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THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2021                                   THE QUEENS TIMES                                                             PAGE 9

         NYC & Company’s Five-Week Long NYC Restaurant Week®                                       21st Century Park System: NYC Parks
                    Summer 2021 Program Started on July 19th                                         Breaks Ground on $3 Million .  .  .

             NYC & Company, the official  and gratuity are not included; Sat-  “James Beard Honorees,” “Wine   (Continued from page 7)  has brought our park system into
        destination marketing organiza-  urdays are blackout and Sundays  Spectator  Picks,”  “NYC  Clas-                    the 21st century, with guidelines
        tion and convention and visitors  are optional.            sics,” “Date Night,” “As Seen on   $3 million from former Borough  focused on resiliency and access
        bureau for the five boroughs of       Mastercard cardholders can  TV,” “Under the Sea,” “The Slice   President  Melinda  Katz  with  and leading with a data-driven
        New York City, announced that  preregister at https://dinewithmc.  is Right,” “Editor’s Picks” and   continued support from Borough  approach to increasing park eq-
        NYC Restaurant Week, sponsored  com/ to receive an exclusive $10  lastly, a collection for Stella Artois,   President Donovan Richards. The  uity. Parks has also improved its
        by Mastercard, will return to in-  statement credit on each transac-  sponsor and official beer of NYC   project is expected to be complete  capital process in order to take on
        person  dining  after  18  months  tion of $39 or more while dining  Restaurant Week Summer 2021,   in spring 2022.   more projects and complete them
        now  through  August  22,  with  on-site (for up to five (5) transac-  titled “Make it Stella,” highlighting        800+ COMPLETED CAPITAL  faster. Through these strategies,
        reservations available at nycgo.  tions totaling a $50 rebate)* for the  restaurants serving Stella.  PROJECTS       the agency has reimagined how
        com/restaurantweek. The program  duration of the promotion, and each       As New York City continues        Under the leadership of Com-  we invest in parks across the city,
        includes nearly 530 participating  time an NYC Restaurant Week  to emerge from the pandemic and   missioner Silver, since 2014 NYC  including those in communities
        restaurants offering more than 50  meal is purchased with a Master-  the hard-hit restaurant community   Parks has completed more than  with the greatest need for open-
        distinct cuisines in 75 neighbor-  card by August 15, cardholders  works toward recovery, NYC &   800  capital  projects  across  the  space improvements that had not
        hoods across all five boroughs, as  will also be entered for a chance  Company has invited all restau-  five  boroughs,  advancing  the  seen investment in decades. Parks’
        well as updated, inclusive pricing  to win 200,000 American Airlines  rants and eateries across the five   City’s mission to build a more  10-year capital budget is $5.2 bil-
        with lunches priced at either $21  AAdvantage miles toward a trip  boroughs to participate in NYC   equitable park system for present  lion—the completed projects over
        or $39 and dinners priced at either  anywhere American flies.**  Restaurant Week Summer 2021   and  future  generations.  Under  the past seven years represents a
        $21 or $39 (both inclusive of one       Diners can seamlessly browse  at no cost, for one, multiple or all   this administration, the agency  $1.96 billion investment.
        entrée and at least one side and  participating restaurants at nycgo.  five weeks of the program. NYC &
        aligned to the individual restaurant  com/restaurantweek  by  filters  Company has extended the in-per-  John Catsimatidis And Others Bringing
        price points). Diners also have the  including “location,” “cuisine,”  son dining program to five weeks
        option to enjoy a new Signature  “has menu,” “$10 back,” and “ame-  for the first time ever—the longest   Back Pro Baseball to SI
        Dining Experience priced at $125,  nities.” Collections will also be  period in NYC Restaurant Week’s
        inclusive of at least three courses  available to help consumers choose  29-year history—coinciding with   (Continued from page 6)  the S.I. Yankees and leased the
        and exclusive enhancements. Taxes  restaurants by interests including  NYC Homecoming Week events.                   stadium from the city needs to
                                                                                                Minors, when they could previ-  transfer  the  lease  to  the  new
         Meng Urges Queens Families to Check Their Bank Accounts                                ously have as many as they want-  owners. The conglomerate is still
           And Mailboxes For Expanded Child Tax Credit Payments                                 ed. The new rule, coupled with  planning to add more investors to
                                                                                                the pandemic, decimated many  its ranks.
