LGBT Movement Rises To Prominence

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer The LGBT movement has progressed immensely over the last 40 years, but there is still room for improvement. The movement began in 1969 with the Stonewall Riots, which were several violent demonstrations protesting a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan. Police raids on gay bars were commonplace back […]

Group Protests Flushing Pastor’s Practices

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Dozens of parishioners gathered outside their church in Flushing on Sunday, demonstrating against their pastor for what they saw as a misuse of church funds. Around 50 individuals gathered outside the First United Methodist Church in Flushing on April 27, holding up signs and wearing masks in a form of […]

Musicians Of Queens: Rick Rocker

Musicians Of Queens: Rick Rocker

Rick Rocker is the type of musician that anyone can get behind. He writes songs that are near-instant anthems, made for shouting from rooftops, an arena or just your own bedrooms. His music should be played loud, with enough subtleties to keep you coming back for more. The origin of his music career came from […]

Musicians Of Queens: Side Saddle

Musicians Of Queens: Side Saddle

Ian McGuiness records his music under the name Side Saddle, initially a side project he started from his band This Old Ghost. The folk singer/songwriter lived and worked on a farm while writing his upcoming EP, so the name fit its creation well. Side Saddle’s music also follows this narrative of working on a farm, […]

First Lady Of Mass. Returns To Queens College

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer The First Lady of Massachusetts returned to her alma mater last week to speak about her life, career and experiences. First Lady Diane Patrick, class of 1972, stopped by Queens College on March 7 and spoke to students and participants in the college’s Women and Work program in the President’s […]

Woodhaven Native Drives Wienermobile

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer If you see a giant hot dog on wheels strolling down your block, do not be alarmed: It is just the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. The traveling hot dog car has been traveling across the country with a two-person crew, including Woodhaven native Amanda Vazquez. Vazquez became interested in going on […]

Moya Fights For Living Wage

Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) is calling on the Port Authority to guarantee area airport workers a living wage and health benefits. Approximately 12,000 workers in New York City-area airports are paid at or near the minimum wage. Thousands of security guards, cabin cleaners, terminal cleaners and ID checkers make poverty wages and are afforded no […]

Online Retailer Boosts Small Biz

In the business world, an opportunity can sometimes come from an unlikely source. Recently, for instance, a major online retailer has taken steps to create opportunities for smaller stores. While the success of “big-box” and online retailers has been a boon for employees and shoppers, not all businesses have benefited. In fact, many believe that […]

Astoria Restaurateur Partners With Progresso

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer Just in time for the New York City Wine and Food Festival, Joe Bastianich, restaurateur, vineyard owner and author, partnered with Progresso as they expand their line of soups with the introduction of Artisan Soups. Bastianich said he spent a lot of time in the kitchen with his family while […]