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December, 2013


Pups soothe exam takers

Queens College students found the perfect relief for exam period stress this year: puppies. Comments (2)
Kew Gardens

A look back at Helen Marshall’s 12 years in office

When Borough President Helen Marshall steps down at the end of the month, she will cap off a career in public service spanning decades. Comments (2)
Far Rockaway

Santa float brings joy to kids in Rockaways

Santa Claus came early to the Rockaway Peninsula, delighting unsuspecting children as he waved from aboard a float flanked by dancing elves Saturday afternoon. Comment

Christmas story told by church’s Nativity

Redeemer Luther Church in Bayside held its annual Living Nativity, a performance depicting the birth of Jesus Christ, over the weekend on the church’s lawn, at 36-01 Bell Blvd. Dozens of people gathered Sunday night to watch the event, which featured a donkey and other farm animals. Comment

Police bring holiday cheer to St. Mary’s

Police officers from several NYPD units, including Emergency Service Unit 10, the Brookyln Warrant Squad, Mounted police, K-9 officers and Highway Patrol, visited St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in Bayside Tuesday afternoon to drop off donations from their holiday drive. Comment

109th celebrates Xmas

Members of the 109th Precinct give out gifts to children at a Christmas event at PS 20 in Flushing Saturday afternoon. Comment

Astoria plays host to Philippine typhoon fund-raiser

The founder of the Queens County Market decided to appeal to people’s taste buds to support typhoon relief in the Philippines Sunday. Comment

Reformers target Qns. Blvd.

Alternative transportation activists are revving up their campaign to make Queens Boulevard safer and more accessible for bikers, pedestrians and subway and bus riders. Comment
Long Island City

Colors of Mexico focus of exhibit

Ask artist Rodolfo J. Caballero and he’ll tell you that maybe Mexico has a lot of color because it is a gift from the gods. Comment

Train derailment victim remembered at Woodside funeral

Relatives of a Woodside nurse killed in the Bronx Metro-North Railroad train derailment last weekend said the 35-year-old hoped to help her ill nephew through her work in the United States. Comment

No place like home for the holidays

Those interested in getting an in-person taste of how Queens once celebrated the holidays are in luck. Comment
Willets Point

Photographer documents Iron Triangle

The Queens Borough Board recently authorized the sale of 23 acres of Willets Point $1 to Queens Development Group LLC, a joint venture between Sterling Equities and Related Cos. The site is slated to be redeveloped into a mixed-used commercial and residential project. Comment

November, 2013


Wrestling champs visit Queens

The Big Event V brought together professional wrestlers and pro wrestling fans for four hours at Terrace on the Park earlier this month. Comment

Shoppers hit borough stores as holiday season kicks off

Shoppers braved bitter temperatures to head to the stores Thursday evening, with dozens waiting in line to score deals throughout the borough. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Forest Hills celebrates Hanukkah

The Central Queens YM & YMHA held an event to mark Hanukkah in Forest Hills. The event was organized by Dale Stark and Ribin Kaufman. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Boro pols strut their stuff in 2013 ‘Legislative Acts’

A night at the theater begins with a cocktail hour that includes an open bar, buffet of hors d’oeuvres and passed around canapés. The lobby is enveloped with local politicians and their friends and family as well as the attendees, who are anxiously awaiting for the production to start. Comment

Turkeys given out in Flushing

Flushing community leaders joined with staff from City Councilman Peter Koo’s (D-Flushing) office Tuesday morning to show off a haul of more than 350 turkeys slated to be given out for Thanksgiving dinners. Comment

Zombies march through Astoria

Dozens of costumed ghouls took to the streets of Astoria for the annual Queens Thanksgiving Zombie Walk. Organizers said they had to make a last-minute switch from Bud’s Ale House, which closed down, to Applebee’s for the event’s meetup location. Comment

Reporter recalls covering JFK assassination

It was a beautiful day worthy of a visit by the president of the United States that Friday in late November, but would the people of Dallas heartily welcome the first family? Comment
Long Island City

Artists hold vigil to commemorate loss of 5Pointz graffiti mecca

Hundreds gathered at 5Pointz after sundown Tuesday for a candlelight vigil to mourn the loss of iconic graffiti that was painted over on the building’s outer walls during the early morning hours under the orders of property owner Jerry Wolkoff. Comments (1)

Flushing reaches semifinal

Flushing running back Deandre Ross-Lomax thought the game was going to continue as New Dorp’s Dawa Winn ran for the goal line and the potential tying two-point conversion. Comments (2)
Long Island City

5Pointz graffiti covered over at night

5Pointz was whitewashed overnight. The graffiti that covered the iconic warehouse in Long Island City was covered with white paint by an army of workers under the cover of darkness Monday night. “I went in there and painted it all at once,” said property owner Jerry Wolkoff, “It’s like taking medicine, get it over with all at once. Now it’s done, the torture is over.” Comment

Terrace on the Park hosts trade fair for LIC businesses

Thousands of business people took part in the 25th annual LIC Partnership Trade Show at Corona’s Terrace on the Park Wednesday. Comment

Christmas comes early to Corona

Like a lot of people itching to get into the holiday mood, Jon Lovitch often pops “Miracle on 34th Street” or “It’s a Wonderful Life” into the DVD player, then cranks up the air conditioner to combat the heat and humidity. Comment
Floral Park

Birds of prey flock to farm

“Nature Nick” Jacinto led a demonstration about Birds of Prey at the Queens County Farm Museum Saturday. The program was one of several featured during Wildlife Weekends, held the past two weekends at the Floral Park location. Comment

York weighs challenges facing Mayor de Blasio

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio campaigned on a populist message the city was ready to hear, NY1 host Errol Louis told York College last week, and his transition to City Hall will depend on how the city helps him to turn that message into policy. Comment
Belle Harbor

Veterans fix Sandy homes

About two dozen former military men and women chose to celebrate Veterans’s Day by repairing Hurricane Sandy-ravaged homes in Belle Harbor over the weekend. Comment
Middle Village

Veterans honored in Middle Village

Borough residents paid tribute to those who served in the military as well as enlisted men and women during the fifth-annual Queens Veterans Day Parade. The festivities kicked off on 80th Street and Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village and concluded with a ceremony at Christ the King High School. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Terriers’ state title hopes dashed by Friars

Joseph Loboco dropped to his knees and put his head in his hands as the final horn sounded on his St. Francis Prep career and a season that went further than his team could have imagined. Comment
Rockaway Park

Mourners mark 12th anniversary of Flight 587 crash in Rockaways

Family and friends of more than 250 people killed when Flight 587 crashed in Belle Harbor 12 years ago braved bitter wind and falling snow to pay their respects to the victims. Comment
Long Island City

