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January, 2012


Queens Zoo animals receive their holiday treats

The holidays came early for Cisco and Spangles, two Andean bears at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo. Zookeepers gave the bears the gifts so that they could exercise their minds and bodies. Comment.

King’s legacy honored in southeast Qns.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s non-violent quest for racial equality has left an indelible mark on the nation and Queens residents kept his memory alive Monday by honoring the Nobel Peace Prize winner at a community-focused event. Comment.
Floral Park

Visitors flock to Queens Farm for open house

The Queens County Farm Museum held its annual Holiday Open House. Comment.

December, 2011


Fairway to donate portion of sales to honor fallen cop

The Douglaston Fairway will honor the memory of a fallen city Police Department officer by donating a portion of its sales to a scholarship fund established for the four teenage daughters he left behind. Comment.

Semi-streaking Santas stroll down Ditmars for donations

A nearly naked Saint Nick climbing down the chimney in the middle of the night might sound terrifying, but Astoria residents were all smiles Saturday when a group of scantily clad Kris Kringles stripped for charity and streaked through the neighborhood. Comment.
Real Estate

Festive decorations twinkle throughout Queens

Holiday decorations light up the night. Comment.

Hercules named winner of first Queens Critters contest

Hercules, the French bulldog, is the winner of the TimesLedger Newspapers’ first Queens Critter contest. His owner is Afrodite Pogiatzis of Astoria. Pogiatzis said the 1-year-old pup is a “sweet boy.” Comment.

Oratorio Society performs holiday concert

Members of the Oratorio Society of Queens take the stage on the Queensborough Performing Arts Center in Bayside for their annual holiday concert, commemorating the organization’s 85th anniversary. Comments (2).
St. Albans

113th Precinct holds holiday party for kids

The 113th Precinct held this year’s Holiday Party at Thomasina’s in St. Albans. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Holiday carolers serenade Jackson Heights residents

As part of the Third Annual Jackson Heights Caroling Walk, a group performed winter and holiday songs from all faiths, languages and cultures on 31st Avenue. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills Temple celebrates Hanukkah with Menorah lighting and songs

The Reform Temple of Forest Hills celebrated Haunkkah with an outdoor Menorah lighting and a sing-along. Some of the selections included “Candlelight” and “Maoz Tzur,” sung by fourth- and seventh-graders. Comment.

Model train landscape features historic Queens icons

Captivated children and curious adults got to see landmarks from all over the city last week without having to leave Whitestone. Comment.
Middle Village

Photo Gallery: Royals cheerleaders root for the classmates

Christ the King cheerleaders root for the Royals as they played against Boys and Girls High School Kangaroos. Christ the King lost 59-64. Comment.

Youngsters flock to Santa at Sky View Center

Santa - aka Dana Friedman from New York Santa - had been visiting Sky View Center to see his son and fellow youngsters perform with the Queens Center for Performing Arts’ Holiday International Sing-a-Long. In the holiday spirit, he donned his red suit and robe to greet children. Comments (1).

Q58 wins Pokey Award as slowest bus in Queens

Santas and elves rode the N-Q train last weekend from Astoria - rather then a sleigh - to Santacon, an annual pub crawl described by organizers as “non-denominational, non-commercial, non-political and non-sensical.” Comment.

St. Mary’s children celebrate holidays with Knights of Pythias

The Knights of Pythias threw a holiday party for children at St. Mary’s Healthcare System. Comment.
College Point

Pets pose with Santa at Doogy Be Good in College Point

People and their pets flocked to Santa Paws, an event for owners and their pups to have their photo taken with Kris Kringle. DiMarco is the owner of the owner of Doggy Be Good, a grooming, boarding and training business in College Point. Comment.

Santa arrives at JFK in a plane

Thousands of children converged on JFK’s Hanger 19 provided by the Port Authority Police for the Community Mayors’ annual Operation Santa last week. Comment.

