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It’s Time for Hip Hop in NYC

IN COMMEMORATION OF HIP HOP’S 48TH ANNIVERSARY THE UNIVERSAL HIP HOP MUSEUM & THE CITY OF NEW YORK PRESENTS IT’S TIME FOR HIP HOP IN NYC, A FREE CONCERT SERIES DURING NYC HOMECOMING WEEK, AUGUST 14-22

HEADLINERS INCLUDE KRS-ONE, REMY MA, TOO $HORT, SLICK RICK, BIG DADDY KANE, DESIIGNER, AND MORE! GEORGE CLINTON & THE P FUNK ALL-STARS & SPECIAL GUESTS TO CLOSE THE WEEKLONG CONCERT SERIES

Free tickets now available HERE for the It’s Time for Hip Hop in NYC concert series produced by New York City, the Universal Hip Hop Museum, and IDEKO

The Universal Hip Hop Museum (UHHM) and the City of New York proudly present It’s Time for Hip Hop in NYC, a series of free concerts during New York City’s Homecoming Week, August 14 – 22. In celebration of Hip Hop culture’s 48th anniversary, the UHHM is bringing the culture back to the boroughs where it all began. The concert series will make its way to each of the boroughs of NYC (The Bronx, Staten Island, Brooklyn, & Queens), kicking off in The Bronx on Monday, August 16th, and wrapping up in Queens on Friday, August 20th. 

The UHHM has tapped an array of Hip Hop and Hip Hop influenced artists (Latin freestyle, dance, techno, and funk) to grace the city’s outdoor stages, in celebration of New York City’s comeback during NYC Homecoming Week. The dynamic lineup, representing every era of Hip Hop, includes KRS One, Slick Rick, Remy Ma, Raekwon, Ghostface, Big Daddy Kane, Desiigner, Too $hort, and a much anticipated set from George Clinton & The P-Funk All-Stars on Friday. The free concerts will be live-streamed by Behind The Rhyme, a channel on Twitch. See the full lineup below:

Monday, August 16th, 3:00 p.m. at Orchard Beach in The Bronx – KRS One, Slick Rick, Remy Ma, Busy Bee, CL Smooth, DJ Hollywood, DJ Jazzy Joyce, DJ Kevie Kev, Fantastic Five, Furious 5 featuring Grandmaster Melle Mel and Scorpio, Grand Wizard Theodore, Joeski Love, Kid Capri, Nice & Smooth, PopMaster Fabel, Soul Sonic Force, T La Rock, Ultra Magnetic MC’s

Tuesday, August 17th, 4:00 p.m. at Midland Beach on Staten Island – Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Crystal Waters, DJ Chuck Chillout, EMPD, Force MDs, Hakim Green, HeeSun Lee, Kool Keith, Lizzy Ashliegh, Pharoahe Monch, Rikki, Rob Base 

Thursday, August 19th, 4:00 p.m. at Brooklyn Army Terminal in Brooklyn – Big Daddy Kane, Desiigner, C&C Music Factory, DJ Mr. Cee, Elle Varner, Judy Torres, Lizzy Ashliegh, Maino, Obasi Jackson, Papoose, PopMaster Fabel, Special Ed, Stetsasonic, Sweet Sensation, Young Devyn

Friday, August 20th, 4:00 at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens – George Clinton & The P-Funk All-Stars with Special Guests, Too $hort, DJ Hurricane, DJ Wiz, EPMD, Havoc of the Infamous Mobb Deep, Yo-Yo 

Hip Hop comes home to celebrate NYC Homecoming Week! said Rocky Bucano, Executive Director and President of the Universal Hip Hop Museum. Many of the artists performing in these shows are native New Yorkers hailing from the five boroughs. It’s their talent, creativity, and passion for the culture that spread it from the stoops, parks, and playgrounds to stages worldwide. The Universal Hip Hop Museum is proud to welcome them home, back to where it all began.

I’m excited to see this marquee event for NYC’s homecoming kick off in The Bronx. The Birthplace of Hip Hop will set the tone for the upcoming “It’s Time for Hip Hop in NYC” concerts around New York City. This will be a show you do not want to miss, said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

You don’t want to miss the local, legendary talent performing throughout NYC Homecoming Week, said Mayor Bill de Blasio. As we celebrate this Summer of New York City, we’re proud to partner with Rocky Bucano and the Universal Hip Hop Museum to bring these momentous concerts to our boroughs, free of charge. And if you get a ticket, you can go as long as you have proof of your first dose of an approved COVID vaccine.

