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PAGE 4                                                    THE QUEENS TIMES                                      THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2021


            Louis Armstrong House Museum And Resorts                                                QEDC Releases Short Film on the
          World New York City Announce New Partnership                                              Many Wonders of Richmond Hill


        Inaugural contribution launches  to presenting the history of Louis’  memoration of the 60th Anniver-  Part of an Ongoing NYC Pro-  nese immigrant, Dave Kadarn-
        new Corporate Partners program  legendary career to our guests.”  sary of the Jazz musical written by  gram  to  Stimulate  the  Local  auth, who’s sitting with a Pepper
        supporting  the  Museum’s  ex-       “We know that civic, commu-  Dave and Iola Brubeck and origi-  Economy          Shrimp Fried Rice dish, the most
        panding facilities and roster of  nity and corporate leaders play a  nally performed in collaboration                popular item at his 101st Avenue
        digital programs             vital role in helping advance our  with Louis Armstrong. Filmed       It’s diverse. It’s authentic. It’s  restaurant, The Nest. Then it’s on
                                     Museum’s  mission,”  said  Jerry  in the historic homes of both the  affordable. It’s walkable. Heck, it’s  to the first-generation owners of
             Louis Armstrong House Mu-  Chazen,  the  Chair  of  LAHM’s  Armstrongs and the Brubecks,  like traveling, but there’s no need  a store that sells Hindu religious
        seum (LAHM) announced that  Board  of  Trustees.  “Our  new  this new performance by contem-  for a passport.        items,  a  music-video  shop,  an
        Resorts World New York City has  Center is the ideal platform for  porary artists revisits a landmark                herbal  beauty  salon,  an  Indian
        stepped forward as the inaugural  corporations and brands who rec-  set of compositions exploring the  Queens Economic Development  fashion house, a family-owned
        member  of  LAHM’s  new  Cor-  ognize the enduring importance  civil rights movement, racism in  Corporation  recently  released  restaurant  specializing  in  pan-
        porate Partners  program. With  of Armstrong’s legacy and want  the music business, and the power  We Are Richmond Hill as part  West Indian fare, a bakery, and a
        a  commitment  of  $10,000,  Re-  to align with us as we honor that  of music to bring us all together.   of its AvenueNYC program that’s  Sikh house of worship and com-
        sorts World New York City helps  legacy in a modern context. We  •    Voices of Freedom, an educa-  funded by the NYC Department of  munity center where the ancient
        LAHM launch a new campaign to  thank Resorts World New York  tion series for high school students  Small Business Services.  martial art Gatka is still practiced.
        partner with leading businesses  City for recognizing the potential  that explores the role of art as a       Narrated by food writer/tour       All the subjects praise the
        and brands. The effort will sup-  of  our  Museum’s  mission  and  vehicle for social change. Students  guide Joe DiStefano, the almost  neighborhood -- especially its peo-
        port LAHM’s mission of sustain-  making this leadership commit-  and their teachers are invited to  five-minute documentary looks  ple and vibrancy -- and mention
        ing and promoting the artistic,  ment.”                    create  new  works  of  art  while  at commercial, cultural, and cu-  other local stores where they like
        cultural and humanitarian legacy       Located across the street from  learning about the process and  linary  wonders  of  the  bustling  to shop. Then as a few more im-
        of Louis Armstrong, a global icon  the historic house on 107th Street  techniques with the help of world-  central  Queens  neighborhood  ages splash across the screen and
        of music and culture.        in Corona, Queens, the Center’s  class artists. The online program  that’s going through a major Re-  tabla music spices the background,
             The announcement comes as  new performance venue will al-  has been presented across New  naissance, thanks in large part to  DiStefano  signs  off  by  saying:
        LAHM  prepares  to  unveil  the  low LAHM to present emerging  York  State  and  beyond  since  immigrants from Guyana, India,  “It’s a place where the American
        new  14,000  square-foot  Louis  artists and host in-depth conversa-  launching earlier in 2021.   Bangladesh,  and  Pakistan  who  Dream is alive and well.”
