It was a tense 2014 in the City of New York. And that was especially true in the largely residential Queens neighborhoods of Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood, Glendale and Elmhurst.
Whether it was the stealthy opening of a homeless shelter in Elmhurst or the continued fight over placing one in an abandoned factory in Glendale, southwest Queens residents found themselves battling city government at different times throughout the year.
A sudden gust of wind blows through Juniper Valley Park as the orange and purple sunset gives way to wispy cirrus clouds illuminated by two familiar beams of light in the distance last Thursday night.
Maspeth resident Janet Ricciardo smiles and nods, as if to acknowledge a friend’s whisper in her ear.
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.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Whitestone Post 4787 and Vietnam Veterans of America Queens Chapter 32 remembered those who served in World War II during a D-Day ceremony Friday at the Whitestone Veterans Memorial Field.
Veterans gathered at the site, top, with Councilman Paul Vallone, second from left, and state Sen. Tony Avella, right, to pay tribute to those who fought during the crucial battle 70 years ago and their comrades at arms in the war.
A Vietnam veteran and his dog named Freedom.
As it has done every Memorial Day for decades, Howard Beach gathered Monday to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Hundreds of people, including many veterans and active service members, paraded through Old Howard Beach under bright sunshine, stopping at the neighborhood’s memorials to those who died in World War II and the Vietnam War.
Veterans, community leaders, residents and elected officials participated in the St. Sebastian’s Catholic War Veterans Post 870 Annual Memorial Parade on Monday to honor the heroes who gave their lives by serving their country in times of need.
More than 100 people marched from St. Sebastian’s along Woodside Avenue to Doughboy Plaza where a remembrance ceremony was held.
• the star-spangled outfits of 8 year old Victoria Pipia, left, and her sister Julia, 5;
• the female veterans and widows waving to the crowd;
Plans for the annual Memorial Day Parade in Howard Beach were announced last week.
According to Veterans of Foreign Wars Bernard J. Coleman Post 2565, the day’s events will begin at 9:30 a.m., Monday, May 26 with a Memorial Day Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church at 101st Street and 159th Avenue.
It isn’t often that an art exhibition is celebrated at its closing, but, then again, nothing about the display which had been on view at the 71st Avenue Triangle on Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood for the past five months was ordinary.
The outdoor exhibit, a collaboration between the city Department of Transportation’s Urban Art Program and the Veterans Administration’s New York Harbor Healthcare System, drew a small crowd, including several of the artists, to the site last Thursday for a final farewell to the collection of collages that had been made by a group of intergenerational veterans, participants in the hospital’s art therapy program.
The Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade Committee announced Monday the names of four Queens veterans who will lead the May 26 event.
Pat Toro served his nation in wartime and his community ever since. Now he needs the community to be there for him.
Toro, a Marine who fought in Vietnam, is suffering from cancer, and desperately needs blood donations. A blood drive has been organized for him April 15 in Whitestone, but at least 40 people have to register for it ahead of time for it to go forward. As of the Chronicle’s press time Wednesday, fewer than half that number have, according to a source familiar with the push.
Five area veterans were honored last week for their military service by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside).
The men received state resolutions during a ceremony and celebration in the senator’s Bayside office.
Theater Time Productions, “A Murder is Announced,” Colonial Church of Bayside, 54-02 217 St., Sept. 20, 21, 27, 28 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 28 & 29 at 3 p.m., $16, $14 seniors and students. Sept. 20: dessert after party. Reservations recommended. Contact: (347) 358-8102, theatretime.org.
The American Day Parade Committee, founded by Ed Walter to honor those who were killed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, held its annual ceremony in remembrance of the victims on Sunday at the 9/11 memorial in Glendale.
Clockwise from the top, an attendee places at the memorial one of the 42 roses honoring area residents who were killed that day; Committee Assistant Chairman Harold Mecabe speaks to attendees; Peter Maxham of Boy Scout Troop 427 serves in the Color Guard; Trish VanWart sings “God Bless America”; the monument’s 42 flags for the victims from Glendale, Middle Village, Ridgewood and Woodhaven; three religious leaders after the ceremony: Dr. David Benke, president of the Atlantic District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Rev. John Fullum, vicar of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, and Rabbi Joel Zdanowitz of the Forest Park Jewish Center; and the playing of “Taps” by a Vietnam veteran.
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.
Hundreds gathered Monday to march in Howard Beach’s Memorial Day parade, the neighborhood’s first since Hurricane Sandy devastated much of the procession’s path seven months ago.
The nasty weekend weather cleared up in time for Monday morning’s parade, which featured residents, children, elected officials and veterans. It kicked off and ended in Coleman Square, near the memorial to Bernard Coleman, a Howard Beach resident killed in World War I, for whom the square is named.
Memorial Day is fast approaching, I hope it will not slip by with many forgetting the importance of this day. It is not just another day off to maybe shop for sales and enjoy back yard barbecuing. Memorial Day is a time to remember all those who gave their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy today.
I find myself thinking what it means to be an American. The answer is crystal clear, and that is the pride to live in a county that allows us our personal freedom to express ourselves and speak our minds. These freedoms come with great personal sacrifice for those who leave family, friends and jobs to serve the greater good. I myself had served during the Vietnam era. Although I never saw combat, I had friends who did and who died serving their country.
So, please honor Memorial Day by honoring those who gave their lives for what we all hold most dear. You can do this by attending parades in your local communities and saluting those who served our country so well. I also ask the many who can to display the flag of our country from homes and businesses You can also call those veterans you know and tell them thanks for serving and keeping us free from tyranny.
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.
Noonan Park, nicknamed rainbow park because of its arc-shaped, multicolored play sprinkler, will be getting a facelift. The city Parks Department has not established an exact groundbreaking day; however, the office of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) said the construction will take place this fall.
The councilman allocated $1.35 million for Phase 1 of the project.
Harry Perks made sure he was at the opening ceremony for the Moving Wall, a replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall that was on display in Middle Village last weekend.
“But I won’t go up there,” he said. “I have too many friends on that wall. We all enlisted together. We went to school together, where a lot of us got in trouble together.”
Queens, NY — The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC, opened to the public Friday with a ceremony in Middle Village’s Juniper Valley Park.
The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, will be in Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village from Friday, June 29 to Monday, July 2.
The wall is a traveling exhibit that carries the names of the nearly 60,000 members of the United States military killed in the Vietnam War.
On Memorial Day, while addressing a crowd at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, President Obama criticized the way returning servicemembers from that conflict were treated calling it a “national shame” and vowing not to send troops into harm’s way unless absolutely necessary.
For Vietnam vets in Queens, the memories of combat remain as vivid as ever, even now, nearly 50 years after the war began.
The annual Woodside Memorial Day Parade kicked off at 11 a.m. Monday at the Vietnam Memorial near St. Sebastian’s School at 57th Street and Woodside Avenue.