City Monitor For Sandy Recovery

Councilmembers Eric Ulrich and Mark Treyger introduced legislation last month that would create a city monitor at the Department of Investigations (DOI) to ensure the honest, proper and efficient use of taxpayer dollars earmarked for Superstorm Sandy recovery. This legislation requires the DOI Commissioner to investigate instances of waste, fraud and abuse in order to […]

Astoria Bookstore Seeks New Home

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Enigma Bookstore in Astoria will empty its shelves in about a month due to conflicts with its landlord. The independent bookstore opened last July and sells genre fiction, focusing primarily on sci-fi, fantasy and mystery, with an emphasis on horror, thrillers and graphic narratives as well. “We’re kind of a […]

Emerging Artists In LIC

(Left): Artist Danny Quirk body-painted at Space Gallery during the first annual Long Island City Emerging Artists Festival, which opened Friday. Throughout the festival, Space Gallery showcased eclectic pieces from a number of artists, from Quirk’s renowned photorealistic paintings to work from Ken Husband, an artist still displaced by and grappling with Superstorm Sandy. (Right): […]

Sunnyside Wary About FDNY Facility

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer At the Community Board 2 monthly meeting last week, Sunnyside residents expressed trepidation about an FDNY plan to house spare vehicles on the vacant lot next to Lou Lodati playground. These concerns were echoed by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) on Tuesday. The FDNY applied to purchase this property – […]

Small Business Going Strong In Queens

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Small businesses in Queens are experiencing great successes, though challenges lie ahead, experts say. Both Comptroller Scott Stringer and the Queens Economic Development Corporation said that the small business market is operating strongly in Queens at the moment, having recovered significantly from the recent Great Recession. However, the impact from […]

Small Business Going Strong In Queens

Small Business Going Strong In Queens

Comptroller Scott Stringer speaks at the Queens Tribune’s Small Business Achievement Awards breakfast on May 20. Photo by Walter Karling BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Small businesses in Queens are experiencing great successes, though challenges lie ahead, experts say. Both Comptroller Scott Stringer and the Queens Economic Development Corporation said that the small business market […]

Rain Storm Causes Heavy Flooding In Lindenwood

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer More than five inches of rain gave some Lindenwood residents a flashback to Superstorm Sandy last week. A passing rainstorm last Wednesday turned into a headache for many on Thursday, as they were left cleaning up the mess created by flooding. Residents’ property could be seen assembled outside of their […]