Focus On Queens, July 3

Fiona Lau of Woodhaven will attend Clarkson University in Potsdam during the fall 2014 semester. Local students were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2014 semester at SUNY Geneseo. They include: Forest Hills: Joseph Figliolia, Abigail Stein. Ozone Park: Joel Pineda, Carolann Cely. Woodhaven: Gabrielle Rosato. Local students received degrees during spring 2014 […]

Focus On Queens, June 19

Queens Library locations will be serving free summer meals to children and teens ages 18 and younger every Monday through Friday, from June 27 to Aug. 29. Meals will be provided by the City Dept. of Education. Local sites serving meals include: Arverne, 312 Beach 54th St., Arverne. Far Rockaway, 1637 Central Ave., Far Rockaway. […]

NYCHA Downsizes 91-Year-Old WWII Vet

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Elected officials gathered at Pomonok Houses to deliver a message on the New York City Housing Authority’s downsizing policy: enough is enough. Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest), Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing) and State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) rallied around Ralph Calinda, a 91-year-old World War II veteran who NYCHA is attempting […]

Community Leaders Upset With Water Rates

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Queens civic leaders are feeling drowned by a proposed increase in the City’s water rates. On April 23, the City proposed a 3.35 percent increase in water rates, the smallest annual hike in nine years. While the number is lower, many civic leaders and elected officials are still upset that […]

Foreclosures Continue To Hit SEQ Hardest

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Since the foreclosure crisis struck the nation in 2008, Southeast Queens has continued to be the hardest hit area in all of New York City. According to Matthew Hassett, director of policy and communications for the Center For New York City Neighborhoods, a nonprofit that offers free foreclosure prevention services, […]

EXCLUSIVE: Investment Groups Eye Holliswood Hospital

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer The Queens Tribune has learned that at least three investment groups have submitted proposals and are being considered for redeveloping Holliswood Hospital in Jamaica, which closed in August due to a significant loss in funding. According to a source close to the situation, the six-acre property located at 87-37 Palermo […]

Ulrich vs. Richards

Things got a little heated between two Queens Councilmen last week. While celebrating the opening of a new YMCA in Far Rockaway, a neighborhood encompassed in both their districts, Councilman Eric Ulrich challenged Councilman Donovan Richards to a one-on-one basketball game. Although it is unclear whether Ulrich was actually serious or not, we here at […]

Focus On Queens, Mar. 6

Air Force Airman Ricardo Batista graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. He is a 2012 graduate of John Adams High School […]

Richards Happy With Resiliency Improvements

In early August, Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) responded to Rockaway residents who were tired of waiting years for essential repairs. Richards brought the Dept. of Design and Construction out to update residents of the area surrounding Bay 32nd Street in Far Rockaway, a community that regularly experiences heavy flooding. The overall improvement plan was explained […]