December, 2013


Leave St. Nick Alone

What a silly flap over Santa Claus’s DNA. Comments (1)

New Remonstrance targets NYPD tactics

The religious leaders of the Flushing Interfaith Council gathered at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Flushing Sunday to sign a second Flushing Remonstrance in protest against racial profiling in the policing and surveillance of Muslims by the NYPD. Comment

One Flushing unveils station mural

Business owners, elected officials and residents gathered in downtown Flushing Saturday to celebrate the completion of a community mural. Comments (2)

October, 2013


Columbus Day Parade to march through Astoria streets

The Annual Queens Columbus Day Parade is set to kick off at noon Saturday at the Kaufman Studio, at 34-12 36th St. in Astoria. Now in its 36th straight year, it’s the oldest and biggest Columbus Day Parade in Queens, according to The Federation of Italian American Organizations of Queens Executive Director Angie Markham. Comment

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September, 2013

Howard Beach

Howard Beach celebrates Columbus Day with parade

Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach was awash with red, white and green Sunday during the Columbus Day Parade. Comments (1)

Do not attack Miss America

As a member of Congress who represents a large population of Americans of Indian descent, I am troubled by the remarks aimed at the winner of the 2013 Miss America Pageant and a fellow New Yorker, Nina Davuluri. Comment
Howard Beach

Howard Beach holds first parade for Columbus Day since 2011

After a two-year hiatus, the Howard Beach Columbus Day Parade is slated to return to Cross Bay Boulevard Sunday afternoon. Comments (1)

US Open H lot serves as night dance studio

The H parking lot came alive when the sun went down. Comments (1)
New Voices

Boro group seeks to register Indo-Caribbeans for primary

Growing voter participation in Queens’ immigrant communities has left indelible stamps on the political processes in the borough. While most issues that affect these voters span racial and ethnic lines, a lack of participation by these voters has made many borough races non-competitive and residents feeling left out of the political process. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights plays host to South Asian street festival

The Play Street Pedestrian Plaza in Jackson Heights was treated to the Chatpati Mela street festival Saturday, a celebration of South Asian culture as well as the vibrant neighborhood it calls home. Comment

August, 2013

New Voices

Queens group seeks to help people outside Guyana

The recently formed group West Indians Serving Humanity has bold plans to aid underprivileged children through tapping the large West Indian community in Queens. I spoke with WISH group members Safraz Deen and Deven Dindiyal on their experiences, aspirations for their group and the charitable spirit they have discovered in borough residents. Comment

July, 2013


Colombian independence celebrated in Flushing Meadows

Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras hosted a 2013 Independence of Colombia Celebration at Queens Theatre last Thursday in collaboration with the Colombian consulate and Afro Colombia New York. Comment
Richmond Hill

South Asians await Bengali ballots

The borough’s South Asian community last week cautiously celebrated the news that the city Board of Elections will provide Bengali-language ballots for this year’s city elections. Comments (3)
South Jamaica

SE Queens mulls over Zimmerman verdict

In southeast Queens, where the issues of racism and gun violence — and the point where the two often meet — are everyday realities, the acquittal of George Zimmerman Saturday night in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has sparked impassioned conversations about prejudice in America. Comments (12)
New Voices

S. Asians, Indo-Caribbeans convene to bolster community

Two weeks ago, South Asian and Indo-Caribbean activists met in South Ozone Park to discuss a wide range of topics pertinent to the Indo-Caribbean community at the first Indo-Caribbean Convene, a space provided for activists and community leaders from Queens to discuss matters of faith, culture, justice and community. Comment
Richmond Hill

South Asian groups sue BOE over ballots

A pair of South Asian community groups last week filed a federal lawsuit against the city Board of Elections for failing to provide voters with Bengali-language ballots as it has been required to do since 2011 under the Voting Rights Act. Comment

June, 2013


Queens’ GLBT film series celebrates its ninth year

When Hector Canonge approached the Queens Museum of Art about hosting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender film screenings, he spent a lot of time convincing officials “Shaving Ryan’s Privates” wouldn’t be on the bill. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts Pride Parade still grapples with LGBT hatred

More than two decades have passed since the Queens Pride Parade took root in Jackson Heights to combat discrimination, but organizers and elected officials say the LGBT community is still battling hate-fueled violence. Comment

Queens Tomorrow: Boro’s diversity empowers city

If New York City is the center of America’s melting pot, then Queens provides the flavor. Comment

