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February 15, 2019

“After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens,” read a statement released by the online retail giant on Thursday, which also announced the abandonment of their search for a second headquarters at this time. The statement  went on to claim that 70% of New Yorkers were in favor of their move to Queens, though from the beginning, critics were angered t...

January 21, 2019

Cartoon by Jim Meadows (jimtoon.com)

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his novelist wife, MacKenzie Bezos announced on Twitter recently that they are getting divorced after four children and  25 years of marriage.

According to Forbes, which publishes an annual list of billionaires, Bezos' net worth is estimated at $140 billion and he is the richest man in the world. The money is largely tied up Amazon stock, and, as company founder, chairman, chie...

January 7, 2019

Great editorial cartoon from neighbor Jim Meadows, who lives across the river in Western Queens. Long Island City was one of two locations to be the site of new Amazon headquarters and one of the sweeteners was $3 Billion in tax breaks.

November 16, 2018

One day after the official announcement of Long Island City as the future second headquarters of online retail giant Amazon, Councilmember Ben Kallos participated in a protest at the planned site of HQ2, on Wednesday. Kallos was among a chorus of voices expressing concerns about the impact of Amazon settling across the river from us on four million square feet of space. Many Long Island City community members attending the protest brandished Amazon pr...

August 16, 2018

Traveling via ferry is to experience New York City in all its glory. We get to observe from a distance, see the relationships of neighborhoods and boroughs to each other. We get to see that we are islands and shorelines connected by bridges, we are seagulls and barges and marshlands and old gantries and fishing piers. While we are a throbbing metropolis, we can also be stripped down to something more basic, more elemental, to something as natural and...

October 29, 2017

Every Saturday morning, four large, empty green bins are rolled to the southern edge of the farmer’s market across from PS/IS 217. Over the next few hours, they slowly fill as passing Islanders drop off the past week’s food scraps – an intoxicating mixture of blackened banana peels, moldy rolls, corn husks, rotting fruit, and more.

The collection is part of an effort by the New York City Compost Project, hosted by Big Reuse, to divert some of the more...

September 2, 2017

Unless you’ve been living under a rock – or on one, as is the case for Roosevelt Islanders – you’ve probably noticed that the Queens beer scene is growing. From tiny micro breweries to hip neighborhood joints, there are some serious hops to try across the river in Long Island City. And with the Island’s new ferry terminal opening in just a few days, some of the best local brews will soon be mere minutes away.

Because we are always willing to accept a c...

July 29, 2017

Costa Constantinides, chair of the City Council’s Environmental Protection Committee, is leading the charge to demand that plant operators in New York City, stop using the dirtiest grades of oil to power them.

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