Aviation, Bryant fall in PSAL Class A boy’s soccer semifinals

Aviation had been able to advance through the PSAL playoffs without playing its best on offense. However, the team’s scoring struggles continued in the semifinals and finally cost the Flyers. Comments (1)

Introducing the new Queens Museum

Although it dropped the word from its name, art remains the focal point of the new Queens Museum as it reopens after an eight-year, $69 million renovation project Saturday. Comment

Vallone captures seat for Dems

Flushing attorney Paul Vallone came out victorious after a heated City Council campaign in northeast Queens and will replace embattled Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) in 2014. Comment
Howard Beach

Ulrich deflects bid from Dems’ Simon

Not until well into the night Tuesday was it clear that City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) would retain his seat. Comments (1)

Costa Constantinides wins Astoria Council seat

Costa Constantinides was a landslide winner for the 22nd City Council District seat, beating four contenders with more than 65.6 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results. Comments (1)

Vallone victorious in bid for Halloran’s seat

Flushing attorney Paul Vallone came out on top of a hotly contested City Council race in northeast Queens and will replace embattled incumbent City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) in 2014. Comments (5)

Crowley beats back challenge for her Council seat

Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) successfully retained her seat on the City Council when she won 57.6 percent of the votes in District 30, according to the Associated Press. Comments (1)

Constantinides wins Vallone’s Council seat

Costa Constantinides captured the 22nd City Council District in Astoria, where he was born and raised. Considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, Constantinides is known as a community organizer and district leader with deep connections, having served on the staffs of several Council members, most recently as deputy chief of staff for James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows). Comments (1)
St. Albans

Miller wins race for Comrie’s Council seat

Democrat I. Daneek Miller won his race for southeast Queens’ District 27 City Council seat Tuesday with a victory over Sondra Peeden, who continued her campaign on the Independence Party line after coming in dead last in the Democratic Party primary. Comments (3)
Ozone Park

Ulrich wins Council seat after early cliffhanger

Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) faced unexpectedly stiff competition for his seat in the City Council from Democrat opponent Lew Simon but retained his post by winning 53 percent of the vote, the Associated Press reported. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Chelsea Clinton attends Rockaway Sandy rebuilding

The groundbreaking for a storm-resistant home in the Rockaways got a boost from a former First Daughter over the weekend. Comments (1)

October, 2013


Queens celebrates Halloween and the fall harvest

Costumed children celebrated Halloween in Bayside and Bellerose, while visitors to the Queens Botanical Garden enjoyed the Harvest Festival. Comments (1)
Breezy Point

Celebrating the Queens Heroes of Sandy

Ordinary people demonstrate time and again the extraordinary strength and power of unity when calamity strikes. Comment
Belle Harbor

Then and Now: Sandy’s fury still evident 12 months later

It’s been a year after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the Rockaways and parts of southern Queens. Comment
Rockaway Beach

YANA center of Rockaway moves from Sandy relief

In the days immediately following Hurricane Sandy, the YANA Community Center was transformed into a major relief hub for storm victims in the Rockaways. With the support of members of the Occupy Sandy movement, the facility became a place for the surrounding community to find hot meals, medical care and other aid. Comment
Long Island City

Scare up fun in Queens on Halloween

With Halloween less than a week away, Queens has no shortage of frightful and not-so-scary events guaranteed to bring a shriek of fun.The Queens Zoo, 53-51 111th St. in Flushing, long a favorite of kids and adults alike, has a variety of Halloween-themed activities called “Boo at the Zoo” Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26-27. Comment
Breezy Point

Recovery still slow in Breezy Point

Sunlight streams in through the stained glass windows of St. Thomas More, casting a blue light into the apse of the Breezy Point church. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Mixed reviews on Rockaway businesses recovering after Sandy

When Superstorm Sandy hit a year ago, its tidal surge carried two shipping containers down Rockaway Beach Boulevard that smashed into storefronts like a pair of 5,000-pound shoes in a washing machine. Comment
Broad Channel

Broad Channel beckons one year after Sandy

Nighttime in the Channel is the easiest time to estimate how many residents of the 22-block-long coastal enclave have not returned after Hurricane Sandy. Comment
Queens Village

Jimmy Carter lends a hand with Habitat in Qns Village

Taking a break from a hard day of work, Dawnette Dixon smiled when asked what she and former President Jimmy Carter talked about as they spruced up her soon-to-be home in Queens Village. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Creatures receive St. Francis blessing

American Martyrs Church in Oakland Gardens held a Blessing of the Animals ceremony Saturday. The annual event was held in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Comments (2)
Queens Village

Bellerose pageant winner visits SNAP

State Sen. Tony Avella joined Virginia Werner, Bellerose’s Miss New York Senior America 2013, to greet seniors at the Services Now for Adult Persons center in Queens Village Monday. Comment
Block Shots

Legacy of Vince Lombardi honored at SFP

Vince Lombardi hasn’t been on a football sideline in more than 40 years, but his principles about life are still relevant today. Comment

Alley Pond hosts Estuary Day festival

Alley Pond Environmental Center hosted an Estuary Day festival Saturday celebrating the area’s local estuary, Little Neck Bay, with educational exhibits and interactive booths, boat rides, entertainment and demonstrations. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Long Island City plays host to a free yoga festival

Hundreds of Long Island City yoga enthusiasts took part in City Salutations, a free fitness/wellness festival at the MoMA Dome PS1 in Long Island City. EmblemHealth and Flavorpill teamed up to hold the event, which featured yoga instruction from Rima Rani Rabbath, an advanced certified Jivamukti teacher at the Jivamukti Yoga School NYC. Thomas Droge, founder of the Droge Clinic and specialist in acupuncture and herbal medicine, also instructed a class in the Chinese martial art known as tai chi. Comment

Corner in Maspeth renamed for bar owner George Gibbons

The corner of 60th Drive and Mt. Olivet Crescent in Maspeth was renamed Saturday for George Gibbons Jr., the popular bar owner of Gibbons’ Home. Gibbons was killed in a wrong way hit-and-run crash on the Long Island Expressway service road in 2011. His family and City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, who introduced the legislation to rename the street in the Council, unveiled the sign before a commemorative version was presented to relatives. Comment

At Corona’s ‘Empire Drive-In’ your car is optional

Jeff Stark and Todd Chandler have fond memories of summer nights camped out in the family sedan’s backseat watching Luke Skywalker battle the Evil Empire and a giant white shark terrorize a Long Island beach community at the local drive-in theater. Comment