        Armstrong  Center,  which  will  tions about Armstrong’s life and       Members of the new Corpo-  have settled there over the past       With help from the restaurant-
        include a new exhibition, a 70-  legacy. Also, the new exhibition,  rate  Partners  program  enjoy  a  decades.      promoting  nonprofit  Queens
        seat performance venue, and a  Here to Stay, curated by renowned  wide range of benefits including       Filmmaker Devin T. Klos mixes  Together,  QEDC  produced  the
        permanent home for Armstrong’s  Jazz pianist and multimedia art-  complimentary admission, invita-  candid images of local streets with  video as part of the Richmond Hill
        extensive archives of recordings,  ist Jason Moran, will explore not  tions to the annual Museum gala,  interviews of small business own-  Revitalization program.
        manuscripts, photographs, videos,  just Armstrong’s life on stage, on  screenings  and  performances,  ers who discuss their shops and       “We did this to showcase the
        artworks and more. The new Cen-  screen and in the studio but also  special members-only previews  reasons why they love Richmond  businesses and community that
        ter is slated to open in the autumn  will present a lesser-understood  of new exhibitions and programs,  Hill in a variety of accents hailing  make  Little  Guyana  [Liberty
        of 2021.                     portrait of Armstrong as a global  and unique custom activation tai-  from the Southeast Asia Subcon-  Avenue] and Punjab Way [101st
             “This is a pivotal time for  humanitarian and fearless cham-  lored to each Partner’s individual  tinent and its Diaspora.  Avenue],” said QEDC Program
        the Museum,” said Regina Bain,  pion of equality and human rights.  corporate  social  responsibility       “This is the best place to be  Manager Sam Smouha, referring
        Executive  Director  of  the  Mu-  It will also look at the critical role  goals. Corporate Partners’ con-  outside of Guyana for all of your  to recent street-renaming ceremo-
        seum. “Despite the difficulties of  played  by  Lucille  Armstrong,  tributions provide critical general  wonderful  West  Indian  foods,  nies led by the Mayor’s Office. “I
        the past year, we have launched  Louis’s wife with whom he spent  operating support to help the Mu-  culture,  religion,  clothing,  and  hope people will come to support
        several  new  programs,  under-  the final years of his life. Lucille  seum accomplish its mission and  so much more,” says Lakshmee  these businesses as they recover
        taken  critical  restoration  work  was not only a partner to Louis in  extend its reach to new audiences  Singh, host of the West Indian-  from the pandemic and visit an
        on the historic house, and we are  every sense during his lifetime,  both at the Museum and online.   focused TV variety show Let’s  exciting neighborhood with some
        completing  the  final  phases  of  she also was relentless in ensur-       More information about the  Talk With Lakshmee, at the onset.  of the best food in the city.”
        construction on our new Center. It  ing that Louis’s legacy would be  Museum  can  be  found  at  loui-       In the next sequence, Guyana-       In early 2021, QEDC released
        is an inspiring time to be involved  properly preserved. It was through  sarmstronghouse.org. Corpora-  born  Viburt  “Cooky”  Bernard  a Commercial District Needs As-
        with the Louis Armstrong House  Lucille’s tireless efforts that their  tions interested becoming part of  talks  about  Liberty  Avenue’s  sessment of the two most vibrant
        Museum, and we are thrilled to  house  and  archives  were  pre-  the Corporate Partners program  Sybil’s Bakery, which his mother  local shopping thoroughfares ─
        have  Resorts  World  New  York  served, resulting in the Museum  can contact the Museum using the  and he have run since 1976. As  Liberty Avenue and 101st Avenue
        City  on  board  with  us  as  our  that exists today.     Contact form on the site.    the camera rolls through displays  between the Van Wyck Express-
        inaugural  partner  in  this  new       The Corporate Partners pro-       About Louis Armstrong House  of West Indian delicacies, he talks  way and Woodhaven Boulevard ─
        fundraising effort.”         gram will also help LAHM in-  Museum - The Louis Armstrong  about his chefs and love of Rich-  and made suggestions on improv-
             “Resorts World is proud to  crease its presence online. The  House  Museum  &  Archives  is  mond Hill.         ing commerce there. Click here for
        partner with the Louis Armstrong  Museum has extended its reach  a  National  Historic  Landmark       Viewers meet another Guya-  more information.
