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In the last 50 years, few days have had more historical relevance than September 11, 2001. On that clear late-summer Tuesday, when terrorists flew hijacked airliners into New York City’s tallest buildings, nearly 3,000 died just a few miles from Queens. More than 200 of them were residents of the borough.
Among them was a firefighter and lifelong Long Island City resident who had only been in the FDNY for two months.
(NAPSI)—It’s a fact: up to 85 percent of menopausal women suffer from hot flashes.1 While hot flashes and other symptoms are a common rite of passage in menopause, opinions on treatment with hormone therapy (HT) have been anything but universal—but that is changing.
St. Michael’s Cemetery in East Elmhurst, together with the Christopher Santora Scholarship Fund, held their second annual “Remember Me Run” last Saturday to help raise money for the children of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001 and subsequently, due to working on the remains at the World Trade Center.
There was a memorial service following the run in the All Souls Chapel. The “Remember Me Run” brought together elected leaders, FDNY and NYPD officials as well as families of lost loved ones.
Residents, civic leaders and elected officials are coming together in an effort to have the Maspeth firehouse landmarked by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
“[The firehouse] takes a very special place in our recent history,” the LPC application, filled out by Steve Fisher said. “This fire station was among the first responders to the 9/11 attacks and 19 firefighters, more than any other station, lost their lives in their attempts to save others there. This house of heroes deserves designation as a NYC landmark.”
One day, while biking to work, Jessica Findley noticed her jacket flapping in the wind. She was working on a project with inflatables at New York University at the time and conceived the idea of a group of bikers wearing inflatable costumes. She mentioned her idea to a friend, but soon forgot all about it.
Following the September 11th attacks when Findley was “not in a good place,” her friend called and encouraged her to pursue the idea.
Anthony Pisciotta volunteers at Bayside Cemetery in Ozone Park, repairing the walkways, sealing up mausoleums and making sure the dead are not forgotten. When he discovered that the plaque on the tombstone of a Marine killed in action was missing, Pisciotta found a way to replace it.
Private First Class Irving Aron was killed in action by a band of Nicaraguan bandits who attacked his unit while they were repairing telephone wires on Dec. 31, 1930. President Hoover posthumously awarded him a Navy Cross on April 25, 1931, according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
The Queens World Trade Center Clinical Center of Excellence cut the ribbon in its new facility on Monday.
The center, which specifically treats first responders to the WTC attack on September 11, 2001, has moved from Flushing to a larger space in Rego Park.
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.
This year in Southeast Queens, there were plenty of highs and lows, accomplishments and disappointments, most involving crime and politics.
In an effort to curb violence, two gun buybacks were held, resulting in 564 weapons being taken off the street. But there were still several shootings, including a triple homicide involving an AK-47 and another in which a Nassau County cop was killed.
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.
Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) joined the chorus of legislators lambasting potential cuts to funding for the Zadroga Act through a sequestration deal cooked up by Congress last winter to shove the nation toward a balanced budget.
The oft-lambasted forced cuts to federal spending would slash $38 million from the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, hitting programs such as Elmhurst Hospital’s WTC Environmental Health Center.
Woodside residents in Doughboy Park on Tuesday honored those who died 11 years ago in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers.
“We have only begun to heal,” the Rev. Michael Hardiman of St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church in Woodside said.
He grew up in public housing, got into trouble as a kid, then became a Marine, and after that an elected official — City Councilman James Sanders Jr. (D-Laurelton) has lived a varied life. At one point he even wanted to be a preacher, but he ended up choosing a different path.
Still very much a philosopher and thinker, Sanders sat down for an editorial meeting with the Queens Chronicle on Thursday to discuss his bid for the seat occupied by state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica), and talk about his vision for the 10th Senatorial District in the primary on September 13.
After the miracle of 1969, the Mets stayed strong but were knocked out of playoff contention by untimely slumps in 1970 and ’71, and injuries in 1972. The next year they roared back into the World Series, but lost in seven games to the Oakland A’s.
BROOKLYN, NY—Earlier today, following a four-week trial, Adis Medunjanin, age 34, a Queens resident who joined al Qaeda and plotted to commit a suicide terrorist attack, was found guilty of multiple federal terrorism offenses. The defendant and his accomplices came within days of executing a plot to conduct coordinated suicide bombings in the New York City subway system in September 2009, as directed by senior al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan. When the plot was foiled, the defendant attempted to commit a terrorist attack by crashing his car on the Whitestone Expressway in an effort to kill himself and others.
Western Queens had a big year news-wise. Protests as far-flung as the Middle East and as close as Wall Street impacted Astoria and Jackson Heights, while homegrown stories — like the renaming of the Queensboro Bridge and the ongoing transformation of Queens’ waterfront — kept our reporters busy.
The fight for gay marriage rights, an issue taken up by openly gay Council members Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), culminated in New York State’s first legal gay marriages.
Central Queens in 2011 weathered an earthquake and a hurricane; lost a former 9th District congresswoman who was a political legend, and a sitting 9th District Congressman to scandal; and had its usual complaints about traffic, parking and high taxes.
No matter how hard the water came this year, how fast it rushed down narrow side streets and into residents’ basements, leaving in its wake destroyed possessions and a mangled mess of downed trees and snarled wires, South Queens residents did what they’ve always done —tried to stand tall and, when they saw their neighbors’ ceilings crumbling, dropped everything to lend a helping hand.
Steadier than the water, but often seeming even more powerful, this outpouring of help from residents erupted after Hurricane Irene’s devastation, then again when thousands of people banded together to fight cancer — a disease that this year claimed far too many of the people who were essential stitches in closely knit communities — and, most recently, to remind the daughters of slain Police Officer Peter Figoski that they have the emotional and financial backing of South Queens.
This year the residents of eastern and Southeast Queens banded together on a number of key issues and secured some victories due to their united efforts, though they lost a few battles and the jury is still out on others.
They successfully blocked the privatization of land at the St. Albans VA, took on the city in a continuing battle to force it to address persistent flooding and prevented the opening of a “hot sheet” motel. They proved that there is strength in numbers and that they are prepared to defend and protect their neighborhoods.
The clock is ticking, and 9/11 first responders who filed lawsuits saying their health was compromised by toxic air only have until Monday, Jan. 2 to decide their next step.
More than 1,600 people have filed lawsuits that are still in the court. They have the option of fighting on or dropping the litigation and applying for benefits under the federal Victim Compensation Fund.
Queens in 2011 weathered an earthquake and a hurricane; lost a former 9th District congresswoman who was a political legend, and a sitting 9th District Congressman to scandal; and had its usual complaints about traffic, parking and high taxes.
It’s not a part of MoMA PS1’s “September 11” exhibit, but it feels like it could be.
Three video screens as big as walls in a large, darkened room project grainy images of a crowd at a hardcore punk show.
Ten years ago, 19 men from a firehouse on 68th St. in Maspeth gave their lives helping people they had never met and would never know.
On a day where 343 firefighters were among the more than 2,700 people killed, Squad 288/Hazmat 1 in Maspeth suffered the single largest loss of life at any firehouse in the city.