BID closes Bell Blvd. for Weekend Walk

Dozens of people flocked to Bell Boulevard for the Bayside Village Business Improvement District’s Weekend Walk Sunday. It was the first street fair in more than 10 years. Jimmy James served as the emcee for the day, which featured music from Chicken Head, the local band headed by Bayside Historical Society Chairman Paul DiBenedetto. Comments (1)

Piazza inducted into Mets Hall of Fame

Former New York Mets star Mike Piazza was inducted into the Amazin’s’ Hall of Fame Sunday at Citi Field. Comments (1)

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)
Jackson Heights

Jax Heights field renamed for boy who died from sepsis

Rory Staunton fought hard for his Jackson Heights community throughout his 12 short years before his untimely death from sepsis shock last year. His community fought just as hard to make sure his name would be never be forgotten. Comment
St. Albans

Street in St. Albans co-named for NYPD’s Arthur Hill

Arthur Hill left his mark through his service in the New York Police Department, with his work at the Guy R. Brewer Democratic Club in southeast Queens and on his family, loved ones said, and now a corner in St. Albans bears his name. Comment

Glendale remembers 9/11

A ceremony was held at Dry Harbor playground in Glendale Sunday to pay tribute to those killed on 9/11. Comment
Cambria Heights

Street named for Boyd in Cambria Heights

Apostle Dr. John H. Boyd’s legacy will live on long into the future in the Cambria Heights community where his ministry first began, his family and community leaders believe. Comments (1)

US Open H lot serves as night dance studio

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

Maspeth firefighter honored for sacrifice made on 9/11

Joseph Hunter always pictured himself as a member of the city’s Bravest. Comment
Kew Gardens

Katz captures beep primary

Riding a wave of support from southeast Queens, former City Councilwoman Melinda Katz defeated Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) in a hard-fought Democratic primary for borough president and now faces a Republican challenger in the general election. Comments (1)

Avella’s 9/11 motorcade remembers American heroes

Twenty-five street signs throughout northeast Queens sported red, white and blue wreaths this week in honor of Sept. 11 heroes, courtesy of state Sen. Tony Avella’s (D-Bayside) annual memorial motorcade, but one particular stop was added to the route just this year. Comment
Kew Gardens

Katz celebrates win in borough president race

Former City Councilwoman Melinda Katz defeated City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) in a spirited Democratic primary for Queens borough president Tuesday. Comments (1)

Paul Vallone takes Dem primary in northeast Queens

Paul Vallone emerged as the winner of a crowded and sometimes contentious Democratic primary in the race to replace outgoing City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone). Comments (67)

Scenes from the US Open: Nadal, Williams claim tournament victories

Rafael Nadal didn’t grace Queens with his presence at last year’s US Open because a knee injury kept him out for seven months. Comment
Jackson Heights

He’s got the whole world in his lens

Jackson Heights resident Sam Oppenheim’s passion for travel photography means he is one of a select group of people in the world who can say he has visited more than 30 countries on six continents. Comment

Scene from the US Open: Women’s Single Final

American tennis player Serena Williams defeated Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, to win the women’s singles final of the 2013 US Open. Comment

Scenes from the US Open: Men’s Semifinal Matches

In the two men’s semifinal matches of the US Open, Novak Djokovic defeated Stanislas Wawrinka, and Rafael Nadal beat Richard Gasquet, to advance to the final Monday. Comment
Glen Oaks

Boro leaders hail Glen Oaks library

It took a crowd of some of the borough’s biggest hitters to hold and snip the yellow ribbon marking a new beginning for library patrons in Glen Oaks. Comment

Scenes from the US Open: Week Two

The field of US Open competitors continued to narrow during the second week of play. Comment

Kids snap up fish during Bayside derby

More than two dozen youth took part in the Bayside Anglers’ Snapper Derby Aug. 24. The goal was to catch and release as many fish as possible in an hour. Comment

US Open: Scenes from the seventh day at the tournament

In the fourth round of the US Open, tennis star Serena Williams took on fellow American Sloane Stephens. Comment

US Open: Scenes from day six of the tournament

American men, including John Isner and Jack Sock, were eliminated, as wildcard Alison Riske won to move on in the tournament. Comment
South Jamaica

Community day honors legacy of late Sean Bell

Sean Bell’s fiancee pointed to the need in southeast Queens for community events and programs during an event to remember Bell over the weekend. Comment

August, 2013


US Open: Scenes from day five at the tournament

On day five of the US Open, the grand slam was a mixed bag, featuring upsets and favorites advancing. Comment
Cambria Heights

Campus Magnet gets new HS

Educators are hoping the third time is a charm for the institution some in southeast Queens still refer to as Andrew Jackson High School. Comments (9)

US Open: Scenes from the fourth day of the tournament

American tennis players Victoria Duval and John Isner played Thursday at the US Open and were met with different outcomes. Comment

US Open tennis tournament sparks romantic recollection

Returning for Opening Day of the US Open brought back memories that go beyond tennis for Roy and Daniella Gemal. Comment

US Open: Two-week tournament begins with fireworks, celebrities

The US Open festivities Monday featured stars - both from tennis courts and the movie screens. Comment

US Open: First lady, stars shine at Kids’ Day

Thousands of fans flocked to Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Saturday afternoon at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment

Prayer for Pets

The Bayside United Methodist held a blessing for animals last Sunday. Comment
Long Island City

Outdoor cinema thrives in borough throughout the summer

Take advantage of the last warm summer nights with free outdoor movies across Queens. Comment

Dragon Boats make waves

Andre Francis, 10, and Ian Fore, 11, took a break from roaming among the booths hocking newspaper subscriptions, fresh-squeezed lemonade and cellphone service at Saturday’s Dragon Boat Festival and tried their luck in a raffle for New York Mets tickets. Comment
South Ozone Park

Racino train station now open full-time

Trains were already rolling through Tuesday when the Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park hosted a grand opening of the Aqueduct Racetrack train station. Comment

Stars visit Queens College

Celebrity judges from “America’s Got Talent” visit the Queens College campus. Comment

Communities celebrate National Night Out in southern Queens

Dozens of people filled parks in southeast Queens for the annual National Night Out Against Crime. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Western Queens comes out for Night Out

Residents of Western Queens packed National Night Out events last Tuesday. Comment

Social media frenzy helps Jamaica street festival thrive

Organizers of the 17th annual Jamaica Arts and Music Summer Festival spread the word through Facebook, Twitter and Yelp this year, which helped make the event bigger and better than ever. Comment

Dragon Boat Festival: Culinary delights from past and present come together

The Dragon Boat Festival is a rite of the Chinese holiday, the Fifth Moon Festival. Celebrated throughout Asia, it is also known as the Double Fifth, Tuen Ng in Cantonese, or Duānwǔ Jié in Mandarin. Comment

