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April, 2014

Richmond Hill

Queens teachers recall a day spent with students at Fair

Edna remembers that in March 1964 she attended a dinner in Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and while looking down at the site of the World’s Fair being built saw construction cranes everywhere. The site was not finished yet one of the speakers, perhaps Robert Moses, said it would be finished in time for opening day. Comment.

Pavilion opened for 50th anniversary of World’s Fair

Organizers of the World’s Fair 50th anniversary celebration were shocked by the tremendous turnout Tuesday as thousands lined up and waited hours for their chance to enter the iconic New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.

Whitestone Bridge finished in time for FDR’s visit

It was spring 1939 with the outbreak of World War II only months away, but President Franklin Roosevelt took time out to open the World’s Fair in a motorcade that passed over the shining new Bronx-Whitestone Bridge. Comment.

An urban son remembers visits to both World’s Fairs

We moved to Elmhurst from Borough Park about six months before the World’s Fair opened in 1939. Comments (3).

Roosevelt proclaims expo a peace symbol

On Monday, May 1, 1939, the headline in The New York Times read: “President Roosevelt Opens fair As a Symbol of Peace.” Roosevelt in his first public utterance since German Chancellor Adolf Hitler had virtually rejected his plan for peace in the next decade, dedicated the fair to uniting the nations of the Western Hemisphere — to encouraging peace and good will among nations. He voiced the hope that “time would break down the barriers to tranquillity on the Continent.” Comment.

1939 exhibits on future bring hope

These city fathers who met at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Manhattan had decided to hold what would be the greatest world’s fair. The location: Flushing Meadow in Queens. Comment.

Queens salutes two World’s Fairs

As the site of both the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs, the history of Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the events are inextricably linked. Comments (1).

Astoria Historical Society exhibits images of two Fairs

As part of the celebrations surrounding the 50th and 75th anniversaries of the Queens World’s Fairs, the Greater Astoria Historical Society has dug deep into its treasure trove for a new exhibit detailing both events. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Sea of blue to remember fallen Far Rockaway officer

It was a somber sea of blue on Beach 84th Street Monday morning as loved ones and colleagues attended a funeral for a Queens police officer who died after he was critically injured responding to a Brooklyn blaze. Comment.
Middle Village

Calhoun picked as All-Queens Player of the Year

It was quite a girls’ basketball season in Queens. Comment.
St. Albans

‘Women warriors’ recognized at St. Albans luncheon

City lawmakers came together in St. Albans Saturday to wrap up Women’s History Month by recognizing dozens of strong women praised as being some of the most dedicated community leaders in all of Queens. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Spring moves at dance studio

If you’ve never seen buckets of water used as creative props in modern dance or dancers’ bodies birthed out of fabric cocoons, then you shouldn’t miss the eighth annual Green Space Blooms Festival. It is a four-night, multi-cultural entertainment experience in Long Island City, showcasing 28 diverse choreographers. Comment.
Middle Village

Alkins named All-Queens Player of the Year

Queens had one of its best boys’ basketball seasons in recent years. Comment.

24 blocks in Astoria designated boro’s first art district

Queens has its first arts district. Comment.

Mets fans flock to Queens with Opening Day hopes

The New York Mets opened their season to tempered optimism. Comments (1).
Block Shots

Opening Day gives fans glimpse at Amazin’s flawed roster

Mets fans, get used to this. Comment.

Grab a front-row seat to borough’s best sports

Queens’ rich sports history goes well beyond the professional ranks. The borough is home to two of the nation’s most storied high school gyms and provides fans with numerous sports escapes at the high school and college level. Comments (1).
Richmond Hill

Cricket attracts players from around the globe

In recent years, the popularity of the game of cricket has surged across the city, but it remains a fan favorite in Queens among the borough’s diverse immigrant population. Comment.

Home-grown talent rises to top of their game

Queens has seen many great athletes perform at Shea Stadium, Citi Field and at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, but the borough can also claim a couple of prodigies who played their way to the big leagues. Comment.

March, 2014

Ozone Park

Ozone Park shelter looking for new home [With Video]

The founder of an Ozone Park animal shelter believes she is close to finding a new home for the organization after its lease was not renewed. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill celebrates Phagwah with parade

Despite temperatures dropping below freezing Sunday, thousands welcomed spring in Richmond Hill with colorful powders, glittering confetti and plenty of dancing. Comment.

There’s more to Citi Field than just playing ball

Although Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets will be five years old this spring, it still has the feel of a new ballpark. Comment.

