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Housing Secretary Proposes Public Housing Rent Increase

By Editor | April 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson made a proposal to make public housing residents pay 35 percent of their income in rent instead of their current 30 percent.  The proposal, which was announced on Wednesday, April 25 must first be approved by Congress.  This proposed increase comes at a time when NYCHA (New […]

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Free Summer Concerts coming to Springfield Park

By Editor | April 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

 The Summer Stage concert series of free outdoor entertainment returns to Springfield Park this July. The series will visit the park the days after the fourth of July with a string of old school, high profile artist performances including the legendary EPMD.  Concerts begin just prior to sunset at 7PM and run from Thursday, July […]

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Police Commissioner Attends Local Council Meeting

By Editor | April 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

It’s all about neighborhood policing. On Monday, April 16, Police Commissioner James O’Neill was the special guest for the 113th Precinct community council board meeting.  To a packed house of residents, civic leaders and NYPD personnel, the Commissioner shared his thoughts on neighborhood policing, responded to resident concerns, enjoyed the festivities, and stayed after the […]

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Businesses and Entrepreneurs Gather for Minority and Women Owned Forum

By Editor | April 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

What are the benefits of becoming M/WBE (Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise) certified?  How does becoming M/WBE certified increase chances of success?  How can partnerships increase the chances at obtaining a government contract?  Those questions, and much more, were answered at a panelist forum on M/WBEs at York College on Thursday, April 5. Downtown […]

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Help is on the way for NYCHA Tenants

By Editor | April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

On April 2, Governor Cuomo signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency for NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) Housing complexes in the five boroughs.  This order will assist in facilitating the repairs necessary to address what officials are calling a ‘public health crises’ for NYCHA tenants.  The plan will address repairs, upgrades, […]

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Women Impart Leadership Lessons to Middle Schoolers

By Editor | March 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Leadership is in all of us,” said panelist Nikki Pryce who is an author and speaker to a group of rambunctious school children. It was an ambitious endeavor to bring a panel discussion of Women in Leadership to middle schoolers on a Friday morning. But the message imparted was that important. On Friday, March 23, […]

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Residents Unite for Stake in JFK Redevelopment

By Editor | March 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Karen Clements-Roach Participants were asked to come to the Friday Night March 17 Town Hall meeting with pen, paper and positive attitude.  The goal was to find a means to approach the upcoming $10 billion dollar re-development of JFK International Airport and to ensure that Southeast Queens, its neighboring community, benefits positively as a […]

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Getting a Piece of JFK Development

By Editor | March 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

by KAREN CLEMENTS editor@thecommunitiesofcolor.com Redevelopment to the tune of $10 billion dollars is coming to JFK International Airport. In order to ensure Southeast Queens, JFK’s neighboring community, its residents and businesses are a part of the development, a collective of Southeast Queens state legislature representatives hosted a community meeting. It was a beginning conversation to […]

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Black Panther Shatters Hollywood Myths While Validating Blackness

By Editor | March 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Karen Clements editor@communitiesofcolornyc.com On what would normally be a quiet morning, people were making their way to area movie theaters. By bus, car and foot, they assembled in the early morning hours to see the movie everyone was talking about, Black Panther. The Black Panther hype went beyond a blockbuster Hollywood movie, beyond a […]

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Jamaica Business Improvement District Gets New Executive Director

By Editor | March 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Jamaica Center Business Improvement District announced its new Executive Director, Whitney Barrat. Whitney’s background includes work in policy, urban planning and at alliances.  She has worked on several projects in Manhattan including the Lincoln Center Development Project.  She served as the Executive Director of the Old Seaport Alliance and the Montague Street BID.  Her […]

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