Tickets for all NYC Homecoming Week concerts are now available and can be found HERE.

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Queens World 2021

Gathering together to celebrate our stories, to recognize the storytellers is hopeful. Being heard, hearing, listening and participating in collective positive growth is hopeful and promotes equity.

After a stunningly successful leap into the digital space in 2020, this year’s Queens World is reinventing itself again to include 11 days of streaming and live indie film experiences – providing a unique in-depth look at the best in contemporary independent film.

Queens World is screening truly Independent Films LIVE in 5 Queens venues: Queens Theatre, the Museum of the Moving Image, The Local NY, Culture Lab, and the United Sherpa Association.

Those not comfortable with public gatherings can stream 198 films from 33 nations June 23 – July 3, 2021 on Film Festival Flix, a popular film festival streaming platform and available wherever you purchase your apps. No matter which phone, tablet, or TV, operating system or app store, Film Festival Flix has a watch option for you. https://filmfestivalflix.com/festival/qwff/#.YLy2XqhKhPY

Tickets for all live screenings will be on sale soon through Brown Paper Tickets. Presented by Benedict Realty Group (BRG) whose support has made it possible to employ technicians, ushers, hosts, projectionists from within the Queens Community and to purchase t-shirts, posters, marketing materials and other supplies from local businesses.

“BRG has been in the community for over 30 years, and we are committed to supporting the arts and our youth.  The Queens World Film Festival is helping to bring the arts back. When the arts come back, the community thrives.” said BRG CEO Daniel Benedict.

Opening Night June 23, 2021  -The feature film for the evening is Mouse, by Queens filmmaker Adam Engel, CEO and President of TangoLight Films with over a decade of feature films to his credit. Mouse is a masterfully crafted thriller about an innocent handyman who struggles with the crushing guilt of a local murder. https://queensworldfilmfestival.org/films/mouse/ QWFF returns to the Sumner Redstone Theatre at the Museum of the Moving Image for a live opening night that signals what to expect from QW11: emotional, personal work that takes a frank look at who we are and what we have done to each other.

Mouse is accompanied by a short film from Stephan Joseph Eigenmann that uses an empathetic robot to teach us, taking a futuristic look at where our hearts go when we no longer wish to feel anything. https://queensworldfilmfestival.org/films/rewind/ The pairing represents the full gamut of what is to be found at Queens World 11 and take us from the sublime to the horrific, reminding us that our anguish is real.

Opening night will be hosted by Festival Directors Preston and Katha Cato and will include a tribute to Elmhurst Hospital Center as the 2021 recipient of the Spirit of Queens Award for the tireless care their entire staff provided throughout the pandemic.

Other Honors will include the 2021 Queens World Trailblazer Award, Opal Hope Bennet, veteran Programmer and POV Shorts Producer. Opal has created career paths and opportunities for many other young women involved in developing interesting and maverick programming. Her vast experience and keen eye for talent has help to distinguish her in the world of curation and programming.

Multidisciplinary animator Catya Plate will receive the Lois Webber Pioneer Award for her work in sculpture, painting, drawing, installation, artist books and stop-motion animation. Catya has recently been added to the prestigious GREAT WOMEN ANIMATORS list and in 2008 her work was selected for permanent inclusion in the Art Base of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

In addition to the annual festival, Queens World includes year-round screening opportunities for festival alumni, special events to bring the Indie film community together, industry networking events, and an educational initiative for youth and seniors.

Festival Sponsors include Benedict Realty Group who are presenting all live events. Support also comes from Investors Bank, Queens Council on the Arts, Resorts World with media sponsorship provided by PIX11, Schneps Communication, Queens Chronicle, Yelp and QPTV. Nine Queens hotels are offering discounts to visiting filmmakers and festival guests. www.QueensWorldFilmFestival.org
Queens World is made possible in part with funds from the Decentralization Program a re-grant program at the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Both are administered by the Queens Council on the Arts. The Queens World Film Festival is a program of the Queens World Film Initiative, Inc., a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization.

https://queensworldfilmfestival.org/2021-queens-world-film-festival-schedule/

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Special Olympics × USA Games

­LOCAL SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW YORK ATHLETES SURPRISED WITH NEWS OF USA GAMES SELECTION

Kathleen, Jonathan, Sabrina, Thomas, and Ben to Represent New York in Orlando Next June

Special Olympics New York surprised five local athletes Wednesday and Thursday with the news that they’ve been selected to compete in the 2022 USA Games, which will be held at Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL.  