Clinton Dems celebrate Women’s History Month

The Clinton Democratic Club commended Tuesday evening several females whose areas of expertise range from acting to poetry to advocacy as part of Women’s History Month. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Phagwah on parade

Revelers from Canada to California flocked to Richmond Hill Sunday to usher in spring with a parade dominated by DJs, drum ensembles, colorful powders and dancing in the streets. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Wrestling stars visit Queens

The Big Event 6 wrestling convention was held last Saturday at the Marriott Courtyard LaGuardia Airport in East Elmhurst. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Something’s brewing in Queens

While overall per capita beer consumption in the United States has gone flat, craft beers have been experiencing heady growth. Comments (1).

Queens Library to celebrate women’s history with events

Jamaica Library has invited the community to celebrate Women’s History Month this March, so join it as it commemorates noteworthy women throughout history with films, music and entertainment for all ages. Comments (2).

Jobs in Queens run the gamut on salaries

How much do lawyers make annually in Queens? What about police officers, firefighters or even dentists? These are some of the questions people ask, before or during a job search or simply just out of curiosity. Comments (2).

Spark ignites flames in basement of Bayside home

Four people escaped injury Monday morning after an electrical spark caused a fire to break out in the basement of a Bayside home, the FDNY said. Comments (1).
Rockaway Beach

Rockaways celebrate St. Pat’s Day

With plans on the horizon to restore the Rockaways’ beaches, the peninsula celebrated its durability and heritage over the weekend with the 39th Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Comment.

De Blasio, Mark-Viverito march in St. Pat’s for All

Mayor Bill de Blasio marched in Sunnyside’s St. Pat’s for All Parade Sunday — one day after organizers of Boston’s celebration appeared to have eased their ban on LGBT groups, saying that while it was not easy to start an inclusive event 15 years ago, the idea has caught on. Comment.

Vets in training learn animal care skills at Alley Pond

The Alley Pond Environmental Center held a veterinarian training class Saturday in Douglaston. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Queens celebrates St. Pat’s over the weekend

The Rockaways and Sunnyside celebrated St. Patrick’s Day over the weekend with their annual parades. Comments (1).

February, 2014


Birds counted at Queens Botanical Garden

The Queens Botanical Garden held its 17th annual bird counting event Saturday morning. Comment.

Flushing celebrates Year of the Horse with parade

Thousands of people braved frigid temperatures Saturday to behold the Lunar New Year Parade in downtown Flushing. Comment.
Rego Park

UPDATED: Fires break out in two western Queens malls

Police detained a 23-year-old man leaving the Burlington Coat Factory Monday afternoon and were investigating whether he was behind several small fires set in the Rego Center and Queens Center malls over the past few days, the NYPD said. Comments (1).

Japanese student remembered at vigil one year after he was fatally struck by police vehicle

Huddled on a damp sidewalk in Queensbridge a little after midnight Friday, more than one dozen mourners gathered to remember a Japanese student who authorities say was fatally struck by an NYPD cruiser last year. Comment.
Political Action

King, possible ‘16 contender, speaks at boro GOP club

The Queens Village Republican Club recently held its annual club dinner. It is estimated it had more than 200 guests, which is a lot for a club function. Comment.

PS 213 students learn about cultures around the world

Students at PS 213 in Oakland Gardens danced around the globe Tuesday during the school’s annual International Fair, celebrating cultures and traditions from many different countries. Comment.

Flushing’s Lunar spectacle ushers in Year of the Horse

A small army of costumed dancers, musicians and entertainers marched through downtown Flushing last weekend as the neighborhood celebrated the Lunar New Year with its annual parade. Comment.
St. Albans

They create art from the heart

Amid the snow and ice here in Queens, hearts are popping up everywhere. Comments (5).
Long Island City

Mayor lays out plans for city in Queens

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first State of the City address drew a better reaction inside the Performing Arts Center at LaGuardia Community College than it did in Albany. Comments (1).
Ozone Park

Ulrich takes oath as Dems applaud

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) is a Democrat’s Republican, if you let his colleagues tell it. Comments (1).

Flushing temple marks India’s Republic Day

The Hindu Temple Society of North America celebrated the signing of their home country’s constitution during an event Saturday, which also honored Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Legendary coach to retire

Once Charles Granby lost his day-to-day passion for coaching, he knew his time on the bench was coming to an end. Comments (2).

Queens Museum celebrates Lunar New Year

The New York Chinese Cultural Center brought a taste of the Lunar New Year to Queens Museum last Sunday. Comment.