Dragon Boat Festival: Racing is just the beginning

A profusion of color and entertainment will take over Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the 23rd annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival Aug. 10-11. Comment

Dragon Boat Festival: Races honor patriotic acts of statesman/poet

Like so many legends, Dragon Boat races reportedly started to honor a man whose fight against tyranny ended with his death. Comment

Dragon Boat Festival: Schedule of Events

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Chinese Music Ensemble of New York Comment

Dragon Boat Festival: Non-profits, sponsors provide souvenirs, free information to attendants

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Queens draws hundreds and thousands of people to Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the championship dragon boat racing, the opening parade and the variety of unexpected free attractions. Comment

DGUSA makes boro debut to mark fourth anniversary

Pro wrestling promotion Dragon Gate USA said “konichiwa” to Queens Saturday night by holding its first card here, kicking off a weekend of shows in celebration of turning four. Comment
Jackson Heights

Boro lawmakers rename streets for gay activists

Western Queens leaders honored two late gay rights activists over the weekend with streets renamed in their honor. Comment
Jackson Heights

U.S. lawmakers visit Jackson Heights to research the immigrant experience

On a final stop in a weekend geared toward examining immigration in New York City, federal lawmakers gathered in Jackson Heights to hear the story of how one of their own ended up in this country and to listen to advocates and a young woman whose immigration status remains somewhat in limbo. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Hip to Hip Theatre Co. presents Shakespeare at parks across the borough

On a rainy Monday evening in April, Joey Lozada slipped into an L-shaped rehearsal room on the 12th floor of Manhattan’s Pearl Studios and frantically looked for shelter from the storm. Comment

July, 2013


JAMS is sweet on southeast Queens

Nearly two decades ago, a group of Jamaica residents decided it was time for somebody to highlight the diverse talents of southeast Queens. Comments (1)

Pols call for repairs at Woodside Houses

Tina Ferguson has lived in the Woodside Houses all her life, but the 54-year-old says she now often spends the night with her mother in Jamaica because she cannot stand the state of disrepair in her first-floor apartment. Comment
Block Shots

Harvey could give Amazins’ edge in battle for NYC fans

New York Mets ace Matt Harvey has a chance to earn more than wins and strikeouts with his blazing fastball and model good looks. He has shown the potential to make the city his and be the Mets’ version of Derek Jeter during his career. Comment

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
St. Albans

Sweet sounds of jazz in St. Albans

Music lovers flocked to St. Albans last weekend for the 11th annual St. Albans Jazz Festival. Comments (1)

Sandy no match for Rockaway vet event

They were hurt serving their country and not even the devastation left in Superstorm Sandy’s wake could stop Rockaway residents from honoring the group of 32 soldiers during the annual three-day Wounded Warrior Project. Comment
St. Albans

MLB gives All-Star Week gift to St. Albans Veterans hospital

America’s pastime paid tribute to those who served in the name of Old Glory when Major League Baseball unveiled a renovated outdoor space at the Veterans Affairs hospital in St. Albans earlier this week. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights is ready for its close-up

Growing up in Sunnyside, Mike Ordonez thought it odd that residents from other parts of the city always identified themselves by their borough and not, as in Queens, by their neighborhoods. Comment

McCaffrey, 64, laid to rest

More than 150 people attended the funeral Monday of Walter McCaffrey, a former city councilman who friends and officials described as a brilliant, warm and witty man dedicated to his community. Comment

Mets’ Harvey on the mound as night to remember begins

The 84th annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game provided fans with memories that will last a lifetime even if the game itself was not riveting. Comment

Bayside Marina bouncing back after Sandy

It will take more than a prayer to keep the Bayside Marina afloat, the owners said. Comment
Block Shots

Former Dozo hoops star shoots for spot on NBA roster

James Southerland’s quest to make an NBA roster is still alive even though he didn’t hear his name called at the Barclays Center or get to shake Commissioner David Stern’s hand on draft night. Comment

June, 2013

South Jamaica

Mourners march for D’aja, 14

They marched mostly in silence Saturday, stopping only once along the way to pray on Sutphin Boulevard and 116th Road where D’aja Robinson grew up, before reaching the intersection where the 14-year-old was shot and killed last month. Comments (4)
South Jamaica

Community salutes police for Q6 arrest

Several elected officials were joined by parents whose children were killed or wounded by gunfire in honoring NYPD Chief of the Department Phillip Banks III and the Police Department following its arrest of a suspect in last month’s fatal shooting of a teenage girl on a South Jamaica bus. Comments (3)
East Elmhurst

Mayoral hopefuls tackle Sandy at faith forum in East Elmhurst

Following Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement of a $20 billion plan to protect the city from future storms, mayoral candidates were grilled last week on how they would leverage those funds to create jobs, expand affordable housing and invest in neighborhoods. Comment
Kew Gardens

Update: FDNY rescue man stuck in Kew Gardens hole

KEW GARDENS — The FDNY successfully removed a construction worker from a muddy trench about three hours after he fell several stories in Kew Gardens, a spokesman for the FDNY said. Comment
Forest Hills Gardens

Two SE Queens schools win ballroom dance gold

The gymnasium at PS 101 in Forest Hills Gardens roared with students from nine different schools in Queens, each rooting for their team to win the competition — not of basketball, but ballroom dancing. Comment

Palace Malice rides to victory in Belmont Stakes

Longshot Palace Malice and jockey Mike Smith rode to victory in the 145th Belmont Stakes Saturday in Belmont Park. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Mini city built for kittens promotes adoption [With Video]

Kitty City wasn’t built in a day, but that’s how long the Long Island City “meow-tropolis” lasted. Comment

Queens College lauds 2013 graduates

Queens College’s class of 2013 sweated through their graduation ceremony last week while receiving some parting advice from a distinguished alumnus who got his start in the borough. Comment

White Roof Project off to summer start in LIC

With scorching temperatures anticipated this summer season, city nonprofit White Roof Project kicked off an initiative Wednesday that will include the resurfacing of some of Astoria and Long Island City’s blackest rooftops with a solar-reflective white coating that is intended to save residents money and reduce energy consumption. Comments (1)
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

RFK tops QHST to win ‘B’ crown

Robert F. Kennedy shortstop Julia Toth is a dreamer. The senior recalls sitting next to softball Coach Jed Herman in the stands last June watching Lab Museum capture the PSAL Class B title at St. John’s University. Comment

Queens Tomorrow: LIRR headed to Grand Central

Queens commuters have long heard that the East Side Access project will revolutionize their travels, but they won’t have to wait until its debut to reap some of the benefits. Comments (2)
Far Rockaway

