The Queens Chronicle would like to thank state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and realtor Jerry Fink for donating to the 20th annual Queens Chronicle Toy and Gift Drive.
The holiday event has brought toys to homeless children in borough shelters, and this year was our most successful to date, with more than 1,500 children receiving toys.
When the Chronicle staff first set out to fill the wish lists of 1,500 children in five shelters, they knew it was going to be a tall order.
With the number of homeless children on the rise and one of the newest shelters, The Boulevard Family Residence, having opened nearby in Elmhurst, the Chronicle wanted to ensure as many children as possible could have a happy and spirited Christmas — just like the ones celebrated by those more fortunate around the city.
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.
Assemblyman Ed Braunstein, here joins istaff members Amber Yoon, Meagan Chen and David Fischer in his Bayside office among the hundreds of toys they have collected for needy children.
Five large bagfuls of the toys were donated to the Queens Chronicle holiday toy drive for distribution at several Queens homeless shelters and a shelter for victims of domestic violence.
NY Rehab: Queens Physical Therapy Rehabilitation on 31st Street in Astoria partnered with the Chronicle for our 20th annual Toy Drive by donating a generous amount of gifts to be handed out to area shelters over the holidays.
The hard work of Mahezabin Shaikh, rear left, Rena Shemberg, rear right, Melvin Ricks, left, Fabiola Caicedo, Eugene Vasilesu, Nidhi Mahajan, Dr. Olga Gazonas, Betpsy Segovia, Dr. Nelson Castro and Jessica Campovere will help homeless children at five shelters in Queens have a great Christmas and Happy New Year.
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.
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.
Victims of domestic violence will now have an easier pathway into the city’s homeless shelter system.
At a Friday press conference at City Hall, Mayor de Blasio signed into law Intro 361-a, which grants a presumption of eligibility for applicants to the city shelter system who are exiting Human Resources Administration domestic violence shelters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carl Weisbrod, director of the Department of City Planning, was born and raised in Queens.
But he did not come to Monday’s Borough Board meeting to tell members about Queens’ past, but rather to tell them about what his department is doing to prepare the borough for its future.
The Howard Beach Kiwanis Club on Monday donated a $500 check to the Queens Chronicle for the paper’s 20th annual Toy Drive to benefit needy children.
Club Vice President Bobby LoCascio, left, and Club President John Spagnuolo, right, presented the check to Queens Chronicle Publisher Mark Weidler.
One year after Congress and President Obama enacted nearly $14 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP, many food pantries and soup kitchens in New York City are struggling to meet the rising demand as lines are getting longer.
In its annual report released last week, the New York Coalition Against Hunger said 92.9 percent of the city’s food pantries and soup kitchens are being hurt by the federal cuts made last year November.
cusing on children living at the Metro Family Residence in Woodside, one of the recipients in our 20th annual holiday toy drive.
There are 134 youngsters staying at that city homeless shelter now, ranging in age from infant to 18 years old. They are away from home and their friends and many must attend a new school.
Community Board 12 Chairman Adrienne Adams is seeking support for a moratorium on new homeless shelters in Queens until the city has a fairer allocation system.
Members of the City Council’s Veterans Committee are urging state lawmakers to overturn Gov. Cuomo’s veto of a bill that would allow veterans who served during peacetime or undesignated conflicts to purchase up to three years of credit toward a state pension plan.
“We firmly believe that all military service is public service and therefore all honorably discharged veterans deserve access to the additional retirement credits this bill would afford,” a written statement by the members of the committee states.
Elected officials on a cold and windy Friday afternoon gathered in Long Island City to donate more than 1,000 pounds of food to shelters that serve homeless veterans, following a 10-day-long food drive by Council members throughout the city.
“Many of these brave men and women are in need of a hot meal and safe place to call home,” Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan, Bronx) said in front of the Borden Avenue Veterans Residence. “It is unacceptable that veterans go to bed hungry.”
The ongoing community outcry against a new homeless shelter in Elmhurst and one proposed for Glendale have been watched with interest within Community Board 12.
“There are 18 permanent shelters in Queens, and 10 of them are in Community Board 12,” said Board Chairwoman Adrienne Adams at the group’s Nov. 19 meeting.
This week, the Queens Chronicle’s 20th annual toy and gift drive is focusing on letters from youngsters living at the Boulevard Family Shelter in Elmhurst.
The facility, the former Pan Am Hotel, opened in June and now has 388 children living there.
It’s official: There will be no city homeless shelter in Bayside.
City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) reports that he was officially notified by the Department of Homeless Services that the plan to put one there, announced in October, has been taken off the table.
Elected officials on a cold and windy Friday afternoon gathered in Long Island City to donate more than 1,000 pounds of food to shelters that serve homeless veterans, following a 10-day long food drive by council members throughout the city.
Elmhurst resident Jennifer Chu, right, testifies at last Thursday’s public hearing over the proposed five-year, $42 million deal between the Department of Homeless Services and Samaritan Village to operate the Pan American hotel as a permanent shelter.
Even the frigid temperatures weren’t enough to numb the passions of the Glendale/Middle Village Coalition, which held a press conference in front of the controversial site of a proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. Wednesday morning.
Although the group that assembled —representing the coalition’s civic groups, local businesses and residents — was small compared to past gatherings expressing anger over the proposal to convert the former factory into a 125-family shelter, they had a big message.