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Primetime looking for donations to expand

Hi, I’m Jeffrey Maisonet. I am currently seeking funds to start my own community website. The website will be based on reporting events, meetings, community issues, and politics.  The website is not about me. It’s about keeping my community informed and seeking an audience of writers, and readers.  The fund is only 100 dollars, which is needed to start the website. I have a free website but the free account limits me to so little. If I am able to receive funds, I would be astounded and thankful for the donation. If you’ll like to check some of my work out? Please visit .  Once again , I am thankful in advance and remember every little bit helps. I don’t care if you donate just a dollar. The thought and the cause I am trying produce is all that matters.

I have a lot of work to post on this site. Unfortunately I can not post it because the free addition of this site only allows me write. I am not allowed to share video content or even audio. If Primetime Reporting was able to have it’s own site, the options are limitless. I would love to share the great stories I have with the Rockaway community, but until I can raise 100 bucks to start the site? This is what I have to deal with.  Thank you for your time. If you would like to contribute? Please click on the link below to make a small donation.

Billzard Photos From Rockaway Park

Blizzard 2016 has been a hard one for most residents in Rockaway. Cars have been buried. Snow reaching above knee length.  Let’s not forget the dreadful winds that blow snow across our faces no matter where we turn. With all these struggles, we can not let this storm change our opinion on the beauty of this blizzard. Without further ado, let me now illustrate photos taken by Residents.



Who knew birds like the snow too?   Photo By: Ivy Farrell



We all know the feeling about waking up to a car trapped in snow. Photo by: Ivy Farrell


Day after the blizzard. Time for Work! Photo by: Annette Lauritsch


Why aren’t the streets plowed? Good question Mayor…. Photo by: Annette Lauritsch  Location: Beach 110th street.


Even Marissa’s son out after the blizzard. Smell a snowball fight coming….

Photo by: Marissa Bernowitz


Want the job done? We do it ourselves. Even kids work harder than the City of New York.

Photo by: Marissa Bernowitz

As much as we hate the snow. The kids remind us of our childhood and appreciation for the snow. Photo by: Michelle

Amazing work by this family. Created their own winter wonder land, in their own back yard. Love these photos. Photo by: Karen

Blizzard Photos From Arverne

Blizzard 2016 has been a hard one for most residents in Rockaway. Cars have been buried. Snow reaching above knee length.  Let’s not forget the dreadful winds that blow snow across our faces no matter where we turn. With all these struggles, we can not let this storm change our opinion on the beauty of this blizzard. Without further ado, let me now illustrate photos taken by Residents and I.



Looking at the CALL-A-HEAD porter potty. Nearly half way covered. Photo taken by Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet.


Photo shows how hard it was just to reach your home during the storm. A couple was bold enough to take the hike up the stairs. They’ve made it up safely. Photo taken by Rosemarie Williams.

12631002_10207491164704482_584107153_o Picture describes what vehicles had to be used to get through the mess. Photo shows a pick-up truck with a plow connected to it. Right beside the truck is an ATV that is use for conditions like snow cover. Photo taken by Theresa Racine.

12591988_10207491176144768_878670741_oRockaway freeway during a early morning blizzard. How lovely…. Photo taken by Theresa Racine.


 Arverne View complex A.K.A Ocean Village. Three bold people relaxing in the blizzard. Photo taken by Rosemarie Williams.

IMG_0836“Can’t even walk when the snow is knee deep” says Rosemarie Williams. Photo taken by Rosemarie Williams.

IMG_0845“Wasn’t smart to walk back here” says Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet.” I was nearly hit by two Sanitation trucks trying to plow the street”. I was looking for a way onto the boardwalk. Forgot it was no boardwalk near the beach 67th street section.  


The two Sanitation trucks working hard to push the snow aside. Photo taken by Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet.

If you have photos of this storm that you’ll like to share. Contact Primetime Editor Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet at

Be safe out there and remain warm.


Statement made from the MTA at 11:59am Saturday morning.

“NYC Transit and MTA Bus service will begin an orderly shutdown of all local, limited and express service at NOON. Access-A-Ride service will also be suspended. We advise customers who do not have to travel to remain at home until the current weather conditions subside and roads cleared for safe operations. ”

Starting at Noon all these changes will be in full effect for the peninsula. As for Long Island Railroad “Far Rockaway” Branch, will be currently operating with scattered weather related delays. The MTA issued a statement, “Crews and snow fighting equipment have been dispatched and are working to keep platforms and rails clear of ice and snow. We are monitoring conditions for impacts to service. We advise customers if at all possible to remain at home during the duration of this storm”.