Mystery crash: car found on Whitestone Expy embankment

Emergency responders said they discovered a car that had broken through a barrier on 14th Avenue and collided with a tree above the Whitestone Expressway at about 9 a.m. Sunday. Officials at the scene said that they found no one in the vehicle when they first arrived. Comment.
New Hyde Park

New Hyde Park welcomes$300M Katz Women’s Hospital

North Shore-LIJ’s new 10-story New Hyde Park building may look more like a hotel than a hospital, but the health system’s officials proudly boast that the 300,000-square-foot glass tower will provide the best care possible. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Three cars involved in smash-up in Oakland Gardens

Four people were injured in an Oakland Gardens crash that involved three cars last Thursday evening, and one woman had to be taken out of a vehicle after the jaws of life were used, according to witnesses. Comment.
St. Albans

Friends and family mourn Q111 victim

Marvin Gilkes lived his life by always trying to help the people closest to him, according to his friends and family. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Colombian soccer fans show their pride

Colombian soccer fans parade along Roosevelt Avenue en route to watch a match Saturday of last week. Comment.
College Point

Tree lighting held in College Point

The Poppenhusen Institute held its annual tree lighting at Poppenhusen Monument Park Sunday. The event featured music from the American Concert Band. Comment.

Bayside holiday decorations dazzle

Dozens of visitors flock to see the holiday decorations set up at a home at 32nd Avenue and 213th Street in Bayside. The home’s owner creates the annual display to raise money through donations for St. Mary’s Healthcare System in Bayside. Comment.

Knights swim for cancer

When the Queens College men’s swimming and diving coach started at his new post this year, he brought with him a number of goals: to increase the roster size, build a successful program and improve on the record of the previous year. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Flight 1225 nonstop to Santa’s shop

Patients from Cohen Children’s Medical Center took off from LaGuardia Airport and landed at the North Pole Saturday, where they met Santa Claus and received gifts to brighten their day. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Last 2,500 VLTs, 2 eateries soon to open at Aqueduct

The operator of the racino at Aqueduct Race Track is getting set to open the last remaining video lottery terminals and electronic gaming tables at the property next week. Comment.

Bayside BBA and BID kickoff holiday season with lighting

The Bayside Business Association and Bayside Village Business Improvement District held the annual tree and menorah lighting Tuesday evening in front of the BBA’ headquarters. Comment.

Black Friday frenzy hits northeast Queens

National chain stores in Queens reported robust sales for Black Friday consistent with the record-breaking sales across the country, but some smaller businesses found themselves left out of the retail madness. Comment.

Students protest as CUNY OKs tuition hike

CUNY students from all five boroughs flocked to Manhattan Monday to protest against a threatened tuition increase, but even though the majority of the public college’s board went ahead with the hike, the sole member who voted no said there will be bigger demonstrations in the future. Comment.

November, 2011

Howard Beach

Model train enthusiasts meet in Howard Beach

The MTA’s A line was not the only train heading through Howard Beach over the weekend. Comment.

Boro store managers report bigger Black Friday crowds

Queens bargain hunters lined up early for Black Friday deals, with some shoppers spending their Thanksgiving waiting in front of stores to take advantage of the deep discounts. Comment.

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Students from Bayside HS and kids decorate the castle at the Bayside Historical Society

Children visited the Bayside Historical Society in Fort Totten last Saturday to make Victorian ornaments, as volunteers, including Bayside High School students in the Key Club, decorated the society’s Christmas tree. Comment.

Zombies invade Astoria WITH VIDEO

The zombie apocalypse descended on Astoria Saturday, but instead of an insatiable hunger for brains, these walking dead had a craving for brews. Comments (2).

Whitestone hero gets pigskin tribute

It was the perfect weather for a football tournament in memory of Firefighter Thomas Casoria, his family said. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

SJU students bake Thanksgiving pies for food pantries

More than 70 St. John’s University students spent their Sunday evening baking pies for Queens food pantries, churches, a senior center and a foster care facility. Students from 11 fraternities and sororities prepped about 1,050 apples to fill around 300 pies. St. John’s chose five organizations, where they planned to deliver 200 of the pies, as well as 300 turkeys. Assemblyman Rory Lancman partnered with St. John’s and arranged for donations to six other sites, which they said were in need. Councilman James Gennaro encouraged participation in the event. Comment.

Occupy Wall Street spreads

While most of the action in last Thursday’s day-long Occupy Wall Street protest took place in Lower Manhattan, supporters in Queens hit the streets to add more numbers to the cause. Comment.

Fairway market hits Doug

A steady stream of traffic poured in and out of the new Fairway Sunday, a few days after the market opened to great fanfare in the Douglaston Shopping Plaza. Comments (1).
Floral Park

Kangaroo, alligator and lemur visit Queens Farm

Mother and daughter Heather and Jessica Iannucci from Two by Two Zoo visited the Queens Farm Museum in Floral Park last Saturday to explain about the dangers of people purchasing wild animals for their homes. The zoo showcased several animals, which were taken in by Two by Two after their owners could not keep them anymore or were found in New York, like an alligator that was discovered in the Hudson River. Comment.

