Friday, May 30, 2008

My Community Issue

Flooding In My Community

All communities have there
issues and problems. Whether its violence in the community, or even the community coming together to stop the city from knocking down something that means so much to them. Some community issues may hinder the community and some may be beneficial to the community. In my community which is Rosedale, Queens we have a flooding problem. Queens itself has a flooding problem. Anytime that there may be heavy rain or rain that may last the whole day there is flooding that occurs mostly in peoples basements. This is a major issue in my community because since there are many home owners in Queens, if any thing goes wrong the home owner has to pay for the damages, and most people cannot afford for damages such as that. The city has attempted to help with the situation by fixing and replacing the pipes. But I believe that they need to not only focus on certain areas, they need to fix ALL of the pipes so that they wont have any complaints and, or lawsuits.

Click Here To Read An Article
(Storm Damage In Queens, Overlooked)
New York Times

Click Here To Read An Article
(Queens Flooding)
Gotham Gazette

Click Here For More Flooding Pics Of Queens, NY
(Courtesy of Daily News)

Click Here For More Pics Of Queens, NY
(Courtesy Of 1010 Wins)

How Does Flooding Affect Everyone?

Not only does the flooding affect those who own homes, it also affe
cts those who depend on NYC Transit to get to work and school. Rain also causes the train stations to flood making it impossible to get where you have to go.

Solving Subway Flooding
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(Tri State Flood Inc. Will Be Glad To Help)

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


Pictures Of My
(More to come)

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Welcome to Rosedale

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Helen M. Marshall
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Congressman Gregory W. Meeks

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My State Senator
(District 14)

Malcolm A. Smith

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My State Senator
(District 10)

Shirley L. Huntley

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Michele R. Titus

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The "Why" Question

Why is Rent so high?

I believe the cost of rent is increasing because I believe that the government is trying to move blacks out and bring the white people into our neighborhoods. Increasing rent causes those who are unable to afford rent to move out and move to poorer neighborhoods.


1. The landlords who are increasing rent make more money.


1. More people become homeless
2. Slums are created

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

My African American Figure (Under Construction)

William "Billy" Thomas Strayhorn


Time Line: Important Events of Billy's Life

November 29, 1915 - William Thomas Strayhorn born in Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio to James Strayhorn and the former Lillian Craig.

1920 - After periods living in various locations including Montclair, New Jersey, the Strayhorns settle in greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1926 - Billy Strayhorn begins private lessons.

1927 - In seventh grade, Strayhorn starts his music study at Westinghouse High School under Carl McVicker and other teachers.

1929-1933 - While at Westinghouse, Strayhorn engages in various musical activities, including participation in the Orchestra Club. As first pianist with the Senior Orchestra, Strayhorn performs Edward Greig's Piano Concerto, opus 16, among other pieces. During this period, he begins composing his first works combining jazz and classical elements.

November 6, 1935 - Premiere of "Fantastic Rhythm," a musical revue with book, music and lyrics by Billy Strayhorn, performed at Westinghouse High School.

September, 1936 - Strayhorn attends the Pittsburgh Musical Institute, a private music conservatory.

1933-1936 - Working on the piece sporadically over a period of several years, Strayhorn composes "Lush Life."

1937-1938 - Strayhorn performs around the Pittsburgh area with his own jazz combo, The Madhatters.

December 2, 1938 - Billy Strayhorn meets Duke Ellington at the Stanley Theater, where Ellington was performing with his orchestra.

January 23, 1939 - Strayhorn visits Ellington at the Adams Theater in Newark, New Jersey and accepts Ellington's offer to serve as Ellington's collaborator. Shortly after this, Strayhorn moves from Pittsburgh into Ellington's home at 409 Edgecombe Avenue in Harlem's Sugar Hill District.

March 21, 1939 - The Duke Ellington Orchestra records its first Strayhorn composition, "Something to Live For."

1941 - During a radio ban on music composed by members of the ascap, including Duke Ellington, Strayhorn emerges through compositions including "Take the 'A' Train," "Johnny Come Lately," "Chelsea Bridge" and "After All."

December, 1945; December 1948 - Strayhorn wins Down Beat poll as arranger.

March 29, 1949 - First recording of "Lush Life," by Nat "King" Cole.

1950 - Strayhorn joins the Copasetics, a fraternal organization of show-business insiders based in Harlem. Soon, he is elected President and leads the group in social and charitable activities.

November, 1950 - Ellington-Strayhorn piano duet recorded, released on LP billed as the Billy Strayhorn Trio.

May 8, 1956 - National television broadcasts of Ellington Strayhorn theatrical collaboration, "A Drum is a Woman," an allegorical history of jazz told in music and dance.

Mid-late 1950's - Strayhorn records extensively with Johnny Hodges, serving as musical director, arranger and pianist.

April 28, 1957 - Debut of Ellington-Strayhorn collaboration, "Such Sweet Thunder," an instrumental suite inspired by the works of Shakespeare, at New York's Town Hall.

April 14, 1959 - Billy Strayhorn Septet LP recorded.

June, 1960 - Ellington-Strayhorn adaptation of "the Nutcracker Suite" recorded.

January, 1961 - Strayhorn solo LP, "The Peaceful Side," recorded in Paris for release by United Artists Records.

December, 1961 - Billy Strayhorn and the Orchestra LP recorded for release on the Verve label.

December, 19-21, 1966 - Ellington-Strayhorn collaboration, "The Far East Suite," recorded.

May 31, 1967 - Billy Strayhorn dies of cancer of the esophagus at age 51.