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 […]

Constantinides Plans For Astoria’s Safety

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer On Oct. 22, Costa Constantinides, Democratic candidate for City Council District 22, unveiled a four-point plan to keep Western Queens safe. Standing with civic leaders at Columbus Triangle in Astoria, Constantinides said after knocking on 12,000 doors during his campaign, the most important concern the residents have is to continue […]

Mount Sinai Hospital Will See An Expansion

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer Mount Sinai Queens hospital will undergo an expansion with a new 125,000-square-foot multi-story building that will provide one-stop shopping for coordinated medical services. The groundbreaking on Oct. 21 signified more than just a new building for the hospital, Caryn Schwab, executive director of Mount Sinai Queens, said. After serving Western […]

Comedians Of Queens: Jenn Dodd

Comedians Of Queens: Jenn Dodd

What happens when comedic actress Jenn Dodd doesn’t show up to her one-woman show? Dodd recently premiered her first solo show, “No Show: A One-Woman Show,” on Oct. 10. The show runs through Oct. 25 at Stage Left Studios in Manhattan. Dodd said she’s been working on the show over the course of the past […]