Video of the surprises can be found here.

The Special Olympics New York USA Games delegation will include 121 athletes and coaches in 13 sports: Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Equestrian, Golf, Gymnastics, Powerlifting, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Triathlon, and Track & Field. More than 5,500 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the Caribbean will compete.

“We are thrilled for all of our athletes headed to Orlando next year,” said Ceylane Meyers-Ruff, chair of the Special Olympics NY Board of Directors. “We know they will do an outstanding job representing their home state, and we know that their fans across New York will join us in supporting them and cheering them on from afar.”

“We are so proud of Kathleen, Jonathan, Sabrina, Thomas, Ben, and every downstate athlete representing New York at USA Games,” said Stacey Hengsterman, President and CEO of Special Olympics NY. “These are our champions. They are the best of the best in their sports and they continue to inspire so many to accept all people as they are. The road to Orlando begins now!”

Kathleen Maggi, 42, of Flushing, NY has been a Special Olympics New York athlete for 27 years. Though swimming is her favorite sport, she also competes in bocce and floor hockey and has previously competed in basketball, track & field, tennis and cross-country skiing. Kathleen is an athlete leader within the statewide organization and a health messenger for Special Olympics International. She has earned hundreds of medals over the years. She is most proud of being the first female athlete to win the gold in the 500 meter/20 lap backstroke at State Games. This will be Kathleen’s first USA Games.

Jonathan Beiner, 24, of Queens, NY has been a Special Olympics New York athlete for 10 years. In addition to bocce, Jonathan competes in swimming, softball, floor hockey, bowling and equestrian. He is an athlete leader and health messenger who welcomes every challenge and enjoys turning it into an opportunity for success. This will be Jonathan’s first USA Games.

Sabrina Walker, 48, of Amityville, NY has been a Special Olympics New York athlete for more than 20 years and has previously earned a gold medal for tennis at World Games Aspen in 2011. Sabrina also competes in equestrian for Special Olympics New York and has served as a Global Messenger, sharing her story with those who support inclusion for people with disabilities.

Thomas Mensche, 25, of Suffolk County has been a Special Olympics New York swimmer for more than 10 years. This will be his first USA Games.

Ben Beavers, 48, of Amityville, NY has been a Special Olympics New York athlete for more than 30 years. He is an avid runner who once ran the NYC marathon in memory of his mom. Ben was one of the first athletes to serve on the Athlete Leadership Council. He also competes in basketball and floor hockey with Special Olympics New York. Ben works at FragranceNet in Deer Park and previously competed in World Games China in 2007.

About USA Games

The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games is scheduled for June 5-12, 2022, in Orlando, Florida. Jersey Mike’s Subs is the Presenting Partner and Walt Disney World Resort is host. During this magical week, more than 5,500 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the Caribbean will travel to Florida to unite in one of the country’s most cherished sporting events. The USA Games is hosted once every four years and showcases 20 Olympic-style team and individual sports and 30 events throughout the week including forums and VIP receptions. Learn more at: Special Olympics USA Games.

About Special Olympics New York

Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving more than 68,000 athletes across New York with year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health screenings. The organization also partners with about 250 schools statewide to offer Unified Sports, where students with and without disabilities compete as teammates. All Special Olympics New York programs are offered at no cost to athletes, their families or caregivers. The organization has earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.com, making it one of the most trusted charities in the business nationally. For additional information about Special Olympics New York, to learn more about getting involved, or to make a donation, visit Special Olympics New York.

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Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater Relaunch

RZA Launches “Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater”, First-of-its-kind Film Screening Platform from 36 Cinema

Heroes Of The East, 1978 Kung Fu Classic–Streaming Saturday, April 24th with live-commentary from RZA and Dan Halsted

RZA also unveils “Pugilism”, first single from forthcoming solo album

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Last year at the onset of the pandemic, RZA, searching for a creative output and sense of community in the wake of a global shutdown, launched 36 Cinema: a first-of-its-kind film screening platform through his company 36 Chambers. The platform hosted weekly screenings of classic kung fu films (like Shaolin Vs. Wu Tang and Mystery of Chessboxing) and other seminal films (like blaxploitation classic Petey Wheatstraw), with live commentary from RZA and various guests, ranging from directors, actors and critics alike. The platform was met with great enthusiasm from kung fu enthusiasts and cinephiles generally, amassing a steady following and selling over 20k tickets and raising money for independent theaters around the country.

