Play Samples Taste Of Hollywood Nights

BY STEVEN J. FERRARI Editor-in-Chief The 1980s are remembered as a decade of decadence, as successful yuppies indulged in booze, drugs and other vices. The indulgence was not limited to New York City, as stories about 1980s Hollywood have reached legendary status. Those legends can be attributed, in part, to “Hurlyburly,” a 1984 Broadway show […]

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 […]

Remembering Ira Cohen, 1947-2014

Remembering Ira Cohen, 1947-2014

BY STEVEN J. FERRARI Longtime Queens Tribune photographer Ira Cohen died unexpectedly last week in his home in Kew Gardens Hills. Born in the Bronx on April 17, 1947, Ira was a veteran of the Vietnam War, a Staff Sergeant (retired) in the U.S. Army. He worked as a conductor for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority […]

Mark-Viverito Named New Speaker

BY STEVEN J. FERRARI Editor-in-Chief Bill de Blasio stated a preference for City Council Speaker from the beginning, and on Wednesday, the new Mayor got his wish. While de Blasio was in Albany on Wednesday for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, the City Council unanimously supported Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan/the Bronx) as she […]

2013: Change Comes To Queens

2013: Change Comes To Queens

The Queens Tribune honored four term-limited Queens officials in November, thanking (from left) Councilman Leroy Comrie, Borough President Helen Marshall and Councilmen James Gennaro and Peter Vallone Jr. for their years of service. Photo by Ira Cohen COMPILED BY STEVEN J. FERRARI New Mayor, BP Elected Much of 2013 was spent focusing on the race […]

Queens Native Making Impact As Wrestler

BY STEVEN J. FERRARI Editor-in-Chief Growing up in Queens, Mark LoMonaco always knew what he wanted to do with his life. “I knew I wanted to be a pro wrestler, even as a little kid,” he said. After 20 years in the business, LoMonaco, better known by his ring name of Bully Ray, has performed […]

Voters Take Chance On Casinos

BY STEVEN J. FERRARI Editor-in-Chief Voters chose yes for all but one of the six proposals on the ballot Tuesday, opting to bring casinos to New York State, while eschewing a raise in the age limit for judges. The proposal to authorize casino gambling in the State passed with 57.1 percent of voters supporting the […]

GOP Split Deepens After Meeting

BY STEVEN J. FERRARI Editor-in-Chief The contentious split between Queens County Republicans has become deeper, with allegations of racism and bullying on one side and a court case filed from the other. The latest source of discontent spilled over after the Sept. 27 reorganizational meeting, where longtime Republican leader Phil Ragusa held on to his […]