There is no need to jump on a subway bound for the tourist-laden Manhattan streets to shop for your loved ones this holiday season.
Some of the best deals with the most personable customer service won’t be found on Madison Avenue or Broadway. Instead, they can be found right here on the busy streets of Forest Hills and Rego Park.
With just under two weeks before Christmas, the masses are rushing to buy those last-second gifts.
But with grand Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales only available for a short time, some struggle to find great gifts at great prices.
Had enough of driving to the malls or searching the internet for the best gifts this holiday season? Then take a few minutes, maybe on your way home from work, to shop at your local commercial district this holiday season?
For over a century, Jamaica Avenue has attracted shoppers from Woodhaven and surrounding neighborhoods.
There’s still time for you to participate in the Queens Chronicle’s 19th annual Holiday Toy Drive, now underway. But time is running out and the need is great.
We are collecting new toys for children at the Kings Inn in East Elmhurst and the Metro Family Residence in Elmhurst, both city homeless shelters, and Dove House, a refuge for domestic violence victims and their children in Eastern Queens. There are more than 400 children living temporarily at the three facilities.
The look and feel of the holidays always seems to come to Southeast Queens right on cue at the start of December.
Decades ago the Christmas rush meant places like Mays and Gertz department stores with floor after floor of holiday bargains.
When the pages remaining on December’s calendar start to wane and the pressure to find the perfect holiday gift begins to mount, a walk among the many diversified shops in Bayside could provide some surprising solutions. Here’s what’s offered at just a few of the stores that keep the area lively.
Karma, a tidy little boutique located at 38-27 Bell Blvd., takes its name from “the essence of life itself,” as owner Margaret Papacostas puts it, who says she is a strong believer in karma.
Hidden among the many fast-food restaurants, nail and hair salons and corner pharmacies that dot much of downtown Flushing, holiday shoppers can find a variety of gift ideas that come with wide-ranging price tags.
For seven years, New York Deluxe Fucha Jewelry, located at 135-33 Roosevelt Ave., has been selling rubies, diamonds, sapphires and other precious stones to customers with pockets of a certain depth. The store also carries items to fit every budget.
While the holidays are all about being thankful and giving back, the shopping can be stressful. Standing in lines, clipping coupons and fighting over the last flat-screen TV is not something most people enjoy.
However, Western Queens is home to some of the finest shopping, dining, and arts in the city, and with the holidays just around the corner, there is sure to be something for everyone on your Christmas list.
Police want your help in finding a man they say raped a woman after burning her hair and clothes in Flushing Wednesday night.
A Manhattan man convicted of murdering a transgender Glendale woman in 2010 has been sentenced to 29 years to life in prison.
City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland on Tuesday announced a number of initiatives aimed at managing storm water and alleviating flooding in neighborhoods throughout Southeast Queens.
“The city’s sewer system protects public health and promotes economic growth, which is why we have invested more than $383 million over the last 10 years to continue to extend sewers throughout Southeast Queens,” Strickland said.
Though the signs have been hung and decision finalized, the fight over co-naming the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge continues.
Outgoing Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) has introduced a bill that would remove former Mayor Ed Koch’s name from the historic bridge and place it on the Municipal Building in Manhattan.
For several years now, Dmytro Fedkowskyj, Queens’ representative on the Panel for Educational Policy — the Department of Education’s policy-making body — has convened parents and community education council members at Borough Hall several times a year to discuss education issues and concerns with him and policy advisors to Borough President Helen Marshall.
On Tuesday, they met one last time. With Marshall — and likely Fedkowskyj, who serves at her pleasure — leaving office at the end of the month, the parents, officials, former teachers and CEC members gathered to put together a list of concerns and suggestions they hope Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, her future PEP appointee and the de Blasio administration will tackle.
Construction of a new, state-of-the-art retractable roof planned for Arthur Ashe Stadium as well as other extensive renovations at the US Open venue will begin early next year.
The proposed remodeling of the US Open site primarily focuses on the addition of a $100 million retractable roof for Arthur Ashe Stadium, funded by the United States Tennis Association, as well as the construction of a new Grandstand Stadium across the tennis center.
Queens officials are hailing the City Council’s passage of a bill that will result in speed humps on busy streets that run past schools, and are pulling for one that would reduce speed limits on some side streets while mandating approval of slow zones.
Bill 732-A, introduced by Councilwoman Debi Rose (D-Staten Island), mandates that the Department of Transportation install one or more speed humps on a minimum of 50 streets per year adjacent to public or private schools.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last Friday that he will allocate $50 million from the state’s share of the $67 billion federal Hurricane Sandy aid package toward rebuilding protective marshland in Spring Creek Park to serve as a stronger barrier between Howard Beach and Jamaica Bay and alleviate future flooding in storms like Sandy.
The project, developed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, will involve excavation, recontouring, and revegetation to establish a self-sustaining system of wave-dampening barriers to reduce storm damage on the south and west coasts of Howard Beach. It would also make the land, which is a public park, into a more inviting and functional space.
Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio today announced his appointment of William J. Bratton to serve as New York City’s next Police Commissioner.
In selecting Bratton to lead the New York Police Department, de Blasio emphasized his commitment to proactive policing to protect New Yorkers, while simultaneously respecting their civil liberties.
A horrific car accident, allegedly caused by a driver impaired by alcohol, killed one man and injured two others in Howard Beach very early on Saturday morning.
The accident happened at the intersection of 159th Avenue and 98th Street at around 1 a.m. According to police, a 2006 Ford sedan operated by James Celauro, 23, of Ozone Park, was traveling southbound on 98th Street, entered the intersection and struck a 2001 Saturn, operated by James Sinisi, 38, of Glendale, who was killed.
The Queens Historical Society is jazzing up its 26th annual holiday historic house tour on Sunday, Dec. 8 with six buildings in Flushing and the addition of the Louis Armstrong Museum in Corona.
The open houses will run from 1 to 5 p.m., with each facility offering activities, refreshments and a little history thrown in. Participants will be able to access a free trolley that will take visitors to all the sites.
One of the victims of Sunday’s train derailment in the Bronx was a nurse living in Woodside who cared for children after immigrating to the United States from South Korea and was known as “an exceptional person.
Kisook Ahn, 35, was the youngest of the four people killed in the accident, which also injured more than 60 as a southbound Metro North train left the tracks near the Spuyten Duyvil station at about 7:20 a.m. The federal government says the train was going 82 miles an hour around a curved section of track where the limit is 30, reportedly because the engineer had dozed off.
The holidays can bring more than cheer. They also can lead to sadness and even depression. One solution is a visit to the Queens College Psychological Center.
Located on the Flushing campus for the last three years, the center deals with community residents of all ages. College students are treated elsewhere.
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and New York City Department of Investigation (NYC DOI) Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn today announced the arrest of a nonprofit executive accused of pocketing taxpayer dollars intended for public services and capital improvements in New York City. A multi-agency joint investigation, including NYC DOI and two federal agencies, exposed the theft of approximately $373,000 in public funds provided by New York State, the New York City Council, and federal earmark grants.
A public watchdog group is raising questions about how embattled state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) is spending his campaign money.
The New York Public Interest Research Group, citing documents filed by members of the state Legislature, said Smith charged more than $100,000 to his campaign fund to offset the cost of leased cars, bridge tolls and related expenses.
A plan to ease overcrowding at PS/IS 49 in Middle Village was unanimously rejected by District 24’s Community Education Council on Nov. 27.
The proposal changed the zone boundaries of the school, located at 63-60 80 St. to allow some sections of Middle Village zoned for PS/IS 49 to be moved to within the boundaries of PS/IS 128 at 69-10 65 Dr., about a half mile west of PS/IS 49 and PS 102 on Van Horn Street in Elmhurst.
“I know they call us ‘Hollywood East’ but soon they’ll be calling Hollywood ‘New York City West’,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joked in Kaufman Studio’s Stage K on Tuesday.
The senator, joined by founder George Kaufman, Kaufman Astoria Studios President Hal Rosebluth and city and state representatives, cut the ribbon on Kaufman Studios’ new outdoor lot — the first backlot ever in New York City.
The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association will host another public forum on the plans for the old Rockaway Beach rail line, which runs along 98th Street, abutting dozens of neighborhood homes.
Two rare Roman Catholic relics on tour throughout the world will be making a stop at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church in Forest Hills next week.
The quarter-acre Plaut Triangle in Flushing will be getting a major facelift next summer with the addition of new pathways, a drinking fountain and a spigot for watering plants, new benches, additional plantings and gates.
Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz has tapped a longtime associate and a former rival for key positions in Borough Hall come January.
All that a 38-year-old Robert Giugliano wanted was to leave his city office by 2 p.m. on Dec. 7, 1993 to see his daughter rehearse for a Christmas event. But, work kept him long, and so he ended up taking his usual 5:33 p.m. LIRR train to Hicksville, nodding to familiar commuters and taking his regular third seat on the third train.
Demographics are not always destiny, as proven by two men whose unlikely friendship has been at the heart of their efforts to bridge religious chasms in the United States since the horrors of Sept. 11, 2001.
Bayside curmudgeon, civic activist and senior citizen Frank Skala announced at Monday night’s Community Board 11 meeting that he is seriously thinking of retiring from the board at the end of the month.
Police have been cracking down on the ongoing party situation at the Rockwood Park Jewish Center.
To promote the first Verizon “smart store” in Queens, foodies were taken around the borough to sample local eateries and using the latest technology to tweet, blog and post about it.
October was one of those months when the unemployment rate went up but analysts see good news behind the numbers.
With the old mural underneath the 63rd Drive Long Island Rail Road underpass in Rego Park fading away, plans for a new, more elaborate design are taking shape.
