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From Astoria to Sunnyside to Long Island City, residents of western Queens commemorated the 10th anniversary of 9/11 last week.
A “Never Forget” mural appeared at 5Pointz, the graffiti building in LIC, while another mural honoring Woodside residents who died was unveiled on 61st Street at Roosevelt Avenue.
A second rally was held at the Grand Station Post Office in Astoria last week, in an effort to save it from closure.
If the Postal Service goes through with its plans, the Astoria office, located on 30th Avenue, will be one of five outlets shut down in Queens and nearly 3,700 total nationwide. The first rally to save the Astoria site took place on Aug. 2.
Is there any season more spectacular than summer?
Last April, Astoria native and City College valedictorian Antonia Florio got the news of a lifetime.
In September 1853, the directors of the Flushing Railroad made a decision that would forever change the face of western Queens. Instead of terminating their railroad in Williamsburg or Greenpoint, as originally planned they decided to choose the low sand hills and marsh of Hunters Point. The Brooklyn option had become complicated. Over their mayor’s veto Williamsburg insisted that the railroad stop a few miles from the waterfront. They suggested the cars would then have to get to the East River ferry on a single track. Horse teams would take an hour to negotiate the traffic and distance. By contrast, a direct rail line to the East River through relatively sparsely populated Queens simply had to contend with getting the right of way for the track from only a few reluctant farmers in Woodside and Corona. When the Long Island Rail Road also chose Hunters Point six years later, their Long Island Terminal became the most important community on Long Island.
Last Saturday, Waltz Astoria turned one year old. Owner Bill Everson, 54, described the 12 months since he converted the former delicatessen into a meeting place for musicians, artists and writers, as charmed from the start. For Song Zhang, his 26 year old business partner, their venture fulfilled a dream she nurtured since high school.
The 2002 NFL draft did not have the same glamour as past drafts for numerous reasons. For starters there was absolutely no mystery as to who the first pick would be since the expansion Houston Texans had announced that they had signed Fresno State QB David Carr four days before the draft was held at Madison Square Garden. Secondly the draft’s other name passer, Oregon’s Joey Harrington, opted to eschew the excitement of New York and stayed home in Portland.
Get into a conversation with a long-time Queens resident and you’re likely to discover a subscriber to the Long Island Star-Journal, a daily paper that informed the community about local and world news until it folded in 1968. A banner across the Star Journal masthead reminded readers that the newspaper’s name came from the merger of the Long Island Daily Star (1876) and the North Shore Daily Journal—The Flushing Journal (1841).