I urge all Rockaway residents to stay at home and shop locally if SAFE. Q22,Q53,Q52,Q21 are not running. A trains are running with Storm Delays. Rockaway Park Shuttle train has been suspended. I urge everyone not to drive, the roads are dangerous.

For more info and updates please visit and

Be safe everyone from the J-MAN and Rockaway Primetime.

Primetime Looking For Community Writers

Attention: Contributing Editors and Writers Wanted!

I’ve decided to change the format of Primetime Reporting and make it a community blog. Why? I want more people from the Rockaway community (from both ends of the peninsula) to be able to have input and contribute to the site’s success. Your stories and viewpoints count, so I urge you to contact me ASAP if you’re interested in being on the Primetime team.

I’m happy to announce that Gary Glennell Toms, known to many in the Rockaway community as “The G-Man”, will serve as a consultant and editor.

The G-Man grew up in the Redfern Houses and is a honors graduate of Far Rockaway High School. After attending Queens College, he went on to serve as a columnist, reporter and the associate editor of “The Wave” newspaper. He’s received numerous awards for his work in journalism, and he’s been a great source of inspiration. He currently manages two very popular (independent) news sites, so I’m really looking forward to working with him….and all residents concerned about the current state and future of Rockaway.


Rockaway’s east end needs more food choices

Do you live on the East end of Rockaway? If so, there’s a good chance that you’ll probably disagree when I say we need more food choices. I’m not talking about more McDonald’s or Popeye’s. I’m talking about more options for healthier food. Allow me to use Mott Avenue, which is located on the southern end of the peninsula, as an example. The area is known to many as “Downtown Far Rockaway”. It’s considered the mecca for shopping and eating in Rockaway, but I don’t want to consume greasy food that, according to most medical reports, will increase my chances of a heart attack when I get older.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to come across as the food police or denounce anyone who happens to love fast food. People have a right to eat whatever they want. I’m simply trying to raise awareness about the food choices here on the east end, especially when you consider what’s on the west end. I submit the following to illustrate my point.



The Community House – Beach 102nd Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard

Now this is what I call food! Yes, you can argue that some of the menu items aren’t healthy, but my point is that there’s nothing on the east end like this place, at all. Let’s be honest. It’s really hard to find a bar and restaurant on the east end that’s cozy, inviting and serves good food.




This is another great spot that I must acknowledge. Without question, it’s an establishment with quality food and service. In addition, you’ll find it pleasing to your palate and easy on your pocket. Again, I don’t see anything like UMA’s on the east end.

There are other exceptional west end restaurants that are worth mentioning, but I’ll move on and point out some of the options we have on the east end.


Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin Robbins

I have one simple question. What can I eat at Dunkin’ Donuts that’s going to fill me up? A man can’t live off bagels, coffee, doughnuts or Munchkins alone. If I needed to dramatically gain weight to audition for “Fat Bastard” in the next Austin Powers movie, then DDBR would serve its purpose. The term decent or hearty meal doesn’t come to mind when you think of DDBR. Not hatin’…. just saying.


Gino’s Pizzeria and Restaurant

This used to be the best place in Rockaway to get pizza, but for some reason the pizza just doesn’t taste the same as it did back in the day. Let me be clear. I have no problem supporting this business. James Cruz, the assistant manager, is a wonderful person. I’ve had great conversations with Mr. Cruz and we have a good relationship. I would like to keep it that way. I’ll still buy pizza from Gino’s, but I wish it could recapture that old school flavor, figuratively and literally.

(Photo credit: Brianne & Berry, Visual journalists)

Boardwalk Pizzeria


In my humble opinion, this is the only bright spot we have on the east end. It’s located in the Arverne-By-The-Sea shopping center on Beach 68th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Stop by, and tell them The J-Man sent you.


The time has come to stop supporting corporate franchises like DDBR and McDonald’s, which target our community dollars while shortening our life expectancy. I respectfully request that east end residents, especially those that are just as concerned as I am about this situation, please contact their elected officials and tell them — before they build another housing unit or shopping center — that you also want small businesses and eateries that promote healthy eating and living.

Question: Do you think the east end needs more businesses that promote good and healthy eating practices? You already know my answer. Share your thoughts. After all, this IS a community blog.


Culinary Kids And Xtrememeasure Host “NOT MY LIFE”

“NOT MY LIFE”, Filmed on five continents, in a dozen countries, Not My Life takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited, every day through an astonishing array of practices including forced labor, domestic servitude, begging, sex tourism, sexual violence, and child soldiering.

“Human traffickers are earning billions of dollars on the backs and in the beds of our children,” says the film’s director, Academy Award nominee, Robert Bilheimer, “and yet no one knows this is happening. We have a huge responsibility, right now, to learn the truth and act on it.”

