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Rep. Maloney Hosts Women’s Issues Town Hall Tonight (11/19)

 

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney

New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney will host a post-election town hall with her constituents of NY’s 12th Congressional District (including Greenpoint) tonight (11/19) from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., at Bushwick Inlet Park’s community room (86 Kent Ave.).

NY’s 12th Congressional District includes Greenpoint, and parts of Bushwick and Williamsburg, and the district stretches into the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Astoria, Queens.

NY’s 12th Congressional District (Mapbox)

Rep. Maloney was first elected to Congress in 1992 and won reelection with 86 percent of the vote two weeks ago in the 2018 midterm elections. During the campaign, she focused on her history of championing women’s issues in Washington.

A list of 70 measures that were passed with her effort includes the Sexual Assault Forensic Reporting (SAFER) Act (H.R. 594, 113th Congress), the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act (H.R. 2722 – 114th Congress), and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act (H.R. 812, 113th Congress). Continue reading

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Amazon HQ2 Is Coming to Long Island City

Amazon’s HQ 2 is coming to LIC.

After over 200 U.S. city governments vetted the world’s richest man, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, to plop his tech goliath’s HQ2 in their territory, Bezos picks Long Island City, Queens and Crystal City, Virginia as the two “winners.”

His Excellency, Andrew ‘Amazon’ Cuomo is offering state subsidies to the tune of $1.5 billion to gain what is promised to be 25,000 new jobs paying $150,000 per year on average.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, now in his lame duck era, has been cheerleading the Amazon search since last year, coming full circle from his days as NYC public advocate when he led the effort to keep Wal-Mart’s attempted NYC expansion at bay. Continue reading

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Amazon Eyes Long Island City For HQ2

LIC waterfront with new development (courtesy of Joe Mabel)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been intensely lobbying Amazon to locate its HQ2 in Long Island City. Gov. Cuomo jokingly offered to rename Newtown Creek ‘Amazon Creek’ on the condition that the corporate giant agreed to choose LIC. He even humorously offered to change his name to ‘Amazon Cuomo’ to entice the corporate giant to choose Long Island City.

It seems that Cuomo’s intense lobbying may have borne fruit, according to a Monday report in the New York Times. The Times reports that Amazon has decided not to create one mega headquarters, but to divide the new headquarters in two. One of those locations, according to the article is in LIC. The other location Amazon has chosen is Crystal City, Virginia, in the greater Washington D.C. Area. The Times, however, did strike a cautionary note, though, stating that the company has made no final decision. Continue reading

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Will Newtown Creek Be Renamed To Amazon Creek?

Boat enjoying Newton Creek on a lovely day.
A non-Amazon-owned boat on Newtown Creek

Two weeks ago at their annual fundraiser, the North Brooklyn Parks Alliance (formerly Open Space Alliance) announced that Amazon Fashion donated $100,000 to the organization focused on bringing more recreational greenspace to the neighborhood.

Now, in a bid to lure Amazon HQ2 to the industrial shores of the East River, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has offered to rename Newtown Creek to Amazon Creek, and is throwing in hundreds of millions of dollars in state subsidies to sweeten the deal, the New York Daily News reports. Continue reading

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So you want to self-publish? 10 points to consider before you go to print

IMG_20150330_113644Before the Internet, you needed a book agent or a handful of luck if you wanted to spare your novel a slow death in a publisher’s slush pile. But now, with the triple power of the Internet, tablets, and self-publishing platforms, it’s possible for anyone to release a book into the world and do well. Or, even astoundingly well (Fifty Shades of Grey was originally self-published as an e-book and a print-on-demand). But should you do it? Here are ten points to consider—from someone who has self-published—before you take the plunge. Continue reading

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In conversation: authors Elisabeth Donnelly & Stu Sherman

The Misshapes: The Coming Storm by Alex Flynn ©Donnelly & Sherman

Fifteen-year-old Sarah Robertson is no ordinary teenager—she can control the weather with her emotions. Her older brother, Johnny, can turn water into alcohol. And their mother is Lady Oblivion, feared arch nemesis of America’s favorite superhero, Freedom Man. In this world, superheros with useful powers (creating earthquakes, flying, walking through walls) go to high school at Hero Academy to become crime fighters, while those with unsuitable powers (disappearing when embarrassed, talking to small woodland animals) get labeled as Misshapes and have to attend high school with the normals.

A few days ago, I caught up with Greenpoint residents Elisabeth Donnelly and Stu Sherman, the writing duo behind the pseudonym Alex Flynn…

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