                                                                                                smaller teams. But MLB and the       Sources say Mayor Bill de
            (Continued from page 6)  ing expanded Child Tax Credit  any action.                 New York Yankees vowed to help  Blasio is planning to announce the
                                     when  they  file  their  2021  tax  •    Families who did not file a tax   any of the shuttered teams to start  news as early as next week.
        Credit Expansion from the Ameri-  return.                  return for 2019 or 2020 and who   a new side and open up their gates  The new owners plan to have con-
        can Rescue Plan?                  Who Qualifies?           did not use the IRS Non-filers tool   once more.          certs at the stadium by the end of
             The American Rescue Plan       Families qualify for a full credit  last year to sign up for the Eco-       There is still some red tape to  2021, and to have players out on
        expanded the Child Tax Credit to  if their income is below $75,000  nomic Impact Payments, should   work out. The group that owned  the field for the 2022 season.
        up to $3,600 per child for children  for  single  filers,  $112,000  for  go online and use the IRS Child
        ages 0 to 5 and $3,000 per child for  people filing as head of household,  Tax Credit Non-filer Sign-up Tool   CM Barry S. Grodenchik Celebrates
        children ages 6 to 17.       or $150,000 for people who are  to sign up today.
             The American Rescue Plan  married and filing jointly.  •    Families who got their refunds   Long-Awaited Repaving of Braddock Ave
        also authorized advance monthly       How Do I Get the Payment?  from the IRS through direct de-
        payments of the Child Tax Credit  •    Nearly all hardworking families  posit will get these payments in   The thoroughfare, which runs  that the three agencies are working
        through December 2021. Begin-  should get their monthly payments  their bank account around the 15th   from  Hillside  Avenue  to  the  on as part of a $58 million project
        ning today and running through  automatically  beginning  today  of every month until the end of   Cross Island Parkway, was once  to improve street conditions, al-
        December,  qualifying  families  with no further action required. If  2021. People who don’t use direct   dubbed “Queens’ worst street.”  leviate  flooding,  and  upgrade
        can get up to:               you’ve filed tax returns for 2019  deposit will receive their payment                   infrastructure.
        •    $300 a month per child for  or 2020, or if you signed up to  by mail around the same time.       Council Member S. Groden-       “Residents of Queens Village
        children ages 0 to 5.        receive a stimulus check from the  •    Families are able to determine   chik celebrated the long-awaited  have been plagued for years with
        •    $250 a month per child for  Internal Revenue Service, you will  their  eligibility,  manage  their   repaving of Braddock Avenue with  crumbling infrastructure,” said
        children ages 6 to 17.       get this tax relief automatically.  payments and more at  beaming elected officials, agency  NY State Senator John C. Liu.
             Families will get their remain-  You do not need to sign up or take  childtaxcredit2021.  representatives, and local civic  “As a major thoroughfare between
                                                                                                leaders with a ribbon-cutting near  Hillside Avenue and Jamaica Av-
           Assemblyman Edward Braunstein Announces Bayside                                      Breininger Park under clear skies  enue, the resurfacing of Braddock
                                                                                                and what is now a smooth, clear  Avenue has been long overdue.