RZA has today announced the official relaunch of 36 Cinema, which will return in force this summer with a brand new slate of programming that he’s dubbed “Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater”. The series kicks off this Saturday (April 24th) at 9pm ET with a screening of the Shaw Brothers classic Heroes Of The East.

RZA will be joined by Dan Halsted, head programmer at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland (and 35mm film archivist), who is also a major kung fu cinema buff in his own right. RZA and Dan hosted several 36 Cinema screenings last year, bringing a wide breadth of knowledge of Asian cinema and providing valuable insights into some of the classic kung fu staple films.

36 Cinema relaunches at a time when martial arts storytelling is having a major revival in popular culture. Just this month, the CW have rolled out the first episodes of Kung Fu, a remake of the cult classic 1970s TV show. From the commercial success of film franchises like The Raid and Kill Bill (which RZA scored incidentally), it’s clear there’s been a renewed interest in kung fu cinema from a western audience since the genre’s glory days. 36 Cinema aims to educate and enlighten a new generation of film lovers, while also catering to an audience of plugged-in kung fu fanatics.

Previous hosts of 36 Cinema screenings include director Jim Jarmusch (Ghost Dog, Coffee and Cigarettes), actor Michael Jai White (Black Dynamite, Tyson, Why Did I Get Married), actor and martial artist Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum, Zero Dark Thirty etc.), film archivist Warrington Hudlin, comedian Donell Rawlings, stunt actress Shaina West, among others. The platform also partnered with key cultural institutions such as the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art in DC and the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens.

RZA looks forward to bringing on some other notable names to co-host upcoming screenings of Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater throughout the summer. The full run of programming will be revealed in the coming weeks, which will include other seminal films outside of the kung fu genre specifically.

In tandem with the reveal of Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater, RZA has also released a brand new single – Pugilism – his first solo release under the alias Bobby Digital in 13 years (since his 2008 LP Digi Snacks). Pugilism is the first cut from RZA’s fourth album–Bobby Digital: Digital Potions– a follow up to his beloved 1998 debut solo album Bobby Digital In Stereo. RZA will share further details about the album in Saturday’s screening of Heroes Of The East.

Purchase tickets for the Heroes Of The East screening on 36 Cinema HERE


Distribution Partners
36 Cinema has licensing deals in place from the following distributors: Janus Films, AGFA, Magnolia Pictures, Well Go USA, Shaw Brothers Studio and Celestial Pictures.

Ro James – Plan B ft. Brandy

GRAMMY-NOMINATED SINGER RO JAMES RELEASES NEW TRACK “PLAN B” FT. BRANDY

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ANNOUNCES SOPHOMORE ALBUM MANTIC DUE OUT MAY 29TH VIA BYSTORM ENTERTAINMENT/RCA RECORDS

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER HERE

At 15 tracks the album will include features from some of the most notable names in R&B including Miguel, Brandy and Masego. MANTIC will also feature previously released tracks “Last Time” which has over 10 million streams and video views worldwide and “Touchy Feely” which Noisey included on their “18 R&B Songs That Make Up for This Unbearable Year List” and explains: “[Ro James] has a penchant for sensual songs, and his sophomore album is shaping up to be just as sexy as his last.” MANTIC also sees James teaming up with frequent collaborators including producers DJ Camper and Salaam Remi, as well as songwriter Verse Simmons and producer Soundz, the same team behind James’ Grammy-nominated, RIAA certified platinum single “Permission.” The track was the lead single from his critically-acclaimed debut album ELDORADO.

Ro James on what MANTIC means to him and the inspiration for the album: “The music I create evokes a feeling of romance, but I wanted to dissect that word and break it down by taking the ‘ro’ out of it. MANTIC refers to divination and prophecy-seeking knowledge of the future through supernatural means. Speaking things into existence and living forward, having faith in where you’re supposed to be and where you’re going.”