Queens Tomorrow: Innovative solutions sought to offset hospital closings

Diagnosing the future of health care in Queens requires plenty of reflection on the past— an examination of hospital closures and overflowing emergency rooms, followed by a prescription for viable solutions. 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
Long Island City

Queens Tomorrow: Hotels pop up as tourism grows

There were more than 50 million visitors to New York City last year and as the tourism industry grows, Queens — with two airports and neighborhoods with rising cachet — is in the midst of a hotel-building boom aimed at grabbing the borough’s share of the $34 billion pie. Comments (1)
Glen Oaks

Queens Tomorrow: Queens Library wired for action

Today’s Queens Library is much more than a place to merely find a book or do some research. More and more, the library has become a place where people can go to look for a job, brush up on computer skills and even find out how to become an American citizen. Comment

Queens Tomorrow: Rush is on for Queens parkland

The most high-profile development projects in the borough are happening in one of the most unlikely of places: Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comments (1)
Real Estate

Queens Tomorrow: Building boom sweeps Queens

The skyline of Queens is in for a radical makeover. Comment
South Ozone Park

Queens Tomorrow: Casino ups ante on A&E scene

New York City is the entertainment capital of the country. Few can argue that another city has had more of an impact on music, movies, nightlife, theater and food. Comments (1)
Breezy Point

Queens Tomorrow: Sandy rebuilding still in limbo

More than six months after Hurricane Sandy hit, there has been much talk about reshaping the city’s coasts to make them more impervious to storms and floods. But though the city is exploring numerous options to that end, from modifying building codes to flood mitigation projects, few concrete plans are yet in place, leaving the future landscape of southern Queens a question mark. Comment

Queens Tomorrow: Student enrollment on the rise

With more than 290,000 students attending the borough’s public schools last year, Queens had the second-highest enrollment across the city. Comment

Queens Tomorrow: Cornell campus expected to create visionary culture

Even though it will not be built in the same borough, Roosevelt Island’s soon-to-be hub of all things technology will still translate into new opportunities for startups in Queens, city and university leaders said. Comment

Whitestone celebrates Memorial Day

Dozens congregated in Whitestone last Monday to honor those who served in the military. Comment

Jamaica Ball lights up the night

The Jamaica Ball was held recently at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. Comment

Laurelton honors its veterans

Dozens of people flocked to Laurelton for the annual Memorial Day Parade, which began on Merrick Boulevard and concluded at Memorial Triangle, at 225th Street and North Conduit Avenue. Comment
College Point

College Point turns out for Memorial Day event

College Point honored its veterans Sunday during the annual Memorial Day Parade. Comments (1)
Little Neck

Little Neck commemorates Memorial Day

Hundreds marched in the annual Little Neck-Douglaston parade along Northern Boulevard. Comment

Myrtle Ave. decked with stars & stripes

Dozens of people marched in the annual Ridgewood-Glendale Memorial Day Parade Monday Monday. Comment

May, 2013

Howard Beach

Howard Beach honors veterans for their service

Howard Beach paid tribute to members of the military with its annual Memorial Day parade. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Forest Hills commemorates Memorial Day

The annual Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade drew flag-waving crowds to Metropolitan Avenue Monday. Comments (4)

Woodside celebrates its soldiers

Participants in the annual Woodside Memorial Day Parade started their procession at St. Sebastian’s Roman Catholic Church. Comment
Rockaway Beach

A train returns to the Rockaways

After a seven-month suspension of A train service to and from the Rockaway peninsula, the subway has started running on its full line again – and transit officials commemorated the occasion in style Thursday. Comment

Maspeth celebrates Memorial Day

Marchers paid tribute to the fallen during the annual Memorial Day Parade. Comment

Queensites plan now for season of activities

As the dreary winter season comes to a halt, the excited buzz of summer grows louder than ever. Comment
Rockaway Beach SUMMER FUN

Sandy will not stop playtime in Rockaways

During the darkest hours of Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath, one fact remained true in that swirling tide of uncertainty: Summer was sure to return to the Rockaways. Comments (1)
Long Island City SUMMER FUN

Bicyclists hit the road all across the borough

Biking in Queens offers something for every person. The health-conscious, the practical and the adventurous will all find what they are looking for on the streets of the city’s most expansive borough. Comment

Whitestone remembers Christos ‘Angel Boy’ Voulkoudis

Nearly one year after his death, a tight-knit Queens community came together in Whitestone Sunday to raise money in honor of Christos “Angel Boy” Voulkoudis to help build a memorial rock garden and gazebo at his former pre-school. Comments (5)
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s grads welcome future challenges

St. John’s University class of 2013 student speaker Kevin Lee Grover summed it up with three words when asked what his generation had the potential to do in the years ahead: Change the world. Comments (3)
Long Island City

Hundreds wait on line in LIC for elevator repair jobs

They waited for line for days, sleeping in tents as it rained, saving spots so their comrades could use the restrooms, watching for line jumpers and forming allegiances so strong they nicknamed themselves the Spartans. Comment
South Jamaica

Mother of slain teen says violent youth are ‘not tough without a gun’

The grief-stricken mother of a 14-year-old girl who was shot dead as she sat on a city bus in South Jamaica over the weekend had some stern words Tuesday for her daughter’s killer. Comments (4)
Fresh Meadows

Big Apple Circus puts up tent in Cunningham Park

The Big Apple Circus returns to Queens Sunday for a month of performances packed with trapeze artists, synchronized cyclists and performing animals in its production of “Legendarium” at Cunningham Park. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Pets on parade at Alley Pond

Animals and their owners flocked to Alley Pond Park Sunday for Pets and Pals Day, which was sponsored by the Parks Department, Councilman Mark Weprin and community groups. Comment

Tenor Daniel Rodriguez performs at fund-raiser for Flushing House

Tenor Daniel Rodriguez, “the Singing Cop,” took the stage at Flushing Town Hall during a fund-raiser for Flushing House. Comment

Scout leads Udalls cleanup

Little Neck resident David Guapisaca led friends and fellow scouts in a cleanup project at Virginia Point, the northern end of Udalls Cove. Guapisaca is a member of Boy Scout Troop 10 based in Great Neck and completed the project in hopes of earning his Eagle Scout rank. Comment

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

Karate kids get kick out of free Flushing tournament

The Al Oerter Recreation Center in Flushing looked like a martial arts movie scene Sunday, when hundreds of people cheered on children as young as 4 chopping and kicking their way through a tournament sponsored by the city Parks Department. Comment
Long Island City