Arts and crafts exhibited at Greek cultural center

Paintings, prints and jewelry were on display during the annual arts and crafts exhibition at the Stathakion Center on 29th Street in Astoria Saturday of last week. The show was sponsored by the Culture Committee of the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York. Comment.

Blood drive held at Whitestone Volunteer Community Ambulance

A blood drive for New York Hospital Queens was held at the Whitestone Community Volunteer Ambulance Saturday. Comment.
Forest Hills

Protester crashes Turner inauguration

Despite a disruption from a small protest, U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Kew Gardens) was inaugurated Sunday at Metropolitan High School in Forest Hills before an enthusiastic crowd. The first Republican congressman to represent the district since 1923 received support from Republicans and Democrats at the ceremony. Comment.
Rego Park

Council blasted for nixing Queens animal shelter

More than 30 men and women staged a protest in Rego Park Saturday against a September City Council law that no longer requires an animal shelter to be built in Queens. Protesters also slammed the nonprofit Animal Care & Control’s policies on euthanizing animals. Comments (1).
Belle Harbor

Queens remembers crash of Flight 587

Holding roses and photos of their loved ones, family members of those who died in the 2001 American Airlines Flight 587 crash in Belle Harbor paid tribute in a memorial ceremony Saturday. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Cambria Heights school expands to new building

Cambria Center for the Gifted Child & Cambria School of Excellence held a ribbon cutting ceremony last Friday evening for a new facility for students from fifth through eighth grade. The school expanded to a building next door to its original site.Photo by Nat Valentine Comment.
Long Island City

Marathon makes way through LIC

As thousands of people running in this year’s marathon made their way through Queens, they were greeted by crowds of supporters. Comment.

Mayor plans to help open Fairway in Douglaston

Mayor Michael Bloomberg does not have to travel all the way to Douglaston to choose from a selection of more than 600 artisanal cheeses or 70 different types of olives, so the fact that he is expected to attend the opening of the neighborhood’s new Fairway Market next week is a testament to the excitement the food store is stirring up in Queens. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Hillcrest gets A on progress report for biggest jump in boro

Hillcrest High School in Jamaica celebrated two achievements this year: its 40th anniversary and receiving an A on the city’s high school progress report for the 2010-11 academic year. Comments (1).

Greater Jamaica holds gala

The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation held its Gala Celebration 2011 Tuesday of last week. Comment.

Sikhs brave snow during procession

Dozens of people participated in a procession or Nagar Kirtan that began in the Gurdwara Sant Sagar Sikh Temple and proceeded through the streets of Bellerose. Comment.
College Point

Visitors find frights at Poppenhusen haunted house

The Poppenhusen Instite hosted a Halloween haunted house. Comment.
Willets Point

Willets Point workers stage soccer match: Weekend tournament, art show give visitors a look at another side of the gritty Iron Triangle

The Iron Triangle became the asphalt rectangle Sunday as it hosted daylong soccer matches along with walking tours and sculptures made of muffler parts. Comment.
Ozone Park

Thousands flock to Aqueduct to test their day one luck

The owners of the Aqueduct racino in Ozone Park hit the jackpot Friday when thousands of gamblers flooded the only video gambling casino in the city on its opening day. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

Hundreds celebrate Halloween with parade in Jackson Heights

Hundreds of people marched along 37th Avenue for the annual Jackson Heights Halloween Parade. Comments (1).

Say it’s not snow!

A snowstorm blanketed the borough Saturday afternoon. Comment.

October, 2011

Long Island City

Costumed pups compete at LIC fest

Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City went to the dogs last Saturday for the annual Harvest Festival, which included a canine costume contest. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

Art from Science

Raised in Southern California by parents who are both laser physicists, Forest Hills painter Janet Bruesselbach grew up surrounded by a world of science that serves as a pervasive theme throughout her artwork. While most artists refer to their pieces as “creations,” Bruesselbach discusses her work in more scientific terms such as “experiments” or “inventions.” Comment.
College Point

Ambulance headquarters transformed into haunted house

College Point Community Ambulance Corps held a Fall Festival, which included a haunted house. Comment.