Several months after its first residents moved in, Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens officially cut the ribbon the Peter J. Striano Residence in Howard Beach at the former Bernard Fineson Developmental Center.
With Thanksgiving just over and Christmas and New Year’s Eve fast approaching, it’s time to take action for the Queens Chronicle’s annual holiday toy drive for homeless youngsters in Queens.
Representatives of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation on Monday provided some holiday cheer for the FDNY, making two donations during a visit with the “Hillside Hurricanes” at Engine Co. 298/Ladder Co. 127 on Hillside Avenue in Jamaica.
Three men, Redinel Dervishaj, Besnik Llakatura and Denis Nikolla, have been charged with extorting money from an Astoria restaurant owner.
Construction began this week on the east side of Charles Park in Howard Beach to fix the erosion problem there.
Employees of contractors serving Queens’ two airports staged a protest last week at LaGuardia Airport.
Elected officials, area clergymen and dozens of onlookers gathered on Sunday night to watch the lighting of a 16-foot-tall menorah at Federoff Triangle on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will install noise dampers on all N and Q line trains serving the Astoria- Ditmars Boulevard subway stop in order to alleviate noise problems stemming from application of the trains’ air brakes.
Dorothy Falzetta began decorating her home at 133-32 122 St. in South Ozone Park the same day Bill de Blasio was elected mayor.
“Mental health is not the sexiest topic.” So suggested Dennis Romero, speaking before a room filled with upwards of 100 senior citizens at Queens Borough Hall on Wednesday morning.
The heavy rain and high winds did not dampen the holiday spirits at Resorts World Casino New York City on Nov. 26.
If you turn on an NBA basketball game this season, you will see commercials featuring the league’s best participating in some form of community outreach program, leaving ear-to-ear grins on the faces of starry-eyed children.
Seizures of unlicensed livery vehicles at John F. Kennedy International Airport have skyrocketed 500 percent since a new enforcement facility opened there on Oct. 8, according to a statement issued Monday by the Taxi and Limousine Commission.
A home away from home, the Barclays Center is not for the Red Storm.
The right of way exists, the tracks exist, the infrastructure, although it needs work, still exists — if we want to improve Queens transportation and stimulate economic growth for future development of our borough, the complete restoration and rehabilitation of the abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line is our best option.
The Glendale Chamber of Commerce held its annual holiday party and networking dinner at Edison Place Restaurant in Glendale this past Monday, where they raised $300 in much-needed funds for the Glendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
The Bayside Business Improvement District welcomed Santa Claus and the holiday lights to Bell Boulevard on Monday night.
It’s time for the Queens Chronicle’s sixth annual Holiday Photo Contest! Take pictures of lights, miniature villages, snowmen, joyous children and families — anything that reflects the season — and send them on in. Make sure your photos are taken in Queens, tell us the location and other details about them, and be creative.
Twist and Smash’d, a new fast casual restaurant, opened its doors at 72-06 Austin St. in Forest Hills on Black Friday, Nov. 29.
A man was injured after police say he was carjacked on a Howard Beach street on Nov. 26.
Employees of contractors serving Queens’ two airports staged a protest last week at LaGuardia Airport.
City Comptroller John Liu is not wrapping up his term in office quietly.
The NYPD is offering the following holiday safety tips for shoppers, travelers and homeowners:
Chase bank recently donated a $800,000 leadership gift to Neighborhood Plaza Partnership to ensure that the Department of Transportation’s community partners in under-resourced neighborhoods will have the support they need to maintain clean, green and vibrant public plazas.
On Wednesday, the Fund for the City of New York announced the recipients of the Sloan Awards for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics and three out of the seven winners are from Queens.
Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a robber who has held up three banks in Fresh Meadows, Sunnyside and Astoria since October.
On Nov. 22, Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW delivered over 200 turkeys, donated by union members and union-staffed supermarkets, to several food pantries and charitable organizations throughout the metropolitan area as part of the union’s annual turkey drive.
The Police Department is asking the public’s help in locating two suspects wanted in robberies that occurred within the confines of the 107th and 109th precincts.
The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Manuel Ceron.
The New York Mets will once again host a winter coat drive for the poor, this year on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Citi Field.
Rolando Perez, an Elmhurst resident, was arrested last week for killing 29-year-old Carolina Cobena in their apartment.
The NYPD is asking people to help find Nathali Vallejo.
On Tuesday, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) announced the upcoming improvements to be made to the Paul Raimonda Playground in Astoria.
The city Department of Education informed parents of students in the gifted and talented programs at PS 203 in Oakland Gardens that they will not be given admission as a group to middle school and will have to reapply to stay in the program.
What started out as a routine round of blood tests has led a woman to sue two defendants in two separate incidents in one lawsuit.
Cash lanes at the Queens-bound Throgs Neck Bridge will be moved to the right side of the plaza beginning Monday, Dec. 9.
St. Andrew Avellino Church in Flushing recently was presented with a bronze plaque as part of the Broadway-Flushing area, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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