Christopher Columbus may have sailed the ocean blue in 1492, but on Saturday community members sailed down the streets of Astoria for the Columbus Parade sponsored by the Federation of Italian-American Organizations of Queens.
The parade started at Kaufman Astoria Studios and appropriately ended at the Columbus Triangle on Astoria Boulevard.
Christopher Columbus may have sailed the ocean blue in 1492, but on Saturday community members sailed down the streets of Astoria for the Columbus Parade sponsored by the Federation of Italian-American Organizations of Queens. The parade started at Kaufman Astoria Studios and appropriately ended at the Columbus Triangle on Astoria Boulevard. Hundreds of people turned out to celebrate Italian culture and the great explorer, who, despite his claim to fame, did not actually land in the present United States of America. — by Tess McRae
The “Italian Fairy,” Simona Rodano, a perennial parade participant, prances down the pathway in the Italian flag colors.
(BPT) - As your family gathers this holiday season to enjoy each other’s company, share a traditional meal and take in your favorite sports event or parade, will you also have more serious discussions about the safety and well-being of aging parents? If so, you’re not alone; more than a quarter of families will talk about medical and health issues of the seniors in the family, and 12 percent will discuss housing, according to a survey by A Place for Mom, North America’s largest senior living referral service.
(NAPSI)—Whether you’re a soldier, Army veteran or proud Army supporter, you can now be part of the future home to Army history. You can inscribe a personal message on a brick that will be permanently laid in the outdoor pathways and plazas of the future National Museum of the United States Army.
(BPT) - Family and friends make Thanksgiving special, but it’s the food that’s always the center of attention. From juicy turkey and creamy potatoes to zesty cranberries and buttery rolls, nobody leaves the table hungry. This year, delight guests by making the classic foods they love but with a few simple twists that will leave taste buds dancing.
Architect Ted Hinz, center, was honored by the Bayside Historical Society and the state on Saturday as Mr. Bayside during Bayside Day at Fort Totten.
BHS President Paul DiBenedetto, left, said his group paid tribute to Hinz, who was one of the founders of the historical group 50 years ago, was instrumental in restoring the BHS headquarters and creating PS 41.
Like Ike’s WWII crusade in Europe to eradicate the evil of Nazism, Obama told the world that there is a deadly cancer spreading in the Middle East called ISIS, and “we must destroy it.”
The president assured America that no combat troops would be involved. He added “a 40 nation coalition would provide the necessary troops to destroy” ISIS. As commander-in-chief, his strategy is for us to conduct daily air strikes and provide funds for training troops and military weapons.
My concern is which partners will send in troops? I bet only one in 20 Americans can name them. Why is this? For the past several months, our TV media has devoted air time showing over and over the proud ISIS forces parading around their troops on tanks, waving black flags, bragging that one will fly over the White House! They even show ISIS forces marching down streets of captured Iraqi towns, forcing people to hail them as heroes.
Why are our current ground troop partners not receiving the same TV coverage? Most Americans are not aware that the only partner that truly likes us, the Kurds, have called on us to send them heavy weapons to fight off ISIS forces. Obama has given them some light weapons. Americans have not seen any Kurdish troops engaged in combat.
Now that Congress closed ranks with our president, we are united Americans going to war to destroy this new evil! So, TV executives, start praising our friends, not our enemy.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn, Queens) took to the House floor last week, before lawmakers adjourned for the midterm campaign recess, to voice his discontent about the Republican majority in a fiery speech for what he called their failure to address the needs of the American people.
Jeffries, who is seeking re-election to represent the 8th Congressional District, which includes most of East and Central Brooklyn and the Queens neighborhoods of Ozone Park, Lindenwood and Howard Beach, argued that the 113th Congress is the least productive in the modern history of our democracy.
Calling it the “people’s garden,” Susan Lacerte, executive director of the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing, said she is seeking more volunteers to keep the outdoor oasis looking at its best.
“Yes, there are more weeds than we’d like, but we’re younger than other botanical gardens in the city and are a works in progress,” Lacerte said Monday during a tour of the 39-acre site located at 43-50 Main St.
Borough President Melinda Katz honors Queens workers and organized labor for their contributions to New York City alongside other city and state elected officials and union leaders in advance of the Labor Day Parade on Sept. 6.
If you closed your eyes and listened, the steps of Borough Hall sounded more like the tunnels of a West Virginia coal mine on Thursday.
In keeping with a Labor Day theme, Borough President Melinda Katz kicked off a press conference celebrating unions and hardworking Queens residents by singing a few bars of “Sixteen Tons,” a song made famous by Tennessee Ernie Ford about the arduous life of a coal miner, which has become synonymous with hard, honest labor since its 1955 release.
(BPT) - With the summer season winding down, the onset of fall foliage with the cooler temperatures, and a variety of events and festivals, fall presents one of the best times of year to visit the Lone Star State. Fall in Texas means plenty of fairs, outdoor music events, cheering crowds, wine harvests and more.
Hamilton Beach may not be Cocoa Beach, but Laci Werner did her best impression of Barbara Eden’s iconic character “Jeannie.”
Delilah Rose Kilkenny and Sklar Capri Kilkenny ride in the Doc McStuffin float.
Do you know the muffin kid?
Santa Claus greets a youngster at last year’s holiday street-lighting ceremony in Bayside. This year, he may be the star of a parade.
Santa Claus is coming to town again. He’s making a list and checking it twice for good little boys and girls in Bayside.
Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) said last week that he would revive the Santa Claus Parade tradition that ended in 2004. The announcement was made at the renaming part of 43rd Avenue in Bayside after the late Ben Fried, an area merchant, who died last year at the age of 98 and established the children’s holiday parade.
Labor Day Weekend looked more like Halloween in Hamilton Beach as the annual Baby Day Parade marched up 104th Street Sunday with elaborate costumes and floats.
A festival and barbecue were held at the end of the route in Hamilton Park.
Two New York icons, the Whitestone Bridge and the 1939 World’s Fair, celebrate their 75th anniversaries this year.
In their honor, the Queens Library and the Queens Historical Society have joined forces to recognize the connection between the two with an extensive photo exhibition on view at the Whitestone branch of the library. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
(NAPSI)—From giant rolling hot dogs to a 65-foot-long “backyard barbecue grill,” huge mobile marketing exhibits are bringing their messages—and, sometimes, tastes—to millions of consumers who might otherwise be focused on much smaller mobile devices. In fact, these rolling marketing exhibits have become so effective that at least one vehicle components manufacturer has joined the parade to communicate the importance of car care.
Tuesday’s press conference on a St. Albans Street corner was intended to cement support at all levels of government for Leroy Comrie.
But the longest shadow at the Farmers Boulevard meeting may have been cast by a man who was not there, and whose name was not mentioned by speakers until they were confronted with it.
Paraders show off the dancing dragon.
Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) is set to join the parade of local officials endorsing former Councilman Leroy Comrie in his bid to unseat state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis).
The paddles will be flying this weekend at Meadow Lake during the 24th annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Flushing Meadows Park on Saturday and Sunday.
More than 188 teams are expected to compete in the two-day event with participants from across the country and Canada. The city title will be determined on Saturday and the U.S. championship on Sunday with the awarding of cash and prizes.