$1 Million: Yours To Spend

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Western Queens residents have $1 million to spend. Participatory budgeting, a process by which community members decide how capital funds are spent, will begin this fall in the neighborhood. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) will hold two information sessions next week to introduce residents to the process. The information sessions […]

Artists Take Over Long Island City

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Queens’ largest arts festival will kick off next Wednesday, bringing more than 250 artists into 54 venues across Long Island City. The Long Island City Arts Open, now entering its fourth year, will transform the neighborhood into a grab-bag of exhibitions, performances, pop-up galleries and cultural activities for five days. […]

Queens Proclaimed As An Arts District

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer On Friday, western Queens officials and community members gathered outside of Kaufman Astoria Studios to announce the Borough’s newest designation as an arts district. In addition to the 94-year-old film studio that recently expanded as the sole outdoor lot for productions in the City, the arts district also includes the […]

Non-Profit Pushes Tax Credit Awareness

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer On Jan. 31, elected officials, community partners and residents from western Queens joined a non-profit to recognize Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day and encourage New Yorkers to use free tax prep sites to file their taxes. Last year, Urban Upbound, a community development corporation in Long Island City that […]

IS 125 Tackles Overcrowding With New Annex

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer Thomas J. McCann Woodside Intermediate School 125 will see an annex with 600 seats by the fall of 2016. On Jan. 10, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and Lorraine Grillo, president of the School Construction Authority, were joined by State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and Joe Conley, Chair of Community Board […]

A Tragic Holiday

While many of us celebrate the holidays with friends and family this week, there are some who will spend this week mourning the loss of a young life, struck down well before his time. We send our thoughts and prayers to the family of Noshat Nahian, the eight-year-old student killed in a traffic accident late […]

DiNapoli: Queens A New York ‘Success Story’

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer Despite a recession and the effects of Superstorm Sandy, a State official called Queens a “classic New York success story that is well-positioned for the future.” On Dec. 13, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli joined actor Michael J. Fox and local elected leaders to present an economic snapshot of […]

Officials Push For More Traffic Safety

By TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer State and local officials held two rallies just days apart, pushing for traffic safety improvements in Western Queens. Community members are calling on the City to implement traffic safety measures on the exit ramp of the Queensboro Bridge and at the intersection of 49th Avenue and 11th Street in Long […]

Woodside To See New School

Elected officials and community members gathered on Friday afternoon to break ground on PS 339, the first school to be built in Woodside in over 60 years. “Today marks a milestone in our efforts to address overcrowding in schools in Western Queens,” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) said. The school is scheduled to open in […]