Author: czarinnaandres

Op-Ed: New York’s Bail Reform Laws Need to be Changed

May 10, 2022 Op-Ed By Jim Magee, Candidate for Assembly District 37 My name is Jim Magee. I am a Democratic candidate for State Assembly in the 37th District in Queens. I am a former prosecutor, current criminal defense attorney, husband and father. In 2019, so-called “progressives” in the New York State legislature made it nearly impossible to… Read more »

Sunnyside Artists Holds Annual Art Exhibit at Copper Kettle on Skillman Avenue

May 2, 2022 By Czarinna Andres A Sunnyside arts group announced the winners of its annual competition last week. Sunnysideartists, a nonprofit organization formed in 2007, announced three winners of its “Self Portrait” competition, with the first-place finisher receiving $500, second $300 and third $200. The winners were determined by participating artists via a blind… Read more »

The Rowan Debuts New Model Homes Designed with Today’s Buyer’s Needs in Mind

June 15, 2021 Sponsored Post  When considering the interior design of The Rowan’s two new model apartments, Queens-based developer RockFarmer Properties decided to take a different approach by asking a simple question: ‘How will future residents use their homes in a post-pandemic world?’ With many New Yorkers expected to work from home for the foreseeable… Read more »

Op-Ed: A Big Mistake to Evict Big Reuse

June 11, 2021 Op-Ed By: Amit Singh Bagga In New York City, you’d think that the City agency responsible for ensuring we all have a safe, thriving environment would do everything in its power to do just that. Well, in the case of the NYC Parks Department (“Parks”) and the Big Reuse site underneath the… Read more »

Op-Ed: Beware the Comprehensive Plan, One Plan to Rule Us All

June 10, 2021 Op-Ed By: Emily Sharpe I met Alicia Boyd in Brooklyn at a meeting to save the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s flora from dark shadows cast by luxury towers. I had gotten a flyer to attend from her colleague when he toured Sunnyside Yards at an event sponsored by the group I founded, “Stop… Read more »

Op-Ed: How the Next Mayor and Council Can Fix Our Property Tax Crisis

May 31, 2021 Op-Ed By: Linda Lee At a time when our politics have never seemed more divided, there’s one thing most New York homeowners can agree on– our property tax system is unfair and in need of reform. That’s why Eastern Queens residents should consider our votes for Mayor based not only on their… Read more »

Op-Ed: Fighting For Seniors and Their Ability to Age in Place

May 20, 2021 Op-Ed By: Julia Forman As a pandemic that brought disproportionate harm to our senior neighbors raged through the city, our government sputtered. Communications were focused on text and internet messages and those on the other side of the digital divide struggled to get the same information as our younger citizens. Vaccine sign-ups… Read more »

Op-Ed: Let’s Get Serious About Public Safety

May 20, 2021 Op-Ed By: Jaslin Kaur It is no secret that we live in dangerous times. Hardly a day goes by when we don’t learn of another mass shooting, hate violence incident, or sexual assault. The COVID pandemic still threatens us, as does the climate crisis, as do rampant housing, job, and healthcare insecurity…. Read more »

Op-Ed: Housing For All, Picking Up the Pieces After COVID-19

May 14, 2021 Op-Ed By Ingrid Gomez In the wake of the pandemic, our communities need housing more than ever. Yet many tend to overlook the most obvious method in addressing the rise in homelessness in our city, and that’s ensuring people currently living in homes are allowed to continue living in them. Rent spikes,… Read more »