Annual holiday fesitval, Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens, 21-12 30 Road, Long Island City, Fri., Dec. 19, 5 p.m. Children will perform holiday songs and dances, games, pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus and more. Open to the public. Info: (718) 728-0946, vbgcg.org.
Elmhurst United organizer Jennifer Chu addresses issues at the old Pan American Hotel on Friday, which was transformed into a homeless shelter in June. State Sen. Tony Avella called the rally in his capacity as chairman of the Social Services Committee.
Opponents of the Pan American Hotel’s transformation into a homeless shelter six months ago have new ammunition in their fight to get the shelter shut down.
On Friday, members of the civic group Elmhurst United, other area residents and state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) rallied outside the shelter to shed light on living conditions they described as “horrendous” inside the Boulevard Family Residence in a press release announcing the event.
Community Board 8 last Wednesday unanimously approved the renaming of 74th Avenue between Utopia Parkway and 175th Street to Bishop Ignatius A. Catanello Way, honoring the former pastor of Holy Family R.C. Church, who died in March 2013.
The renaming proposal must be approved by the City Council and the mayor to become official.
Brooklyn Nets fans have lost a leader.
Jeffrey Vanchiro, 38, better known as Jeffrey Gamblero to Nets fans, died of severe head and spinal injuries on Sunday, a day after leaping out of a window in his father’s Flushing apartment.
The clock is ticking and soon the 20th annual Queens Chronicle Toy Drive will be over. Won’t you please contribute before the deadline on Monday, Dec. 22?
This year, the Chronicle is collecting gifts for children in four Queens city homeless shelters and a safe house in Eastern Queens for victims of domestic violence.
Comedy Night at Central Queens YM & YWHA, lineup includes Jared Logan, Dennis Rooney, Eric Haft and KC Arora, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills, Sat., Dec. 13, 8 p.m. $15 CGY members, $20 nonmembers. Complimentary babysitting available. Info/tickets: (718) 268-5011, ext. 151, cgy.org/tickets.
The Pan American Hotel on Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst was stealthily transformed into a homeless shelter in June. New legislation co-sponsored by state Sens. Joe Addabbo Jr. and Jose Peralta would require a public forum before any shelter is opened in the city.
Dozens of residents gathered at the First Baptist Church of East Elmhurst for a peaceful prayer for justice in protest of a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of Eric Garner.
The Jamaica community will kick off the holiday season with a tree-lighting ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. on Dec. 13 at Rufus King Park on the corner of 89th Avenue and 153rd Street.
All who live, work or shop in Downtown Jamaica are invited to attend. There will be entertainment, live music, hot chocolate and holiday songs.
An Elmhurst man was charged on Friday in the fatal stabbing of his wife inside their basement apartment.
“The defendant is accused of stabbing his wife numerous times in the neck and torso and then letting the victim’s 19-year-old son discover his mother’s bloody remains upon returning home from school,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a prepared statement.
A Staten Island grand jury’s decision last week not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner has triggered nationwide anger, including among Queens congressional members who are calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to slap a federal indictment against the cop.
At a press conference last week in Washington, moments after the announcement of the decision, lawmakers renewed their calls for the DOJ to launch a federal investigation in Garner’s death. The DOJ said it will probe the man’s death, including how the grand jury reached its decision.
Sabina Kobinski’s great-uncle, a Roman Catholic priest, was performing Mass in Poland in 1942 when German soldiers entered his church and captured him for speaking ill of Adolph Hitler’s regime.
He would spend the next three years imprisoned in Eastern European concentration camps such as Dachau and the infamous Auschwitz facility.
More than three dozen community leaders and members of various organizations and civil rights groups gathered last Friday at the First Baptist Church of East Elmhurst to pray for those they said have been “betrayed by our criminal justice system.”
The move came in response to a Staten Island grand jury’s decision last week not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of Eric Garner. The man’s death triggered hundreds of protests nationwide, conversations about race relations and police use of excessive force.
When a gunman shot Anastasia Massey just feet from her apartment, the four Massey children didn’t just lose a mother; they lost a baby sister as well.
The tragic deaths of the 27-year-old and, hours later, her newborn daughter — who, according to friends, would have been called Tru Melody — happened early on Thanksgiving eve.
This year marks the Queens Chronicle’s 20th annual toy and gift drive for the neediest children in the borough. As always, we ask your support, and as always, we’re confident we’ll get it, generous people that you are.
We collect these toys and other gifts — including some of life’s most basic necessities, ones that many of us take for granted — for children in homeless shelters here. They range in age from virtual newborns to teenagers, and they need your help to have a decent holiday season.
Greenwich Village, Park Slope and Riverdale have nothing on Kew Gardens, Rego Park and Forest Hills.
The Real Estate Board of New York, in its third-quarter report on home sales in the city, found that the three central Queens neighborhoods, which it reports on as one area, combined for the third-most home sales in the five boroughs, with 375.
A third party has officially entered the battle between residents and the Department of Homeless Services over the planning or introduction of numerous shelters into communities such as Elmhurst and Glendale.
On Dec. 1, state Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) introduced legislation co-sponsored by Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) requiring the New York City Planning Commission to hold a public forum before it approves or denies a location for a homeless shelter or social services center.
What happens if the dog eats your Christmas turkey and the house is wrecked, ala “A Christmas Story,” or you don’t celebrate the holiday?
Ordering Chinese food might be one of your best bets, simply because there are hundreds of restaurants throughout Queens.
There’s something about the winter holidays that makes everyone want some new clothes.
For shoppers who want to experience some holiday ambience while finding new clothing at good prices, Glendale Chamber of Commerce President Patricia Gatt recommends the Myrtle Avenue business district in Ridgewood.
There are 170 youngsters living at the Kings Inn Family Center in East Elmhurst, and despite their circumstances, they are all looking forward to Christmas and some presents from Santa Claus.
The children range in age from infant to 18 years old. They are away from home and their friends, in a strange environment, and don’t know what their futures hold.
The Queens chapter of the National Action Network, the organization headed by the Rev. Al Sharpton, announced shortly after 3 p.m. today that it will march “Plaza to Plaza” starting at 5 p.m. to protest alleged police mistreatment of the people, especially minorities.
Meanwhile other groups are planning what is expected to be a large protest that will start 30 minutes after the NAN rally just a couple blocks away in Foley Plaza. A number of activist groups with Queens members, including Communities United for Police Reform, were involved in planning that protest.
Santa Claus always comes early to Queens Center mall and here celebrated last year with the Elmhurst community and Councilman Danny Dromm, left.
Now that millions of Americans have finally come out of their turkey comas, the holiday season has officially started.
While Queens residents decorate their homes with lights and holly, the big man himself will be making appearances all over the borough to listen to the wishes and dreams of children in every neighborhood.
The Daghlian Collection of Chinese Art, highlights of the collection of over 1,600 objects spanning 5,000 years, Queens College, Klapper Hall, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, thru Jan. 10. Info: daghlian.qc.cuny.edu.