Five Boro Bike Tour rides through Queens

More than 30,000 cyclists biked through the five boroughs during the TD Five Boro Bike Tour Sunday. Comment

Families vow to resume their Broad Channel lives

The storm changed everything. Comments (2)
Kew Gardens Hills

Isaac Sasson launches City Council campaign

Isaac Sasson, a Lottery winner and retired cancer researcher from Flushing who has previously set his eye on public office, officially announced he is running for City Council. Comments (2)

Rockaway restaurant fights back for its place in the sun

Robert Kaskel’s businesses in the Rockaways sustained more than $1 million in damage during Superstorm Sandy. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens Hills

Arm wrestlers vie for the prize at Big Apple Grapple

A number of brawny men and women turned out at Cheap Shots Sports Bar in Kew Gardens Hills to compete in the city’s premiere arm wrestling championships Saturday, many of them seeking the thrill of besting an opponent using nothing but sheer will — and upper body strength, of course. Comments (2)

Richards takes oath at York swearing-in

Newly elected City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) recalled the death of a young friend that led him to politics during his community inauguration earlier this week and pledged to be the voice of a new generation in city government. Comment

Sandy leaves its mark on Queens

Superstorm Sandy ravaged parts of the Rockaways, Howard Beach, Hamilton Beach and Broad Channel on Oct. 29, 2012. The storm surge flooded homes, wrecked businesses and washed away cars as fires raged in several locations on the peninsula. Six months later, some areas appear to be much improved, while other places still bear the scars of the storm. Comment
Forest Hills

Spring flowers bloom with help of Forest Hills helpers

Volunteers transformed flower beds along Continental/71 Avenue in Forest Hills as part of an Earth Day cleanup. Comment

April, 2013


Sandy’s small victims still searching for homes

Their slogan is “One Pet at a Time,” and six months after Superstorm Sandy, a grassroots social media group is still working to reunite lost animals with their owners and find homes for displaced dogs and cats from the Rockaways and beyond. Comments (2)

Rockaway residents navigate morning commute after Sandy [With Video]

They live just 16 blocks apart, but Far Rockaway residents Devaney Brown and Abisoye Oloruntoba have chosen very different ways to commute to lower Manhattan in the six months following Superstorm Sandy. Subway service into and out of the Rockaways remains suspended as repairs are made on the A line to damage sustained during the storm. Comment

Residents pitch in to help clean Udalls Cove

Spring cleaning is not just another intolerable indoor chore to a group of environmentally engaged residents from northeast Queens. Comments (1)
College Point

College Point Little Leaguers march for player who died

Little sluggers lined up near the Poppenhusen Triangle in College Point with baseball on their minds. Comments (1)

Bayside Little Leaguers begin another baseball season

The road to this year’s Little League season started on the Bell Boulevard pavement. Comment
Forest Hills

Mid Vill man honored for 35 years of work with Little League

When Phil Fragale first became involved with the Forest Hills Little League, Jimmy Carter was president. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

Officials break ground on South Jamaica court overhaul

Elected officials and community leaders broke ground recently on renovations at the basketball courts within the South Jamaica Houses. In total, $350,000 was secured by Councilman Ruben Wills and the New York City Housing Authority for basketball courts with new fiber glass back boards, bleachers and lighting, The renovation is expected to be completed in summer 2013. The event also featured a pickup game between politicians, community activists and 16-year-old Anthony Woods, who was selected by U.S. Rep. Congressman Gregory Meeks as a substitute. Comment

Council candidate Manny Caughman holds fund-raiser

City Council candidate Manny Caughman recently held a fund-raiser at Thomasina’s in St. Albans Comments (1)

Relay for Life kicks off in College Point

The College Point Relay for Life recently kicked off its preparation for the annual overnight walk to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The event was held at the College Point Volunteer Ambulance. Comment
College Point

Blaze breaks out in College Pt. Police Academy

Flames from a two-alarm fire melted portions of the College Point Police Academy’s facade Tuesday afternoon, forcing construction crews off the partially completed job. Comment
South Ozone Park

Bridge and tunnel victory in Wood Memorial

Three-year-old horses recently competed in the annual Wood Memorial Stakes, held annually at Aqueduct Racetrack in South Ozone Park. Comment

RGMVM Little League kicks off

The Ridgewood-Glendale-Middle Village-Maspeth Little League started their seasons last weekend with a parade. Comment
Middle Village FOCUS ON QUEENS

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire remembered in Middle Village

A ceremony was recently held at Christ the King High School to commemorate the 102nd anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Comment

Flushing temple welcomes spring

The Hindu Temple Society of North America recently held a Festival of Spring and Earth Day celebration. Comment

Jazz Experience comes to Jamaica Market

The Kunal Singh Jazz Experience Ensemble recently performed at the Jamaica Market. Comment

Greater Jamaica committee meets

The Downtown Committee of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation held its monthly meeting. Comment

Bunnies and baskets at the Bohemian Beer Garden

The Bohemian Hall Beer Garden in Astoria recently hosted an Easter egg hunt. Comments (1)
Oakland Gardens

Passover celebrated in Oakland Gardens

The Jewish Center of Oak Hills recently held a Passover Seder and invited members of the Temple Sholom in Floral Park to share in ritual meal, which commemorates the flight of the Israelites out of Egypt. Comment

Pomonok Houses residents rally for U.S. gun regulation reform

In summer 2011, South Flushing’s Pomonok Houses were rocked by gun violence when four people were shot outside the housing projects within a span of four hours, including a 39-year-old woman who died. Comment
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill welcomes spring with Holi Festival

Purple, green, yellow, pink and red dusted the streets of Richmond Hill Saturday during the Phagwah Festival, a Hindu celebration of the triumph of good over evil and the coming of the spring season. Comment

Hope and remembrance mark Opening Day at Citi Field

New York Mets fans armed with enthusiasm and tempered hopes for another season poured into Citi Field Monday for Opening Day. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Rockaways recovery adds an artistic flourish

The view for those strolling along Rockaway Beach just became a bit more rounded, thanks to a new cultural center established overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Comment
Block Shots

Mets manager aims to excite fans after overhaul of roster

There was a hint of defiance in the voice of Mets manager Terry Collins, the type you like to hear before an Opening Day game for a club with not much expected of it. Comment
Long Island City

Evolution of Music Videos

Music videos are not often viewed as influential art, but that may be about to change. Comment

March, 2013


Innovative groups show how Queens is going green

A Flushing organization sold polo shirts made from recycled plastic bottles, a silver-haired kayak enthusiast hyped a new aqueous launching point sandwiched into a gritty industrial sector and more than a few heated discussions erupted at this year’s Going Green in Queens event, where the purveyors of the borough’s most exciting and controversial outdoor initiatives gather each year to share information with the public and each other. Comment