                                Urgent Need Blood Drive                                         roadway.                     Much  thanks  to  the  City  and
                                                                                                     The celebration comes after  Council Member Grodenchik for
            (Continued from page 6)  appointments are encouraged.  To  if recovered from COVID-19  many years and even more com-  taking the necessary steps to get
                                     sign up, visit:  •    May NOT donate if they have   plaints about Braddock, a major  this project going and working with
        at our drive on August 5th.”   BraunsteinDrive2021 or contact  had a positive diagnostic test or ex-  thoroughfare  running  between  the residents’ concerns during the
             All donors will receive a free  Assemblyman Braunstein’s office  perienced symptoms of COVID-19   Hillside Avenue and Cross Island  construction process to provide im-
        limited edition New York Mets  by phone at 718-357-3588 or by  in the last 14 days      Parkway, that was plagued with  mediate relief to the community.”
        t-shirt and will be entered into a  email at braunsteine@nyassembly.  •    May NOT donate if they are   potholes and eroded infrastructure.       “I rejoice with the residents and
        sweepstakes to win a 6-pack of  gov.                       currently on self-quarantine re-       “I often referred to Braddock Av-  businesses of Queens who can now
        Mets tickets, provided by the New       DONORS PRESENTING:  strictions                  enue as the worst street in Queens  use Braddock Avenue safely. For
        York Blood Center.           •    Must wear a mask or face  •    For medical questions concern-  because of its terrible condition,”  years, it was left in disrepair, but
             To remain in compliance with  covering                ing blood donations, call 1-800-  said Council Member Grodenchik.  the community did not remain si-
        the guidelines for social distancing,  •    Must be 14 days symptom free  688-0900      “But now, we can celebrate its re-  lent about it,” said Assembly Mem-
                                                                                                paving, thanks to the advocacy of  ber David I. Weprin. “Speaking up
            Suozzi Meets With Local Gym Owners to Advocate For                                  local civic organizations and the  brought about the improvements
                                           GYMS Act                                             hard work of the New York City  we see here today. Thank you,
                                                                                                Department  of  Transportation,  Department of Transportation, for
            (Continued from page 7)  ties have closed their doors or limit       More specifically, the GYMS   the New York City Department  making these much-needed repairs
                                     capacity at no fault of their own.  Act would provide $30 billion to   of Design and Construction, and  to our urban infrastructure.”
        thanks  to  Congressman  Tom  Since the pandemic began, 44% of  the Small Business Administra-  the New York City Department of       “QCB13 is extremely pleased
        Suozzi for his tireless effort on  jobs in the industry —1.4 million  tion to disburse grants to eligible   Environmental Protection.”  by the leadership taken by Coun-
        behalf of all fitness facility own-  jobs — have been lost. Gyms, fit-  fitness business. Facilities would             The  three  agencies  —  the  cil Member Barry S. Grodenchik
        ers in New York,” said Charles  ness studios and fitness facilities  be required to certify economic   DDC, DEP, and DOT — spent  in getting the relevant parties on
        Cassara, President of the United  play a crucial role in maintaining  need and recipients can use funds   years completing necessary work  the same page for this important
        States Fitness Coalition and owner  New York’s health. Their collapse  for expenses such as payroll, rent   to alleviate the poor conditions of  thoroughfare in Bellerose to get
        of SC Fitness.               would have a devastating impact  and mortgage obligations, util-  the road. Before the repaving, 260  repaved,” said Mark McMillan,
             Since mid-March, tens of thou-  on the economy and the health of  ity payments, worker protection   feet of sanitary sewer and 510 feet  District Manager of Queens Com-
        sands of gyms and fitness facili-  communities across the country.  expenditures, and more.  of water main along Braddock Av-  munity Board 13. “It has been a
                                                                                                enue between Billings and Ransom  moonscape for too many years,
                                                                                                Streets were replaced.       damaging cars, trucks, and buses
                                            QueensTimes is on facebook                               The DDC and the DEP worked  that have the unfortunate experi-
                                                                                                with DOT to complete the infra-  ence of having to drive on this
                                                                                                structure prior to DOT repaving  roadway. Residents and businesses
                                           Visit us at            the road surface to avoid having to  can finally have the benefit of
                                             or visit our website           rip up the roadway again. Braddock  Braddock  Avenue  as  a  smooth
                                                                                                Avenue is one of many local streets  street in their neighborhood.”
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