Archive by category This Week Western Queens

Albany Recognizes Sunnyside Community Leader

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer A Sunnyside community leader repped her neighborhood and received major accolades in Albany last week. Judy Zangwill, the executive director of Sunnyside Community Services, was honored by State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) at the 17th annual New York State Senate Women of Distinction ceremony. The Women of Distinction program, which […]

Sunnyside’s Rainbow Park To See Upgrades

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Rainbow Park in Sunnyside, otherwise known as Thomas P. Noonan playground, is getting an upgrade. Construction began early this month on the $2 million renovation project, which was orchestrated by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), and is due to be completed in about a year. Van Bramer held a groundbreaking […]

Cricket Let’s Play USA School Coaching Commences

The Cricket Let’s Play USA (CLPUSA) program launched its school-based Intro coaching sessions in New York this week. CLPUSA Development Coaches worked with elementary students and teachers at PS 62 – Chester Park School in Queens. The free CLPUSA Intro program targets New York elementary and middle schools and develops both student and teacher cricket […]

Taste Of Sunnyside Coming On Tuesday

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer The fourth annual Taste of Sunnyside festival takes place next Tuesday, in a new location this year, outdoors under the 7 train at Queens Boulevard and 46th Street. More than 25 local restaurants will participate in the festival, with menus that offer everything from lobster mac & cheese to sushi […]

Ridgewood Radioactive Site On Superfund List

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer What has long been considered a dangerous area has officially been declared a radioactive site by the United States. The Former Wolff-Alport company site in Ridgewood has been added to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund list, officials announced last week. The designation means that the national agency can continue its […]

Working Families Party Honors Queens Officials

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Several Queens elected officials, as well as other City politicians and community leaders, received awards and commendation at the Working Families Party 16th Annual Gala, at MoMA PS1 last week. Many Working Families Party members and supporters present at the gala had been working with the party since its establishment. […]

Historic Steinway Mansion Sold For $2.6M

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer After a long search for a buyer, the historic Steinway Mansion in Astoria has been sold for $2.6 million. It was purchased by a pair of investors local to Astoria, under the name Steinway Mansion LLC. Friends of Steinway Mansion, a program of the Greater Astoria Historical Society, announced the […]

Debate Over Backdoor Space Continues In LIC

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer As Long Island City seeks to expand and develop, conflicts are arising among residents over how the neighborhood can redefine itself. One aspect of this conflict is playing out on Vernon Boulevard, where a group of residents are petitioning for restaurants’ right to use their outdoor backyard space. When considering […]

No Disruption To 7 Trains For Festivals

Last week, the MTA announced that 7 train service between Queensborough Plaza and Times Square would be available during the weekend of May 17-18, a big weekend for Long Island City events. According to a statement from the Long Island City Partnership, the area is expected to draw significant visitors from throughout the City for […]

CB5 OK’s Ridgewood Zoning Change

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer The proposed Woodward Avenue apartments in Ridgewood is one step closer to getting the green light. Community Board 5 voted 28-11 for a zoning change that would allow developers to build a 90,000-square-foot residential building at 176 Woodward Ave., between Troutman and Starr streets near Linden Hill Cemetery. There had […]