Live Music Coming To Queens Libraries

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Belly dancing and Mexican violin shook the Astoria Library steps Monday afternoon for the kick off of Lincoln Center’s library performance series. Lincoln Center Local, a series of one-hour musical and theatrical performances by renowned artists, will take place at libraries across the Borough from July 19 to Aug. 20. […]

Queens Pride Parade

  Last Sunday, Mayor Bill de Blasio (center) became the first New York City mayor to march in Queens Pride Parade. At bottom: The City Council LGBT caucus and other elected officials, including (from left) Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, Councilman Daniel Dromm, Councilman Corey Johnson, Councilman Carlos Menchaca and Councilman […]

Queens Pride Announces Grand Marshals

The 2014 Queens Pride parade will be led by a combination of individuals and organizations that have made great strides to advance LGBTQ visibility citywide. New York City is now represented by six LGBT councilmembers. Referred to as the LGBT Caucus, these LGBT leaders represent districts in four of the five New York City boroughs. […]

Lighting Ravenswood

  Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and NYCHA Chair Shola Olatoye announced a funding allocation for new lighting throughout the Ravenswood Houses in Astoria last Friday. The $4 million project will install state-of-the-art lighting throughout the housing development. About $2.5 million of the project will be funded by NYCHA and $1.5 million will come from Van […]

Queens Proclaimed As An Arts District

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer On Friday, western Queens officials and community members gathered outside of Kaufman Astoria Studios to announce the Borough’s newest designation as an arts district. In addition to the 94-year-old film studio that recently expanded as the sole outdoor lot for productions in the City, the arts district also includes the […]

Queens Wins With Committee Chairs

BY STEVEN J. FERRARI Editor-in-Chief The most strident supporters of Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito were rewarded on Wednesday with key committee chair positions, with several Queens council members coming up as big winners. Members of the Council’s Progressive Caucus publicly backed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s choice for Council Speaker, with Queens members breaking away from […]

Independent Films Celebrated In March

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer The Queens World Film Festival is back for its fourth year and will return in March. The five-day film festival, spanning from March 4-9, will host 130 screenings in thematic blocks at venues in Jackson Heights, Long Island City and Sunnyside. Festival director Katha and her husband, film maker Don […]

Artists At It Again

The death last week of former South African president and revolutionary Nelson Mandela quickly became another piece in the ongoing chess match that is the saga of 5Pointz. Last week, the group was looking for a way to express their grief over the loss of Mandela, but they ran into a slight problem – there […]