Challenging though it may be, Not My Life’s message is ultimately one of hope. Victims of slavery can be set free and go on to live happy and productive lives. Those who advocate for slavery victims are growing in numbers, and are increasingly effective. At this crossroads for the defining human rights issue of our time, Not My Life tells us, as the late Jonathan Mann said, “We can no longer flee, no longer hide, no longer separate ourselves.”


Photo further explains the importance of Human Trafficking, and how it’s used as an example of Modern-Day Slavery.  Queens is the leader of Human Trafficking across the Five Boroughs.

The event “NOT MY LIFE”, will be held at 444 Beach 58th street between Beach Channel Drive and Almeda Avenue.  Name of the location is Farm Rockaway, Just look for the big green tent and you’re in the right place. UNICEF, Global Citizen and the NYPD’s 101 Precinct are also Co-Hosting the event with

“NOT MY LIFE” event will be on January 16th, event starts at 12pm and ends at 4pm.


Rockaway resident Theresa Racine, who is coordinating the event January 16th at Culinary Kid’s Farm Rockaway site.


On the same day as the Human Trafficking event, Culinary Kids will have their weekly Farmer’s Market as well.



Every weekend Culinary Kids Host their Farmers Market at 444 Beach 58th Street. It’s winter and the Culinary Kids are having fresh organic produce such as Sweet Potatoes, Onions, Greens, Organic Eggs, Yogurt, Flower, and Salad.  

It’s always a pleasure as a Rockaway Resident and a Reporter, to see people who live in the same community doing things like this to educate people. They always say. “It takes a Village to raise a kid”. I never stop learning. Believe it or not? I don’t have much knowledge about Human Trafficking. So I will be attending this event on the behalf of Rockaway Prime Reporting and learn more about it. Maybe I will learn something and be able to help fight it or even bring awareness. What I learned about life so far, YOU NEVER KNOW WHERE LIFE WILL TAKE YOU.

It has been a pleasure as always covering the Rockaway’s. Hope people of the Rockaway’s and outside attend the event.

Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet  A.K.A  J-MAN

Managing Editor of Rockaway Primetime Reporting.


Getting To Know Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet

1622496_709012472452292_883637224_oHi everyone allow me to introduce my self. I’m Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet. I’m 20 years old, I get the name Jeffrey from my older sister. Very rare your sister or brother has a say in your name process. Williams I get from my Mother’s side, and Maisonet from my Father’s side. Maisonet is a French last name which can hint to you what my actual race is. I rather not discuss what my race is because I feel race is dividing each other in the world. I’m here to unite not to fight.

Although I’m very young, you would be surprised by the stuff I came across in my life. At only 20 years old I my self sometimes wonder, How is this possible? Just to keep note! This blog is not to talk about me much. I have a new passion to write and do reporting in the community I truly love. I started a journey as young as 17 years old, doing community organizing. What I’m about to share with you is extremely personal and I don’t care if it gets out to the pubic. This is something I felt needed to be shared. This story I’m about to tell you, is why I created this blog and why I have this passion to become a reporter.

It’s about the time where closure is the gateway to being free for the mind.

I am coming to you to share my horrible moments when I became a member of the Rockaway Youth Task Force (RYTF). Shortly after Hurricane Sandy  – I wanted to get up from my computer and help make a change in my community. This felt like a great opportunity to do something wonderful and respectful.
Therefore,  I joined RYTF at the age of 17.  I was very excited to get started on working in my community. An exciting dream seemed very real; But, little did I know I was walking into a nightmare that would demonstrate dishonesty.  This was not my world.
RYTF is run by Milan Taylor. Unfortunately, Milan Taylor didn’t turn out to be the great leader I thought he was per my research. When you are young, everything seems all good at  RYTF – especially when they are feeding you junk food like pizza and chips and soda.
Bribing one with food to get what he wants from is how Milan Taylor knows how to operate. You see, at age 17 – I didn’t know any better so I fed into it. I was a very active member when I joined. I  attended every meeting and rally they had.  I thought my commitment to the organization would help the anger and tension Milan and others had toward me and one another.  .

As time went by and I was getting older, as well as getting ready to graduate High School,  I was looking for something big to start in my life, so I wanted to explore new careers just like anyone else. I landed one of my first real jobs working at McDonald’s while I was still with Rockaway Youth Task Force. I had a hard time paying senior dues, so I wanted to exit RYTF to focus on that.  RYTF was not happy that I was exiting, so I told them why and Milan said he wanted to help.  Milan Taylor offered me money to work for him in his office as a intern at RYTF.   Milan Taylor wanted one thing from me, to “QUIT MY JOB AT McDONALDS.”  I thought that would be OK;  But, it brought up some red flags.  Though,  I took the job,  since I wanted to do great things for my community and that was my goal.

