(Family Features) Many aspiring entrepreneurs hesitate to pursue their professional dreams due to the seemingly daunting risks of failure associated with starting a business from the ground up. Opening a franchise is an avenue that allows you to reap the benefits of owning your own small business without all of the costly trade-offs.
(Family Features) All pets bring us closer to the natural world, but specialty pets, such as fish, small pets and reptiles, provide a unique way to inspire kids to learn about the world around them. As teachers and families gear up for the start of a new school year, pets can help teach kids responsibility and how to keep a routine. They can sharpen kids' math and science skills through activities such as measuring food and water, keeping track of days of the week on a calendar and studying information about their care needs.
(BPT) - Mom rules the media room, Johnny loves the basement workshop and the kitchen is Dad’s domain. Gender roles notwithstanding, each family member has one room where he or she enjoys spending more time. One room, however, is equally used and loved – or reviled – by all: the bathroom.
(Family Features) Whether you’re seeking the view from the London Eye, the thrill of zip-lining in Belize or the taste of an icy cold gelato in the streets of Rome — summer adventure is calling.
The following is a transcript of Mayor de Blasio's State of the City Address, as prepared, sent to the media before the speech was delivered.
Few Queens bands get lucky enough to have a film made about them, let alone one that captures their rare performance at an ancient Buddhist temple – the oldest in New York City.
The just-released documentary, “The Temple of Memories” by Rego Park filmmaker Rene Sing and OwlSpring Media, features well-known Sunnyside jazz composer, trombone player and bandleader Jeff Fairbanks and his 17-piece jazz band, Project Hansori, performing a sound collage of exhilarating and multi-layered arrangements to a mesmerized audience.
The holiday season is certainly a joyous time but it can be stressful when it comes to finding a gift for the special people in your life. Here are some last-minute gift ideas that will hopefully inspire.
Art of Ink in America, “Gesture and Beyond,” Godwin Ternbach Museum at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, thru Dec. 30, Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; opening reception, Thursday, Nov. 21, 6-8 p.m. An East/West exhibition of contemporary calligraphy.
Queens Historical Society art exhibit — Practicing Equality: Quakers in Queens. 2:30-4:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. $5 adults; $3 students, seniors; free for members. Reception: 2 p.m., Sunday, June 23. RSVP by June 14. Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37 Ave., Flushing. Information: (718) 939-0647, ext. 17.
The New York Mets were so fed up with the struggles of Ike Davis and Ruben Tejada that they were prepared to demote the duo to Triple-A Las Vegas after Tuesday night’s game against the Yankees, according to multiple reports.
Faced with the pressure on Wednesday night of playing for their roster spots, both delivered keys hits in yet another shocking victory over the crosstown rival Yankees.
Following the opening of several musical classics on local community theater stages (see last week’s Queens Chronicle for Part I of this article), the second half of the spring theatrical season seems destined to be remembered for something completely different, as producers take chances on an array of unusual projects — including one by this writer.
In a stark departure from its usual fare, Theatre Time Productions will present “Once More, With Feeling,” billed as a musical concert, beginning April 13.
The Queens Tribune is housed in the same building as Multi-Media Advertising, a political consulting firm owned by the same parent company.
The power of the local press was on full display in the tight 2009 City Council race between Democratic nominee Kevin Kim and Republican Dan Halloran.
Halloran did not allow Multi-Media’s role in the race to go unnoticed. In September 2009, the Tribune ran a story originally headlined “Democratic Victor vs. Pagan Lord” that detailed Halloran’s unconventional religious practices.
The United States Tennis Association has proposed a plan to maintain and improve its infrastructure and operations to keep the US Open a top-rated international event. The bold, multi-year, self-funded strategic improvements outlined in the plan did not come about in a vacuum, but rather as a smart response to the international reality that the other Grand Slam Tournaments (Wimbledon, Australia Open and the French Open) are spending close to a combined $1 billion in improvements to their facilities while several other cities and governments throughout the world are currently building top-notch facilities. These other activities are occurring for a single purpose — to take away business via elevated sponsor expectations and new industry-setting standards, from the US Open, from Queens and from New York City. As Queens residents and New Yorkers, we must simply not allow this to happen.
Legitimate concerns have been raised by some community residents and several of my colleagues in elected positions about the protection of parkland in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Considering the small and precious amounts of parkland in Queens I would tend to agree. However, as a representative of
a district adjacent to the park who has recently been able to allocate $250,000 to upgrade ball fields 13 and 14 so the community can benefit from better facilities in the park, I do believe the characteristics of the space involved in this particular instance deserves to be considered. The fact is that not only is almost all of the upgrading of these facilities to be done inside the land that is currently leased, but the land outside is .68 acre and is currently an underutilized asphalt road.
Queens politics in 2012 brought new districts, a historic election in the 6th Congressional District and enough cloak-and-dagger intrigue to fill a Robert Ludlum novel.
But when Hurricane Sandy struck in October, killing 12 people in Queens and more than 40 in the city, devastating the Rockaways, Howard Beach, lower Manhattan and Staten Island, the people of central Queens, who were largely spared the storm’s wrath, rallied to the cause of those worst hit.
Politics in middle and southwestern Queens was the favorite sport outside of Citi Field in 2012, and the worst storm to hit the region in 74 years devastated some while causing others just a few flickers of their lights.
As the year began, the city filed an appeal of a ruling by federal Judge Nicholas Garaufus that found discrimination on the part of the FDNY against African-American firefighters in the testing and hiring process.
In the days and weeks after Hurricane Sandy struck Queens, the focus for many adults was on insurance, FEMA, food, electricity, heat, money and other day-to-day necessities.
For the children of hard hit southern Queens neighborhoods, the storm’s effects on their mental well-being may be overlooked as the focus is placed on the recovery of homes, business and infrastructure.
With the announcement this past weekend that The Village Voice is being sold came word from the new owners that Backpage.com would not be among the properties included in the deal.
The owners had been under increasing pressure to shut the site down, with critics saying the site advertises prostitution and sex trafficking.
Walking down Flushing’s Main Street can be highly stressful. The Transport Department estimates that every weekday peak hour, up to 8,000 pedestrians jostle for space with people lining up for buses and solicitors handing out advertisements on the narrow sidewalks.
Exacerbating the overcrowding problem, merchants in downtown Flushing’s Main Street have increasingly been moving their wares out on the sidewalks. And some pedestrians are upset.