December, 2012


Liu of ‘McBeal’ called Jax Hts. home before becoming a star

Born Dec. 2, 1968, to Chinese immigrants, Lucy Alexis Liu skyrocketed to fame in the late 1990s with a role in the TV series “Ally McBeal,” followed by starring spots in the action films “Charlie’s Angels” and “Kill Bill.” Comment

June, 2012


Beating the odds, Queens-style

Fran Drescher knows how to make lemonade from lemons. Comment

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Ex-Kew Gdns. resident Landau an Oscar, Golden Globe winner

Martin Landau is a film and television actor born in Brooklyn. Sources disagree about his date of birth, with some claiming June 20, 1928, and others the same date but in 1931. Comment

May, 2012


Astoria studio gets OK for outdoor lot: Schumer

Let the filming begin! Comment

Astoria film lot needs action

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) visited Kaufman Astoria Studios Friday to demand the federal government kill a recommended review for an outdoor studio lot at the site so that the project could move ahead quickly. Comment

April, 2012


Dancer Ginger Rogers once called Douglaston home

Born Virginia Katherine McMath July 16, 1911, in Independence, Mo., Ginger Rogers was a star of stage, screen and television for five decades from the 1930s to the late 1980s. She made a total of 73 films and is still remembered by fans as Fred Astaire’s dancing partner in many productions. Rogers overcame an unhappy childhood to find an outlet for her talent and attain success through changing times. Comment
Broad Channel

Jamaica Bay’s survival inspires upcoming documentary

Ask New Yorkers about city wildlife and they will probably tell harrowing tales of dodging sidewalk pigeons and subway rats. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Once-banned film on Chinese exploitation showcased

Michelangelo Antonioni was renowned internationally for his work in cinema, but many of his films have never been distributed in the United States. Comment

March, 2012


The Homegrown Voice of Dora

A multitalented and gifted six-grader from Queens, Fatima Ptacek is an actress and top New York City model. She is also the new voice behind Nickelodeon’s beloved preschool character “Dora the Explorer.” And just like Dora, she speaks English and fluent Spanish. Comments (2)

Sullivan puts Bayside in spotlight

Bayside now has its own channel and Gregg Sullivan is its cameraman. Comment

February, 2012

Long Island City

Bloomy gabs with Gossip Girl in LIC for show’s 100th episode

Before “Gossip Girl” fans tuned in to see if Blair Waldorf would marry Prince Louis Grimaldi of Monaco or return to her old flame, Chuck Bass, Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered an early wedding present to the cast. Comment

January, 2012

Long Island City

Mayor visits LIC’s ‘Gossip Girl’ set for 100th episode

Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited Silvercup Studios in Long Island City Thursday to celebrate the TV and film industry for its contributions of money and jobs to the city, in particular the hit TV show “Gossip Girl,” which will air its 100th episode Monday. Comment

Baby boomers research Pomonok’s post-WWII days

Do you remember Jack the Ice Cream Man? Comments (44)
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