Queens’ ethnic roots flourish at festivals

Queens has a reputation for cultural diversity to uphold. Comments (2)

Tour the world at Queens’ multicultural festivals

Whether celebrating their own culture or learning about the practices of others, Queens residents can join in a wide array of ethic and religious-themed festivals throughout the year. Popular gatherings such as Holi, Diwali, and Eid offer a time to honor old traditions and new beginnings through music, dance, and other festivities. Comment

Artistic beat heard in all corners of the borough

Here’s something to look forward to during the final weeks of this bleak winter: Queens’ arts festival season starting in March. Combining culture, community, commerce and good times, these events connect residents and visitors to every facet of the arts, while celebrating local talent and giving small businesses a much-needed boost. Comment
Bayside Hills

Spring has sprung at Bayside fest

The Bayside Hills Civic Association held its annual Spring Festival Saturday, which featured tennis demonstrations, hard-boiled egg decorating and spoon races with plastic eggs. Comment

Queens: Winner’s Circle for sports fans

Many people already know that Queens is one of the most diverse places on earth with a vast array of people, culture and cuisine. Comment

Renaissance Middle School inaugurates clubs and officers

The Renaissance Middle School in St. Albans recently held an inauguration ceremony for its clubs and officers. Comment

Eastern Queens Alliance hosts Idlewild Wetland and Wildlife Preserve Benefit

The Eastern Queens Aliiance, Inc. recently held its Idlewild Wetland and Wildlife Preserve Benefit and Awards luncheon at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Comments (1)

Astoria Performing Arts Center holds annual gala

The Astoria Performing Arts Center recently held its annual gala at the Museum of the Moving Image. Comment

Jazz trumpet legends return home to Queens

The homage to two jazz giants at Flushing Town Hall Saturday was named: “Bix Beiderbeck and Louis Armstrong back home again in Queens.” Comment

Christine Quinn kicks off mayoral campaign throughout city

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn recently kicked off her mayoral campaign with a five-borough tour. Comment

Leroy Comrie hosts jazz fund-raiser in St. Albans

City Councilman Leroy Comrie recently held a fund-rasier for his mayoral campaign in St. Albans. Comment

Peter Vallone receives Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association endorsement

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. recently received the endorsement of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association during an event at Ovelia in Astoria. Comment

Liu starts mayor run with stop in Flushing

City Comptroller John Liu officially kicked off his mayoral campaign Sunday with a 15-stop traverse across the five boroughs. Comments (2)

Remembering Molloy Coach Jack Curran

Legendary Archbishop Molloy coach Jack Curran embodied character and kindness as much as he did victories and championships. Comment

Bottle-nose dolphin makes short visit to Astoria

A bottlenose dolphin that delighted residents along the East River in Queens and Brooklyn late last week seems to have swum to fairer seas, a Long Island nonprofit to protect marine animals said. Comment

Lifetime environmentalist from Queens runs Going Green to teach good habits

Back when he was searching for a service project to help him earn his Eagle Scout award in 1976, Rosedale’s Fred Kress looked no further than his local park to make a difference in his community. Comment
Richmond Hill

Free trees headed to Queens to fill Sandy gaps

Free trees are coming back to Queens to supplement the beating suffered by the borough during Superstorm Sandy late last year, the New York Restoration Project said. Comment

Residents invited to workshops on pruning, composting and energy-efficient lighting

A founder and key player in Queens’ annual Going Green event said this year it was sure to deliver the same kinds of eco-friendly messages while also offering more opportunities for visitors to engage in workshops. Comment

Fitzpatrick Academy of Irish Dance paints Whitestone green

Many may have “Riverdance” or “Lord of the Dance” in their minds when asked to think about Irish dancing, but jigs and reels can be found much closer to home. 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

Dolphin seen swimming near Astoria

A bottlenose dolphin has been sighted swimming in the East River since Wednesday, but Friday marked the first time the marine mammal came to Queens. Comment

City Council candidate Tony Meloni hosts a fund-raiser

City Council candidate Tony Meloni held a fund-raiser recently at Istria Sport Club. Comment

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

Honoring America’s History at East-West School

The East-West School of International Studies recently held aribbon-cutting for its Civil Rights Wall, which features prominent figures in the the civil rights movement. Comment
Long Island City FOCUS ON QUEENS

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

Angelo Graci and Ronald Reagan Republican clubs hold joint meeting in Ozone Park

The Angelo Graci, Ronald Reagan and Rockaway Republican Clubs recently hosted mayoral candidate Joe Lhota at a joint meeting, 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

Stringer visits Daniel Patrick Moynihan Democratic Club

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer recently visited the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Democratic Club’s meeting in Fresh Meadows. 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
Long Island City

Diego Salazar gallery offers inspiring glimpse

Whether you are an art aficionado or just want insight into the creative process of professional artists, the Diego Salazar Art Gallery in Long Island City should be your hangout spot for the next two Saturdays. Comment

Bayside comeback falls short

Bayside played from behind nearly the entire game, and despite multiple comeback attempts could not advance to the semifinals. Comment
South Jamaica

Family of slain Jamaica teen observe solemn anniversary

About 100 friends, family members and loved ones gathered outside the South Jamaica Houses Saturday night to light candles in remembrance of Darryl Adams, the teenager who was gunned down in the housing projects last year. Comments (1)

Maspeth High celebrates new 74th Street building

After a controversial first year of incubation at Queens Metropolitan High School, Maspeth HS cut the ribbon Monday on its new building. Comment

Sunnyside raises funds for Newtown victim kin

While the Wheelers, a former Sunnyside family whose 6-year-old son Benjamin was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, were not able to attend a fund-raiser for them in the neighborhood where they once lived, hundreds showed up Saturday to donate and have fun. Comment

February, 2013


NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators weekend

Southeast Queens legislators recently attended the 40th anniversary of the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators weekend. Comment
Long Island City

Queens Screens the World

Forget formality: The Queens World Film Festival makes its own rules, and originality is what will put it on the map in upcoming years. Running from March 5-10, the festival will screen 104 films from local and international filmmakers alike. Cambodia, Brazil, Chile, Iran, Italy and France are just a few of the countries to bring projects to the table. Programming will take place at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Jackson Heights Cinema in Elmhurst, The Secret Theatre in Long Island City and the Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights. Comment

Austin Shafran kicks off Council campaign

Austin Shafran kicked off his City Council campaign at the Bay Terrace Jewish Center in Bayside. Shafran is running for the seat currently held by Councilman Dan Halloran. Comment