May, 2013


Cinco de Mayo comes to Flushing Meadows

Thousands of people flocked to Flushing Meadows Corona Park for a festival and concert, celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Comment

March, 2013

Kew Gardens

Boro president honors movers for Women’s History Month

In recognition of Women’s History Month, Borough President Helen Marshall honored two of the borough’s influential and tenured public servants Tuesday in Kew Gardens. Comment

Queens achievers hailed on Int’l Women’s Day

State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) honored City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) and two other Queens women Friday for International Women’s Day. Comment
Belle Harbor

Irish pride on display in Rockaway [Photo Gallery]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here is a few more photos of the Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Rockaway. Comment

Activists stage protest on woman found dead

Flushing activist Michael Chu joined with more than a dozen concerned members of the community Sunday to protest outside the 109th Precinct after he said police ignored a missing person report for a woman who was later found dead. Comments (2)

PFLAG holds annual awards celebration

The Queens NYC Chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) recently held its annual Awards Luncheon and Fund-Raiser at Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant in Woodhaven. Comment
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Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer honors LIC leaders

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer recently honored community leaders during Black History event at the Jacob Riis Settlement House in Long Island City. Comment

State Sen. Jose Peralta hosts Black History celebration

State Sen. Jose Peralta recently hosted a Black History Month celebration at the Langston Hughes library in Corona. Comment

United African Dance Troupe and JPAC celebrate Black History Month

The United African Dance Troupe in conjunction with the Jamaica Performing Arts Center recently presented the fifth annual Black History Month Celebration at JPAC. Comment

St. Pat’s for All celebrates 14th parade in Sunnyside

Green was not the only color on the streets of Sunnyside and Woodside Sunday as the whole spectrum of shades came out to celebrate the neighborhoods’ St. Pat’s for All parade, now in its 14th year. Comment
Long Island City

LaGuardia hosts luncheon honoring talented women

LaGuardia Community College marked the start of Women’s History Month with a luncheon to honor outstanding women and their achievements in education and administration last week. Comment

Crowley hosts Black History celebration

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley recently honored several community and political leaders for their contributions during a Black History Month Celebration. The annual event celebrates the achievements of African Americans throughout our history and celebrate New York’s rich diversity, according to Crowley. Comment
Rockaway Park

Sanitation workers get heroes’ welcome at St. Pat’s march

The streets of Rockaway Park were cleared for the weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, and everyone knew who to thank. Comment

Elmhurst holds parade in late Lunar New Year

Organizers of the third annual Elmhurst Lunar New Year celebration took to the streets Saturday at a rescheduled event after Snowstorm Nemo froze their previous plans, but bad weather followed them nonetheless. Comment

February, 2013


Obama awards medal to late Flushing activist

At a time when homosexuality was considered a crime and a mental illness, Flushing native Jeanne Manford’s message of love for her gay son grew into one of the biggest LGBT-advocacy groups in the country. Comment

Boro rings in Year of Snake

A huge crowd turned out for the 17th annual Chinese Lunar New Year Parade in Flushing Saturday as a vibrantly colored array of dancers, musicians, floats and other revelers dazzled the throngs of spectators ringing in the Year of the Snake. Comments (1)

Winter Pride honors Meng, Out Astoria

Queens Pride recently held its 20th Winter Pride gala at Astoria World Manor. The event helps to fund the Queens Pride Parade and Multicultural Festival and honors those who contribute to the causes and concerns of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Community in Queens. Comment

Black History celebration swells with talent and pride

Queensborough Community College kicked off Black History Month with revelry as talented performers graced the stage at the school’s performing arts center Saturday. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Queens studies Greek migration

As an institution with a large Greek-American student population in a borough with the largest Greek enclave in New York, Queens College unveiled the first part of an ongoing research project last week that is aimed at filling a gap in the study of the Greek diaspora. Comment

January, 2013


Boro colleges to mark Black History Month

Queensborough Community College, the Queens Library and York College are among some of the borough’s institutions that have scheduled events in celebration of Black History Month. Comment
St. Albans

SE Qns honors Obama, King

As President Barack Obama was ceremonially sworn in to his second term in the Oval Office on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, families from southeast Queens took some time to recognize the impact the nation’s black leaders — both past and present — have had on their lives. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jax Hgts rallies for subway hate crime victim

Members of the South Asian community and their allies gathered at the Jackson Heights pedestrian plaza Tuesday to mourn the murder of an Elmhurst man who was pushed in front of the No. 7 train last month allegedly by a woman who told police she hated Hindus and Muslims. Comment
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