BY NATHAN DUKE
Editor in Chief
The Queens Tribune hosted a cigar and rum night at Bayside’s Bourbon Street on Tuesday to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
A crowd of northeast Queens residents and local leaders gathered on the rooftop of Bourbon Street, located at 40-12 Bell Blvd., to take part in the event. Attendees gave a $60 donation, which will be donated to United Puerto Rico, said Dan Geoghan, the eatery’s manager.
“Everybody in Puerto Rico is an American,” said Michael Nussbaum, the publisher of the Queens Tribune.
“They’re like us. It’s a tragedy what happened there.”
Geoghan said that Bourbon Street got involved in the fundraiser for personal reasons.
“One of our servers here has family in Puerto Rico,” he said, adding that there was no specific fundraising goal for the event.
Attendees at the event included state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside), Queens Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tom Grech and Felix Matos Rodriguez, the president of Queens College.
“Given the devastation in Puerto Rico, anything that anyone can do—to chip in in any way—can help,” Braunstein said. “The Bayside community has a history of coming together for events like this when tragedy happens.”
Prizes handed out to attendees included a cigar package from Harry’s Habana Hut, a duffel bag and certificates to Kew Gardens’ Austin’s Ale House, tickets to the Westbury Music Fair and liquor.