About Ro James

Born in Stuttgart, Germany to a military father turned preacher, Ro James found himself moving around for most of his childhood. From Indiana, California, Hawaii, Oklahoma to the place he now calls home, Jamaica, Queens, music was always in the forefront of James’ life. His musical inspirations come from the sounds of Johnny Cash, Prince, Tupac, Jodeci, and more. His debut single “Permission” was released in late 2015 and catapulted his career to the next level with the track topping the Urban Adult radio chart for 10 weeks consecutively. “Permission” was the lead single from James’ debut album ELDORADO. Released in May 2016, James’ debut album ELDORADO entered the charts at #3 on The Billboard R&B Albums Chart and #8 on the Top Hip-Hop/R&B Albums Chart. The success of the album earned him nominations for Best R&B Performance at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards Best New Artist at the 2017 NAACP Image Awards and Best New R&B Artist at the 2017 iHeart Radio Music Awards. He delivered an electrifying performance the track along with “Already Knew That” from ELDORADO on the Soul Train Awards stage. James embarked on his own headlining North American “XIX” Tour with dates in Europe in Amsterdam, London and Paris in early 2017. He appears on Luke James’ latest single released last month “go girl” with BJ The Chicago Kid, which they performed together on the Soul Train Awards late last year. He’s now readying his sophomore album, MANTIC which is set for release on May 29th via ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records.

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GOVERNOR CUOMO, LaGuardia Airport, Delta Airlines, 360 MAGAZINE

LGA × DELTA


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of the first new concourse and gates at Delta Air Lines‘ new Terminal C as part of the ongoing $8 billion transformation of LaGuardia into a unified 21st century airport. This opening is the latest milestone in the complete rebuild of LaGuardia Airport, which will provide a world-class passenger experience featuring modern customer amenities, state-of-the-art architecture, more spacious gate areas and a connected terminal system. The seven new gates in the Delta concourse, on the far eastern side of the airport, will start serving passengers – running 60 flights per day to Boston, Chicago and Washington, DC – on Monday, November 4. This is the second new concourse to open as part of the complete rebuild following the opening of the new 18 gate concourse that Governor Cuomo unveiled at Terminal B last December on the airport’s western half. Additionally, last week the Port Authority board of directors approved the funding needed to build the LaGuardia AirTrain.

“The opening of the first new concourse at Terminal C is a major milestone that takes us one step closer to transforming LaGuardia Airport into a global gateway worthy of this state,” Governor Cuomo said. “We’re building the nation’s first completely new airport in 25 years and showing the nation and the world that you can be ambitious and get big things done. At the end of the day, the new LaGuardia Airport will provide a world-class passenger experience with state-of-the art terminals and concourses like the one we’re in today, new roadways and improved traffic flow, and 50 percent more tarmac space to reduce gate delays.”

The Governor was joined by Delta CEO Ed Bastian, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and representatives of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to cut the ribbon on the new concourse which spans 105,000-square-feet and offers floor-to-ceiling views of Flushing Bay and Citi Field.

Delta’s first new concourse on the eastern half of LaGuardia represents another step forward in the complex, multi-phase construction plan designed to enable the 30-million passengers-a-year airport to remain fully operational while the entire airport is rebuilt. Under the plan, old facilities are demolished only as new facilities are completed, ensuring the airport never loses capacity. Even during construction, LaGuardia has continued to set new records for passenger volume. Eight of the airport’s 12 busiest days on record occurred this past summer, and 2019 is on pace to serve over 31 million passengers.

Last week, the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners formally authorized the funding needed to develop AirTrain LGA, which would connect the airport with a new station at Willets Point linked to enhanced Long Island Railroad service to and from New York City, providing for reliable and predictable travel times and alleviating the traffic and parking burden on local communities. In May, the FAA commenced the formal environmental review for the proposed AirTrain LGA, and the authorization of the project is subject to the FAA’s ongoing federal environmental review.

Governor Cuomo opened the first new concourse and gates of the new LaGuardia last December at Terminal B, on the western side of the airport. With today’s announcement of seven new gates opening on November 4th, roughly one-third of all passengers will be traveling through gates of the future “Whole New LGA.”

Furthering Delta’s commitment to enhancing the New York customer experience, the spacious 105,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art concourse will feature modern amenities and dining establishments inspired by local favorites including H&H Bagels, Rossi Pizzeria (from Chef Mark Iacono of Lucali), Flatiron Tavern & Provisions (from chefs Jess Shadbolt and Clare de Boer of King), Birch Coffee and Juice Press all organized by hospitality group OTG. The new gate areas provide more seating, sustainable technology powering ample outlets for charging devices and respite spaces for passengers to rest and regroup.

When complete, the new terminal will feature 37 gates across four concourses connected by a centralized and streamlined check-in lobby, security checkpoint and baggage claim; dual taxiways that will help reduce gate congestion and taxi times; a new, larger Delta Sky Club with a Sky Deck; larger gate areas and more concession space; and more efficient airport roadways.

