Strike Averted; MTA And Unions Make Deal

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer The MTA and LIRR union representatives have reached a tentative contract agreement, averting a strike. The announcement was first made in a statement on the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 589 website. The post read, “A STRIKE HAS BEEN AVERTED! A tentative agreement has been reached. Details to follow.” […]

Public Advocate James Talks Development In Astoria

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Public Advocate Letitia James stopped by Hallets Cove playground on Saturday, where community volunteers were giving the grounds a facelift. Constantinides also took James on a tour of Hallets Cove alongside Claudia Coger, president of the Astoria Houses Residents Association. James said that this visit was her first to the […]

More Residences Set To Rise In Dutch Kills

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Changes to the Dutch Kills landscape show no signs of slowing down. Last Friday, Eastern Consolidated Real Estate announced the $6.5 million sale of an 18,000-square-foot, one-story warehouse located at 37-10 Crescent St. The building currently houses the Paris limousine company. The buyer is Ranger Properties, according to property records. […]

Latino Cultural Festival Opens This Weekend

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer The Queens Theatre is putting local and international Latinas in the spotlight. For its 17th annual Latino Cultural Festival, the Queens Theatre chose the theme “Extraordinary Women, Illuminated.” The six-day celebration of Latin culture begins on July 29, and will feature Latina artists from the worlds of theater, dance and […]

Steinway Mansion’s Tangled History

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Astoria’s iconic Steinway Mansion sits in an unglamorous corner of Ditmars, up a shady hill from concrete warehouses and next to a small junkyard. The mansion’s history, however, is much richer than its surroundings would suggest – and its recent purchase for $2.6 million dollars marks an important new chapter […]

City Comptroller Audit Reveals DOE Flaws

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer While overcrowding continues to stifle City schools – Queens schools in particular – an audit conducted by City Comptroller Scott Stringer reveals that the Dept. of Education did not properly address overcrowding in the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years. According to the audit, a third of City schools were overcrowded […]

QNSMADE: Art From And For The Borough

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer A local artist wants to depict our Borough face by face, conversation by conversation. QNSMADE, a web-based project created and curated by Amy Wu, features makers and doers in Queens through a series of portraits and interviews. The project will officially launch Friday evening at Queens Council on the Arts’ […]

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. […]

Parents Push For School Redistricting

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer A small group of Northwestern Queens parents are tired of being juggled from one school district to another. A two-block region known by locals as the “lost peninsula” sits against two districts – students living there spend third, fourth and fifth grade in District 24, but are in District 30 […]