Models Of Queens
Danyelle Of Bellerose
"Personality is number one," when it comes to Danyelles men. They also have to like to dance and, "be able to speak English properly. I dont like Ebonics," she insists.
But Danyelle already has a little man her six-year-old brother that she takes to Braddock Park. "Thats my heart. He runs around with other kids and I eat ice cream. I like being a kid," she said.
Danyelle has been modeling since she was 17. To her credit shes appeared in artistic galleries, print ads and in a spread for Platinum Plus, an urban, hip hop magazine. She was also a featured extra in a Reebok Commercial with Allen Iverson.
Shes pursuing acting. "If I could, I would up and move to Hollywood," she said..
These days she auditions for hip hop videos and played a part in an independent film called "Saving Life." As an extra in one of the scenes for "The Royal Tenenbaums," she met Gene Hackman and got all shy and immediately showed him a picture of her little brother.
Danyelle lives in Bellerose and is a sophomore at York College where she majors in education with a minor in performing arts. "I want to be a teacher, preferably English." She hasnt decided which age group shell end up teaching, but when it comes to patience she admits, "I dont have too much. Maybe Id be better off with high school kids."
When shes not spending time with her little bro, Danyelle shops and shops especially at Macys and Forever21 at Queens Center. She also loves to watch comedies at the multiplex in College Point. Her favorite dining spot in Queens is Pio Pio in Jackson Heights, which serves Spanish food. She also devours about four books a month. At 16, Danyelle used to sneak into the Queens clubs Amazura and Metropolis.
And Danyelle knows Amy Beth Bennett, a recent QConfidential "Model of Queens," who plays a jewel thief in the upcoming "Spider-Man" movie. Danyelle knows her because they worked together at Hooters for a couple of months.
About Hooters, Danyelle admits "the money was good," but the patrons were annoying. The tight, orange tank top and shorts were too tacky for her tastes but she didnt mind showing off her body.
See you at Braddock Park.Absentee Ballot
When District 19 City Councilman Tony Avella heard that the 13-member Queens Democratic Council delegation that he is a part of voted 13-0 at a Jan. 7 caucus to back Speaker candidate A. Gifford Miller, he was happy, but very surprised at the unanimous decision.
After all, he wasnt there.
Avella said, "Its funny, when I heard it was 13-0, I thought, I hope that 13 includes me. I thought maybe they invited the Republican Queens Councilman Dennis Gallagher to vote or something. But I called and it did include me."
Apparently, Avella made his opinion known early and often that Miller should be speaker, so when he couldnt attend the caucus meeting, Queens Dem County Chairman Thomas Manton took the liberty of counting his vote in support of Miller.
"Tom was right," Avella said. "If I was there, I certainly would have voted for Giff."
Avella couldnt make it to the caucus because of the wildcat bus strike that stopped all Queens Surface bus service on the morning of Jan. 7. Because the main part of the protest was happening in College Point the heart of his district Avella said, "I felt I should be offering my services to the people of my district and to their transportation. It worked out. My vote got counted anyway."
We wonder how many votes Tom Manton really has!Hot Stuff
Even in times of tragedy, sex sells. Well, Queens FDNY members hope it does, anyway.
On their website, Queens firefighters are promoting the sale of the "2002 Female Firefighters Calendar," an item that is guaranteed to keep purchasers hot all year round. The calendar contains photos of female firefighters from South Florida, some wearing a lot less than the average firefighters uniform. For a mere $12.95, anyone in the country can own a copy of the masterpiece for $10 more, it will come autographed.
While Queens firefighters probably enjoy the calendar for its contents, the FDNYs promotion of the item has more to do with charity than with hormones. This year, $5 from every calendar order will go to the families of fallen firefighters in New York City as a result of the World Trade Center tragedy. Each of the women featured in the calendar volunteered to appear for the good cause.
To order a copy, go to the Queens firefighters webpage, located atwww.thebravest.com/queen7/queen7.htm, and click the link to femalefirefighters.com. Several posters of the lovely ladies are also available. Sheldon Stein?
McLaughlin? Pheffer? Carrozza? Beuller? Beuller!
While State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver delivered his response to Governor George Patakis State of the State Address on Jan. 9, one QConfer couldnt help but compare him to famed dry guy Ben Stein, whose performance as an incredibly boring teacher in the movie "Ferris Beullers Day Off" topped his career.
Since then, hes played an incredibly boring teacher on "The Wonder Years," starred in his own Comedy Central game show "Win Ben Steins Money," and appeared in commercials for Clear Eyes.
As Silver slowly read his prepared speech in the most uninteresting monotone voice possible, the similarities between his mannerisms and Steins became clear. Silver stared blankly as he talked, refusing to change the tempo or volume of his voice during the speech. He barely moved his body, showing no emotion whatsoever. He even wore glasses similar to the ones that Stein wears.
While the QConfer noticed the similarities immediately, it may be difficult to find another New Yorker who watched the speech and noticed the same thing. After all, did anybody else actually sit through it?Political Payoff
All it takes to become a City Council member is 15 cents. Thats not a lot considering that some campaigns cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. But 15 cents is the service charge that a person must pay when he or she gets inaugurated as a City Council member.
Former Brooklyn City Councilman Victor Robles is now the City Clerk and hes the one in charge of collecting the small fee.
But at John Lius inauguration at the Flushing Library, Liu didnt have enough. He just had one coin in his pocket, so someone sprung for him. It was unknown at press time if Liu repaid his debt to the contributor.
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