December, 2011


Queens’ Korean community reacts with anxiety to Kim Jong-il’s death

After the death of North Korea’s secretive dictator Kim Jong-il over the weekend, the large Korean enclave in Flushing and Bayside collectively breathed a sigh of relief. 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.

November, 2011


A Son of Queens Freed

It was not justice — not even close — but it was a welcome outcome nonetheless. Comment.
Forest Hills

Nobel candidate to speak on Israeli-Palestinian struggle

Most men in Izzeldin Abuelaish’s position would have called for revenge after Israeli tank shells killed his family in 2009, but the two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee will speak in Forest Hills this month about how he did the opposite. Comment.

October, 2011

Oakland Gardens

Oakland Gardens’ Grapel returns home after Egyptian captivity

After four and a half months of detainment in an Egyptian jail on espionage charges, Oakland Gardens native Ilan Grapel walked down a hallway at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4 and into the arms of his family Saturday morning. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts family spared deportation at 11th hour

Jackson Heights immigration advocates rejoiced after neighborhood residents Nadia and Nazmin Habib, who were set to be deported to Bangladesh, were granted a reprieve last Thursday just as they were scheduled to leave the country. Comment.

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Turkish arrival worried for family after quake

The shock from the 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Turkey Sunday rippled across the Atlantic to some Queens residents, who grew increasingly worried about their homeland as the death count continued to rise. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Ackerman says Grapel will arrive in Israel Thursday

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) announced Wednesday he had arrived in Israel and was expecting Oakland Gardens native Ilan Grapel to be released by Egypt Thursday afternoon. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Oakland Gardens native nearly free from Egyptian captivity

Oakland Gardens native Ilan Grapel appears to be on his way to freedom after being detained in Egypt for more than four months on espionage charges. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Ackerman says Egyptians may release Grapel

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) said Tuesday he was hopeful Oakland Gardens native Ilan Grapel would soon be released by Egypt, following the news that the Israeli government had released hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier who has been held captive by Hamas for five years. Comment.

Greek crisis vexes Astoria immigrants

Astoria’s Greeks characterized the approval of a new property tax intended to stave off the growing financial crisis in their home country as the unfortunate but inevitable consequence of years of waste and overspending by the government. Comments (1).

Terror inspirer who attended Flushing mosque killed

With residents hailing from all corners of the globe, even a U.S. drone strike in the northern al-Jawf province of Yemen has direct ties to the country’s most diverse county, and one of the men it left dead first turned toward extremist pursuits after attending a Flushing mosque. Comments (1).

UN shouldn’t vote on Palestine: Pols

A Palestinian path to statehood should come through negotiations with Israel, not a United Nations vote, the borough’s elected officials said. Comment.
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