Halloween Festival held at Brookville Park

Costumed children flocked to Brookville Park for the Friends of Brookville Park’s third-annual Halloween celebration. Comment.
Ozone Park

Thousands visit new racino at Aqueduct for opening day VIDEO

The owners of the Aqueduct racino in Ozone Park hit the jackpot Friday when thousands of gamblers flooded the only video gambling casino in the state on its opening day. Comments (4).
Richmond Hill

Hindus celebrate Festival of Lights in Richmond Hill

Hundreds of people filled the streets of Richmond Hill Saturday for the annual Diwali Motorcade to celebrate the Hindu Festival of Lights. Comment.

Volunteers clear debris from historic Bayside graveyard

Hidden deep in the corner of 216th Street and 42nd Avenue is a piece of land that is a major part of Bayside’s history, and last weekend a group of volunteers helped to make sure it did not turn into an eyesore. Comment.

Fort Totten hosts Halloween fest

Costumed children flocked to Fort on a Haunted Hill, a Halloween festival at Fort Totten Saturday. Comments (1).

Two-alarm fire guts inside of Astoria home

ASTORIA — No one was seriously hurt in a massive fire that destroyed the interior of a home Saturday morning, the FDNY said. Comment.
Floral Park

Visitors to Queens Farm pick pumpkins

The Queens County Farm Museum is hosting pumpkin picking Saturdays and Sundays through the end of October. Comment.

BID holds second arts festival

Nearly 30 vendors, offering everything from trinkets to jewelry to hats, lined 41st Avenue near the Long Island Rail Road station Sunday when for the third straight week the Bayside Village Business Improvement District produced a street event designed to bring more foot traffic to Bell Boulevard. Comment.

“America’s Next Top Model” contestant visits Jamaica shop

“America’s Next Top Model” contestant Bianca Golden, a native of Queens, visited Le Bourgeosie Boutique in Jamaica Sunday. Golden, who has been signed by both Major Models and Ford Models, signed autographs for fans. A voter registration drive was also held during the event. Comment.

QBG holds harvest festival

The Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing held its Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch Sunday. Comments (1).
South Jamaica

Pow Wow features native American dances

Native American culture was showcased at the Inter-Tribal Native American Indian Festival/Pow Wow at Baisley Pond Park. The event was presented by Friends of Roy Wilkins Park, Inc. Comment.

Animals receive blessings in honor of St. Francis

Churches throughout Queens celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with blessings of the animals. Comment.

Even more pet blessings

Animals received their dose of holy water in Rosedale and Whitestone. Comments (1).

Hall of Science celebrates Hispanic Heritage

The New York Hall of Science held a Hispanic Heritage celebration, featuring folk dances and crafts exploring Mayan culture. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Holy Family Church holds blessing for its flock

Rev. Casper J. Furnari leads a ceremony to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, who was renowned for his love of animals, at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, located on Utopia Pkwy. at 73rd Ave. Comment.

Italians honored in Whitestone parade

Italian-American pride swept into Whitestone Sunday morning as the Columbus Day Parade wound its way through the neighborhood’s tree-lined streets. Comment.

A Dancer’s Coda

From stickball games in the sandlots of 1940s Bayside to founding artistic director of the critically acclaimed, world-renowned Miami City Ballet, Edward Villella’s unique career has spanned six illustrious decades. Overcoming society’s taboos about male ballet dancers, he stuck to his guns and went after his dream. And it all started at the former Ann Garrison School of Dance on Bell Boulevard in Bayside. Comment.

September, 2011


Centenarians fill Ozanam Hall

At Ozanam Hall in Bayside, there is a select group of people who have earned their way into one of the nursing home’s more exclusive clubs. While the average age of the more than 400 residents hovers somewhere around a spry 90, Ozanam is home to 18 people 100 or older, and that number looks like it is only going to get bigger. Comment.

Road to the US Open Finals

Some of tennis’ top stars faced off during the final matches of the US Open. Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal in the men’s match, and Samantha Stosur upset Serena Williams to win the women’s trophy. Photos by Christina Santucci Comment.
Howard Beach

Howard Beach rings in Columbus Day with grand parade

Cross Bay Boulevard was full of green, white and red Sunday as hundreds marched in the sixth-annual Columbus Day Parade in Howard Beach as even more watched from the sidelines. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Cemetery marks FDNY slain

The new 9/11 memorial at St. Michael’s Cemetery in East Elmhurst honors not only those who have died but those who have continued to die since that horrible day. Comment.
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