Remembering Ira

To The Editor: I was very saddened to hear of the passing of the Tribune’s premier photographer Ira Cohen. The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation was so fortunate, for he attended all of our Spring Dinner Dances and our “Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festivals,” taking unbelievable pictures for your newspaper. At our dinner dance on June 1, […]

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 […]

Snowstorm Mayor’s First Challenge

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Mayor Bill de Blasio got a stern test of managing the City on his third day after a strong snowstorm hit New York City last week. The storm, called snowstorm Hercules, brought about 10 inches to the City, bringing Gotham to almost a standstill, as schools and many businesses closed […]

Local Student Wows Audience At Inauguration

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer On Jan. 1, St. John’s University freshman and Queens native Ramya Ramana captivated New Yorkers at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inauguration, where she recited her original poem, “New York City.” Though only 18-years-old, Ramana has been very successful as a poet, even earning a full scholarship to St. John’s after […]

Statue Vandalized

A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary at an Ozone Park church was vandalized earlier this week. According to the NYPD, the statue was discovered beheaded outside of St. Mary Gate of Heaven Parish, just off of 101st Avenue in Ozone Park, at around 10:30 a.m. Monday. Police said the head was knocked off the […]

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 […]

Bridge Lane Closed At Night After Accidents

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer City transportation officials have decided to close the dangerous outer-lane of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, starting Monday night, following the death of an off-duty cop. The nightly closure of the lane, from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m., follows a review of existing safety measures, traffic volumes and travel speeds. […]

Bills Ease The Way For Small Businesses

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer Before leaving office on Jan. 1, now former Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. co-sponsored two bills that will make the lives of small business owners easier, especially the many restaurants and bars lining 30th Avenue in Astoria. The City Council passed two pieces of legislation signed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg […]

Bloomberg Bids Farewell To Queens

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer The students at Bard Early College High School in Long Island City patiently waited for Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott on Dec. 20, as the two made their way to Queens during Bloomberg’s farewell visit to the five boroughs. During each visit, the Mayor highlighted where each […]