The Astoria Symphony Orchestra Celebrates An End To An Era

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer After conducting concerts, education programs and musical community outreach for more than a decade, Maestro Silas Huff will conduct his last concert on March 30. The Astoria Symphony Orchestra’s last concert under the direction of Huff will also be a celebration of his time and contributions. A native of San […]

Beer Week Comes To Queens

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer Queens residents will not have to travel over the bridge or through a tunnel to taste the City’s finest beer this April. The first annual Queens Beer Week has been announced for April 19-27. The nine day series of events are becoming a reality due to organizer Dan Bronson, a […]

LIC Bars Battle Over Their Name

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer A local bar in Long Island City is battling for the authenticity of its name with a neighboring bar that opened last fall. Mixologist Richard Boccato, owner of a bar called Dutch Kills, located at 27-24 Jackson Ave., recently filed a lawsuit in Brooklyn Federal Court against Dominic Stiller, one […]

Photo Gallery In LIC Showcases Bangladesh

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer A new photo gallery is up for show in Long Island City, reflecting on life in Bangladesh. For the first time, the “Eyes on Bangladesh” exhibition will showcase the work of nine Bengali photographers from New York City, starting on March 26. While organizing the exhibition, co-curator Ayesha Akhtar, along […]

Local Advocacy Group Slows Cars Down

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer Over the weekend, a local advocacy group traveled to various neighborhoods across the City, including Astoria, Jackson Heights and Jamaica, with large clusters of pedestrians, to hang up signs that read “20 Is Plenty.” As part of his Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities across the City, Mayor Bill […]

Long Island City Marketing Campaign Delayed

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and a group of Long Island City businesses are still sorting out details for a marketing campaign that would run during a series of weekend shutdowns on the 7 train. While the MTA works on three infrastructure improvement projects on the 7 train for 13 weekends […]

Katz Welcomes New Director Of Cultural Affairs

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer On Tuesday morning, Borough President Melinda Katz introduced her new Director of Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Nayelli Valencia, to a room full of guests at the Queens Council of the Arts in Astoria. Katz said one of her top priorities as Borough President is to rebrand Queens as a major […]

Vallone Takes Job Under Gov. Cuomo

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer After serving Astoria for 12 years, Peter Vallone Jr. is on his way to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office to serve as a special assistant to Commissioner Anthony Annucci of the Dept. of Corrections and Community Supervision. In addition to serving District Council 22 for more than a decade, Vallone, an […]