She gave up medicine in favor of the poetic word, and Middle Village resident Valerie G. Keane seemingly could not be happier with the decision, though she still refers to the about-face she made around the age of 30 as “the death of an identity.”
As her increasingly widespread followers would likely say, it’s a case of the medical world’s loss becoming the literary world’s gain ... thanks to Keane’s varied contributions to the local literary scene, as poet, open mic presenter and editor and facilitator of her own recently formed group for devotees of great works of poetry.
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 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.
Anger knows no borders.
Dozens of infuriated Elmhurst residents made the trek last Thursday across the East River to Lower Manhattan to testify at a public hearing on the proposed contract between the Department of Homeless Services and Samaritan Village to operate the old Pan American Hotel as a permanent shelter.
After more than 70 years of painting, artist Marion Maas has put away her brushes.
Until recently, she painted every day — and her Rego Park home can prove it.
He rarely speaks above a whisper, but Carl Clay, founder and executive producer of Black Spectrum Theatre, a community-based professional company in Southeast Queens, manages to get the job done.
Perhaps it’s his love for what he does. As he states in the introduction to his autobiographical work, “Poor-Ducing Theatre & Film at Black Spectrum,” in the theater “you can move at top speeds and roll in and out of the cloud of your mind and travel to places and meet people from every culture in the world without leaving the ground.”
Lester Lin knows what the approximately 370 children living at the Boulevard Family Residence are going through.
When the Taiwanese immigrant was 4 years old, he and his family slept on the sidewalk in front of a Flushing church.
While the US Open formally got underway Monday morning, in actuality the action really began a week earlier with the qualifying matches for the precious few wild card spots on both the men’s and women’s sides.
Frankly, the BJK National Tennis Center used to be a ghost town for the qualifiers, but word has gotten out that it’s the best sports bargain in the world, as some of the top players compete with a ton of pressure on them and it’s free to the public. The CBS Sports Network broadcast many of the matches live.
The city’s Office of Emergency Management last month published updated hurricane evacuation zones.
And while adjustments are slight from ones prepared in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, OEM has been spending the last few weeks getting the message out about the new maps, and precautions Queens residents should exercise before a storm hits.
Now is the time to apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or, for those accepted into it two years ago, to renew their status, Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) said Tuesday.
Meng and a handful of immigration activists stood outside Newtown High School in Elmhurst to urge those who applied for DACA two years ago and those who are eligible to apply but haven’t in the past to file with the federal government as soon as possible.
The colorful mural on the side of Maspeth Federal Savings bank at the intersection of Grand Avenue and 69th Street proudly proclaims “Maspeth is America.”
Few things are more American than a grandiose painting of a bald eagle soaring alongside Old Glory, just like few neighborhoods in the entire country have more history than Maspeth does.
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. 25 Years of Madden NFL video game exhibition. Five versions of the groudbreaking game on view and available to play now thru Sunday, Feb. 23. Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games, Exhibition of 25 playable, independently produced games, through March 2. Museum hours: Wednesdays-Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. $12 adults, $9 seniors over 65 and students with ID, $6 children 3-12, under 3 free.
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.
If it has wheels, it made headlines.
Issues involving bicycles, illegal motor scooters, out-of-control SUVs, striking school bus drivers and pungent trash trains all made their way onto the Chronicle’s pages in 2013.
She was just a Corona girl working in her family’s hardware store with a chemist for an uncle before she was EstÈe Lauder. But she became the co-founder of a company worth $8 billion selling products all over the world.
Born Josephine Esther Mentzer and changing her first name to EstÈe, adapted from her nickname, Esty, the young woman was in high school when she started to sell beauty products in salons. She would demonstrate them on women while they were using hair dryers — a concept of touching and showing the customer the products that is still used by the company to this day.
Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) unveiled the new street sign at 102nd Street and Strong Avenue in Corona, co-naming the corner for Richard Italiano, the former Community Board 4 district manager and Corona community acivist.
Dromm, left, was joined by Italiano’s son Brian, Italiano’s wife Carol, their daughter Cristina Stellmann holding her son Nicholas and her husband Michael holding their oldest son Michael Richard.
Anew school year means new schools and this year more than a dozen are opening their doors in the borough, though some did not come to fruition without controversy.
Fifteen new schools will open their doors to students next month, including two new elementary schools, six new middle schools, five new high schools, one transfer high school and one special education school.
Rep. Grace Meng (D-Forest Hills) announced the first Healthy Families Fair as part of an initiative to promote healthy lifestyles for kids, adults and families.
The event is scheduled to take place on Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the cafeteria of Newtown High School in Elmhurst.
Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) gets memos on his desk all the time. But one piece of information that crossed his desk in mid-June took him by complete surprise.
The memo explained that the city Department of Education is planning to co-locate a new school in the Martin Van Buren High School building in Queens Village and a vote on the proposal would come in October, only weeks before the Bloomberg administration is out of office.
Last month, the city Department of Education faced a barrage of anger and frustration from parents, teachers and union officials over the closing or co-locating of more than 100 schools citywide.
Now, as the changes agreed to by the Panel for Education Policy in last month’s two vociferous meetings begin implementation, the DOE is promoting its plans, including the opening of dozens of schools across the city.