Halloran kicks off his re-election bid

A busy City Council race to represent northeast Queens continued to gain momentum as the Republican incumbent kicked off a re-election bid based on his experience in the district. Comments (4)
Queens Village FOCUS ON QUEENS

Councilman Mark Weprin honors seniors at SNAP senior program

Councilman Mark Weprin joined the SNAP senior program in Queens Village for its annual Valentine’s Day celebration to honor couples married for more than fifty years. 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)

Race for Sanders’ seat still not decided

Despite the fact that two City Council candidates had each claimed victory in southeast Queens’ special election, by the next night the city Board of Elections had yet to count the votes on a missing memory stick, and it may be weeks before an official winner is declared. Comment
Bay Terrace

Avella hopes to stymie pig eviction

A northeast Queens lawmaker stood up for the Whitestone owners of a pet pig named Petey Tuesday demanding the city legalize sow ownership. Comments (7)
Queens Village

GOP channels Honest Abe

The Queens Village Republican Club honored our nation’s 16th president, an outspoken blogger and a fallen soldier at its Lincoln Dinner Sunday. Comments (1)
Rockaway Beach

Winter storm causes concern over Rockaway power supply

The winter storm that carried fear and anxiety toward New York City last weekend brought about a foot of snow to Queens as thousands of households in the Rockaways lost power after the failure of temporary electrical infrastructure constructed in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Comment

Over the Moon: Lunar New Year returns to Queens

The Lunar New Year began Sunday and more celebrations are on the horizon for this weekend — a double dose of jubilation that community leaders in Flushing contend should be standard practice. Comment

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

Show your love this Valentine’s

If you heart someone, express your love on Valentine’s Day. Comments (1)
Breezy Point

Polar Bears take dip on Breezy Point shore for hurricane relief

For the past 13 years, hundreds have helped Annie McMahon celebrate her birthday and fund cystic fibrosis research by plunging into the icy waters off Rockaway but this year’s frigid swim also raised money for the storm-ravaged community where the event was held. Comment

Councilman Peter Koo announces bid for re-election

City Councilman Peter Koo announced his bid for re-election at Flushing Town Hall. Comment
Queens Village FOCUS ON QUEENS

United Negro College Fund honors volunteers during MLK breakfast

The Greater New York Inter-Alumni Council of the United Negro College Fund recently held its Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Breakfast at Antun’s in Queens Village. Sylvester Wise served as the event’s featured speaker. Comment
Queens Village

Our Lady of Lourdes celebrates Catholic Schools Week with international festival

Our Lady of Lourdes celebrated Catholic Schools Week with a performance by students during Sunday Mass and an International Festival. Comment
Breezy Point

Breezy Point slow to rebuild after Sandy left few standing

Three months after Hurricane Sandy devastated Breezy Point, many people say the sleepy coastal community will rebuild. Comment

Queens remembers Ed Koch

Thousands of mourners attended the funeral of late Mayor Ed Koch last week as the outspoken and charismatic lawmaker was remembered in Queens with both fondness and sadness following his death at age 88. Comment

Chili creators face off during Whitestone competition

Ten teams prepared their most savory chili and battled for votes during a recent chili cook-off at Grace Episcopal Church in Whitestone. Comment

Northeast Queens Republican Club installs officers

The Northeast Queens Republican Club held its annual installation for the 2013 officers last Sunday at the Clearview Golf Course Club House in Bayside. Comment

Kim, Rozic sworn in as Assembly members

The borough’s newest state Assembly members kicked off their historic journeys as Queens representatives this week with two star-studded swearing-in ceremonies. Comments (1)

January, 2013


Council candidate launches campaign in Jamaica

City Council candidate Donovan Richards held a campaign kickoff at Idlewild Terrace in Jamaica. Comment

Downtown Committe of Greater Jamaica Development Corp. meets

The Downtown Committee of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation recently held a meeting. Comment

Council candidate holds telethon in Laurelton

City Council candidate Jacques Leandre held a telethon at his office in Laurelton last weekend. Comment

Sanders sworn in at York

State Sen. James Sanders (D-Jamaica), fresh off his first few days in Albany, celebrated his inauguration with a ceremonial swearing-in at York College last week. Comment

New York politicians attend presidential inauguration

Elected officials from New York attended the inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. Comments (1)
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
Kew Gardens Hills

Marshall gives State of Boro

When Borough President Helen Marshall gave her first State of the Borough speech in 2002, Queens was still reeling from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and as she delivered her final address Tuesday the borough was in the midst of recovering from Superstorm Sandy. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Martha Taylor holds fund-raiser for Council campaign

Martha Taylor recently held a fund-raiser at Anthony’s in Oakland Gardens to raise money for her City Council campaign. Comment
St. Albans

Sondra Peeden holds fund-raiser for Council campaign

Sondra Peeden recently held a fund-raiser at NuUrban Café in St. Albans for her City Council campaign. Comment

Bayside Historical opens art show at Fort Totten

The Bayside Historical Society held an opening reception for the annual art show Sunday. Comments (1)

Pomonok Library hosts ‘Project Runway’ competition

Teen fashion designers recently faced off in a competition to create the most creative and stylish woman’s outfit out of men’s clothing. The Weinstein Company, which produces “Project Runway,” donated prizes and supplies. Comment

Comrie honors southeast Queens community members

Councilman Leroy Comrie held an event at Thomasina’s in St. Albans to honor members of the community who dedicate their time to helping the community. Comment

Little Neck Douglaston Lions Club holds annual dinner dance

The Little Neck-Douglaston Lions Club recently held their annual dinner dance at Leonard’s of Great Neck. Comment

Ferreras holds birthday fete

Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras recently held a birthday function at La Gloria in Jackson Heights Comment

Sandy-hit libraries face slow, costly rebuidling

The Queens Library branch in Arverne smells dank and is cold and dark. Some of the walls are completely stripped. All of the books are gone, many having been lost in the surge during Hurricane Sandy, and what little shelving remains is covered in plastic sheets. Comment

Sutphin BID gives out gifts in Jamaica

The Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District recently handed out presents to families during its Adopt-A-Family program at the Jamaica Market’s Harvest Room. Comment
Jackson Heights

PS 145 mourns student run over by dump truck

The IS 145 community gathered together to say goodbye to Miguel Torres this week, an 11-year-old Jackson Heights resident who was killed when a dump truck hit him not far from his school. Comment
College Point

College Point veteran trains pet pig for therapeutic role

Nadine Darsanlal’s life was never the same after she teamed up with her service dog Harvey three years ago, and now she is trying to help others discover the therapeutic power of animals by training her second pet — a clever micro pig named Wilbur. Comment


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