At the new concourse, Delta has incorporated digital wayfinding signs to provide customer guidance and added hearing loop technology in every hold room for those with impaired hearing. Pilots will also notice upgrades with the new concourse such as a visual docking guidance system that assists with aircraft parking and automatically positions the passenger boarding bridges close to the aircraft to provide safer and deplaning and boarding.

The new facility is powered by a 12-megawatt Con Edison substation, which is integrated into the upper level of the concourse, with cooling towers, chillers, pumps and other equipment to service the terminal. All major electrical and mechanical equipment is housed on the upper level to protect such systems from water/flood damage in the event of a major storm. The concourse also features an ice-generation system that reduces electrical consumption at times of peak demand in the summer by creating ice at night, when energy demand is lower, and using it to cool the building during the day.

Delta operates more than 275 peak-day departures from its LGA hub and began construction on the $4 billion replacement of Terminals C and D in August 2017, building on the airline’s extensive investment in New York airports over the past decade.

Governor Cuomo first unveiled the vision for a comprehensive redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport to create a unified airport and 21st century customer experience in 2015. Construction began on the $8 billion project, roughly two-thirds of which is funded through private financing and existing passenger fees, in June 2016.

On the western side of the airport, the new $4 billion Terminal B, being built and operated by the private consortium LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP), is replacing the obsolete terminal that opened more than 50 years ago. On the eastern side of the airport, Delta Air Lines’ new $4 billion Terminal C will ultimately comprise a total 37 gates across four new concourses. As part of the redevelopment project, each new terminal will be equipped with electric ground service equipment charging facilities to accommodate an electric fleet.

LGP and Delta are privately financing roughly two-thirds of the redevelopment’s costs, and the Port Authority has committed the remaining one-third – most of it for overhauling and simplifying the current labyrinth network of on-airport roadways.

The new terminal buildings will be located closer to the Grand Central Parkway than the existing terminals, increasing the size of the airfield and allowing for dual taxiways to reduce gate congestion, while also enabling larger gate areas to more efficiently accommodate modern aircraft. State-of-the-art security technology will be integrated from curb to gate.

The past 20 months have been critical for the project as progress has accelerated. In February 2018, the new Terminal B parking garage opened with 3,200 spaces, including more than 2,400 for personal vehicles and a dedicated level for Uber, Lyft and other for-hire car services. In December 2018, Governor Cuomo opened the first of 18 new gates and the first new concourse in Terminal B on the western side of the airport, which serves American Airlines, United Southwest and Air Canada.

Overall, the redevelopment of LaGuardia is anticipated to create a combined $10 billion in economic activity and $2.5 billion in wages over the life of the project. LaGuardia Airport contracts with certified minority and women-owned businesses (MWBE) have now exceeded $1.3 billion. At Terminal B, LaGuardia Gateway Partners has over $853 million in contracts with commitments with 279 MWBE firms to date, and at Terminal C, Delta has nearly $510 million in contracts and commitments with 154 MWBEs for a combined more than $1.36 billion awarded to MWBE organizations.

Delta is the largest employer at LaGuardia and employs over 1,800 Queens residents across its facilities at LGA and at JFK. Delta’s partner at the new Terminal C, hospitality group OTG has already hired 120 new employees for the concessions at the new concourse, and 80% are from Queens.

These hires will build on the nearly 400 new hires for jobs at the airport’s new Terminal B concourse, with 55 percent of those hires being Queens residents. In addition, the LaGuardia Redevelopment program has partnered with Vaughn College and LaGuardia Community College to create internship programs and fund scholarships for local youth. This summer, LGA Redevelopment funded a 6-week STEM education program for 50 middle school students at Langston Hughes Library in Corona.

Governor Cuomo and the Port Authority continue to work with local stakeholders and Queens residents to ensure local businesses, MWBEs and jobseekers take advantage of new opportunities as part of LaGuardia Airport’s redevelopment and economic growth. In April, Governor Cuomo announced the opening of the new Council for Airport Opportunity office in Corona. The non-profit provides airport-related recruitment and job placement services to minority and disadvantaged residents in Queens. To help continue that work, a lease has been signed on a permanent LaGuardia Redevelopment community office in East Elmhurst.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Executive Director Rick Cotton said, “The opening of the new Delta concourse and gates mark another key milestone of the $8 billion redevelopment of an entirely new LaGuardia Airport. The transformation of LaGuardia airport is part of The Port Authority’s ongoing commitment to improve passenger experience and provide travelers with world class facilities.”

