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People for the Pavilion, the preservation group aiming to save the icons of the 1964-1965 World’s Fair, announced on Sunday that Christian Doran, one of its founding members, passed away on Saturday night.
He was only 28 years old.
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.
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.
In a city the size of New York, politics and crime are often the biggest newsmakers, as was the case in 2013.
There was no shortage of political headlines this past year, an election year at that. Queens elected a new borough president while Forest Hills and Rego Park opted to bring back Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) for another term. Area politicians made their collective voices heard throughout the year, filling the Chronicle’s pages for months.
The ongoing recovery from 2012’s Hurricane Sandy dominated life in South Queens for most of 2013 and was a factor in many other big stories, from the future of the abandoned Rockaway Beach LIRR line to the election battle between Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and his Democratic opponent Lew Simon.
But South Queens also dealt with a wide array of other issues in 2013, from crime at Forest Park to internal strife on Community Board 9.
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.