group was formed in 2012 by Erna Blackman, a former volunteer at American Cancer Society, to assist children coping with hair loss.
At the event, Saaya Kanhoye, 14, donated 14 inches of her hair. Her 9-year-old sister, Shaila, donated 35 inches of hair.
“Hair donors like Shaila and Saaya are important to us because longer hair donations are the building blocks of wig creation,” Blackman said. “Most of the girls that request our services now want longer hair. Although we accept and are grateful for 10 inches, the desired lengths are 12 inches or more.
“We love it when we meet young people who feel the need to give back,” she added. “People helping people makes the world a better place.”
UPDATE: Neir’s Tavern was saved thanks to a last-minute handshake deal between Loy Gordon and the building owners, Henry and Ken Shi.
Read more about the circumstances of their deal in this week’s Leader-Observer newspaper!
Woodhaven, and New York City generally, was met with some tough news this morning.
In an email sent to his subscribers, Neir’s Tavern owner Loycent Gordon announced that the 190-year-old legendary establishment will close its doors on Sunday, January 12.
Gordon informed longtime supporters of the tavern that he will step down as owner, and has no one to replace him.
“I’ve been unable to obtain an affordable long term lease to reach our goal of the 200th anniversary in 2029,” he wrote.
Gordon said he had been operating month-to-month with unaffordable rent and insufficient sales to overcome net loses. And due to increasing personal obligations, he wrote, he no longer has the time to overcome the increased business challenges.
“Everyday I pray I would find a way to dedicate more time to overcome these challenges until yesterday I had to face the truth,” he wrote. “But I have no more money after Sunday.
“I’m sorry I let you down,” Gordon added. “But I’m grateful for all the memories we’ve created together saving Neir’s Tavern the last 11 years I’ve been here.”
After learning the shocking news, our friends at the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society released the following statement:
On Twitter, fans of the historic institution expressed sadness that the bar would close. Some called for more media attention, and others are asking for help to save it.
New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village, Far Rockaway) will be hosting the first of a three part event series with Department of Finance to assist homeowners in reducing their property taxes and to aid tenants in applying for a rent freeze.
The first event will be held at Battalion Pentecostal Church, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 7. Please review the flyer above, which lists all of the necessary documents needed in order to receive assistance.
To RSVP, call Senator Sanders’ Office at (718)-327-7017 or (718)-523-3069.