Senator Leroy Comrie, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities & Commissions said, “As Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities & Commissions, I commend Governor Cuomo and Port Authority leadership for an unyielding commitment to fundamentally revitalizing our essential transportation infrastructure. Queens–the “World’s Borough”–deserves truly world-class facilities, from airports and thoroughfares to expanded express buses, one seat rides and accessible subway stations. I am heartened that this project continues to proceed apace and I look forward to continued, thoughtful and community-driven improvements in the pipeline that will benefit all New Yorkers as we modernize and revitalize LaGuardia Airport.”

Assembly Member Amy R. Paulin, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions said, “Between the complete remodeling of the concourse and gates at Terminal B and this new state-of-the-art concourse opening this month at Terminal C, the LaGuardia Airport of the future is taking shape before our eyes. The Governor has challenged our state public authorities to deliver world-class infrastructure projects to the benefit of New Yorkers and visitors from across the country and the world. The public-private partnership developing this new LaGuardia has once again risen to the challenge.”

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said, “The opening of Delta’s new concourse and gates at Terminal C is a tremendous step forward in our effort to build a state-of-the-art, 21st century airport the borough that calls it home deserves. Creating a whole new LaGuardia also means investing in our families and our communities, not just our infrastructure, and Queens is thrilled that 80 percent of the employees hired to work at the new concourse’s concessions are borough residents.”

Delta CEO Ed Bastian said, “Two years ago, we set out to build a state-of-the-art facility at LaGuardia Airport, an airport that our customers and the people of New York deserve. Thanks to the commitment and hard work of the Delta team and our many partners, today marks the beginning of a new era for millions of Delta customers at LaGuardia. The excitement that is building here is palpable and contagious, and we are already looking ahead to many more milestones to come.”

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.

Uncle Jack's Steakhouse, Vaughn Lowery, Astoria Queens, NYC, Armon Hayes, 360 MAGAZINE, Uncle Jack's Meat House, Willie Degel

Uncle Jack’s Meat House is a neighborhood gem in Astoria, Queens.

By Armon Hayes × Vaughn Lowery

As of late, 360 MAGAZINE had an opportunity to visit their ‘Boozy Brunch,’ which takes place weekly every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm. Serial entrepreneur, Willie Degel, helms Uncle Jack’s Meat House as well as the host of Food Network’s Restaurant Stakeout. On the show, Degel helps restaurateurs uncover major obstacles which threaten to sink their businesses. Moreover, his culinary vision was to
co-create Uncle Jack’s Meat House; a modest luxury establishment dedicated to steak connoisseurs. 

Inspired by his late godfather and great-uncle Jack; he afforded his first restaurant at age 20. Uncle Jack’s exhibits the debut of branding, tailored to today’s patron who’s interested in natural, organic and sustainable elements.

$29.95 includes one entree and bottomless cocktails for 2 hours. Robust dishes, prepared by Chef Marvin, like the ‘8oz Salmon BLT’ are cooked to perfection. A crispy outside with a moist middle. Dished out with your choice side of fruit salad or fries. Wash it down with the High West punch, a premium cocktail developed by General Manager and resident mixologist. It’s garnished with infused Cherry’s and fresh fruit.

Various antiquities frame the bar which complement original artwork throughout the restaurant, adding authenticity to its natural glory. At the 4-star locale, for social engagement purposes, one can document their visit with the ‘selfie mirror.’

Overall, the restaurant possesses charismatic waitstaff, handcrafted cocktails and succulent bites which are certain to keep you coming back.

We Reign As One Campaign

NEW ERA CAP CELEBRATES THE START OF 2019 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SEASON WITH “WE REIGN AS ONE” CAMPAIGN

Campaign Features New Brand Ambassadors Francisco Lindor, Justin Turner, Didi Gregorius, Christian Yelich, Ronald Acuña Jr. and Jay Rock

Today, New Era Cap Co., Inc., the official on-field cap of Major League Baseball, launches “We Reign as One,” the next chapter in a powerful and inspiring cross-cultural multi-platform campaign. Ushering in the start of the 2019 Major League Baseball season, the campaign features the iconic New Era Authentic Collection 59FIFTY® Fitted as a badge that connects all baseball fans together.

“The new ‘We Reign As One’ campaign is a celebration of the start of the 2019 MLB Season,” said Mark Maidment, Senior Vice President, Brand at New Era Cap. “We wanted to spotlight how baseball and the New Era Authentic Collection 59FIFTY® Fitted have the power to connect us all, whether you’re a kid from Queens or a professional baseball player.”

