Bayside Director Set For Film Premiere

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer A Bayside director is ready for his full-length premiere. Rick McDonald, with the help of his family, has put together a low-budget horror film that hopes to give audiences an original scare and maybe even find its way into a few festivals. Titled “Lucifer’s Angels,” this film focuses on three […]

Famous Musician Will Get Plaque At Maple Grove

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer A famous African-American musician who lived in Queens will no longer have an unmarked grave after this weekend. Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens will honor George Washington Johnson this Saturday with a plaque at his gravesite, finally acknowledging the musician with a tombstone at his burial site. Johnson was […]

EXCLUSIVE: Investment Groups Eye Holliswood Hospital

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer The Queens Tribune has learned that at least three investment groups have submitted proposals and are being considered for redeveloping Holliswood Hospital in Jamaica, which closed in August due to a significant loss in funding. According to a source close to the situation, the six-acre property located at 87-37 Palermo […]

Councilman Protests NYCHA Policy

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer A City Councilman has expressed his frustration with a New York City Housing Authority policy called right sizing. Right sizing is the process of making sure that NYCHA residents are living in an apartment that is not under-utilized or over-utilized. These rooms can be declared as such if there are […]

Finkelpearl Named Cultural Affairs Commish

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Mayor Bill de Blasio has added Tom Finkelpearl’s name to the list of open commissioner positions he is filling. On April 7, the Mayor announced the appointment of Finkelpearl as the City’s new Commissioner of the Dept. of Cultural Affairs. Finkelpearl is the executive director of the Queens Museum, the […]

Letitia James Talks Public Advocate Plans

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Earlier this week, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James sat down with the Queens Tribune staff, where she discussed a number of issues relevant to Queens residents and offered her feedback on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first 100 days in office. James began the interview by describing the way […]

Airport Workers Rally For Better Pay

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer In September of last year, Wendy Arellano, a Queens mother of two, had to make one of the most difficult decisions in her life. “I had to send my kids to live with my mother in Long Island. They were spending too much time by themselves,” she said. “I couldn’t […]

Galante Avoids Indefinite Leave Of Absence

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Despite protests from elected officials, Queens Library head Thomas Galante will continue to serve the organization. The Queens Library Board of Trustees had a split, 9-9 vote during their meeting Thursday night. The tie meant that the body did not reach the majority vote needed, throwing out the option of […]

State Kills InBloom Student Data Storage

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer The State’s controversial plan to upload student data to an online cloud storage system has hit a dead end. The State Education Dept. confirmed last week that it killed its plan to store student data in a digital cloud created by InBloom, a nonprofit funded by the Gates Foundation. The […]