January, 2014


Costa plans to back Vision Zero to cut traffic deaths

Astoria’s new city councilman hopes to make his district safer, cleaner and greener, he told supporters during a ceremonial inauguration Sunday. Comments (1).
Rego Park

Hundreds pack Manhattan church for Avonte’s funeral

A 14-year-old boy who went missing in October from his Long Island City school was remembered as a courageous child for dealing with autism during his funeral mass in Greenwich Village Saturday morning. Comments (2).

Focus on Queens: Northeast Republicans meet in Bayside

The Northeast Queens Republican Club installed new officers during a ceremony at the Clearview Golf Course Club House. Comment.
St. Albans

Focus on Queens: MLK’s contributions commemorated with celebration

Community leaders were recently honored at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in St. Albans. Comment.

Focus on Queens: MLK lunch held in Astoria

The Astoria/LIC NAACP held its Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Fund Luncheon at Riccardo’s in Astoria. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Silva tops All-Queens team

Some familiar programs did some big things on the soccer pitch in Queens. Comment.

Toddlers remembered as princesses during Jamaica funeral

Hundreds of mourners packed a South Jamaica church Thursday evening to pay their respects to the 21-year-old mother and her two young daughters, who were found stabbed to death in their Sutphin Boulevard apartment four days earlier. Comments (1).
Queens Village

Queens Village plays host to annual MLK breakfast

Income inequality was the term on everyone’s tongue at the United Negro College Fund’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast in Queens Village Monday, when speakers invoked the civil rights leader’s embrace of economic justice that defined the latter part of his life. Comment.
St. Albans

Volunteers paint Roy Wilkins center during MLK event

More than 80 Habitat for Humanity volunteers and soon-to-be homeowners converged on Roy Wilkins Park Family Center Saturday to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by sprucing up the southeast Queens facility with murals and fresh paint. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

Elected officials attend QJCC Legislative Breakfast

The Queens Jewish Community Council held its Legislative Breakfast at Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills. Comment.

New Council speaker performs Miller’s inauguration

City Councilman I. Daneek Miller was sworn into his post by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito during a ceremony at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center last Saturday. Comment.
Long Island City

Queens theatrics earn our Kudos

After a quick review of the Queens theater scene for 2013 one thing became increasingly clear: The past 12 months could be labeled the “Women of the Year.” Comments (1).
Middle Village

Giglio named Player of Year

Queens continues to produces some of the city’s top girls’ soccer talent. It led to a banner season for a number of its schools. Comments (1).

Corona celebrates Three Kings Day with Hizzoner

Dozens of children flocked to Corona Sunday for a Three Kings Day Celebration. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

Queens’ Katz era begins

Borough President Melinda Katz was inaugurated during a ceremony last week that repeated the tenets of her campaign: her Queens heritage and capacity to lead the borough through her experience with land use. Comments (3).

Paul Vallone sworn in to Council seat by former speaker

About 500 people packed PS 169’s auditorium Saturday to witness the third member of the Vallone family being ceremonially sworn into the City Council. Comments (1).
Fresh Meadows

Lancman sworn in during Queens College ceremony

Councilman Rory Lancman was inaugurated during a ceremonial swearing in at Queens College’s LeFrak Concert Hall Sunday. Lancman was elected to the seat formerly held by Councilman James Gennaro, who was term-limited out of office. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

LaForgia tops All-Queens list

Queens remains the dominant volleyball borough in New York City. The three city titles brought home by Queens’ teams should be evidence enough. Comments (1).
Floral Park

Farmhouse presents picture of the past in Floral Park

The restored Adriance Farmhouse, first built as a three-room Dutch farmhouse in 1772. is one of the main features of the Queens County Farm Museum. Comments (1).

Liu leaves public office after 12 years

Count John Liu as yet another public official whose immediate plans come Jan. 1 were only to take some time off. Comments (7).
Middle Village

Sled riders head to Juniper Park

Youngsters and the young of heart flocked to Juniper Valley Park Saturday to enjoy the fallen snow. The Parks Department handed out hot chocolate and organized snow activities for the enjoyment of visitors to the Middle Village park. Comment.

Francklin tops TimesLedger’s All-Queens Football Team

This season saw a resurgence of some of Queens’ most storied programs and one of its best teams taking things to the next level. Comment.

December, 2013


Afrikan Poetry Theatre celebrates Kwanzaa

The Afrikan Poetry Theatre in Jamaica held a two-day Kwanzaa celebration in conjunction with the Queens borough president’s office. The holiday honors African heritage and focuses on the seven core principles of unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. Comment.

Pups soothe exam takers

Queens College students found the perfect relief for exam period stress this year: puppies. Comments (1).
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