Models Of Queens
On Screen Dream
Home: Far Rockaway
Weight: 210 lbs.
Kelly Michaels wasn’t born in Queens; his family moved from nearby Brooklyn to the homier confines of Far Rockaway.
“My parents wanted a better life. They bought a home as opposed to living in apartments forever,” explained Michaels of the move. “A better home in a better neighborhood.”
And, according to Michaels, his family found what they were looking for. The strapping young man, with aspirations towards modeling and acting, hasn’t left since.
Shortly after relocating, Michaels enrolled in Queens College, where he graduated with a degree in media and communications in 2000. Now he focuses on a life in front of the camera.
He’s had several stints on late night infomercials and a role in an alarm company ad which will begin airing regionally later this year.
Michaels’ big break, however, may come in next year’s Tribecca Film Festival when the independent film "Remedy" debuts. He has a major role as a detective investigating a murder among a group of upscale, drug-addled buddies. “It’s a cinematized version of ‘Law & Order.’ ‘Law & Order’ meets ‘Friends’ , pretty much,” he said.
The cast features a number of familiar faces including the guy who plays Big Pussy on “The Sopranos” and a member of the band Kiss – another Queens product.
Though his career ambitions often bring him into Manhattan, Michaels said he wouldn’t trade his Far Rock address for anything – except maybe some digs in L.A. “I’d rather live in Queens,” he explained. “In [Manhattan] there is sometimes too much going on and I just need some space.”
To let loose locally, Michaels said, “I like to go to Bell [Blvd.]. That’s my old college area and it’s the old reliable if you don’t have any place to go.” A favorite spot remains the Crazy Moose Salon.
“Another place I like to go a lot if I want to have a drink and relax is the Crown Plaza Hotel right across from LaGuardia Airport,” Michaels said. “I usually go hang out in the bar lounge area there. Everyone’s friendly and the couches are comfortable.”
He said, “If I’m on a date and I just want to relax, I go there.”
Dental Clinic Opens
Cookies, Coke and cavities, courtesy of the NYC Department of Health.
That’s just what was served when the City’s Department of Health announced the opening of a free dental office in Corona … (right) soda, cookies, pastries, and, oh yeah, some fruit.
The Corona Dental Clinic opened at 34-33 Junction Blvd. with Beep Helen Marshall, Councilwoman Helen Sears, State Senator John
Sabini, and Assemblyman Ivan Lafayette on hand to share the sugary goodies.
NYC Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden told the gathering that more dental clinics hopefully will be opening up.
We’re going to need ‘em.
John Liu, Off His Rocker?
John Liu takes an illegal Segway Ride.
No, salaries for City Councilmembers haven’t sunk so low that Flushing’s John Liu has been forced to forgo his car and ride a scooter to work.
Liu did get a chance to show off a little bit of his outlaw side at City Hall recently, when he took one of the much-hyped Segway Human Transporters for a spin. Heralded as the tomorrow’s mode of urban transportation, the Segway is currently considered illegal for use in New York.
Despite this extra-legal status, the Segway has fostered a cult of true believers, who can often be glimpsed high-tailing around on these strange upright, battery powered conveyances, which are steered with subtle weight shifts by the rider.
As chair of the Council’s Transportation Committee, it's hard to say whether Liu is setting a bad example with his Segway display or perhaps contemplating some futuristic, utopian vision of Gotham ruled by these odd people movers.
One thing is certain, however: Liu has President George W. Bush’s number when it comes to Segway piloting. Bush famously fell off of a Segway during a test ride over the summer, which came as something of a shock to the inventor of the machine. Up to that point, Segway’s had been advertised as idiot-proof, accident-free technology.
Only In NY
NYC’s Office of Emergency Management used to be located in building 7 of the World Trade Center, even after the terrorist attack of ’93.
So what did the geniuses do post 9/11/01? Relocate it to under the Brooklyn Bridge, that’s what!
It was demolished at one perpetual target of terrorism and relocated to a potential target for the next terrorist attack on our City. Not only that, QConf has learned that the new location is also prone to flooding.
Nice to see that the people in charge of our City in the event of an emergency have a sense of humor.
Maloney with the Council seal.
Is it a sign of things to come… Manhattan/Queens Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney heading back to the City Council?
In Queensbridge Park, when Maloney stood behind a microphone provided by Councilman Eric Gioia – complete with a City Council seal – one television reporter asked her, “Is it Councilwoman Maloney now?”
Once a Councilwoman, always a Councilwoman, Maloney responded
The two were there to announce money to study the crumbling seawall.
Rumors about Maloney’s retirement have circulated for sometime, but steadfastly denied by her office. If and when Maloney does call it quits, Gioia could be considered a top candidate to replace her.
The ambitious Gioia was a lawyer in the Clinton White House.
Pam Busts KFC
Who has the better legs and breasts? A battle has begun between former "Baywatch" babe Pamela Anderson and Kentucky Fried Chicken purveyors of breasts and legs – of chickens, that is.
Joining Anderson in her assault on KFC are Queens' hip-hop icon Russell Simmons and former Beatle Paul McCartney.
The animal rights activist, as poster girl and spokesperson for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), accused the fast-food operator of cruelty to chickens and called for a boycott of the
PETA's campaign includes billboard and print advertisements including the one pictured above.
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