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Between Jackson Heights and Elmhurst, in the nucleus of the most diverse region on Earth, Queens doctor and entrepreneur Freddy Castiblanco has created a hub of cultural and political collaboration, that also sells a killer Pisco sour, at Terraza 7.
He wanted it to be a bar for and composed of the community. He remembers discovering, after moving from Colombia to Queens in 2002, both the diversity and the cultural isolation of the borough.
Andrew Jackson of the Langston Hughes Library in Corona told a story that both bemused and stunned the audience at Monday night’s meeting of the Community Council of the NYPD’s 113th Precinct in Jamaica.
“I recently had a student ask me ‘Why do we have a holiday for Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday because he had a dream? Everybody dreams,’” Jackson said. “When I am asked if we still need Black History Month, I say yes!”
After news came out that Queens Library President Tom Galante agreed to renovations of his offices in the Central Library branch, including an outdoor “smoke deck,” elected officials were quick to support Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s (D-Sunnyside) decision to conduct an oversight hearing.
The meeting started off calm Wednesday as Galante opened with the number of accomplishments the Queens Library has achieved since he was appointed — including being named the best library system in the country in 2009 — but soon escalated into a tense back and forth between Galante and Council members who called his salary excessive and his outsourcing of custodians in need of reform.
The snow is back, this time with a vengeance.
The timing of our first snowstorm of the year was right after our Mayor Bill de Blasio, was sworn into office. But, as I stated in my last article, he is fortunate for Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty and “New York’s Strongest” have his back.
Citing a “broken promise” to rehire union workers, Jackson Heights residents, union members and elected officials staged a protest on Wednesday outside a new supermarket on 37th Avenue set to open this week.
Standing next to a giant inflatable rat, protesters pledged to boycott Global Supermarket at 75-07 37 Ave. over the choice of the new owner, Mohammad Haque, not to rehire union workers of Local 338 and Local 342 who were unexpectedly fired two weeks before Christmas by Frank Jaber, the owner of the former Trade Fair.
The holiday season may be fading away in the rear-view mirror, but there was still a little Christmas cheer in Woodhaven earlier this month.
Crossroads Christian Center hosted a Three Kings Celebration on Jan. 2 at 74 Elderts Lane.
Fourteen months after the neighborhood’s iconic Christmas tree was lost to Mother Nature, Woodhaven finally has a new one.
The 40-foot tall tree that stood at Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue in front of a Chase bank branch and was decorated and lit every Christmas was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012.
(BPT) - Nearly everyone has more than one special person in their life. Whether it’s a neighbor who lets the dog out, the friend who watches the kids in a pinch or a colleague who makes Mondays a little more bearable, loved ones make our days better. A simple thank you or a small thank you gift can go a long way in showing those people just how much you appreciate them.
The Queens County Christmas Bird Count, a project of the National Audubon Society, was rated a success with more people than usual participating.
Corey Finger, the count compiler and organizer from Forest Hills, said that 44 birders braved cold temperatures on Dec. 15 and found 118 species, which ties their modern record, set in 1979, and is only six short of their all-time best.
Just six years ago, the bursting of the housing bubble sent the United States hurtling into a major recession.
As we enter 2014, Queens, the most diverse area in the country, is experiencing something of a real estate boom.
They say if you don’t like the weather in New England, wait five minutes.
Well, Queens isn’t in New England, but it’s close enough.
He was 7 years old, an age where days are filled with school lessons and baseball practice.
Christopher Miller was fast asleep, upstairs with his 12-year-old brother, Matthew, in their family’s attached home in East Elmhurst.
Century 21 Amiable in Glendale won first place in the Glendale Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Decoration Contest for businesses.
Celebrating here in front of their festively decorated Myrtle Avenue officer are broker Anne Marie Chirichigno, left, Andrea Scelisi, Margaret Bruce, Sonia Kulesza, Jian Jun Li, Dino Doxakopoulos and Joseph Guidici.
There has been much talk about UPS and Fed-Ex, who didn’t get all those Christmas and holiday packages to their customers in a timely manner. And yet our U.S. Postal Service seems to have gotten the job done no matter what the weather conditions may have been.
For that I say, “Bravo!” As we used to say when I was in the Navy, “You’ve done a yeoman’s job,” meaning “Well done.”
Now let me give praise to our mail carrier, named Diane, who delivers to Bellerose and Glen Oaks Village. She seems to always have a smile on her face as she greets those on her route with a happy hello. When I walk my dog, Jack, a Jack Russell, she more often than not has a treat for him. And the other day before Christmas she gave him a little stuffed animal mouse, which he loved very much.
If Diane marks the caliber of mail carriers, we are truly most lucky indeed. In closing, let me salute all of our mail carriers. Kudos for a job that was done above the call of duty.
If you made a New Year’s resolution to get back to that old music you recall so well, here are two perfect opportunities to do just that.
A 29-year-old man was struck and killed in a hit and run on Astoria Boulevard on Christmas morning.
Early on Dec. 25, police responded to a 911 call of a pedestrian struck.
It was a festive holiday season all over South Queens this year.
The Old Mill Yacht Club hosted its annual children Christmas party on Dec. 7 at the yacht club’s banquet hall at 163-15 Cross Bay Blvd. in Howard Beach.
In Western Queens, 2013 was the year of development and affordable housing. Willets Point, Hallets Point, Hunters Point and 5Pointz became names commonly thrown around by politicians, community boards and civic groups throughout the area. There wasn’t a month that didn’t go by when residents, electeds and developers went head to head on major development projects, illegal apartments, a massive soccer stadium plan or even the possible closing of their neighborhood movie theater.
Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) took some time out to pose with Wink, the steel penguin referred to as the mascot of 75th Street.
A mystery person dresses Wink up for each holiday and this year’s Christmas costume didn’t disappoint.
The Community Council of the NYPD’s 113th Precinct had a special guest at its recent pre-holiday Christmas party for dozens of neighborhood children.
Santa, with some free time in the days leading up to his big trip, dropped in from the North Pole, bringing along his regular extra-big bag of toys for all the children in attendance, as well as an especially long “nice list.”