        House Museum to help preserve  globally with recent initiatives  and a New York City landmark.
        the  legacy  of  an  international  such as:               The Museum is a member of the   Gillibrand Statement on Passage of
        icon and one of the greatest musi-  •        Armstrong  Now,  a  multi-  American Alliance of Museums,
        cians of our time,” said Michelle  episode series of videos featur-  the Association of African Ameri-  Military Justice Reform Bill in
        Stoddart, Vice President of Com-  ing contemporary Black artists  can  Museums,  the  Museums   Senate Armed Services Subcommitte
        munity Development for Resorts  responding  to  Louis’s  legacy  Council of New York City, the
        World Casino New York City. “We  through song, dance, and spoken-  New York State Museums Asso-       Addressing the passage of the   to trained, professional military
        have supported the Museum for  word.                                                     Military Justice Improvement   prosecutors. This reform is sup-
        over 10 years and look forward  •    The Real Ambassadors, a com-  (Continued on page 10)  and Increasing Prevention Act   ported by a bipartisan group of
                                                                                                 (MJIIPA) in the Senate Armed   sixty-six senators, including the
        Councilman Eric Ulrich Holds Street Co-Naming Ceremony                                    Services Personnel Subcom-  majority  of  the  Senate  Armed
                                                                                                  mittee, U.S. Senator Kirsten
                  in Honor of Hindu Priest Shri Prakash Gossai                                     Gillibrand, the chair of the   Services Committee, along with
                                                                                                                             veterans,  survivors,  and  legal
                  Councilman  Eric  Ulrich,                                                     Personnel Subcommittee, issued   experts – any attempt to remove
                                                                                                    the following statement:
        elected officials and community                                                                                      it in full committee will be vigor-
        leaders held a street co-naming                                                              “I am proud and deeply grateful  ously opposed. We owe it to our
        ceremony  in  honor  of  beloved                                                        that the Military Justice Improve-  service  members  to  provide  a
        Hindu priest Shri Prakash Gossai                                                        ment and Increasing Prevention  military justice system worthy of
        on Sunday, July 18, at 9:30 am at                                                       Act (MJIIPA) passed today as an  their sacrifice.”
        Bhuvaneshwar Mandir in Ozone                                                            amendment to the Senate Armed       Gillibrand offered the MJIIPA
        Park.                                                                                   Services Personnel Subcommittee  as an amendment during today’s
             Shri Prakash Gossai came to                                                        markup of the National Defense  Personnel Subcommittee markup
        Queens from Guyana in the 1980s.                                                        Authorization  Act.  This  is  an  of  the  FY22  National  Defense
        He founded the first Mandir in                                                          important step forward for this  Authorization Act. The amend-
        Ozone Park and quickly became                                                           much-needed legislation, which  ment passed 5-1, with Senators
        a leader in the NYC Hindu com-                                                          would deliver true justice to our  Hawley (R-MO), Hirono (D-HI),
        munity.  His  services  regularly                                                       service members by moving the  Tuberville (R-AL), and Warren
        saw more than 1,000 people in                                                           decision of whether to prosecute  (D-MA) joining Gillibrand. The
        attendance. When he passed away                                                         sexual assault and other serious  Personnel Subcommittee markup
        in 2009, more than 10,000 people                                                        non-military  crimes  out  of  the  language will now be included
        attended his funeral. A few years                                                       chain of command and giving it  in the full markup of the NDAA.
        later, in 2013, mourners held a 13-
        hour ceremony in remembrance
        of his life. At the service, a rotat-  street  co-naming  sits  on  86th  legislation in the New York City
        ing shift of musicians played 108  Street at the southwest corner of  Council legally giving 86th Street
        bhajans (hymns).             101 Avenue in Ozone Park. In 2018
             The sign commemorating the  Councilman  Ulrich  sponsored   (Continued on page 10)
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