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Courtesy of Miss New York City 2014 Organization.

With the thrill of victory still fresh, Miss New York City 2014 Kira Kazantsev has been going around the city using her new title to bring attention to things like child abuse and domestic violence prevention. But tomorrow, Kazantsev, the first Russian-speaking Miss New York City, will visit the neighborhood to celebrate her fellow women around the globe.

Kazantsev will visit Cherry Hill food market at 1901 Emmons Avenue for a noon celebration organized by the Be Proud Foundation. The first Russian-speaking Miss New York City will be presented by the first Russian-speaking assemblyman in New York State, Alec Brook-Krasny.

Kazantsev is 23 and she won the crown on February 2. Her talent for the event was vocals. She’s a recent graduate of Hofstra University’s Honors College and works as a waitress to pay her way through law school.

Medgar Evers College. Source: Google Maps

Beginning today, the New York City Districting Commission will hold five public hearings — one in each of the city’s five boroughs — from October 2 to 11, 2012. The Brooklyn hearing will be held October 11 from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. inside the Medgar Evers College Founder’s Auditorium, 1650 Bedford Avenue.

The purpose of these hearings, which are open to the public, is for the NYC Districting Commission to hear testimony from the public concerning the initial phases of its work in drafting a new districting plan for the New York City Council. It will be the commission’s task to reconfigure all 51 City Council districts to reflect population shifts. The plan is slated to be submitted to the council by November.

Individuals wishing to pre-register for speaking time or to submit written testimony in advance may do so by signing up online at www.nyc.gov/districting. Individuals wishing to speak at any hearing will be provided up to three minutes of speaking time.

Prior to the hearings, you may submit written comments to the NYC Districting Commission by mail to: NYC Districting Commission, Attn: Jonathan Ettricks, 253 Broadway, 7th Fl.,New York, NY 10007, or by email at hearings@districting.nyc.gov on or before 5:00 p.m. on the date of the hearing. You must indicate in your correspondence the date of the hearing for which you are submitting your comments.

The hearing locations are accessible to those with physical disabilities. Individuals requesting an interpreter for sign language or any other language at any hearing should contact the NYC Districting Commission at hearings@districting.nyc.gov or by calling (212) 442-0256 in advance of the hearing, and reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate such requests.

A customer buys ice cream from a Mister Softee truck — one of the very few options New Yorkers had to try and keep cool during the sweltering Northeast Blackout of 2003. Source: StructuresNYC / Flickr

BETWEEN THE LINES: Where were you when the lights went out on August 14, 2003?

A recent partial power outage in my apartment jogged my memory to that night. When the power went out and the air-conditioner stopped shortly after 7:00 p.m., I was annoyed, thinking it was gonna be a repeat of that long, hot night nine years ago. But, when I went out to the hallway, I realized it wasn’t a total blackout. Most of the hallway ceiling lights were still on and the elevators were operating. I looked out my window and saw most apartments had lights.

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If Neil Friedman had his druthers, “cancer sticks” would go the way of the Dodo bird. Source: SuperFantastic / Flickr

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The place: Times Square, New York City.

The time: High Noon, the present.

The scene: Two men slowly walk towards each other. A few passersby anticipate a showdown and seek nearby cover.

The players: The Villain and The Hero.

The Villain, clad in basic black from head to toe, advances from the left. The Hero, dressed in stylish off-white, approaches from the right.

As they get close — at the intersection of Broadway and 42nd Street — the villain strikes a match and lights the unfiltered Camel dangling from his lips, then rudely exhales the smoke into the Hero’s face.

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Brooklyn Borough Hall. Source: Wikipedia

The New York City Districting Commission will hold five public hearings — one in each of the city’s five boroughs — from August 13-23, 2012. The Brooklyn hearing will be held August 13 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street.

The purpose of these hearings, which are open to the public, is for the NYC Districting Commission to hear testimony from the public concerning the initial phases of its work in drafting a new districting plan for the New York City Council.

Individuals wishing to pre-register for speaking time or to submit written testimony in advance may do so by signing up online at www.nyc.gov/districting. Individuals wishing to speak at any hearing will be provided up to three minutes of speaking time.

Prior to the hearings, you may submit written comments to the NYC Districting Commission by mail to: NYC Districting Commission, Attn: Jonathan Ettricks, 253 Broadway, 7th Fl.,New York, NY 10007, or by email at hearings@districting.nyc.gov on or before 5:00 p.m. on the date of the hearing. You must indicate in your correspondence the date of the hearing for which you are submitting your comments.

The hearing locations are accessible to those with physical disabilities. Individuals requesting an interpreter for sign language or any other language at any hearing should contact the NYC Districting Commission at hearings@districting.nyc.gov or by calling (212) 442-0256 in advance of the hearing, and reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate such requests.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Seven years ago New York City was in the running to host the Summer Olympic Games, which are currently underway 3,500 miles east of here. We made it to the final five before London was selected.

Though I’ve yet to hear about any major problems for the games, with the exception of too many empty seats early on, or hassles getting around London, if the 2012 (pronounced “twenty twelve” — not “two thousand and twelve”) games had been held here, more than likely it would have inconvenienced many city residents. Besides the congestion and the temporary population explosion, the cost to build new or renovate existing venues, including a proposed $2 billion stadium near the Lincoln Tunnel, the plan would have been prohibitive considering the city’s traditionally strained budget.

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City Hall. Source: Wikipedia

The New York City Districting Commission will hold its first organizational meeting tonight, July 17, 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 260 Broadway, in Manhattan.

It will be the commission’s task to reconfigure all 51 City Council districts to reflect population shifts. The plan is slated to be submitted to the council by November. This meeting is open to the public.  While public testimony will not be received at this meeting, the commission will afford opportunities for the public’s input at later dates.

Individuals requesting sign language interpreters for the hearing should contact the commission at info@districting.nyc.gov or call (212) 442-6940.