Residents eager to help decide the fate of the reconstructed Bruson Building crowded into the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights Thursday evening, causing the town hall’s organizers to add extra chairs and bump out the back wall to make room.
Borough President Melinda Katz addresses a packed Colden Center at Queens College Thursday morning.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz delivers her State of the Borough address, with the Queens flag and seal on display.
On her 387th day in office, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz delivered her first tate of the Borough speech, listing accomplishments that she spoke of with pride, and future goals that she addressed with a mixture of hope and determination.
“Our motto at Borough Hall is simply this,” Katz told a capacity crowd at the Colden Center at Queens College. “If it’s good for our families, it’s good for Queens.”
Borough President Melinda Katz was scheduled at 10 a.m. today, Jan. 22, to give her first State of the Borough speech at Queens College. We believe she’ll report the state of the borough to be strong.
And while there’s always room for improvement, and many challenges are on the table, we agree.
Borough President Melinda Katz addresses members of the press during a session in the Borough Hall conference room Tuesday, prior to her State of the Borough speech set for today, Jan. 22.
Flanked by the U.S. and Queens flags, the borough seal and a poster touting last year’s World’s Fair anniversaries, Borough President Melinda Katz meets the press.
Four top Queens Library officials resigned last week as the institution continues to reorganize following the ouster of its longtime president amid a financial and management scandal and criminal probe.
The four executives who quit, who all bore the title of vice president, are Darlene Askew-Robinson, the library’s general counsel; Lisa Epps, who handled information technology; Angelica Huynh-Rivera, the head of human resources; and Frank Genese, who oversaw capital projects.
Two days ahead of her first State of the Borough address, set for 10 a.m. today, Jan. 22, Borough President Melinda Katz took questions on some of the key issues facing Queens from community and ethnic news outlets Tuesday afternoon.
Reiterating messages she has been putting forth during her year in office, Katz touted tourism as key to Queens’ future, boasted of its ethnic diversity — she brands it “The World’s Borough” — and voiced her full support for two of Mayor de Blasio’s signature initiatives, universal pre-kindergarten and official identification cards for all residents, regardless of immigration status.
Four top Queens Library officials resigned this week as the institution continues to reorganize following the ouster of its longtime president amid a financial and management scandal and criminal probe.
Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook and “In Practice: Under Foundations,” opening Sat., Jan. 24, 5–7 p.m., SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., Long Island City. Info: (718) 361-1750.
Corona residents capped off the holiday season with a day of charity and tradition.
Rep. Joe Crowley, center, city Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, fourth from left, and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, fourth from right, celebrated the holiday “Three Kings Day,” which pays tribute to the Feast of the Epiphany and the end of the 12 Days of Christmas, at IS 61 in Corona. The holiday commemorates when the three wise men reached newborn Jesus in Bethlehem.
The Queens Jewish Community Councilheld its legislative breakfast at Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills this past Sunday morning as planned, but the event took on an even more urgent feel than might have originally been expected, as the focus shifted to include the recent terrorist attacks in France.
Originally, the central issue was to be security at area synagogues, a concern that has grown following recent incidents in Jerusalem and Crown Heights in Brooklyn.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced on Tuesday that Adrienne Adams and Eli Shapiro have been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Queens Borough Public Library.
The two are the latest appointees named to the board after several were dismissed last summer over the controversy surrounding the library.
If you think thoroughfares like the Long Island or Van Wyck expressways have too many trucks and tractor trailers on them now, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says just wait until 2035.
In a Monday presentation to Borough President Melinda Katz and the Borough Board, Director of New Port Initiatives Mark Hoffer said the present day model of trucking domestic freight in and out of the city is already nearly infeasible, and will become even more so in 20 years.
State Sen. Leroy Comrie and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz
“Isamu Noguchi, Patent Holder,” featuring inventions and designs created by the sculptor in the years leading up to the 1939 World’s Fair, Dr. M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery, St. John’s University, 8000 Utopia Pkwy., Fresh Meadows, Jan. 15-Mar. 19. Info: stjohns.edu/about/events/isamu-noguchi-patent-holder-designing-world-tomorrow.
Prior to his being buried in a private service at St. John Cemetery in Middle Village on Tuesday, a funeral service was held for former Gov. Mario Cuomo at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on Park Avenue in Manhattan. The service was attended by numerous officials past and present, including many from Queens. At the top, Gov. Andrew Cuomo mourns his father’s death with his girlfriend, Sandra Lee and his mother, Matilda Raffa-Cuomo. Below them, state troopers march in formation to the church. Clockwise from above are Mayor de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray; Rep. Grace Meng, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; celebrites Phil Donohue and Marlo Thomas; state Sen. Leroy Comrie and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and state Sens. Mike Gianaris and Joe Addabbo Jr. Among the many others attending were former mayors Mike Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani.
The eight precincts that make up Patrol Borough Queens South sponsored a vigil on Dec. 30 outside the 107th Precinct in Flushing.
Speaking above is the PBQS commanding officer, Assistant Chief David Barrere. With him are elected officials including Borough President Melinda Katz, right.
Prior to his being buried in a private service at St. John Cemetery in Middle Village on Tuesday, a funeral service was held for former Gov. Mario Cuomo at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on Park Avenue in Manhattan. The service was attended by numerous officials past and present, including many from Queens.
At the top, Gov. Andrew Cuomo mourns his father’s death with his girlfriend, Sandra Lee and his mother, Matilda Raffa-Cuomo. Below them, state troopers march in formation to the church. Clockwise from above are Mayor de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray; Rep. Grace Meng, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; celebrites Phil Donohue and Marlo Thomas; state Sen. Leroy Comrie and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and state Sens. Mike Gianaris and Joe Addabbo Jr.
To many Queens elected officials, Mario Cuomo was more than a governor — he was a political inspiration.
“A native of Queens, Governor Cuomo was an inspiration to me and to many borough residents who entered public service in the hope of following his example and building on his legacy of achievement,” Borough President Melinda Katz said in a statement.
Mario Cuomo, a three-term Democratic New York governor, a Queens native and father of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, died on New Year's Day just hours after his son was sworn into his second term.
“Plymptoons,” short films and drawings by Bill Plympton, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Long Island City, video screening amphitheater, thru Jan. 4. An hour-long selection of Plympton’s best short films, from 1987 to 2010, plus trailer for his new film, “Cheatin’,” Info: movingimage.us.
The Central Queens neighborhoods of Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens and Briarwood are mostly made up of quiet, residential streets that, when you look around, can make you forget about the hustle and bustle of city life.
But that doesn’t mean news was sparse there in 2014.