Created in partnership with creative agency 72andSunny New York, “We Reign As One” also unveils New Era’s 2019 MLB Ambassador roster, including Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius; Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and 2018 National League Most Valuable Player Christian Yelich; Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor; Atlanta Braves outfielder and 2018 National League Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuña Jr., and Grammy award-winning rapper, Jay Rock.

“The New Era Authentic Collection 59FIFTY® Fitted cap lives at the intersection of sport and street fashion,” said Bryan Rowles, Executive Creative Director and Partner, 72andSunny New York. “The launch of ‘We Reign As One’ is a cultural creative opportunity to remind people that the city letters stitched on the Authentic Collection 59FIFTY®  cap represent common ground, city pride and team allegiance that connects all of us, no matter our background, profession or beliefs.”

Returning this year as New Era 2019 MLB Ambassadors are Houston Astros second baseman and six-time MLB All-Star José Altuve and Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Báez. Throughout the year, each ambassador will serve as an extension of the brand, helping to tell the story behind the caps both on and off the field. They’ll also help highlight special occasions such as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

As the official on-field cap of MLB, the New Era Authentic Collection 59FIFTY® Fitted is a lightweight, flexible athletic fitted cap that easily transitions on and off the field. To join the millions celebrating Opening Day, fans can purchase the New Era Cap Authentic Collection 59FIFTY® Fitted with their team logo of choice at www.mlbshop.com, www.neweracap.com and authorized retailers around the country. To view the new “We Reign As One” video click HERE and to view stills click HERE.

NASIR The Film

Hip-hop icon Nas, widely regarded as one of the most influential emcees of all time, releases a short film to accompany his 11th studio album NASIR via Mass Appeal / Def Jam Recordings.

Directed by Rohan Blair-Mangat, the short film touches on the many social issues currently and historically ingrained into his local community of Queens, New York, such as racism and police brutality.

City Girls Release New Video

CITY GIRLS RELEASE PERIOD VIDEO

DOCUMENTARY TRAILER REVEALED

FEATURED ON DRAKE’S SONG AND VIDEO FOR IN MY FEELINGS

“A synthesis of perspective reminiscent of Run-DMC and Salt-N-Pepa” – PITCHFORK

“Raunchy, in-your-face songs for the independent women of the world.” – XXL

“The heist-level bars feel like something rap has been missing for the better part of a decade.” – NOISEY

August 06, Miami Today you will have a chance to get to know J.T. and Yung Miami of the most provocative female hip-hop duo in years, City Girls, as they share a new video for “Period” from their recent project of the same name (Quality Control Music). The duo are the next generation of female rappers out of Miami, and you get to run on their turf when you WATCH HERE.

A trailer for a City Girls’ documentary (Quality Control / Mass Appeal) also surfaced today. Watch HERE.

Set to premiere later this month, and directed by Marcus Clarke, the documentary Point Blank Period follows Quality Control’s newly signed artists as they break into a predominantly male-dominated industry with their debut album. Exclusive interviews with City Girls’ Yung Miami and J.T., as well as industry trailblazers Trina, Kevin Coach K Lee and Pierre Pee Thomas, expose the complicated road to breaking female artists in the changing music landscape. While the girls’ collaboration with Drake on In My Feelings rendered the #1 chart topping song in the country, the girls’ quick ascension from local Miami artists to viral sensations has presented a whole new set of challenges as City Girl J.T. prepares for a looming jail sentence. The documentary covers their struggle to the top as Quality Control’s first female artists and how they plan on coming back stronger than ever after surviving the incarceration of one half of the duo at such a pivotal moment in their career.

J.T. and Young Miami are brash, raw, uncensored with a swagger rooted in the queens who came before them. Their empowered themes were originally put forth by Foxy Brown, Salt N’ Pepa, Khia and friend/Miami-based and mentor Trinawhose own influential career help spawn and revolutionize female music and rap.

Coach K and Pierre “Pee” Thomas of the renowned Quality Control Music label discovered the girls and took their first song “Fu*k Dat N****” from a regional hit to a national smash when it appeared on the seminal Quality Control Presents: Control The Streets Vol 1 compilation. Period has been covered by the likes of Pitchfork, Noisey, XXL, COMPLEX, FADER and more. Honorable descendants in the lineage of Miami’s legendary music culture, akin to a long history of powerful women in the rap game, City Girls are the next queens to claim the throne.

LISTEN TO PERIOD HERE.