I should of paid better attention to all the signs!  When I became an intern that’s when the nightmare begun. When you’re an Intern for RYTF, you  spend most of your time after school with them and Milan Taylor. If I thought it wasn’t bad enough to spend two hours with Milan Taylor –  to be constantly manipulated and peer pressured, imagine spending 5-6 hours with him to be yelled at and pressured into doing something unethical regarding many things that were not right.
As an intern,  you get to see how Milan Taylor and RYTF really get down. I’ve saw numerous doings and suspicious activity take place that are not  legal in my opinion. Such things as creating petitions that are wrongful  and accuse others of false wrongdoings.
The major wrongful petition developed was to make sure Culinary Kids did not get awarded  Beach 58th Street space. The petition was conducted by Milan Taylor   and backed by RYTF and other political leaders. The petition was so falsified that RYTF had taken the wrong picture of Culinary Kids space on Beach 31st Street, Instead the petition had a picture of Edgemare Farms located on Beach 45th Street.
Now, regarding my hours with RYTF;
I worked as a Intern well over my hours scheduled at RYTF and was not awarded a 15 minute break, per Department of Labor Law, nor the  half hour break when working over 4 hours. My schedule on paper was from 4-8pm, instead all nights I was in the office and/or outside conducting outreach till 10pm . When confronting Milan Taylor about it he said, “you can go home when I say you could. Don’t mind the schedule Jeffrey.”” I’m paying you and helping you. Don’t be like that.” I was in school from 8am-3pm, hungry and tired and sometimes in pain and I still gave him everything I had.  Well it sure didn’t feel like a favor after all. Continuing on it gets worst.   I was told to get signatures outside in “below 20 degree weather” and to not come back to the office until I got 50 signatures. No one is going to stand and listen to me in cold temperatures to sign a fake petition. I was sent to the Beach 50s to do the work. The office is located on Mott Ave. I had only a school metro card to get around. My rides would be running out and it would be hard to get back to the office but I always found a way.
On top of that I didn’t reach Milan Taylor’s  goal of 50 signatures, so of course he throws a huge loud tantrum saying “You had a job to do and you failed!” Not caring about how I felt in that cold, or how I got back to the office. Moving on from that I started having more problems. It seems like this nightmare would never end. He got upset with me because I kept talking back to him with rebuttals about the work he wanted done. I asked him, what you got against these people? Why are you doing this to people? His response was to take my hoody and shirt off and leave if I don’t like it. No graduation for me if I did that because I would have no money.

Milan Taylor totally continued to control me because of my situation and I just wanted it to stop. My last two projects before I was finally handed the check, was to do outreach to recruit more RYTF members and to help Councilman Donovan Richards with Participatory Budgeting.

Of course with what I had been through,  I wanted no part of recruiting more members and no PB either because Milan Taylor was planning to “misuse” the money for a RYTF BUS AND HOUSE TO LIVE IN  &  “NOT CAPITAL” “NOR USE IT TO HELP OUR COMMUNITY.”  Thank goodness the Councilman did not let him do this. I got the work done in deep regret to my community and the youth. But I said it’s all over I’m going to take my salary and never look back at this organization again. So I thought it was over when I got the check.
But its not the end!
They continue to harass me about leaving the organization and said I’m a trader for taking money from the organization and leaving. False! I worked for my Salary!   I did my job. . Milan Taylor got angry and so did others and he told me you will regret this.
A year later, Milan Taylor was busted and charged with Disorderly Conduct and plead guilty. The female he put his hands on had a order protection Implemented on him. Milan Taylor had 6 months of anger management required by the court. …I read such a post on Facebook and left a benign comment about it. Milan Taylor approached me in the street getting off the train at Mott Ave train station. Along with his partner and 101 Princent Council President Jasmine Outlaw, he approach me about the comment. I told Milan Taylor to leave me alone and he physically hit and grabbed me and told me “oh really?  He said, “lets not do this in public.” Trying to lore me into an ally under the train station to so call chat I declined and he walked away saying, “don’t say anything about me again understand?” I followed up with a police report the same hour to report the crime. The precinct was very helpful and told me if I called them he would of been arrested and charged with Harassment. They told me if it happens again “he will be arrested.” Still to this day I’m traumatized by this man and Organization and I just want it to stop.
I want to raise awareness to everyone about this Organization. No one should ever join nor have their child around Milan Taylor. He’s dangerous and does not care for the community.