Archive by month November

PETER VALLONE JR.: Through The Years

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer It is not common to see a City Councilman riding around town on a Harley Davidson motorcycle, rocking out with his guitar at Astoria Park or speaking his mind via social media. In Astoria, however, that is the norm because Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) is well known for all […]


Melinda Katz, New Borough President A former City Councilwoman and State Assemblywoman has big shoes to fill come Jan. 1. Melinda Katz will take the reigns as Queens Borough President from Helen Marshall next year after winning the seat in November. She won comfortably in November, defeating little-known Republican challenger Tony Arcabascio with just over […]

Wolkoffs Could Pay For Whitewashing 5Pointz

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer The whitewashed walls of the “Graffiti Mecca” at 5Pointz in Long Island City could ultimately result in a hefty bill to the owners of the warehouse for monetary damages. Brooklyn Federal Judge Frederic Block issued a 27-page ruling on Nov. 20, which states, while “the Court wishes it had the […]

Parks Dept. Considers NY State Pavilion Plans

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer In the near future, the City will decide what to do with a part of Queens’ history. Although the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park is one of the few structures remaining from the 1964-65 World’s Fair, it has been viewed for decades as a crumbling ruin. […]

De Blasio Appoints Three Queens Leaders To Transition Team

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Last Wednesday, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio unveiled his 60-member transition team appointed to help select the City’s next administration. Among the names on the list are three prominent Queens leaders – York College president Marcia Keizs, Coalition for Queens founder Jukay Hsu and Queens Council on the Arts executive director […]

River Fund Feeds Thousands In Richmond Hill

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Thousands of hungry Richmond Hill residents lined up on 89th Avenue looking to get needed food for the Thanksgiving weekend. The River Fund, a food pantry center on Lefferts Boulevard in Richmond Hill, held its weekly food drive at their headquarters last Saturday. This one was more significant as it […]

Students Give Thanks To Local Soldiers

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer During Thanksgiving week, a Bayside school gave thanks to and honored three U.S. soldiers for their service. The ceremony at PS 130 was the culmination of the school’s Operation Gratitude drive – a yearly collection of supplies and letters that are sent out to soldiers around the holiday season. The […]

Resiliency Study Planned For Jamaica Bay

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer A CUNY professor will attempt to make Jamaica Bay more resilient in the wake of last year’s Superstorm Sandy. Catherine Nordenson was awarded $250,000 last week to design strategies to make Queens’ ecological resource more resilient should another major storm hit New York in the future. Nordenson is a professor […]

Variances, Permits Dominate CB 7 Meeting

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Two members of Community Board 7 got into a screaming match outside of the meeting space, over a variance for a development that the board chose to table until January. During the board’s monthly meeting on Nov. 25, members voted on whether to approve permits and variances for three Flushing […]